Vice Chancellor of Alagappa University, S . Sudalaimuthu, urged the educated women to come forward to take up higher responsibilities.
Inaugurating a two-day symposium on ‘Women in Administration: Trends, Challenges & Opportunities' organised by the Department of Women's Studies and Tamil Nadu Aids Control Society at Alagappa University in Karaikudi on Thursday, he said that it was unfortunate that most women, after completing higher studies, settled themselves to look after the management of houses. The higher education obtained by spending huge money, several years of efforts, energy and others should not be wasted. It should be utilised in a constructive way.
He added that out of 33 percent of women, who opted for employment, just 1 percent was working in high profile jobs. Twelve percent of women satisfied themselves with teaching, nursing and ministerial positions and this percentage should change drastically.
However, Mr. Sudalaimuthu said that India had become one among the top countries in empowering women through employment and education. The women, who were sidelined by the society for so long, had been slowly and steadily getting the much needed exposure in all fields including politics, public life and others. They have demonstrated their abilities and skills in various fields. There were a number of opportunities available for them and these should be utilised well.
He also outlined the need for increasing awareness among the women and students regarding health issues.
K. Manimekalai, Registrar, spoke.