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ICAR Institutes celebrate International Women’s Day – 2022

09 March 2022, New Delhi: To commemorate the unparalleled contributions of women in every sphere of life like arts, culture, medicine, army, education and agriculture, etc., the International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March every Year.

The Council and its Institutes pan India celebrated the day with this Year’s Theme – “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” in recognition and celebration of the women and girls who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation & response and to honor their leadership and contributions towards a sustainable future.

ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

The Institute organized a wide array of the various Competitions on the Theme – “Break the Bias” for the Women Staff Members and their Family Members.

The Chief Guest, Ms. Bhakti Sharma, Sarpanch, Barkhedi Abdullah Panchayat, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Felicitated by the Prime Minister in 2018 & Former Hon’ble President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee highlighted the importance of education on the Women empowerment and upliftment. She also stressed on the behaviour change strategies to achieve gender equality for a sustainable tomorrow.

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Dr. Ashok K. Patra, Director, ICAR-IISS, Bhopal emphasized on the gender-sensitive strategies to respond to the environmental and humanitarian crises caused by the climate change.

Dr. Sangeeta Lenka, Chairperson, Women’s Cell, ICAR-IISS, Bhopal briefed about the occasion.

ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh

The Institute organized a Rally to mark the celebrations of the day.

Delivering the inaugural address, Dr. Triveni Dutt, Director & Vice-Chancellor, ICAR-IVRI, Izatnagar underlined the levels of efficiency the women can exhibit if given opportunities.

Dr. Mahesh Chander, HD & Nodal Officer, GATI highlighted the workplace challenges for women and the ways to manage them effectively.

The Institute organized a wide array of the different activities like On-the-Spot Quiz Competition, etc., on the occasion.

More than 200 Staff Members and Students of the Institute participated in the event.

ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai, Maharashtra

The Institute arranged a Guest Lecture for celebrating the day with full fervor.

The Guest Speaker, Dr. Sujata Chavan, Assistant Professor, Advanced Centre for Women Studies, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra delivered a Lecture on “Women in Dual Role: A Sociological Perspective” . In her lecture, Dr. Chavan underlined the various roles played by the women in their life and how their traditional role has got changed in the recent times.

Earlier, delivering the welcome address, Dr. (Smt.) Sujata Saxena, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai stressed on the key role that the parents, especially, the mothers can play in inculcating the concept of gender equality among their children.

ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata

The Institute organized the Workshop on “Women Empowerment and Technopreneurship on Health, Hygiene and Environment” on the occasion.

The Workshop was jointly organized in collaboration with the ACIC, IIT (ISM) Foundation, Dhanbad and Washonomics Fulcrum Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata at Nari-O-Sishu Kalyan Kendra, Howrah, Kolkata.

Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata applauded the preparation of Sanitary Napkins from the Jute Fibres. He also stressed on the need to nurture the technology further for its refinement, cost-effectiveness and up-scaling.

Dr. Amit Shukla, CEO, ACIC, IIT, Foundation, Dhanbad also deliberated during the occasion.

Shri S. Bhattacharya, Director, Washonomics Fulcrum Pvt. Ltd. emphasized on up-scaling the technology for benefitting a large number of population.

Ms. Rahima Khatun, Secretary, Nari-O-Sishu Kalyan Kendra briefed about the Kendra’s activities.

Around 40 Women participants associated with Nari-O-Sishu Kalyan Kendra attended the programme.

ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research, Ludhiana, Punjab

Dr. Priyajoy Kar, Scientist (Agriculture Extension), ICAR-IIMR, Ludhiana, Punjab highlighted the different issues of gender biases, gender inequality / inequity and gender discrimination in agriculture and agricultural research. The decorous role of women in the different facets of agriculture in envisioning the dream of Doubling the Farmers; Income was also underlined by Dr. Kar.