Stressing that there were various challenges before private educational institutes, president of DAV College managing committee Punam Suri said that the government must give a free hand to the private institutes so that they could contribute more for the betterment of education.
Suri, who was the chief guest at the Virat Vedic Arya Sammelan at the local BBK DAV College for Women, while talking to reporters, said, "DAV has also tried to give best of values to the students and that is the reason it has made a big name. Soon our university at Jalandhar will also be operational and we hope to further raise the standards."
Suri stressed that it was strange that government bodies, which had failed to failed to meet the required level of education, were putting restrictions on private institutes.
On the issue of donations, Suri said, "We have issued clear instructions to all our schools against taking donations for admissions. If anybody has a complaint, he/she can approach us."Later, during a function in the Urvi auditorium of the college, Suri focused on the topic of 'Dignity of women' and mentioned that the recent incidents of crime against women were shameful and society needed to get together and fight against them.
Welcoming Suri, principal of the host college Neelam Kamra said, "It is very important that the society respects women. The recent incidents of crimes against women, especially the 'Delhi gangrape', have not only shook the nation but also raised a question mark on the security of women. Society needs to show a collective responsibility and raise voice for dignity of women."
Earlier, the sammelan commenced with a 'yajna' amid chanting of mantras. Floral welcome was accorded to Swami Sumedhanand, Swami Chaitnya Muni and Swami Surya Dev. The highlight of the function was a cultural items presented by the students of BBK DAV College for Women, DAV Public School and DAV International School.
A ballet dance, 'Naari asmita: disha aur dasha', highlighting the issue of women emancipation and empowerment, was performed by the students of the host college. A group bhajan was also presented by college's department of music.
As many as 11 women were honoured for their distinguished achievements in their respective fields. Those honoured also included former cabinet minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla. Teachers and heads of different DAV schools were present on the occasion.