International Women’s Day Celebration at ICAR-VPKAS, Almora
ICAR Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora observed International Women’s Day in both its campus at Almora and Hawalbagh as well as in its KVKs at Kafligair, Bageshwar and Chinyalisaur, Uttarkashi. At Almora campus, a meeting was held in which women employees of the institute and women from Almora city known for their exemplary contributions in their respective fields participated. Dr. Diva Bhatt, Professor, SSJ Campus and Dr. Kusum Lata, Senior Radiologist from District Hospital, Almora were the two eminent speakers for the day. Director of the Institute, Dr. Lakshmi Kant, in his address acknowledged all the eminent women scientists in India and the world for their contribution in field of science and technology. It was an occasion for the members to ponder and reflect on women’s status, to appreciate how much has been done and what more needs to be done in the field of gender equality. The theme given for the year 2020 “Each for Equal” was elucidated. During the event Dr. Kusum Lata addressed that there should be a balance between careers and family, also addressed that women should know their rights and have their own voice.
Dr. Diva Bhatt presented an overview of women’s status in India and how it changed over time. Further she said, gender equality is very important for a healthy and progressive nation. Dr. Kushagra Joshi, Scientist highlighted ‘women empowerment’ as a means of gender equality and strategies for mainstreaming gender issues in various fields. Dr. Renu Jethi, Scientist briefed Institute’s work on farm women empowerment. Various speakers presented their views on women’s status and ways to tackle the persistent barriers against gender equality. Dr. Lakshmi Kant, Director in his welcome address highlighted the theme of this year and said that similar spirit has been highlighted in our constitutions also. He also highlighted the contributions made by the best women scientists of India, including Agricultural Scientists. Dr. J. K. Bisht, Head, Crop Production Division extended vote of thanks to the guests and participants in making the event successful.
Goshthi on International Women’s Day at Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh
At Experimental farm, ICAR-VPKAS, Hawalbagh, International Women’s Day was celebrated in which all the staff of the farm participated. On this occasion, talks on “Achievements of women in the field of Agriculture” by Dr. Anuradha Bhartiya, Scientist, CID “Role of Women in Hill” By Dr. Ashish Kumar, Scientist, CPS and “Importance of Women in Hill Agriculture” by Dr. Ramesh Pal were delivered.
International Women's Day celebration at KVK Kafligair
In Bageshwar district, KVK, Kafligair celebrated the Day by organizing a goshthi in which 78 participants including zila panchayat members, women farmer and personnels from rural development and Women and Child development sector participated. Lectures on importance of women’s role in hill agriculture were organized.
International Women's Day celebration at KVK, Chinyalisaur, Uttarkashi
In Uttarkashi District, a 3 days programme-cum-campaign was initiated by KVK Chinyalisaur for celebration of International Women’s Day wef 6th March to 8th March 2020. On 6th March 2020, women from Village Bagori, Dunda and Tehri were invited at KVK Campus. DDM NABARD, Shri Sunil Mohankrishna, as Chief Guest and In-charge KVK, Uttarkashi delivered motivational speech to end gender biases, and stressed recognizing the role women play in shaping the future of a family, society and a nation. On 7th March KVK staff and trainees visited Village Bharkot and motivated the villagers regarding women empowerment, health and security. On 8th March, International Women’s Day was celebrated by organizing an awareness campaign in KVK campus in which Anganwadi and ASHA workers were invited. Dr. Pankaj Nautiyal, Incharge KVK pressed for need of Nutri-gardens and vegetable crops. Dr. Jitendra Kumar, Scientist ICAR-VPKAS, Almora told that women often neglect their health, thus information about Nutri-Thali, prepared from traditional food is very much important for them. More than 100 participants made the campaign was a huge success and everyone felt inspired.