Vellore: If the government is not able to step up the budget allocation for the education sector, it can at least begin by providing free higher education to girls.
The suggestion was made by VIT founder-Chancellor G Viswanathan at the inauguration of Vellore Institute of Technology’s (VIT’s) two new buildings: a 13-floor hostel block named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and a five-floor administrative block named in memory of Mahatma Gandhi, and International Women’s Day celebrations at the Dr M Channa Reddy Auditorium in the institution at Vellore yesterday.
He said women constitute 49 per cent of India’s population, yet they are not adequately represented in the workforce, legislature or judiciary.
Indian Bank MD and CEO Padmaja Chunduru, who was the chief guest, said, ‘Indian Bank has 33 per cent women employees. Empowerment is something that is in us. It should be achieved through proper education and equality in thinking. Secondly, support from parents, spouse and friends is also crucial for our empowerment,’ she added.
Ramco Systems Delivery and Support (ERP) VP G Muthazhagi, an alumna of VIT, was the guest of honour.
VIT vice-presidents Sankar Viswanathan and Sekar Viswanathan handed over mementoes to the guests. Vice-Chancellor, Prof Anand A Samuel, Executive Director Sandhya Pentareddy and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof S Narayanan, were present. Rakshanya Sekar and Sonal Singh delivered the welcome address and vote of thanks.