Women’s Day Celebrated at NIT Calicut
International Women's Day celebrations at NIT Calicut were organised by the Centre for Women Welfare and Social Empowerment (CWSE) during the second week of March 2023.
The festivities began on March 7th evening with a Campus Walkathon that was officially kicked off by the Director, Prof. Dr. Prasad Krishna, and the Deputy Director, Prof. P. S. Sathidevi. On March 8, International Women’s Day, the research festival Constellate '23, with the topic "Women in STEAM," was co-organised by CWSE in conjunction with the Research Forum NIT Calicut. As a part of the Women's Day events, several competitions were also held for the student body. A digital poster design competition with the theme "Women in STEAM" and an elocution contest with the topic "My Social Responsibility" were held among the pupils.
On March 10th, an official event was organised with participation from eminent women achievers. Dr. Suni Vasudevan, chairperson, CWSE welcomed the dignitaries at the function. Dr. Rajalakshmi Menon, Director, Centre for Airborne Systems, Defence Research and Development Organization formally inaugurated the Centre for Women's Welfare and Social Empowerment at NIT Calicut. In her lecture, Dr. Rajalakshmi Menon emphasised the necessity of female leadership and urged the women community to step forward and accept the challenge. Director Prof. Prasad Krishna presided over the event and emphasised the need of women working together for successful outcomes, including entrepreneurship. In her remarks, Lt. Cdr. Kulbir Kaur, the event's Guest of Honour, made special mention of a number of accomplished women scientists who were instrumental in developing the country's science and technology foundation. Lt. Cdr. Kulbir Kaur also launched the website of Centre for Women Welfare and Social Empowerment at the event. Prof. Dr. Sathidevi P. S., Deputy Director of NIT Calicut, delivered the message on women's day in which she highlighted the importance of societal support for increasing the participation of women in positions of leadership. Registrar Commander (Dr.) Shamasundara M. S., emphasized the need for women's empowerment to begin with each individual's family and Prof. Dr. A. Shaija, Chairperson of the Internal Complaints Committee, urged the women's community to speak out against offensive gestures and to maintain high levels of self-respect at all times. Women employees who have been in service for more than 25 years at NIT Calicut were honoured at the event. Students also held a brief discussion on the subject of "Embracing Equity: Challenges and Experiences". Awards were given out to the winners of various events arranged as part of Women's Day and Dr. Lintu Rajan expressed her appreciation at the conclusion of the programme.