Workshop on 'Gender Sensitization in Management Education'
Center for Women Development, IFHE, organized a five-day Workshop Titled ‘Gender Sensitization in Management Training’ from March 30th to April 03, 2015. The resource persons of the Workshop were : Prof.Susheela Kaushik, Former Director of Women’s Studies at Delhi University, Prof.Reicha Tanwar, Director, Center for Women Studies, Kurukshetra University, Prof.Usha Rani, Director, Center for Women Studies, Sri Venkateswara University and other experts in this field.
With increasing number of women entering professional life, growing issues concerning women and gender relations, sensitizing men and women, towards achieving better, deeper understanding and empathy towards each other had been the aim of this Workshop. The recent developments and laws on Women harassment in workplaces, how women need to manage professional and personal lives, the support systems that help women excel, the flexibility work models that benefit women, importance of leadership, mentoring and networking, concerns over gender inequity in academic governance, are some of the topics that were discussed in the Workshop.
The Workshop was attended by faculty from Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Open University, Global Education Center, and Faculty from IFHE. The Workshop was very informative, interactive, and fruitful, provided a platform for experience sharing and learning for the participants.
On the occasion of ‘International Women’s Day’ on 8th March 2017, Centre for Women Development, IFHE celebrated the International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, with the theme ‘Role of women in entrepreneurship and innovation – a bold perspective for change’. A business training program was also organized for around 50 rural women entrepreneurs from the nearby villages surrounding IFHE Campus (Janwada, Dontanapally, Gopularam, Mokila, and Kondakal) .
The program was presided by the Vice Chancellor of IFHE, Dr. J Mahender Reddy. Smt. Sobha Rani Yasaswy, President, ICFAI Society graced the occasion. The women of honor for the event were Smt. A Kalamani – Ex Officio Member – Executive Director & COO, Andhra Pradesh Mahila Abhivruddi Society (APMAS), Smt. T Ranganayaki - Retd. Sr. Manager and Head of the Women Development Cell, Andhra Pragati Grameena Bank, Kadapa, Smt. D P Vasundhara – NGO Cooperative Development Foundation and Consultant to APMAS, Ms.Sravanti, Project Manager Microsoft and Smt. Aruna – Social Entrepreneur – Bamboo House India and Recycled India.
The key note address was delivered by Smt. A Kalamani on the topic ‘Be bold for change’, where she emphasized that every household, city and nation should become bold to create an equal identity to women. She stressed that could be made possible only by providing equal rights to women, ensuring a safe and secure environment free from harassment, imparting them education, and giving them freedom to become economically independent. She conveyed that it is the right time to break the stereotype and steer the change.
Ms.D.P.Vasundhara, NGO Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) spoke on elimination of Rural Poverty through the functioning of Cooperative Finance for women entrepreneurs. Ms.Vasundhra gave them tips to save money and how to invest it for small business. Prof.G.K.Srikanth, Faculty, IBS in his session dealt about Business ideas with minimum capital. Ms. Aruna Lingam- Social Entrepreneur -BAMBOO HOUSE INDIA and RECYCLEDINDIA explained Skill development techniques on recycling from waste material through her live videos and shared her experiences and the challenges which she faced while starting her business. Ms.T. Ranganayaki – Retd.Sr. Manager and Head of the Women Development Cell, Andhra Pragati Graameena Bank, Kadapa. The techniques of Procurement of loans for women entrepreneurs were discussed. She presented the services and facilities provided by NIRD, Hyderabad in training women to start their own business. She even distributed brochures on skill development programmes offered by NIRD, Hyderabad to the participants. Ms. Harika, Faculty FST demonstrated Digital Transactions using mobile Phones. Ms.Sravanti, Sr.Software Engineer Microsoft conducted a session on Digital Marketing. Ms.Jayanthi Faculty, Law college FOL, IFHE spoke about Leadership and qualities of a good leader by giving examples of successful sarpanches of India.
The FST Diector,Prof.Srinivas Reddy, Prof.Koteshwar Rao Co-ordinator of Centre for Entrepreneur development, area co-coordinators and faculty members across all disciplines including Law, FST, administrative staff, Mr.Sudhakar from branding department, press and electronic media attended the Inaugural function. ‘Red Bull’, the health drink sponsored drinks to the participants.
The program concluded with the Valedictory Session, the participants received Certificates from Prof.Shailajan-Dean Academics and kits from Ms.S.Vijayalakshmi followed by Vote of thanks by Prof.V.Padmavathi convenor of the Program.