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UGC, AICTE should expand funding for empowerment programmes



This would transform women into better managers, say academic achievers

Women academic achievers serving as heads of leading institutions made a fervent plea to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on Monday to broad base their financial support for conduct of empowerment programmes meant to transform women into better managers.

The request articulated by Susheela Kaushik, former Director, Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Delhi, by citing an impact analysis that reflected robust career progression of participants of such programs over the years, was endorsed by Gitanjali Batmanabane, Director, AIIMS, Bhuvaneshwar; Kamala Sankaran, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchi; and Mini Shaji Thomas, Director, National Institute of Technology - Tiruchi, during the inaugural of a workshop on ‘Capacity Building of Women Managers in Higher Education’ at the NITT.

The focus of the six-day motivational workshop was to sensitise, create awareness and build motivation of women faculty members awaiting academic leadership roles ahead.

While women’s innate capability for multi-tasking stands them in good stead to handle managerial positions effectively, there is much more latent potential that could be realised by getting out of comfort zone, Dr. Gitanjali Batmanabane observed while inaugurating the programme.

“Go for it when opportunities arise,” Dr. Gitanjali exhorted a gathering of women faculty members, adding: "Tap the utility of open source resources and internalise it to adapt your requirements. Learning from mistakes is what would make women better managers."

Dr. Kamala Sankaran said that though women were of late making their presence increasingly felt in engineering and law, as in social sciences area, there was still a need to break the glass ceiling. The critical mass, she hoped, would augur well for a change for the better.

Steady increase in the number of women faculty members and girl students in NITT was a reason for hosting the motivational program, Dr. Mini Shaji Thomas said.

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