Women colleges rue lack of contributions from renowned alumni

  • Avtar Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Mar 07, 2016 22:49 IST

Even as the city steps forward to celebrate International Women’s day, city based women colleges rue the “lack” of interest taken by its former students in their colleges once they have passed out.

In terms of donations, while the alumni of SCD College, including Rajya Sabha member Manohar Singh Gill have donated a lot for the college but the girls of Government College for Girls and SCD Government College never donated for their colleges.

The female students of both colleges have proved themselves in different fields, including bureaucracy, business, Bollywood and education, but none of them have ever come forward to donate for their respective colleges.

MS Gill, a former student has donated Rs 75 lakh to SCD College from MP quota, and the principal of the college recently sent a proposal to him for Rs 24 lakhs to build first floor of girl’s hostel.

Earlier Onkar Pahwa, managing director of Avon cycles, contributed in construction of a new gate for his old college. JR Singal, businessman, another former student of the college has renovated the old seminar hall with help of approximately Rs 11 lakh.

Dharam Singh Sandhu, principal, SCD Government College, said, “We have always great expectations from our old students and they come forward when the college calls them”. However, the principal failed to remember a single name of an old female student who may have donated to college.

“Our society is male dominated and mostly girls have to go at their in-laws after marriage and I have no idea when a girl donated for the college,” Sandhu added.

Mohinder Kaur Grewal, principal, Government College for Girls, said, “The students of GCG have proven themselves in an array of fields, including IAS, Bollywood, law, education and business.

They have helped some poor students but never donated a considerable amount for the building or another purpose”.

“Patriarchy works in our society. The males of the family determine all economic decisions. If a girl takes an independent stance, she will have to face questions but now I hope, things are undergoing a change,” she added.

Professor Manjit Sodhia, former principal, GCG who had served at the post for 14 years, said, “There are two things, the attitude of girls and male dominance. Sometimes girls don’t want to take initiative and mostly men decide on economic decisions. I think there is a lack of approach by us to woman,” she said.

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