Published: 18th November 2020
Union Edu Min Ramesh Pokhriyal launches AICTE's innovative education programme to empower women
Speaking at the event, the education minister emphasised on the necessity to impart quality education to our daughters to make them self-reliant, confident and successful
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Tuesday virtually launched the Lilavati Award-2020: AICTE's Innovative education programme to empower women. With women empowerment as the theme, the objective of the award is to create awareness about issues like sanitation, hygiene, health, nutrition, literacy, employment, technology, credit, marketing, innovation, skill development, natural resources and rights among women. Professor Rajiv Kumar, Member Secretary, AICTE; Chairman, AICTE Anil Sahasrabudhe; Vice Chairman, AICTE, MP Poonia, Vasudha Kamath, Member, Draft NEP Committee and other senior officials of the ministry were present on the occasion.
Speaking at the event, the education minister emphasised on the necessity to impart quality education to our daughters to make them self-reliant, confident and successful. He said that the theme of the award – women empowerment has always been the top priority of the government.
He added that the Innovation Cell of the Ministry of Education has launched several programmes for women especially Smart India Hackathon, which has a minimum of one woman in the team of six members. These initiatives will inspire the girl students to participate and excel. He appreciated AICTE for the establishment of Lilavati Award and said it would promote women empowerment in the country. He hoped that the establishment of Award will add momentum to our efforts towards the overall development of women.
Chairman of AICTE Anil D Sahasrabudhe in his address said, "To treat women with ‘equality and fairness’ in all spheres of lives, by the means of this initiative, all the stakeholders (especially the girl students) in AICTE approved institutions would get a unique opportunity to present a solution to the prevalent issues of gender discrimination, such as illiteracy, unemployment, economic and nutritional disparities, maternal mortality, human rights, etc. Also, if anyone has already made a successful effort towards making a mark in the society, in establishing women’s emancipation/ empowerment at large, she/ he can showcase their efforts/ contributions."
The valedictory remarks and vote of thanks at Lilavati Award 2020 were proposed by Dr Amit Kumar Srivastava, Director (Student Development Cell), AICTE. He concluded, "With the support and guidance of Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, we believe will achieve many milestones in the path of innovative education and women empowerment."
AICTE has launched several welfare schemes for the overall development of girl child and women such as Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, CBSE Udaan Scheme, and many more. With Lilavati Award-2020, AICTE has once again championed the cause of women empowerment and paved a way towards equality in education and innovation, he added.