“Women should not be confined to a particular role,” said Mrs. Padmaja Chunduru, MD & CEO, Indian Bank. Addressing women students, faculties at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur on the occasion of International Women’s Day, she said, “If a woman decides on what is a priority to her, then she should come forward with it and do it.” She pointed out that there is only 14 percentage of women entrepreneurs in India and that is low.
Speaking to a full house she emphasized that, “Women need to take up more responsibilities. There will be challenges and the path to success is not an easy option.”
“Technology is at your fingertips, so take charge of the environment around you. The education that you have should help you bloom in different ways. Also, don’t be too sensitive to comments. Also when you do multitasking, it takes a toll on your physical and mental health, so take care of yourself.
A short video on women was screened on the occasion. It focused on women empowerment and education.
Guest of honour, V. Vijayakumari, Municipal Commissioner, Maraimalai Nagar said, “Nowadays there are several opportunities for women and our society has started to look at things in a better outlook. There is a lot more freedom to pursue one’s true passion.”
She also focused on the importance of taking care of one’s health. “Be bold, strong, and independent.”
Pro-Chancellor (Academics) of SRMIST, Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan said, “Women should be celebrated. The theme for this year is ‘Each for Equal’ and all should be dedicated towards it. This can be achieved only if everyone understands this fact. We live in a world that one half has women and the other half is created and nurtured by women. Therefore we should give value for their contribution. The contribution of women in different roles is quite huge and they should not be undervalued.”
Founder Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar said, “From today you have to be equal to any man. This equality has to come from your mind and confidence. The biggest opponent you face today is women.”
Emphasizing that women should enter politics, he said, “In voting women also have a major say. You are in a position to decide as to who will rule you. Therefore you should be aware of the rulers and become rulers.”
Also present for the event were Registrar Dr. N Sethuraman, Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr. T.P. Ganesan among others.