Aligarh Muslim University: Competitions at Women’s College, Dental College to mark Independence Day
Aligarh : Students discoursed on how Indian sportswomen and athletes are trying to establish their identity and how the participation in sports can be an invigorating and personally empowering experience for women in the online debate competition on ‘Sports in Independent India: A Gender-Bender’ of the Literary Committee, Women’s College, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). The competition was held to mark the 75th Indian Independence Day.
“Times have changed and are improving but there is still a lot to be achieved. Gender inequality is a deep-rooted issue and in order to change the situation, drastic steps and measures need to be taken. Being an athlete, especially a skilled athlete, can change the way a woman sees herself. It can make her feel physically stronger, more competent, and more in control of her life as an independent individual”, said Prof Naima Khatoon, Principal, Women’s College.
In the presidential remarks, Prof Nazia Hasan stressed the need for more prospects and equal opportunities for the women-players in the country.
Dr Sadaf Fareed (English Section, Women’s College) convened the programme. Dr Shivangini Tandon (Centre for Women’s Studies) and Ms Rabeya (Department of English) were the judges of the debate.
Meanwhile, teachers and students of Dr Z A Dental College (ZADC), AMU participated in online essay writing and speech competitions on ‘India’s Freedom Struggle’ to mark the ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’ observations.
Participants from the teaching staff wrote essays on ‘Mahatma Gandhi and India’s freedom Struggle’. Post graduate and graduate students were given the topics, ‘Contribution made by Dr B R Ambedkar to India’s Freedom’ and ‘Sushila Nayyar- A Veteran Freedom Fighter’ respectively.
Prof R K Tewari (Principal, Dr Z A Dental College) said that the Independence Day celebrations reflect the spirit of the Freedom Struggle while paying tribute to all the martyrs, who laid their lives for Indian Freedom.
Dr N D Gupta extended the vote of thanks and Dr Neha Agrawal coordinated the program.
Faculty members Prof Geeta Rajput, Dr Nasir Salati and Dr Juhi Gupta along with postgraduate students delivered speeches on the Indian Freedom Struggle.