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EDUCATION’S TRANSFORMATIVE POWER MUST PREVAIL: PROF. MISHRA

Education can propel the society towards transformation and liberate it from the clutches of ignorance, an eminent educationist said here on Tuesday.
“Education has a transformative role, it liberates us from ignorance and it is a continuous process,” said Prof. Padmaja Mishra, Vice-Chancellor of the Rama Devi Women’s University while addressing the 12th Foundation Day celebration of the Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (Deemed to be University) as chief guest.
Focusing on the depressing scenario of violence against women, she said while mothers generally advise their daughters to ensure their own protection from attacks, they never teach their sons as to how they should behave with the fair sex. “We should be strong and truthful to admit that we have not taught our boys how they should behave with girls,” Prof. Mishra said.
“We have not yet achieved gender equality and it was everyone’s responsibility,” she said while commenting on a play staged earlier depicting sexual harassment of women by ‘Toneelstuk’, the drama club of SOA.
Prof. Amit Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of SOA, described the Foundation Day as an occasion of celebration and rejoicing while welcoming the chief guest.
Fifty seven employees of SOA, including professors, faculty members and other staff, who had completed two decades of service, were felicitated on the occasion and presented Certificates of Appreciation and mementos. Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Das, Dean (Students’ Welfare), conducted the program which was attended by Deans, Directors and officials of different institutions under SOA.
Prof. Mishra, who was felicitated on the occasion, pointed out that there was much gender stereotype in education. Women, she said, were often ticked off saying they should pursue soft subjects though the truth was that education was gender neutral.

“As long as we believe that there is women specific education, we will be nowhere,” she said,
Talking of technology, she said “if you know how to use a cell phone, it will become a weapon in your hands. But it can also be a curse at the same time.”
“We must know how to use technology. Simply learning technology is not education. When you learn how to use technology for human development, it will be a blessing,” she said.

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