Mrs. Deol was an alumnus of Lady Mcleggan College and Govt College of Lahore. She started the Minerva Academy in August 1955 at Shimla. The Academy was then shifted to Jullunder Cantt then to Sector 3 and later to Sector 15 Chandigarh and finally to its present location in Daon. The Academy was named after ‘Minerva’ the Roman Goddess of War and Wisdom. All the boys coached in the first batch were selected. This established the reputation of the institute from the start which increased day by day. Since she could not cope with the huge task single handed, Col. Deol took premature retirement for her help.
Col. Deol, M.A. History from Govt College, Lahore was a great sportsman of his time. He appeared before S.S.B. once for selection in 1944 and was selected as an emergency commissioned officer in the British Indian army. He remained posted in Iraq (Middle East Sector) for the full period of the World War II and attained the rank of Captain. After the war he appeared for the Indian Civil Service (I.C.S) and served for 2 ½ years. He then appeared for regular commission in 1946 and was selected. He earned many outstanding A.C.R’s & commanded regiments for 9 years. He was chief instructor, ASC Centre North, the biggest in northern India for 3 years. Col Deol was well known for his unique & captivating technique of coaching, full of thrill and laughter.
Daughter of Col. And Mrs. Deol; B.A. Hons (Eng), M.A. (Psych), M.A. (History) and P.G. Public Admin from the International Institute of Public Administration, Paris, France. After retirement from the IAS in the rank of Chief Secretary, is the current director of Minerva Academy.