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Fair lessons on rights

- ICONS OF INDIA

Jamshedpur, March 8: The city today celebrated International Women’s Day with a slew of programmes to educate the fair sex about their rights.

Organisations and groups pledged to empower women and remove violence and injustice against them.

National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML), a CSIR facility at Burmamines, dedicated their programme to women icons of the country.

Over 280 girl students from school and colleges along with their teachers, 150 scientists of NML and women executives of Tata Steel and Jusco witnessed the audio visual presentations and live skit on phenomenal women of India like Meera Bai, Rani Jhansi, Mother Teresa, Indira Gandhi, Kiran Bedi, Kalpana Chawla and Sudha Chandran.

NML director S. Srikanth said, “Indian womanhood is at the crossroads of changes, some radical and some transient. Amidst this scenario, equal opportunities must be given to them without any discrimination.”

Tata Seel managing director T.V. Narendran’s wife Ruchi Narendran, who was the chief guest, acknowledged that there was no readymade solution to the varied problems faced by women.

“But the achiever should extend her support in raising a toast to the indomitable spirit that refuses to bend or break in the face of adversities,” she said.

Students of Bistupur-based Jamshedpur Women’s College took part in series of events to mark the day in the form of mehendi, rangoli, collage, debate and singing.

Students of Sakchi-based Graduate School College for Women took part in a skit.

Adityapur-based NIT used the occasion to inaugurate a centre for women’s development on premises.