VP: Fol­low In­dian tra­di­tion, treat women with re­spect

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AL­LA­HABAD : At a time when #MeToo move­ment is bring­ing to fore the ha­rass­ment be­ing faced by women in so­cial and pro­fes­sional spheres in In­dia, Vice Pres­i­dent M Venka­iah Naidu has re­minded coun­try­men, es­pe­cially the young­sters, of In­dia’s tra­di­tion of honour­ing women and treat­ing them with re­spect. Driv­ing home his point, Naidu also said how all prom­i­nent rivers of the na­tion like the Ganga, the Ya­muna, the myth­i­cal Saraswati and the Go­dawari have fem­i­nine names and how names of god­desses al­ways come be­fore those of gods like Sita-Ram and Rad­heKr­ishna in­di­cat­ing our sense of re­spect to­wards women.

AL­LA­HABAD : At a time when #MeToo move­ment is bring­ing to fore the ha­rass­ment be­ing faced by women in so­cial and pro­fes­sional spheres in In­dia, Vice Pres­i­dent M Venka­iah Naidu has re­minded coun­try­men, es­pe­cially the young­sters, of In­dia’s age-old tra­di­tion of honour­ing women and treat­ing them with re­spect.

Driv­ing home his point, Naidu also said how all prom­i­nent rivers of the na­tion like the Ganga, the Ya­muna, the myth­i­cal Saraswati and the Go­dawari have fem­i­nine names and how names of god­desses al­ways come be­fore those of gods like Sita-Ram and Radhe-Kr­ishna in­di­cat­ing our sense of re­spect to­wards women.

Naidu also said how god­desses like Saraswati, Lak­shmi and Durga have been ac­corded great re­spect and are wor­shipped to get their bless­ings of knowl­edge, wealth and power.

“Girls and women should get op­por­tu­ni­ties to prove their met­tle and we need to give some­time to these op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­pact their lives and help them con­trib­ute to the na­tion’s progress,” he added.

He said there was a need for en­sur­ing equal op­por­tu­ni­ties for the fairer sex in all spheres.

The vice pres­i­dent was speak­ing at a func­tion or­gan­ised at the In­dian In­sti­tute of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Al­la­habad (IIIT-A) to mark the start of its two-year cel­e­bra­tion ’Be­yond Twenty by 2020’ on the oc­ca­sion of 20th an­niver­sary of the in­sti­tute on Satur­day.

Ad­dress­ing stu­dents, he said the global land­scape was chang­ing fast. “So is the ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem. A num­ber of cur­ric­u­lar and ped­a­gog­i­cal in­no­va­tions are tak­ing shape across the na­tion. Stu­dents are learn­ing by do­ing, ex­per­i­ment­ing and find­ing so­lu­tions to con­tem­po­rary prob­lems. Stu­dents are fo­cus­ing on mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary ap­pli­ca­tion of knowl­edge. New do­mains are emerg­ing such as big-data an­a­lyt­ics and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence,” Naidu said.

“We need to en­hance ac­cess to ser­vices like ed­u­ca­tion, qual­ity health care, timely, au­then­tic and rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion, ac­cess to govern­ment ser­vices and e-gov­er­nance ini­tia­tives,” he added. Ut­tar Pradesh gov­er­nor Ram Naik, chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath and chair­man of IIIT-A board of gov­er­nors Ravi Kant were prom­i­nent among those present on the oc­ca­sion.

HT

▪ Vice Pres­i­dent M Venka­iah Naidu at the In­dian In­sti­tute of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Al­la­habad on Satur­day.

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