Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh opened the renovated seminar hall of Dr. Durgabai Deshmukh Centre for Women Studies of Andhra University on Sunday. He also inaugurated a free computer training programme for physically challenged persons.

Addressing a meeting on the occasion, Mr. Iqbal Singh stressed the need for gender equality and spoke of the various programmes launched by the government for physically challenged persons. He released the Centre’s project report “A study to develop understanding on the discontinuation of education by the girl-child in Visakhapatnam, 2009.”

He interacted with the trainees. He viewed an exhibition “Images of Women Victims by Stalking” depicting recent acid attacks. Andhra University Vice-Chancellor Beela Satyanarayana stressed the need for computer education to physically challenged persons.

Training programme

The computer training programme is being jointly organised by the centre in accordance with an MoU entered into with Millennium Software Solutions (MSS) in 2007.

Computer training will be given to physically challenged persons for 45 days. The centre has also been offering a certificate course in computer skills for women in association with the software company since 2007 and so far 250 students benefited.

Director of the Centre B. Ratna Kumari gave a brief account of its activities. AU College of Arts and Commerce Principal L.K. Mohana Rao and MSS CEO G. Sridhar Reddy spoke.