Mrs. Indumati Rao received Bachelor’s degree in English Literature (Mysore University), Master’s degrees in Sociology (University of Kanpur), Education (Purdue University)  & Certificate in Education (Oxford University).  She has worked for over four decades in the field of education & has contributed to developing new methods of teaching and teaching aids. Mrs. Rao has worked as a geography expert in many institutions. She has participated in several teacher orientation programs conducted by the Karnataka state. She has authored books in geography. At present, she is the Honorary coordinator of the multimedia group at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.

Mrs. Rao started her teaching career in 1968 at The Opportunity School, IIT Kanpur for educationally and socially disadvantaged children. The main aim was to provide quality primary education to disadvantaged children.

After a teaching career spanning nearly three decades she retired as a Reader in Education at MES Teachers College affiliated to Bangalore University. Mrs. Rao has been closely associated with the Department of Science Education & Research Training (DSERT) of Karnataka as a resource person in Geography. She has participated in the SATCOM programme (satellite based orientation programme for geography teachers of selected schools) in Geography across Karnataka. She has written the script for the two videos (Hydrosphere, Monsoon) produced by DSERT, Karnataka. She has authored two books in Geography for school children.

Mrs. Rao joined the Education Technology Unit at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in 1996 as the Hon. Coordinator of the Multimedia group. The group has brought out syllabi based educational CD-ROMS “Understanding Chemistry”, “Our Earth in the Sky”, “Learning Science Volumes 1&2”, “Nanoworld”. They have also released a Kannada and Hindi version of “Understanding Chemistry” and Kannada CD-ROMs and books called `Vignyana Kaliyona’ Samputa 1,2, 3 & 4. The group has also brought out a CD-ROM on Geography called `Bhugola Parichaya’ in which the script and voice-over was given by Mrs. Rao. She has worked on the Kannada translation  of  the CD-ROM and book titled NANOWORLD’. The group has brought out a set of six CD-ROMs in Kannada for the Vision group on Science and Technology, Govt. of Karnataka. The group has brought out the book authored by Prof. CNR Rao titled `Chemistry Today’ in celebration of the International Year of Chemistry-2011. She has translated this book and it has been printed in Kannada. She has translated the book Understanding Chemistry into Kannada.

Mrs. Rao is committed to Science outreach programme to create interest in Science as a career and also to develop scientific temper.  Towards this end Prof. C. N. R. Rao and Mrs. Rao have conducted science popularization programs for school children and teachers in collaboration with many institutes across the country. They have been organized by Education Technology Unit, JNCASR. The Programs conducted are `Learning Science’, A Celebration of Chemistry, `Nanoworld’ and a program in Kannada called ` Vignyana Kaliyona’. Prof. C. N. R. Rao gives the theme lecture followed by a multimedia presentation by Mrs. Indumati Rao using excerpts from the CD-ROMs “Learning Science Vol. 1 & 2”, “Understanding Chemistry”, “Nanoworld” and from the Kannada CD-ROM’s Vignyana Kaliyona Samputa 1, 2, 3, 4  developed and produced by Education Technology Unit, JNCASR.