Meet the 2023 Immigration Women of Inspiration recipients

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Inspiring young minds

By Rita Simonetta, Vivien Fellegi, and Lisa Evans

Ranjini Jha

From becoming the first member of her family to graduate from university, Ranjini Jha now educates other students as a professor of finance at the University of Waterloo.

Jha grew up in Jamshedpur, India. Her father worked job at TELCO (now Tata Motors) and her family lived in a unique community called the TELCO Colony.

“The company didn’t pay very high wages, but they had a lot of amenities for its employees,” she said.

From low-cost housing to medical facilities and even school. Jha attended the Little Flowers School in the TELCO Colony, run by the Jesuits and Catholic nuns.