The Government initiative to increase the number of Institutions of higher education for giving opportunity to more and more marginalized sections of society is indeed an important opportunity for such instititutions to reach out to women belonging to different socio-economic strata of society for imparting higher education which ensures better employment possibilities. To strengthen the Government’s endeavour to provide access to higher education clubbed with skill enhancement educational programmes to every women, Aditi Mahavidyalaya (University of Delhi) in collaboration with CPDHE(University of Delhi) took a very promising initiative by organizing an UGC Sponsored National Conference on ‘Revamping Higher Education for Girls in India by Exploring Possibilities through Traditional Innovative Teaching Techniques- Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Perspective’ on 28th August, 2019 at CPDHE(University of Delhi). The Conference offered an important forum for academicians, higher authorities of Government, NGOs and research scholars from across the country to exchange their research and experiences that empowers women for high performance in professional and domestic sphere. The Conference was participated by more than 200 delegates from all over the country. The organizing commitee of the conference was comprised of Dr. Mamta Sharma, Principal &Conference Convenor, Dr. Bhawna Rajput, Co-Convenor & Conference Organizing Secretary, Dr. Nalini Singh, Co-ordinator and members Dr. Santosh Kumar Yadav, Dr. Baldev Gulati, Dr. Manish Vats, Dr. Sunita Dahiya, Dr. Neetu Malik, Ms. Sneh Gangawar, Dr. Parul Chopra and Dr. Ritu Khatri.
Session I (Inaugural Session)
The inaugural session was graced by the presence of Dr. Nita Choudhury, IAS, Rtd. Secretary, Member, Central Administrative Tribunal, New Delhi, Prof. Geeta Singh. Director, CPDHE(University of Delhi), Prof. Pamela Singla, Department of Social Work, University of Delhi, Dr. Sunil Thakur, CMO, WUS, University of Delhi, Dr. Mamta Sharma, Principal, Aditi Mahavidyalaya and Dr. Bhawna Rajput, Conference Organizing Secretary. The conference began with the welcome address by Dr. Mamta Sharma. Dr. Sharma made the audience aware about the series of initiative launched by Aditi Mahavidyalaya to create sensitization towards the holistic development of women as she nurtures child, nature, culture and family as creator, generator and transformer of life. In the opening remarks for the conference, Dr. Bhawna Rajput highlighted the need for an inclusive approach of innovative teaching techniques and better gender norms in the society for the greater access of women to the higher education.The Chief Guest of the inaugural session, Dr. Nita Chaudhury in her Keynote address applauded the efforts of Aditi Mahavidyalaya as role model for providing technical skill to the marginalised women. She advocated the need for extending help to the villages by the educational institutions for the development of employment opportunities within a village like vegetable and home made food items production and marketing. The Guest of Honour, Prof. Geeta Singh delivered a very inspiring speech, in which she described women as an embodiment of divine power of mother goddess who possess untapped potentials in all the fields of knowledge and skill. Another Guest of Honour, Prof. Pamela Singla, laid emphasis on the need to look around good practices which protect and educate women in true sense. Prof. Singla congratulated Aditi Mahavidyalaya for providing traditional and innovative style of teaching to the students from the last 25 years and this has encouraged more rural girls to take higher education in Aditi Mahavidyalaya. The special invitee, Dr. Sunil Thakur drew attention towards positive association between maternal education and child survival and health. He advocated for health literacy amongst women that how women’s rights are fulfilled for their right health.
Session II (Technical Session)
The session II based on the theme, ‘Higher Education for Girls in India: Policies and Practices’ proved to be an effective panel discussion amongst academicians and Executives of NGOs who have extensively worked towards bringing quality skill based education for girls in India. The session was chaired by Prof. Namita Ranganathan, Head and Dean, Department of Education, University of Delhi. Prof. Ranganathan focussed on the issues of bringing higher education for women through innovative teaching practices and how education can change the women’s role in the society. Mr. Ashok Kumar, Executive Director of Dr. A.V. Baliga Memorial Trust gave a talk on the theme entitled ‘Educating to Empower Women for Developmental Revolution’. Mr. Kumar’s main thrust was on the issue of protection of women through education of women. Ms. Reena Banerjee, Secretary, Nav Srishti, talked about her experiences with a presentation entitled ‘Education and Women Empowerment’. Ms. Banerjee highlighted over the efforts of the NGO, Nav Shristi towards educating girls from more than 2 decades and how the girls have been empowered by skill based training programmes. Ms. Sushma Kakroo, Sr. Counsellor, SOS Children’s Villages of India in her presentation entitled ‘Women’s Empowerment: Education as a tool for achieving equality’ discussed the issues of gender inequality which can only be solved by empowering women through education. NGOs also put up exhibition to showcase their initiatives to achieve behavioural, social and economic transformation for girls in India and have equal opportunities to access quality education.
Session III (Research Paper and e-Poster Presentations)
After the fruitful discourse on the policies and practices related to women education by technical experts, 43 presentations of research papers and e-posters were made by the scholars of different disciplines. The session was Chaired by Prof. Neera Narang, Department of Education, University of Delhi and Co-Chaired by Dr. Sanjoy Roy, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Delhi. Some delegates registered on the spot for the Conference for paper presentations, so their presentations were also held along with the other presenters and the best paper & poster was declared by the judges.
Session IV (Valedictory Session)
The Valedictory session was presided by Ms. Pinki, Additional Session Judge , Tis Hazari Court, Delhi. In her Valedictory speech, Ms. Pinki stated that the time for girls matching men step for step is now over. It’s time, girls should move ahead and show the way to the world. She also advocated for the need to give right education to women and men so that the norms of gender equality can be maintained in the society. In this session, Delhi Police representatives Ms. Deepika and Mr. Anupam Bhushan were invited to make the audience aware about the Himmat Mobile Phone App which can be effectively used by the women for their safety. The valedictory session was also blessed with the words of wisdom by Mr. Jal Singh Rana, former Chairperson, Aditi Mahavidyalaya and Dr. Gajendra Singh, Associate Professor, Department of African Studies, University of Delhi. The Conference achieved a significant success by bringing together research findings, experiences and vision of the experts of different fields to sensitize the issue of providing higher education to women of different sections of society through traditional and innovative teaching practices and thereby enhancing their role in the nation building.
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