Dr. M. Hilaria Soundari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Research, Gandhigram Rural Institute – Deemed University, Gandhigram, India. She belongs to the Congregation of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod. As a faculty member, she teaches research methodology and social work related papers in this University. She is specialized in the fields of development research, gender issues and social work. Having passed UGC-NET with JRF, she received Junior Research Fellowship (1999-2001) and Senior Research Fellowship (2001-2003) from UGC and carried out her doctoral research on ‘Empowerment of Rural Dalit Women: A Study of Self-Help Groups’. She also received Post Doctoral Fellowship (2012-2014) from University Grants Commission, New Delhi for her post doctoral research on ‘ICT initiatives for Rural Women Empowerment in India’. She has completed a UGC-Major Research Project on, ‘Achieving MDGs: Role of Marginalized Women and Micro-Credit’. She is also working with the marginalized women and children at the grass root level for 21 years in rural India and doing research on their empowerment and sustainable development. She has authored a number of articles in renowned journals and edited four books namely Dalit Women: Dimensions of Empowerment, Emerging Dimensions in Self-Help Groups, Indian Agriculture and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Skill Development for Socio-economic Progress. She has visited United States of America, Netherlands, Switzerland, Hong Kong (China), Germany, United Kingdom and Sri Lanka.