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IGNOU rural women students got 100 percent employment- a real spirit of international womens day

21 March, 2013

Indira Gandhi National Open University Nagpur Regional Centre organized a programme at St. Joseph Hospital, Yerla village, Katol Road on 7th March 2013 to appreciate those rural women students, who got employment just after completion of their six months Certificate programme in Home Based Health Care (CHBHC) and also to celebrate the International Women’s Day 2013, along with the First Meeting of the Regional Centre Committee against Sexual Harassment (RCCASH).

The programme was presided by Prof. (Ms.) Kamal Singh, Ex. Vice Chancellor, SGB Amravati University, Chief Guest Padmashree Dr. VikasMahatme, a noted eye surgeon and special guest Dr. (Mrs.) MrunaliniFadnavis, Principal, MahilaMahavidyalaya, Nagpur. In his welcome address, Dr. P. Sivaswaroop, Regional Director of IGNOU Nagpur Regional Centre wholeheartedly appreciated the success of all the rural women students who passed with flying colours and also secured a job for themselves. He attributed their success to their hard work as well as to the dedication of the staff of IGNOU Programme Study Centre at St.

Joseph Hospital. Dr. Sivaswaroop stated that now a days, even for Post Graduates unemployment is haunting, Rural women students with 10th pass qualification getting a job in their own village is the true example of women empowerment. Dr. (Ms.) Charmaine, Head, St. Joseph Hospital apprised the audience with the aim of their mission to preserve life. She acquainted them with the various departments of the Hospital like Eye, Dental, Surgery and diagnostic facilities like X-ray, ECG, sonography.

Delivering her speech, Dr. Kamal Singh, President of the function and the Chair Person of the RCCASH appreciated the efforts of IGNOU in reaching the remote rural areas for providing education. She pointed out that health care is still not adequate in rural areas. She appealed to increase awareness in health care in rural areas. She quoted SantGadge Baba saying that he placed a child’s education on foremost priority. She stressed on external as well as internal cleanliness citing the example of the Sisters at the hospital.

Sister Gracy of St. Joseph Mission told the history of their mission, Sisters of St. Joseph Charbery. She informed that the mission started in 1864 at Kamptee and this hospital at Yerla was built in 2010. Dr. VikasMahatme in his speech acknowledged the importance of implementation. He said that knowledge should be coupled with skill and right attitude. Women are more skill oriented, dedicated and affectionate by nature. He stressed upon the importance of training in empowering the women. Dr. (Mrs.) MrunaliniFadnavis greeted the women audience on the occasion of International Women’s Day. She said that like Mahila Bank as announced in Budget 2013 there should be also Skill Development Centres for women. She said that this type of function reflects the true spirit of women empowerment.

The topper of the CHBHC students Ms. Savita recounted the hardships during her pathway to education. She quoted that once your determination is there nobody can stop you further to achieve the results. She quoted the example of SavitribaiPhule, the Great Women Reformer. She praised sisters of St. Joseph Hospital for their dedication and contribution to her success. Another student Ms. Rajni said that position of women in the society was very poor and is slowly improving by participation of women in such type of job-oriented training programmes. The IGNOU students have performed beautiful dances. A large number of Yerla village women, along with the Sarpanch of the village, Smt. Sandhya also participated in the function. The programme was attended by Sister preety, ProgrammeIncharge of the IGNOU Centre at St. Joseph Hospital, Dr. Vikas Singhal, Dr. R. Meena, Dr. Venkateshwarlu, Assistant Regional Directors, Mr. UdayLohakare, Consultant, Mr. Shesadri, SO from IGNOU Regional Centre. Sister Priyanka proposed a formal Vote of Thanks.