Ludhiana, Mar 9 (IBNS) Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Saturday said that the Government of India has taken concrete steps to ensure safety and dignity of the women, but with the active support of the society the efforts of the government can yield much better results.
He said this while addressing the annual convocation of Ramgarhia Girls' College, Ludhiana in Punjab on Saturday.
He said that for creating a free and a safe environment for women, there was need to bring about a change in the mindset of the people towards women.
The Minister emphasized that the society has to accept women as equal partners in the development of the nation and society.
On their part, the women will also have to play bigger role in eliminating social evils, he added.
Tewari informed that the Government of India has initiated the skill development programme and urged the women to come forward to join the programme in large numbers.
He urged the college authorities for updating the curriculum according to the need of the hour and asked them to foster a close liaison with the industry.
Congratulating the proud recipients of degrees, Tewari said that a bright future lies ahead for them and there is no reason why they should not enter the world with there wings spread out into the endless sky.
On the occasion, Tewari awarded Role of Honour to 21 students who brought glory to the college in various fields. He also conferred the Masters and Bachelors degrees upon 783 students.
The Minister also inaugurated the Computer Lab of the college for which a grant of Rs. 5 lakhs has been provided by Tewari from his MPLADS (Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme) fund.
He further assured the college of all financial help from his MPLADS fund for the development of the institution.
Addressing the students, President of Ramgarhia Education Council, Ranjodh Singh said that numerous opportunities await the students who had attained the degree with strenuous efforts.
Principal Narinder Kaur Sandhu urged the students to adhere to the values they have gained during their stay in the institution.
On the occasion, Tewari was also honoured by the Ramgarhia Educational Trust.
Others present on the occasion included former Punjab Minister Malkit Singh Dakha, DCC (U) President Pawan Dewan & former Chairman of Housefed K.K Bawa.
Earlier in the morning, Tewari inaugurated the rural sports meet at Village Malakpur organized by Diamond Youth Welfare Club.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the UPA government is committed to strengthening of rural sports infrastructure in the country so that the energy of the youth could be utilized in a positive way.