Ujjain: A two-day national seminar on ‘Indian Scenario of rural women empowerment and inclusive development: Challenges and possibilities’ organised by Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Science Research (MPISSR) began on Tuesday. The seminar is sponsored by Northern Regional Centre of Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi.
Chief guest of inaugural ceremony was Jimmy McGilligan Centre for Sustainable Development, Indore, director Dr Janak Palta McGilligan. She cited thinking of male-dominated society as the biggest challenge in empowerment of rural women.
According secondary-level treatment to women is stronger in rural areas, she said and batted for bringing about a change in thinking of male-dominated society to ensure rural women’s social, economic and political empowerment. She said that acceptance, awareness and capacity building can bring about a change in the society.
Institute of Social Sciences New Delhi’s Malcolm S Adiseshiah chair professor Dr Kamalnarayan Kabra was the key speaker. He spoke about crucial role of all parties and stages of development. MPISSR President Prof Nalini Rewadikar presided over the inaugural session. The guests were welcomed by MPISSR director Prof Yatindra Singh Sisodiya. Dr Ashish Bhatt conducted the programme and proposed vote of thanks. On the first day of seminar, 15 research papers were presented in three technical sessions.