STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: National Conference on theme “Women Empowerment through Agro Entrepreneurship for Livelihood Security” commenced here on Thursday at Main Campus Chatha of SKUAST-Jammu. Society for Integrated Development of Agriculture, Veterinary and Ecological Science (SIDAVES) and SKUAST-Jammu / SKUAST-Kashmir in a scientific endeavour are organising this National Event in which more than 300 distinguished scientists and policy makers from different parts of the country having specialization in agriculture / veterinary / ecological sciences will be participating. The conference began with the lightening of the traditional lamp by all the dignitaries – DDG ICAR Dr. N.S Rathore was the Chief Guest, Brand Ambassador Beti Bachao Beti Parao, Veena Arora Guest of Honour, VC SKUAST-J Prof Pradeep K. Sharma, Vice Chancellor Central University of Jammu Prof Ashok Aima and Convenor and Director Research of SKUAST-J, Dr J.P Sharma. Chief Guest Dr N.S Rathore informed that women empowerment has five components namely gender equality, education, health economic and political participation, out of all these, economic empowerment has relatively more relevant as it will enable women take initiatives at their own because of right over financial resources. Veena Arora emphasized that the empowerment / autonomy of women and the improvement of women’s social, economic, political status is essential for the achievement of both transparent / accountable government and sustainable development in all areas of life. Prof Pradeep K. Sharma, VC SKUAST-J, while expressing about equal rights / opportunities of women, informed that women empowerment has assumed global significance in view of various international initiatives / commitments taken by the world community. Dr J.P Sharma, Director Research while giving detail on the subject informed that women are facing threats to their lives, health and well-being as a result of being overburdened with work and lack of power / influence. Dr Shalini Suri, Organising Secretary hoped that the recommendations derived out from the deliberations on various issues will go a long to empower women specifically in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Besides, all the Statutory Officers, HoDs, faculty members / students of the varsity, the function was attended by Director Education Dr. T.A.S Ganai, Director Planning Dr Deepak Kher, Registrar Rajesh Talwar, Dean FBSc Dr Rizvi, Dean FVSc, Dr Zama, President Teaching Dr Vikas Sharma and President Non-Teaching P.D.K Uppal. The proceedings of the programme were conducted by Dr. Narinder Panotra and Dr Kawardeep Kour while formal vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Kiran Kour Co-Organizing Secretary of the Conference. Later, Deputy Director General (Education), ICAR New Delhi inaugurated 200-room single occupancy Boys Hostel (Sankalp Hostel) at main campus, Chatha. The hostel building was constructed jointly by the ICAR and State Government under Capex Budget.
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