The Goa College of Home Science, Panaji, in collaboration with the Indian Council for Social ScienceResearch, New Delhi organised a two day National Conference titled“Women In The 21st Century: Working Towards Empowerment” on February 13 and 14, 2015 at the Maquinez Palace, Panaji. The conference received an overwhelming response from academicians, scientists, and research scholars from all over the country who presented their research work, as oral and poster presentations. Principal Mahesh Pai was the convenor and assistant professor Daisy John, the organising secretary of the conference.
At the inaugural session, Uma Joshi, Professor in Extension and Communication and president of Home Science Association of India was chief guest and keynote speaker. She highlighted the dimensions of empowerment such as developing the ability for critical thinking, fostering decision-making and action through collective processes, ensuring equal participation in development processes, and enhancing self-esteem, self-confidence and power of women. A book titled ‘Women In The 21st Century: Working towards Empowerment’ comprising research papers, reviews and articles was released on the occasion. The Seminar Proceedings with the Abstracts’ was also released on this occasion. Both publications were edited by Daisy John.
The technical sessions at the National Conference dealt with the subthemes women-nutrition and health, women-media, advertising and consumerism, women,-education and employment, and women-justice, safety and security. The sessions were chaired by NirmalaYenagi, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Revathi Bala, Coimbatore University, Tamil Nadu, Anjali Karolia, MS University, Baroda, Mahesh Pai, principal, Goa College of Home Science, Panaji and Dr Ranjana Ferrao, VM Salgaoncar College of Law, Panaji. A total of 77 oral paper presentations and 40 poster presentations were made at the conference in parallel sessions. A highlight of the conference was the inauguration of the Goa Chapter of Home Science Association of India.
During the valedictory function Mahesh Pai, principal of Goa College of Home Science presented the valedictory address. Bala, distributed the best paper and poster awards at the various technical sessions along with certificates of participation to the delegates. Daisy John, organizing secretary of the conference, gave an overview of the conference and proposed the vote of thanks.
The inaugural session was compered by Varsha Naik and the valedictory function was compered by Ranju Kunkalikar, both assistant professors of Goa College of Home Science. The programme committee comprised of assistant professors Rita Godinho e Vaz, Ranju S Kunkalikar, VarshaNaik, Gauravi Shirodkar, Suvarnagouri Y and Elizabeth Pereira. The students of Goa College of Home Science effectively volunteered at the two day event