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UPES today announced the launch of Shakti, an initiative envisaged to empower women by implementing multiple initiatives in areas of training & development, financial aid through scholarships etc. Launched with the theme ‘Accelerating the gender equality journey: Empowering women from classroom to boardroom’, the event bought together changemakers from the government, industry and academia to further the agenda of women's empowerment by institutions of higher learning.
The event that was inaugurated by Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, leading actor Ms. Tisca Chopra, Mr. Sharad Mehra, Chairman – Hydrocarbons Education and Research Society and Dr. S.J. Chopra, Chancellor, UPES witnessed an engaging discussion on women empowerment. Moderated by Ms. Dipti Nair, Editor, YourStory the discussion had Dr. Renu Batra, Additional Secretary, UGC, Ms. Talish Ray, Founding Partner, TRS Law Offices, Ms. Rajashree Rao, Head of Partnerships & Ecosystem (APAC), R² Data Labs, Rolls Royce, Ms. Vidhu Goyal, Founder & Partner, WONK App, Ms. Meenakshi Gupta, Co-Founder, Goonj and Dr. Vijay Kumar Singh, Dean, School of Law, UPES as panelists.
While sharing her thoughts on the importance of gender equality in today’s world, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament said, “I congratulate UPES on the launch of Shakti that will create equal prospects for women all across. There is a strong need to not just provide opportunities but also recognize the efforts and results throughout their journey. And it is equally important for men to be equal partners. Initiatives like Shakti is a step forward in addressing this issue and bridging the gender gap by empowering women in the real sense.”
The discussion focused upon the narrative of women empowerment in the present era and how the change needs to be initiated at the grassroots levels. It reiterated on the importance of education for women to bring the change that the society seeks for today and break the glass ceilings to achieve their dreams.
Commenting on the initiative, Ms. Tisca Chopra, actor said, “Education is an important aspect in the overall development of an individual because it provides unanimous power to analyse and question. I congratulate UPES for their initiative to provide 25 percent scholarship exclusively for all female students. Discussion around gender disparity is still new in India and initiatives like Shakti are playing a vital role in bridging the gender gap and addressing the matters that are of major concern.”