Need to create awareness about women achievers stressed
Bijapur: Women should read about great personalities and draw inspiration from their lives, the former Minister Leeladevi R. Prasad has said.
Speaking after inaugurating an international symposium on women achievers, organised by the Karnataka State Women’s University (KSWU) here on Wednesday, she stressed the need for creating awareness about women achievers among the youth.
She advised KSWU Vice-Chancellor Geeta Bali to organise such programmes every year by involving women achievers from different fields. Ms. Prasad called upon various organisations to protect and preserve historical monuments.
Speaking on the occasion, Albert Frenz, founder-president of Dr. Hermann Gunder Society, Germany, stated that Pauline B. Moegling had contributed a lot for Kannada language and journalism. A special programme would be held in Germany next year to create awareness about her achievements.
Presiding over the programme, Dr. Bali stated that the university had plans to conduct such programmes on a regular basis in collaboration with German institutes as people of that country were keen on studying Indian culture and tradition.
In the first session, Mr. Prasad presented a paper on “Akkamahadevi’s contribution to Kannada literature and the history of Karnataka”, Mr. Frenz presented a paper on “Exceptional women in Karnataka, with special reference to Pauline B. Moegling” and professor of the Department of History and Archaeology, Karnatak University, R.M. Shadaksharaiah presented a paper on “Kittur Rani Chennamma: first woman freedom fighter.”
In the second session, head of the Department of English, PG Centre, Shrimati Das presented a paper on “Mother Teresa: internationally famed as a great humanitarian”, head of the KSWU Department of Women Studies M.B. Dilshad presented a paper on “Chand Bibi: a good administrator in Bijapur and Ahmednagar” and head of the Department of English, P.C. Jabin College, Hubli, S.B. Nadagouda presented a paper on “Dr. Annie Besant’s contribution to Indian freedom movement.”