“Women will have to take the lead in changing society's mindset towards them,” said union minister for railways Pawan Kumar Bansal, here on Saturday.
Bansal was speaking at the 57th annual convocation of Government College of Education, Chandigarh, where around 260 students pursuing BEd and Med, were conferred on degrees.
Bansal said the steps taken by former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi to empower women made it possible for them to excel in all spheres of life. He said more than 10 lakh women in the country were today elected representatives of panchayats and other local bodies. “However, a lot needs to be done as there is no dearth of women who fall victims to domestic violence and other atrocities,” the minister.
He also emphasised the need for a paradigm shift in education, where the provisions of the 'right to education Act' could be implemented in letter and spirit.
Two visually impaired students also received degrees on the occasion. Yashpal, who lost his eyesight when he was only one, completed his BEd degree with first division.
He said he used to travel daily from Ambala to Chandigarh to attend classes on his own. His perseverance finally paid in November last year when he got a job in municipal school near Ambala.
The other visually impaired student, Priya Sachdeva, also passed out with flying colours. Yashpal and Priya thanked the faculty and authorities at Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh, from where they completed their schooling.
Earlier, college principal Harsh Batra read out the annual report of the college and highlighted the achievements of the institution in various fields.