‘Main Hoon Monitor’ to boost women empowerment: Union HRD Minister

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New Delhi: To take forward the momentum of empowerment of girls and women through education, the Ministry of HRD will celebrate the International Women’s Day (IWD) in educational institutions across the country.

The HRD Ministry has decided to take various activities to encourage female students to excel in their lives and establish that their gender is never a hindrance to excellence.

The UGC  will conduct round table discussions and take up several other programmes on women empowerment on various themes in about 40 Central Universities around the country among several other activities to be taken up.

It exhorted the educational institutions to focus on women achievers during classroom instruction.

Nishank informed that to nurture the leadership qualities and confidence in girl students, the Ministry has decided to designate a girl student as class monitor “Main Hoon Monitor” for at least half of the academic school session of the year 2020-21 and beyond.

He further informed that a Self-Defence Olympiad will be organised for girls at school level on the lines of Yoga Olympiad. To ensure safety and security of girls, Self defence training is imparted to girls of class VI to XII belonging to Government Schools.

The Culture and Theatre Clubs in Colleges and Universities will be encouraged to organise nukkad natak, mime shows on women’s issues. The Minister also emphasized that all colleges and universities will prominently display Women Helpline Numbers at different places on their respective campuses.

He further stated that to motivate girl students, special morning assemblies will be organised once a week in schools throughout the year.

He added that in these assemblies, talks on women achievers in different fields, role play, thought of the day, group songs on women empowerment, awards/recognition to the girl students who have performed well in different fields such as academics, sports, dance, music, arts, social service and novel areas will be included.

The Ministry informed that the schools are also being requested to honour women faculty members and staff for their distinguished service to the organization.

Educational institutions will also organise essay writing contests on prominent/inspirational women of the district where they are located. He added that in higher educational institutions, the Gender Studies Cells in coordination with UGC will conduct seminars on gender bias and stereotyping, gender equality and women’s right.

Ministry of HRD is continuously working to provide secure and conducive environment for girls’ education under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao movement of Government of India. Beside this Ministry of HRD has taken various steps to promote education among girls.

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