Central University of Gujarat Hosts Symposium on Women’s Role in Developing India

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Central University of Gujarat Hosts Symposium on Women’s Role in Developing India

| Updated: March 7, 2024 20:33

AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT – The Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) of the Central University of Gujarat recently organized a one-day symposium titled ‘Role of Women in Viksit Bharat: @2047’. The event brought together esteemed academics and professionals to discuss the evolving role of women in India’s development.

The Chief Guest, Prof. Sunita Sharma, Dean of the School of Management Studies at Maharaja Sayajirao University Vadodara, called for a shift in societal attitudes towards women. She urged for a focus not just on job opportunities, but also on leadership roles for women. Prof. Sharma highlighted the multifaceted roles women play, from managing households to being domestic engineers, and advocated for a new economic framework that prioritizes women’s safety.

Prof. Rama Shanker Dubey, Vice-Chancellor of the university, underscored the equal status accorded to women since the Vedic era. He cited the significant contributions of women to the creation of the Vedas and acknowledged the scholarly works of Gargi, Maitreyi, and Lopamudra. Prof. Dubey attributed the decline in literacy rates to malpractices that emerged during British rule and celebrated the resilience of powerful women like Ahilyabai Holkar, Rani Durgavati, and Meera Bai.

Prof. Sarita Agrawal, convener of the committee, welcomed the guests and highlighted the significant contributions of women to India’s golden era in 2047. She stressed the need to inspire the youth and align their vision with a developed India.

Special guest Hema Manthan Bhatt, Councillor of Ward-5, Gandhinagar, lauded the leadership of women in top positions and acknowledged the significant contributions of female scientists to the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3. Bhatt also emphasized the crucial role of women in healthcare and security.

Dr. Neela Dongre, an educator and social worker, stressed the importance of national policy over politics and praised the divine nature of cultured women who contribute positively to society. She called for more efforts to uplift deprived, liberated, and nomadic women.

Dr. Shilpa S. Popat, the program coordinator, expressed gratitude to all the guests for their insightful contributions to the symposium.

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