These women maybe a bit frail, but not their message

COMING TOGETHER: Past and present women Vice-Chancellors on stage at Alagappa University in Karaikudi on Wednesday.  

C. Jaishankar

International Women's Day with a difference at Alagappa University

Karaikudi: It was an International Women's Day with a difference. The speakers did not voice against gender discrimination and exploitation or urged the young girls to fight against inequality. Alagappa University, the host, celebrated the Women's Day to motivate young girls and rural women by bringing on stage 10 former and present women Vice-Chancellors of Tamil Nadu.

Some of these illustrious women Vice-Chancellors could not walk or climb on to the stage or get into the car without the help owing to old age. Some could only speak softly, but the message was loud. "When we (women Vice-Chancellors) could contribute for the cause of education and uplift at a time when oppression against women was at its peak, why can't you now, in an era of friendly and near-equal environment." This was the bottom line of speakers.

Vice-Chancellor of Alagappa University P. Kanniappan, the man behind the `feat,' honoured the women with award for their contribution to education.

The women

Radha Thiagarajan, K. Rukmani, Jaya Kothai Pillar, Yasodha Shanmugasundaram, Lakshmi Shantha Rajagopal, G. Pankajam, Anandhavalli Mahadevan, all former vice-chancellors, Saroja Prabakaran, D. Janaki and Cynthia Pandian, Vice-Chancellors of Avinashilingam, Mother Teresa and Manonmaniam Sundaranar Universities respectively, were the illustrious women.