Paving the way for women’s empowerment and equal rights

Dr. N. Sundararajan
Published: May 2019
Vice-Chancellor Dr. N. Sundararajan

We believe in encouraging women. At JAIN, we provide equal opportunity to all our students and have our own band of young women who have made us proud.

Till a few decades ago, women had limited options when it came to education and choice of professions. Mostly, it had to do with the views prevalent in a society where women were considered to be fit for only certain kinds of roles. Today, the perceptions have changed and with that, the options. Much of the credit for the changed outlook go to the women who dared to build roads where none existed and opened doors which were hitherto closed.

Whether we look at sports, academics, social sector or the corporate sector, women are making their mark everywhere. Arunima Sinha, Kalpana Chawla, Nikitha Suresh and Karuna Jayanthi are some of the names that come to the recall for their achievements.

We believe in encouraging women. At JAIN, we provide equal opportunity to all our students and have our own band of young women who have made us proud. Aditi Ashok became the first Indian golfer to participate in the Asian Youth Games. She went on to participate in the Olympic Games in 2016. Bindu Subramaniam blends Western Classical and Carnatic music seamlessly and Kavitha Somashekar is amongst the select group of scholars who have won a place in the Namaste India-EU mobility project. These are just a few names from a long list.

While each of these women has her own strengths, common to all of them is a never-say-die attitude. All of them have displayed courage in the face of challenge and an indomitable will when presented with seemingly insurmountable odds in their own ways.

There is a story to take home here. Boundaries and restrictions are always a part of life but those who are brave enough to challenge them and go after their dreams are ultimately rewarded. We cannot deny that society needs to evolve further to create a more nurturing space for women, but better opportunities do exist today. Hence, I urge young women to take inspiration from their counterparts who walk the talk. Take control of the reigns of your life and live your dream.

Dr. N. Sundararajan
Vice Chancellor

 - Dr. N. Sundararajan is a well known academician and is the Vice Chancellor for Jain University