Venka­iah: Women need more em­pow­er­ment

Deccan Chronicle - - POLITICS - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Vice-Pres­i­dent M. Venka­iah Naidu said no nation could progress if women lag be­hind. Ev­ery ef­fort has to be made to em­power them eco­nom­i­cally, po­lit­i­cally and in other fields.

Mr Naidu was speak­ing a after lay­ing the foun­da­tion stone for the Re­gional Vo­ca­tional Train­ing In­sti­tute on Satur­day at Hy­der­abad.

He said that from the Vedic times women were treated with re­spect and ven­er­a­tion in In­dia.

“In Hindu mythol­ogy, Lak­shmi is the god­dess of wealth, Durga is the god­dess of power and Saraswathi is the god­dess of learn­ing. The re­spect ac­corded in an­cient times to women is miss­ing in mod­ern times and this ten­dency not to treat them as equals has ap­par­ently con­trib­uted to lower lit­er­acy rates and lack of em­pow­er­ment,” he said.

He said that suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments were try­ing to cor­rect this dis­tor­tion and change the mind­set of the peo­ple by ac­cord­ing equal im­por­tance to boys and girls in all mat­ters from ed­u­ca­tion to in­her­i­tance of prop­er­ties.

He said that he was told that the RVTIs were mainly set up to train women in­struc­tors who would teach stu­dents through a net­work of In­dus­trial Train­ing In­sti­tutes (ITIs). The RVTIs of­fer train­ing in fash­ion de­sign and tech­nol­ogy, ar­chi­tec­tural as­sist­ant­ship, cos­me­tol­ogy, front of­fice as­sis­tant, sec­re­tar­ial prac­tice (English), food and bev­er­ages ser­vice as­sis­tant.

He also in­au­gu­rated the cen­tre of ex­cel­lence of the In­sti­tute of Com­pany Sec­re­taries of In­dia. Speak­ing at the event, Mr Naidu said that in the wake of glob­al­i­sa­tion and the in­creas­ing role of cor­po­rates in driv­ing economies, it had be­come im­per­a­tive for pro­fes­sion­als like com­pany sec­re­taries to ac­quire cut­ting-edge knowl­edge and skills that were not only in tune with the best prac­tices but also fa­cil­i­tate and pro­mote good cor­po­rate gover­nance.

He said apart from set­ting the bench­mark for high stan­dards in cor­po­rate gover­nance, such cen­tres should ac­cord high pri­or­ity to re­search and in­no­va­tive prac­tices.

— DC

Vice-Pres­i­dent M. Venka­iah Naidu speaks with Union min­is­ter Dhar­men­dra Prad­han at the the stone-lay­ing cer­e­mony for the Re­gional Vo­ca­tional Train­ing In­sti­tute at Shivam Road in Hy­der­abad.

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