Madurai Kamaraj University has become a shining example: Vice-Chancellor
MADURAI: The Madurai Kamaraj University has become a “shining example” of women’s empowerment following effective steps taken in recent months in that direction, R. Karpaga Kumaravel, Vice-Chancellor of the university, said here on Tuesday.
He pointed out that the appointment of women in some key positions in the varsity were examples of the importance being given to them in the campus.
“I am not only preaching women’s emancipation, but also practising it in my official capacity. Four important positions, including that of the Additional Controller of Examinations, are now occupied by women. Madurai Kamaraj University is a shining example of women empowerment,” the Vice-Chancellor said.
Dr. Karapaga Kumaravel was speaking at a function organised by the Madurai Kamaraj University Faculty Association (MUFA) and the university’s women’s cell as a part of the International Women’s Day celebrations.
Stating that the first appointment made by him after becoming Vice-Chancellor was making a woman in-charge of the NSS wing, he said that another appointment was that of a faculty member A. Santha who was given the task of managing the Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC).
“Many eyebrows were raised when a woman was appointed as Additional Controller of Examinations because it was a tough job to cater to needs of 1.4 lakh distance education students. But, still I went in favour of K. Deivamani and she is doing well,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor also mentioned about the appointment of Dhulasi Brindha as Coordinator for University with Potential for Excellence schemes for humanities/social sciences departments.
According to him, in the recent appointment of 12 lecturers, nearly half were women.
Dr. Karpaga Kumaravel had announced in the meeting that the university would establish a Department of Women’s Studies and a proposal was forwarded to the University Grants Commission.
The Vice-Chancellor released a book — “Woman: Her History and her struggle for emancipation” — jointly written by MKU faculty member B. S. Chandrababu from School of Historical Studies and L. Thilakavathi from APA College in Palani.
The first copy of the book was received by A. Arulmozhi, Advocate, Madras High Court, Chennai.
I. Singaram, university Registrar, A. Santha, Convenor, MKU Women’s Cell and S. Perumal, Syndicate member were among those who participated in the function.