Inaugural Ceremony
Start Date: 
Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 10:00 to 17:00

 Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan, addressed the gathering at the opening of the Amrita ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing conference organized by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Coimbatore campus last week . She was quoted saying, “We need to help women break barriers and boundaries” .

Dr. Krishnashree, the general chair for the conference welcomed delegates and invitees including Swamini Krishnamrita Prana, Amma’s senior disciple; Dr. Venkat Rangan, Vice-Chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and Dr. Sheela Ramachandran, Vice-Chancellor of Avinashilingam University for Women.

Swamini Krishnamrita Prana Speaks

Swamini Krishnamrita Prana, one of the senior-most disciples of Chancellor Amma, brought Amma’s words to the audience at the first-ever Amrita ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Coimbatore.

" HOW FORTUNATE I feel to be amongst all of you here today. Amongst women who are rising up in a field that has long been predominantly male, especially when we think of what women are going through in other parts of the world. In fact, I feel quite out of my depth here, compared with all of you – as I am fairly computer illiterate. Although I am a little proud of the fact that, I learnt to zip up a file for the first time, a few days ago! Amma is always happy to see women meeting together, aspiring for great things. She sends her blessings and prayers for your successful ventures" Shared in her speech.

"Amma is the perfect role model for us in this aspect. As she has always lived with a genuine sense of dedicating her life for only good. She has never had to sit back and plan or calculate anything, as she moves in harmony with the cosmic plan and has been able to manifest tremendous projects to help the world, because of this", she said.

key note address

Prominent women in computing from the US including Dr. Rema Padman from Carnegie Mellon University and Dr. Radha Nandakumar from University of Illinois at Urbana Champiagn delivered key note addresses.