Ruby dhalla stresses on women empowerment
Patiala January 15:
Canadian MP Ruby Dhalla, Amarjit Singh Chandhok, Additional Solicitor General of India, and Lord Daljit Rana MP UK, were in Patiala for the third Nanak Singh Memorial Lecture on “India: Its Diversity and Future” held at Punjabi University’s Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur National Integration Chair.
Laying emphasis on investing in institutions of primary and higher education, Dhalla stressed on the need for women empowerment and motivated the youth to transform the vision of shining India into reality. “Women in India are responsible for their plight as a majority of them, especially in villages and suburban areas, choose to remain like the girl-next-door,” she added.
She said stronger ties and lasting relationship between Punjabi University and Punjabi NRIs, settled in Canada, were needed for Punjabi and religious pluralism, which corresponds to the major forte of the University. Chandhok said India was a land of contrasts due to its assimilation of people belonging to different ethnic, religious, castes, linguistic and regional identities.
He said education would definitely change the society. He stressed on the idea of private-public partnership to promote academic excellence as state alone was unable to aid higher education. “If we do not resort to innovative measures, we will end up with educated unemployment and unemployable degree holders,” he said.
Lord Daljit Rana, MP from the House of Lords, UK, said social and religious divisions were bigger dangers to the international community as compared to political divisions. Prof Baltej Maan, Head of the Chair, welcomed the guests. The Vice-Chancellor honoured Dhalla, Lord Daljit Rana and other dignitaries.