- Prof. S. Kannan
National Girl Child Day!
Every year since 2008, January 24 has been celebrated as National Girl Child Day in India. Celebrations across the country are led by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The aim of the day is to raise public awareness of the injustices faced by girls in Indian society, raise awareness of girls' rights and highlight the importance of education, health and nutrition for women.
The day is in line with government campaigns and programs such as Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), Save the Girl Child, free/subsidized education, and reservations for women in colleges and universities. The day is celebrated with events and programs based on annual themes. In 2019, the theme was 'Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow.' In 2020, it was 'My Voice, Our Common Future.' In 2021, the theme for National Girl Child Day was 'Digital Generation, Our Generation'.
This year, the Ministry of Culture is organising an event called 'Umang Rangoli Utsav' as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. As part of the event, participating teams will make rangoli decorations at over 50 special locations across the country. Miles of Rangoli decorations will be placed on streets and squares named after female freedom fighters or female role models of the country. In addition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak to and felicitate the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (PMRBP) awardees on the day in the presence of Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani and Minister of State Munjpara Mahendrabhai.
Prof. Rahul Jadav,
Asst.Prof / EE