National seminar attracts 204 papers

A two-day national seminar titled ‘Issues and Challenges of Women in Indian Society’ organised by the department of women studies, Bharathidasan University, attracted 204 papers focussing on equal status and liberty for women. At the inaugural session on Monday, Vice Chancellor K. Meena released two volumes of the presented papers. She handed over the first copies of the volumes to K. Manimekalai, Vice Chancellor, Mother Teresa Women’s University.

The programme coincided with the birth anniversary of poet Bharathidasan whose significant contribution to women’s rights and equality came in for praise from the participants, N. Murugeswari, head (in-charge), Department of Women’s Studies, and organising secretary, said.

At the valedictory session, Ms. Meena said women should fight for securing equal rights of female children, and upkeep of their health and hygiene. She described the intended impact of the university’s WISH (Women Involved in Sanitation and Hygiene) project initiated recently with Rs. 55 lakh funding from BHEL under its CSR programme. The project covers eight districts, Ms. Meena said, adding that it was aligned to the progress of women on the fronts of education, health, and sanitation envisioned by Chief Minister’s Vision 2023 document.

Ms. Manimekalai said providing ideal environment to female children was vital for social harmony, and cautioned that psychological disturbance experienced by victims of child abuse at a later stage would turn detrimental to society’s progress.

K. Sekar, principal, Chidambaram Pillai College of Women, and Muthu Ramakrishnan, professor, department of mathematics, National College, both syndicate Members of Bharathidasan University, took part.