International Women’s Day celebrated with enthusiasm, zeal

Women during International Day celebrations at Jammu on Thursday.
Women during International Day celebrations at Jammu on Thursday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 8: International Women’s Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal.
Usha Vohra, First Lady participated in a function organised by the J&K Police for celebrating the International Women’s Day, here in the evening. Vohra lauded the well organised cultural programme comprising songs, poem recitation, skits, folk dances and presentations made by lady officers Anita Sharma and Sargun Shukla, on the “Role of Women Police in J&K” and “Legal provisions/laws provided for the protection/empowerment of Women” respectively. Vohra launched the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Women Safety App and felicitated the wives of police martyrs and women police officer achievers on the occasion. Prof RD Sharma, Vice-Chancellor Jammu University, police officers and their families and distinguished guests were among those present on the occasion. Those, who were honoured include Shaheen Ayoub wife of late DySP Mohammad Ayoub Pandit, Mubina Akhter wife of late SI Feroz Ahmad Dar, Dyuti Rani Doley, Director SVP National Police Academy Hyderabad, Bharti Vaid, Chairperson Police Wives Welfare Association, Sargun Shukla, SP Leh,   Anita Sharma, SSP, Naila Zahoor, FA/CAO, PHQ, SP, Mamta Sharma, SP, Ranu Kundal, DySP, Rajni Sharma, DySP, Shakti Devi (in absentia), Inspector, Gulshan Akhter, Inspector, Renu Rattan, SI and Arti Thakur SI. Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr SP Vaid, Director General of Police, spoke about the need for making women feel safe. Dr Bharti Vaid, presented the vote of thanks.
Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar underlined the need to talk about the women issues at every forum and highlight the role they play in shaping a prosperous society. The Minister was speaking at International Women’s Day function organized by Rotary Club, Jammu Tawi to felicitate women with extraordinary achievements.
The distinguished women who were honoured on the occasion included Dr Shashi Gupta, Dr Heena Shafi Bhat, Meenu Mahajan, Sunaina Mehta and Veena Gupta who have excelled and outshined opposite gender at miles.

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President of the Rotary Club, Jammu Tawi Jaswant Rai Gupta, Secretary of the Club Raman Sherpuri, President Chamber of Commerce and Industries Rakesh Gupta also shared the podium.
Minister of State for Education, Technical Education, Culture and Tourism, Priya Sethi today said that series of women centric schemes launched by centre and State Government in past few years have enabled the womenfolk to live their dreams. “It is for the first time in history that so many women oriented schemes have been launched to give them an honourable, secure and comfortable life ” Priya Sethi said while speaking at separate functions organized  at Govt. Polytechnic College and Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidhyalaya , Jammu to mark International Women’s Day Celebrations.
International Centre for Cross Cultural Research and Human Resource Management (ICccR & HRM), University of Jammu in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII-Jammu) today organised a panel discussion on the theme “Press for Progress”. The panellists for the occasion were Mansi Gupta, Centre Director, JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Renuka Rana Modi, Owner of Renuka Bakers and Parul Jasrotia, a renowned Himalayan trekker. Prof Deepak Raj Gupta recalled the past achievements made by the Founder Director, ICccR & HRM, Professor Neelu Rohmetra whose leadership and visionary approach towards institution building has paved way for creating institutions that are inclusive of diversity and culture. In context of theme “Press for Progress”, the students of MBA (International Business) also showcased various documentaries on leading female entrepreneurs of Jammu and Kashmir. The panel discussion was attended by the students of MBA (International Business), research scholars and faculty members.
International Women’s Day was celebrated by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. During the event, Registrar Prof VK Bhat, Assistant Registrar Saitu, Dean of Students Prof Yugal Khajuria, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof VK Tripathi and various School Heads, faculty members, staff members and students were present. Prof Sharda, Shreya, Muskan and Navleen presented their views in speeches and through songs.
As part of the celebration of International Women’s Day, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi College of Nursing (SMVDCoN), Kakryal, organised a preliminary screening camp for women employees of the Shrine Board to conduct their general health check up at the Spiritual Growth Centre, Katra. The students of the SMVDCoN conducted blood sugar testing of the visitors to the camp. They were also advised about diets to be taken in case of hypertension, diabetes and anaemia. More than 40 women employees of the Board participated in the camp. SMVDCoN also organised a health awareness camp for women at Kakryal. Nearly 40 women took part in this camp. These camps were organised under the supervision of Dr Shailla Cannie, Principal of the SMVDCoN.
Dogra Law College celebrated International Women’s Day. On the occasion, a paper presentation was organized in the in which students of both BA LLB and LLB participated. The theme of the presentation was “A Day without Women”. Ten students participated in the event and expressed their views on the topic. Certificates of participation were dispensed to the all the participants. Mubarak Singh, Director Administration and Campus Development and Prof VP Magotra, Principal, Dogra Law College presided over the function.
In order to pay tribute to the economic, social, cultural and political achievements made by women, Vivekananda College of Education celebrated International Women’s Day in which Dr Anju Sharma was the chief guest. Lecturer Vijay Kumar Taak expressed views on the occasion. The students Bhawana and Mala presented the poems and Brownia delivered the speech. Principal presented the diaries to the faculty members of the college.
Vishwa Bharati College of Education celebrated International Women’s Day. The programme started with lighting of lamp by the chief guest Prof AN Sadhu, followed by the welcome address by Prof Suneeta Kampassi, Principal of the college. The students presented colourful programme including poems recitation, solo songs and pooja, speeches and dance.
International Women’s Day was celebrated in Institute of Management Sciences, with a yellow dress code for the women. The events were debate competition, mehendi and jewellery making competition, in which students participated actively. The event was titled “Naari Shakti Ka Abhishek” which was organised by the Cultural and Literary Committee of IMS headed by Gurshish Kour, Divya Jamwal and Sheetal Sharma. The first place for the event debate competition was bagged by Vanita and the second place was bagged by Vaishali Manhas. The first place for the Jewellery competition was bagged by Alisha and Riya and the second place was given to Anmol and Gourav. The first place for mehandi competition was given to Mehak Bhalla and Taniya Chalotra and the second place was bagged by Kavita and Shishandri. Dr Nitin Sikarwar, Director IMS, SK Gupta, Dean Academics and Prof JR Dhotra, Advisor IMS were also present on the occasion.
Dogra College of Education organized a seminar on “Saluting Women Contribution to the society with special reference to J&K State” on the eve of celebration of International Women’s Day. Indu Puri, Senior Lecturer, Dogra College of Education presented the welcome address. Teacher Trainees of Semester II gave their presentation on the day. NSS volunteers also expressed their concern over the various issues and highlighted the problems being faced by the women notably dowry, female foeticide and infanticide. Gulchain Singh Charak, Chairman Dogra Educational Trust, Samar Dev Singh Charak, Secretary Dogra Educational Trust, Mubarak Singh, Director Administration and Campus Development and many others were present on the occasion. Rupinder Sardhalia of Semester II, Pallavi Sharma of Semester IV and Anjali Rajput were adjudged first, second and third positions respectively.
Various institutions working under the aegis of Jamwal Group of Educational Institutions at Jammu, celebrated International Women’s Day with great enthusiasm at IECS. Students from Yogananda College of Engineering and Technology, National College of Education and IECS Polytechnic participated in various programmes. Dr Geetu Mahajan, a reputed Gynecologist delivered a lecture on health aspects of women. The students of various branches of engineering from YCET presented competitive nukkad nataks. Computer branch won the first prize while Civil branch was the runner up. Shiv Dev Singh Jamwal, Vice-Chairman JGEI, Dr Manju Dwivedi, Principal, NCE, Dr Sandeep Malik, Dean YCET, Prof KG Gupta, Principal, IECS, Er Ajay Singh Jamwal, Dean Administration, IECS and other faculty members were present on the occasion.
Rajiv Gandhi Memorial College of Education, Kathua celebrated International Women’s Day. On the occasion, inter-collegiate competitions were organised, in which students from different institutions participated. Anu Dogra, Chairperson, Dr GP Sachdev, Principal of the College, Dr AK Malhotra, Principal, Rajiv Gandhi Degree College, Principal Surya College, Charu Andotra, Principal Indian Public School, Dr Bandhana Bhasin, Head MEd Department of the College, students and staff members from different institutions were present on the occasion. Ashriti Sharma Shilpa Sharma and Priya Jasrotia bagged first, second and third prizes in essay writing contest. Ujjala Kumari, Rajat Manhas, Madhvi Jasrotia and Shilakaha Jasrotia emerged winners in poster making contest. Sabita Jamwal, Gurpreet Kour and Shilpa Verma bagged first, second and third prizes in elocution contest.
Trikuta Degree College, Nardni-Raipur organized an awareness rally in collaboration with NSS Unit of the college from village Nardani to Bantalab on International Women’s Day. All the NSS volunteers of the college participated with great enthusiasm in the rally. The rally was flagged by Suman Sharma Chairperson of the college along with Ravish Sharma, Managing Director and Jasuda Sharma CEO. Sunita Sharma Principal of the, Gurpreet Kour NSS Programme Officer and other, faculty members were also present on the occasion.
The NSS Unit of Chenab College of Education celebrated International Women’s Day. On the occasion, the students presented series of activities. Principal Dr Inderjeet Kour highlighted importance of the day.
International Women’s Day was celebrated at Dr RL Sharma Auditorium of Jammu Institute of Ayurveda and Research (JIAR). An impressive cultural programme was presented on the occasion. The theme of the event was “Press for Progress”. Chairperson of the College Suman Sharma, Dr Sakshi Sharma, Dr Twinkle Gupta, Dr Abhishek, Principal JIAR Dr Raghuvir Singh, Vice Principal Dr Nitin Mahajan, Managing Director Ravish Sharma, Ritesh Sharma, Japna Sharma and Jasudha Sharma were also present during the event.
Department of Civil Engineering, YCET organised a competitive presentation on the topic “Time is now: Rural and Urban activists transforming Women’ Lives” on the eve of International Women’s Day. Shubam Sharma and Anirudh Jagotra from Mechanical Department bagged first position. Indu Lidoo, COD Civil, Shazad Khan, Lecturer, Civil Engg, Dr Arvind Dewangan, Director, Er BR Verma, Chief Coordinator, Sandeep Malik, Dean, HODs of other departments and faculty members were present on the occasion.
A series of events were held in GCW Parade College, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. A scooty rally was flagged off by The Principal Dr Hemla Aggarwal. A cultural cum poetry recitation programme was also held in the college Auditorium in which 28 participants recited their own created poems.
The P.G Department of Home-Science in collaboration with Buddha Art Studies, started Diploma and Certificate Courses in Arts and Crafts, Bakery and Cooking for the students. In this connection an Art and Craft Exhibition was organized in the College which was inaugurated by  Principal, Dr Hemla Aggarwal.
Government Degree College, RS Pura under the guidance of Principal Prof Kalpana Kesar and under the supervision of Prof Shivani Sharma, Convener Literary and Cultural Committee along with other members of the committee celebrated International Women’s Day by conducting slogan writing and poster making competitions for students. Dr RK Bhat, Dr Vijender Kumar, Prof Shaveta Choudhary and Dr Namita Singh shared their views. Sanchit Kaswalia and Deepak Kumar, students of Semester II enthralled the audience by singing solo songs. Padmini Kumari, Nisha Choudhary and Kanchan Chib were adjudged as first, second and third respectively in poster making competition while Deepak Choudhary and Antisha Bhagat claimed first position, Tania Dagoria claimed second position and Pavneet Kour claimed third position in slogan writing competition.
GDC Bishnah organized a one day inter-collegiate symposium and slogan writing competition on International Women’s Day. Students while representing their respective colleges presented their ideas and views on the theme “Women Empowerment: A Pre-requisite for National Development”. Prof Kuldip Singh Koushal, Principal of the College was the chief guest and Prof Suresh K Sharma, Principal GDC Billawar was the guest of honour alongwith Yash Paul Sharma, Principal Government Higher Secondary School (B) Bishnah. In slogan writing competition, the first, second and third position were secured by Hansja Sharma, Supriya Sharma both from GCW Parade and Shagun Thakur, whereas in the symposium, the first, second and third positions were bagged by Supriya Sharma, Hansja Sharma both from GCW Parade and Rishav Bali of GGM Science College. Besides this 2 consolation prizes and participation certificates were provided to other participants.
Government PG College for Women Gandhi Nagar Jammu celebrated International Women’s Day. On the occasion, Principal of the college Prof Kaushal Smotra expressed views. A short programme including a skit, song and speeches on women related issues by the students marked the celebration to pay tribute to the spirit of being a woman.
Government Degree College Thannamandi in collaboration with Women Empowerment Cell of the college celebrated International Women’s Day by organizing intra college symposium on the topic “World’s Great Women”. Principal of the College, Prof (Dr) Shakeel Ahmed Raina was the chief guest on the occasion. Haqnawaz and Mehmood Ahmed got second and third positions respectively, while the first position was jointly shared by Danish Bashir and Afsana Chand. Prof Shaji Khan gave a power point presentation on the topic “Feminism and Women Writers in English”.
To commemorate International Women’s Day, Government Degree College, Khour organised a symposium on the topic “Are Women really empowered?”. Principal of the college Dr RK Raina, faculty members and students were present.
Government College for Women, Kathua celebrated International Women’s Day. Dr Kulvinder Kour, Principal of the college presided over the function. NSS volunteers presented various cultural items. Prof Madhvi Parasher, NSS Programme Officer, Prof Umesh, Convener NSS Advisory Committee, Prog Umesh Chander Kailoo, faculty members, students and NSS volunteers attended the function.
PG Department of Geography, Government Degree College Kathua celebrated International Women Day. The celebration started with plantation drive in the lawn of PG Department of Geography. All participated in the celebration and laid stress on the women empowerment, her achievements and role in the society. Principal of the college Prof KC Badgyal, HOD Geography Prof Nirmal Naryan, Prof Pawan Kumar, Dr Verinder Singh and other staff members were present on the occasion.
Kishtwar Campus, University of Jammu celebrated International Women’s Day by organizing a seminar on “Role of Women in the Society”. The seminar was inaugurated by Prof Haq Nawaz Sheikh, Director Kishtwar Campus, through video conferencing. Incharge Head of the Department of Computer Science and IT, Nidhi Sambyal, Faculty Member Department of Computer Science and IT Sumita Gupta, Incharge Head Department of Kashmiri Anzar Ali Zargar, other faculty members of the campus including Anil, Shabbir, Aamira and Manzoor expressed their views.
A seminar on women empowerment was organized by Gender Champions Committee of GDC Bhaderwah. Gender Champions Committee Prof Pinky Kotwal and other members of the committee were present on the occasion. Sharvan Goswami, Rabia Bano and Devansh Sharma bagged first, second and third positions respectively. The seminar was officially presided over by Dr Javed Iqbal Head Department of Botany.
The NSS Wing of the Government Polytechnic for Women Jammu celebrated the International Women’s Day under the supervision of the Principal of the institute Er Ritu Jamwal. During the program, the Programme Officer Bhavna Arora presented a detailed outline of the achievements of the women in the 21st century. The female students of the institute organized different cultural programmes. A cake cutting ceremony was also organized by them, wherein the staff members and students participated together.
DPS Udhampur organized a function in the premises of the school on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The day started with a colourful program by the students of Pre-primary and Primary Wing. The lime light of the day was the “Dr Lalita Gupta Memorial Woman of Worth” awards started by the management of the school in the memory of founder member of the school late Dr Lalita Gupta. The ‘Woman of Worth’ awards were bestowed upon Dr Santosh Sharma, Deputy CMO District Hospital Udhampur, Dr Kusum Gupta Gynecologist, Eva Raees Bhat and Geetika Kohli Amla Poetess and Writer. The mothers who were felicitated were Manavta Gupta, Samiksha Suri, Shivali Mahajan, Sonika Gupta, Renu Sharma, Meena Gandotra, Rajni Gupta and Ritu Kashyap. The chief guest of the day was the Pro-Vice Chairman of DPS Udhampur Dr JC. Principal of the school Kunal Anand was also present on the occasion.
Shri Ram Universal School organized a program on International Women’s Day in association with Youth Talent Search, forum of schools. Sarla Kohli, Retd Principal Science College and associated with NGO’s that work for women and girl child was the chief guest on the occasion. Sakshi and Santosh Sangra were the guests of honour. Madhvi Sharma from Radio Kashmir Jammu was the special guest. Ritula Singh, Principal, The Shri Ram Universal School, staff members and students of participating schools were also present on the occasion. Cultural items were presented by the teachers of member schools.
Bhartiya Vidya Mandir High School celebrated International Women’s Day. The chief guest on the occasion was Rajni Sehgal, Superintendent of District Jail Udhampur, while Renu Sharma Principal of the school and other women were also present on the occasion. Cultural programme was also present n the occasion.
Eminent Computer Institute, Miran Sahib celebrated International Women’s Day. On the occasion, the chief guest was Divya Bhushan and Sajid Ahmed Lone from JKEDI (Center for Women Entrepreneurship Jammu). Managing Directors Shakti Kumar and Karamjeet Kaur were also present on the occasion.
‘Meri Pehchan’, an exclusive club for women launched by Sandhya Gupta, a leading personality of Jammu celebrated Women’s Day at Amar Singh Club. It was attended by women from various fields. Meenu Mahajan, Mrs India Exquisite 2018 and a National award winner was the chief guest who was honoured by the Founder and Chief Patron, Women’s Club ‘Meri Pehchan’, Sandhya Gupta. The event then followed by honouring five women achievers of J&K, Sujata Anand (President of WOW, first ever women wing of Chamber of Commerce), Urja Singh (Chairperson of the Performers NGO and State President of J&K Betiya Foundation), Medha Arora (Miss Tourism Eva India, 2017), Arti Sharma Arora (Mrs. India Exquisite 2017 Runners-Up) and Dr Rinku (Director, Cynosure Prep School).
On the occasion of International Women’s Day celebration, a congregation in the Barnai Satsang Ashram of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) was conducted. Sadhdvi Nisha Bharti Ji narrated the vedic culture where we have seen that some of the most venerating regard for women has been found. Sadhvi Sonia Bharti also expressed her views.
“As we celebrate International Women’s Day, the gruesome rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl Asifa Bano in Kathua by the enemies of humanity remind us of the challenges confronting us. Everybody in Jammu and Kashmir, irrespective of color, caste, creed and religion should have raised their voice against this brutality, but unfortunately some fringe elements are trying to communalise this incident by holding meetings in favour of the accused, which is most unfortunate, said MLA M Y Tarigami. “We reiterate our commitment to continue our fight until we achieve our goal of emancipation and a society free from exploitation, carrying on the glorious traditions of International Women’s Day”, he added.
J&K Peoples Democratic Party Women’s Wing President and VC Women’s Development Commission Vijaya Dogra Katoch said that women empowerment is the priority of present coalition Government. She was addressing a women workers meeting to commemorate the International Women’s Day at party head quarters here in Jammu. On this occasion District President (Women) Jasmeet Pandey, Gurdeep Kour, Jassi Gandhi, Rajni Sharma, Nighat Chodhary, Parveen Akhtar and Anita Devi were also present and spoke on the occasion.
To celebrate the women’s achievements in the field of agriculture, Department of Agriculture celebrated International Women’s Day at Agriculture Complex, Lalmandi Srinagar. Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi inaugurated the function. Joint Director Agriculture (Extension/ Inputs/ Engineering), Deputy Director Agriculture, Central and large number of women officers and officials attended the function.
J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages organized multi lingual ladies symposia on the International Women’s Day. The event was held at head quarters of the Academy, Lal Mandi Srinagar which was presided over by noted poetess and Academician Prof Naseem Shifayee, while Dr Shabnam Ashayee was chief guest on the occasion. Prof Naseem Shifayee and Mohammad Ashraf Tak, Chief Editor JKAACL were also present on the occasion. The poetess who recited there poetry include Hameeda Shah Akhter, Shahida Shabnam, Zareefa Jan, Roohi Jan, Naseem Shifayee, Shagufta Zahid, Haleema Qadri, Nikhat Nazar, Shabnam Ashayee, Parveen Raja, Shakeela Begum, Aabida Naveed, Shaziya Kousar, Rihana Aziz, Nasreen Khan, Basharat un Nisa and many more.
J&K Grameen Bank celebrated International Women’s Day at Head Office Narwal. RK Chhibber, Chairman J&K Grameen Bank was the chief guest on the occasion. Naina Gupta, Manager Card and Operation Department, Jyotsna Garib, Senior Executive IT Department, Shravani Sharma, Priya Dogra and many others were present on the occasion.
To mark the importance of women’s role in the society, J&K BJP State Mahila Morcha organized a marathon on the eve of International Women’s Day. The marathon named as “Ek Daud Nay Dour Ki Aur (A run towards new era)”. BJP State President amd MLA Sat Sharma, State General Secretary (Org.) Ashok Kaul, State Vice-President Rajni Sethi, MoS Priya Sethi, MLA Rajesh Gupta, BJP State Mahila Morcha President Purnima Sharma graced the occasion. Mahila Morcha also announced awards for Dr Mehak National Awardee Younger Scientists, Palwi, Vandana, Palak Mohali National General, Rubeda Islan Income Tax Commissioner, Suhaprani Senior Worker of Mahila Morcha.
On International Women’s Day, Nami Dogri Sanstha Jammu (NDS) conferred Sanstha Sammaan Award to Shakuntla Joshi, an eminent educationist, social worker and President Gandhi Global Family Mahilla Wing. Shakuntla Joshi is the daughter of former MLA, Late Ram Chand Khajuria from Billawar. Capt. Lalit Sharma Convenor NDS, Dogra Harish Kaila President NDS, Prof Anupama Sharma Patron Youth Wing NDS and many others were present on the occasion.
On the eve of International Women’s Day, State Bank of India, Karan Nagar, Miran Sahib and Marh branches organised health check up camps in which large number of women inmates were examined by eminent doctors and medicines were distributed to them.
National Conference Women Wing celebrated International Women’s Day by organizing a women convention at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan, Jammu. NC Women Wing Provincial President Satwant Kour Dogra, Kuldeep Kour District President Jammu Rural-A, Daljeet Sharma, District President Jammu Rural-B, Rashida Begum and Dr Amina Sheikh expressed their views. Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, State Vice President Rattan Lal Gupta, Provincial Youth National Conference President Ajaz Jan and many others were present on the occasion.
Army celebrated International Women’s Day by conducting a variety of activities including motivational lecture, medical check-up camp, skit etc at Youth Centre Surankote, Youth Centre Chhatral, Army Goodwill School, Potha, Government High School, Poonch in Poonch district and Government High School, Hattan Seri and Azad Public School, Phardhala in Rajouri district. Large number of persons including principals, teachers, students and members of civil society attended the events.
On International Women’s Day, District President People’s Democratic Trade Union (PDTU) Jasmeet Singh Madaan urged the Education Minister Altaf Bukhari either to issue orders for uniform for boys or revoke the order for donning uniform for girls in colleges to maintain equality.
National Conference leader and former MLA Bimla Luthra lauded the contribution of women in harmonious growth of the society, saying given opportunities they can bring about a qualitative change socio-economic and political arena of the country and the State. “Women are second to none, which has been proven time and again”, Luthra said while addressing a large rally held here to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Punjab National Bank celebrated International Women’s Day in various branches of Jammu Circle. Renowned singer Malika-e-Ghazal Kailash Mehra Sadhu was honoured by the bank in Canal Road Jammu Branch of the bank for her achievements in the field of music by Circle Head BS Raina, Subash Chander Chief Manager Circle Office, and Rajesh Gupta, Branch Head. Similar function was also held at Sarwal Branch of the bank where meet of the women customers was held. Neha Aggarwal welcomed the women customers of the Bank. Circle Head BS Raina felicitated the women customer. A credit disbursal camp was also held wherein sixteen women beneficiaries were sanctioned loan of Rs 19.36 lakhs under various schemes of the bank. Pawan Kohli, Deputy Circle Head presented the vote of thanks.
District Legal Service Authority Leh in collaboration with Eliezer Joldan Memorial (EJM) College Leh celebrated International Women Day at EJM College Leh. The celebrations were held under the chairmanship of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Dinesh Gupta who is also the Chairman of District Legal Service Authority. Chief Medical Officer Dr Morup Dorjay, ICDS District Programme Officer Kunzes Angmo, Assistant Development Commissioner Tsering Paldan and many others expressed their views.
International Women Day was celebrated by Ladakh Buddhist Association Women Wing in collaboration with Women Alliance and Ladakh Women Welfare Network at Sheynam Community Hall under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Avny Lavasa.
International Women’s Day was observed by Shri Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Bahu Fort, Jammu in the premises of Shri Guru Ravi Dass Mandir Sheikh Nagar, Bahu Fort, Jammu under the presidentship of Dr Vijay Shivgotra.    Sham Lal Basson and many others expressed their views on the occasion.
National Nutrition Mission (NNM) scheme was launched in ICDS Project Arnas. The event was organized by the ICDS Arnas where field functionaries like Anganwadi workers and helpers, accredited social health activists and school children were made aware about the scheme. Deputy Director ICDS Jammu and other officials of the Department were also present on the occasion. Earlier, a road show was organized by the CDPO Arnas which passed through the Tehsil Bazaar to the venue site. CDPO Arnas Anjum Ganai was also present on the occasion.
Umeed (JKSRLM) celebrated International Women’s Day at different places, clusters of block Mahore, Reasi. On the occasion, Block Programme Manager Mahore JKSRLM Umeed Aijaz Ahmed Wani expressed his views.
In order to celebrate the International Women’s Day, the Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Jammu organized an awareness programme on “The Rights of Women”, at SOS Children’s Villages located at Gole Gujaral, Jammu. The target group of the awareness program was community women.  The program began with the inaugural address by Prof Suman Jamwal, Director, Centre for Women’s Studies. The inaugural address was followed by the key speaker Mubeen Butt, a Law graduate, currently teaching at Jodhamal Public School. This was followed by an interactive sessions in which community women raised issues concerning girl child and their accesses to education, health, property rights etc which were further  taken up for   discussion by Prof Suman Jamwal and Mubeen Butt.
Salal Power Station celebrated International Women’s Day. On the occasion, a workshop for women working at Salal Power Station was organised at Jyotipuram wherein a number of women employees of NHPC participated. Shivani Bisht, Manager (HR) and Dr DheerajSharma had a very interactive session with the participants.
Pace Hyundai in association with Hyundai Motors India Limited organized a special camp to commemorate International Women’s Day. The camp was inaugurated by the female staff of Pace Hyundai. The occasion was presided over by Sahil Mahajan, CEO Pace Hyundai and Arpit Pratap, APSM Hyundai Motors India Limited. The camp will continue till March 31. During the camp, all vehicles owned and driven by ladies will be offered free pick-up and drop along with a 10 per cent discount on all labour jobs. This year Pace Hyundai is also organizing a Special Do-It-Yourself Session at its workshop at Deeli Bye-Pass on March 10 for female customers to make them more self-reliant in handling their cars.
Chenab Valley Power Projects Private Limited celebrated the International Women’s Day at its Corporate Office, Jammu. Mehbooba Jan, wife of MY Khan, Chairman, CVPP was the chief guest on the occasion who was welcomed by Manisha Goel and Anuradha Pathak of CVPP family. The function was attended by female staff and wives of employees of the company. Discussions on various issues concerning women in professional and personal spheres of life were also held occasion. In the valedictory address, MY Khan, Chairman and M S Babu, MD, CVPP were also invited along with other senior officers of CVPP.
International Women’s Day was celebrated at Brahma Kumaris, BC Road Jammu. On the occasion, BK Dr Meena Sharma expressed her views. BK Sudarshan Didi Ji, BK Sona and Rajni Behan also expressed their views regarding importance of the day. On the occasion, Priya Sethi Minister of State for Education, Technical Education, Culture, Tourism, Department of Horticulture, Floriculture and Parks was the chief guest.
To commemorate International Women’s Day, an art exhibition of the works of women artists was organized by Viraj Kala Kendra (VKK), Gandhi Nagar. The exhibition was inaugurated by Raj Bharti, President, Viraj Kala Kendra in presence of Prof Sarla Kohli, Vice President, VKK, Jang S Verman, senior artist and columnist on art and culture, Om Prakash Sharma, Director JKCCA and Anila Singh Charak, Hindi poetess and painter. 20 art works of nineteen established and upcoming women painters and sculptors have been displayed in the show. The artists whose works have been displayed in the exhibition include Late Gobind Kaur, Raj Bharti, Dr Milan Sharma, Sonu Aggarwal, Amrit Kaur, Dr Nisha Soni, Shakti Kumari, Anuradha Devi, Khushbu Sharma, Renu Manhotra, Shivali Jamwal, Mohnika, Sunita Gandhi, Payal Chadha Gupta, Mehak Sharma, Mahua Gupta, Anila Singh Charak, Mahima J Pathania and Deep Novel. Various styles, techniques and themes can be seen in the exhibition daily between 2 to 7 pm till March 10.
SOS Children’s Village of India’s family strengthening Programme (FSP) at Jammu celebrated International Women’s Day. Nahid Soz Managing Director J&K State Women’s Development