TEN CHAIRS CREATED IN THE NAMES OF 10 EMINENT WOMEN PERSONALITIES BY WCD

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GOI has decided to honour ten eminent women administrators, artists, scientists and social reformers to project them as role models among the people and in reorganization of their invaluable contributions to varied spheres by creating Chairs in their names in universities. Fund will be provided by the UGC. Announcing through a statement the Ministry for Women and Child Development headed by Smriti Irani says, the objectives include encouragement to women for pursuing higher education and excel in their chosen fields. A Chair in the field of administration will be named after late Ahilyabai Holkar, the Malwa queen known as a proficient ruler and an erudite politician. Carnatic singer late M.S. Subbulakshmi will have a Chair named after her in the field of performing arts; activist, reformist and educator late Hansa Mehta will have a Chair in the field of education reforms. The other fields include literature, medicine and health, forest or wildlife conservation, science, maths, poetry mysticism and freedom fighter. For each Chair per year, INR 50 lakh will be earmarked and these will be established for 5 years to begin with. The academic functions of the Chairs include engaging in research, strengthening the role of university in public policy making and designing and executing short-term capacity-building programmes for teachers. The initiative is called “establishment of chairs in universities in the name of eminent women administrators, artists, scientists and social reformers”, it said. Besides   Holkar queen Devi Ahilyabai Holkar, stated to be the founder of Indore city in Madhya Pradesh, Hansa Mehta and Carnatic singer MS Subbulakshmi, others being honoured  are  litterateur Mahadevi Verma, freedom fighter from the North East Rani Gaidinliu, physician Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi, forest conservationist Amrita Devi Beniwal, mathematician Lilavati, scientist Kamala Sohonie, poet Lal Ded. The financial implications of the proposal are Rs 50 lakh per Chair for a year and the total expenditure for establishing them will be about Rs 5 crore per annum, the statement said.  

 Holkar queen Devi Ahilyabai Holkar, litterateur Mahadevi Verma, freedom fighter from the North East Rani Gaidinliu, physician Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi, Carnatic singer MS Subbulakshmi, forest conservationist Amrita Devi Beniwal, mathematician Lilavati, scientist Kamala Sohonie, poet Lal Ded and educational reformist Hansa Mehta.The financial implications of the proposal is Rs 50 lakh per Chair for a year and the total expenditure for establishing them will be about Rs 5 crore per annum, the statement said.  

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