Hyderabad: A women’s university will be established in the city soon as part of the State Government’s efforts towards women’s empowerment, said Minister for Women & Child Welfare Tummala Nageswara Rao.
He was speaking at International Women’s Day celebrations organised by the State government at Lalita Kala Toranam here in the city on Thursday evening.
A highlight of the celebrations was the felicitation and recognition by the government of services rendered in their respective fields by 18 women including Supriya Sanam, the first loco driver of the Hyderabad Metro Rail.
The other awardees were Kavitha Dariyani (vice-chancellor, Jawahar Lal Nehru Fine Arts College), Aruna Reddy (bronze medallist at Gymnastics World Cup), Dr Satyalaxmi (Director, National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune), Chakravartula Lakshminarsamma and Dr Siri (Padya Kavitvam-Abhinava Molla), Manula Srinivas (classical dance), Nitya Santoshini (classical music), Kavitha Devuskar (arts), Nandini Reddy (film-maming and direction), Jhansy (popularising folk music), Eedunuri Padma (contribution to Telangana movement through songs), D Rajyalaxmi (organising Voddra labour societies and executing several projects), Latha Jain and Soumya Nagapuri (journalism), Saritha (RTC driver in Delhi), Yapa Bhadramma (contribution to self-help groups), Boggam Jayamma (progressive farming), Shailaja, sarpanch of Kottapalli village (village development) and, Gandra Ramadevi (women’s empowerment).
All the women achievers felicitated on Thursday were presented with cash award of Rs one lakh. Deputy Speaker Padma Devender Reddy and Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy addressing the gathering explained about various government programmes such as Kalyana Lakshmi and the SHE teams which among others, have resulted in a vast improvement in the quality of life of women in Telangana.