International Women’s Day Celebrated At CSIR-IMMT 

International Women’s Day Celebrated At CSIR-IMMT 

Bhubaneswar: The celebration of International Women’s Day, centered around the campaign theme “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress,” resonated deeply at CSIR –IMMT Bhubaneswar. The esteemed presence of Chief Guest, Utkal Ratna Samman awardee Mrs. Jagi Mangat Panda, MD of OTV, and Guest Of Honour Dr. Smita Mohanty, Director & Head of CIEPET: SARP, elevated the event, which took place in the illustrious Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Hall of CSIR-IMMT. Distinguished women professionals, faculty members, and students graced the occasion, setting a tone of solidarity and empowerment.

Dr. Ramanuj Narayan, the Director of CSIR-IMMT, extended warm greetings to all attendees, acknowledging the significance of the day. Mrs. Jagi Mangat Panda, in her address, underscored notable accomplishments such as the successful launch of Chandrayaan 3, attributing a substantial role to the prowess and intellect of women involved in the project.

She passionately advocated for breaking entrenched stereotypes in Indian society, citing the exemplary achievements of the “Rocket Women” and advocating for their rightful recognition. Furthermore, she emphasized the importance of perpetuating the spirit of Women’s Day beyond a single day, urging for its daily celebration. Mrs. Panda underscored the invaluable qualities possessed by women, including compassion and emotional intelligence, as well as the indispensable role of women’s soft skills in holistic development.

Bhubaneswar: The celebration of International Women’s Day, centered around the campaign theme "Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress,"

Dr. Smita Mohanty echoed the sentiment of breaking barriers impeding women’s entrepreneurial endeavors. Addressing societal norms, access to funding, and cultural biases, she emphasized the necessity of dismantling these obstacles.

Dr. Mohanty highlighted a notable shift where women are increasingly venturing into traditionally male-dominated domains like bodybuilding and kusti, signaling a broader societal shift towards gender equality and inclusivity.

She lauded the participation of women in physically demanding sports, noting how it not only challenges stereotypes but also fosters physical well-being, self-assurance, and empowerment.

The event was presided over by Shri. H. K Tripathy, Scientist in-charge, and Dr(Mrs) M.G.Sujana, Chief Scientist, who served as the organizing secretary of the International Women’s Day celebrations. The festivities encompassed various programs tailored for both students and staff, culminating in the distribution of prizes to deserving winners.

Notably, recognition was bestowed upon a female Ph.D. awardee and the top-performing schoolgirl from the RRL project, symbolizing appreciation and encouragement towards academic and extracurricular excellence.