Date: 8thMarch 2023
Event: International women’s Day Celebration
Venue: Sri Krishna Hall, Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore.
Time: 12.00 PM – 01.15 PM
Chief Guest:Ms. Latha Chembrakalam,Vice President & Head – Technical Center India,
Continental Automotive Components (India) Pvt Ltd
- Ms. Shubha Viju Menon – Administrative Officer – Academics, Students, Administration and International Programs.
- Dr. Lalithamani – Vice–Chair, School of Computing, Coimbatore.
- Dr. Hemamala – Member of Executive Committee, Amrita School of Business.
Topic: Leveraging Technology for Gender Equity
International Women’s day celebration was organized by Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore Campus, on 8th March 2023 at Sri Krishna Hall, ASB Coimbatore campus. The grand occasion began with a prayer song and a lamp-lighting ceremony. It was an honor that campus Director Air commodore Mr. Sathish Menon joined the celebration.The topic of discussion for the occasion was “Leveraging Technology for Gender Equity.” Dr. Nava Subramaniam, Dean of Amrita School of Business, welcomed the gathering. Her comparative and statistical mentions about the rate of technology access by women across the globe were informative. The gathering then witnessed an informative talk from our Keynote speaker, Ms. Latha Chembrakalam, who highlighted how technology could bridge the gap between girls and women. Ms. Chembrakalam spoke about leveraging technology for handling issues related to social injustice against women. Further, she suggested that technology should be leveraged to counterbalance gender inequality through the creation of mandates with respect to creating policy frameworks that make women’s and girls’ access to technology easier. She also suggested that much more must be done to bridge the gap between males and females in technology usage and access to technology. She gave us the secret to her success: “consistency and hard work; and the willingness to take risks.”
This session was followed by an interactive panel discussion -Dr. Nava Subramaniam, Dean, Amrita School of Business; Ms. Shubha Viju Menon – Administrative Officer – Academics, Students Administration, and International Programs; Dr. Lalithamani – Vice – Chair, School of Computing, Coimbatore and Dr. Hemamala – Member of Executive Committee, Amrita School of Business. Their respective journeys and struggles faced as women in professional and family life were shared, which was heart-warming and uplifting. The panel expert’s suggestion to develop learning, the unlearning tendency for survival, the ability to multi-task, and the courage to stand out of the crowd – with the ‘right’gearwas inspiring and valuable. Some final key takeaways included: “to be respectful of people; create a network of people around you; to not keep quiet in a crowd because one is a ‘female/girl’; to support other women/girls.” Dr. Bhawana Jain, Assistant Professor in the Finance Area, ASB, thanked the gathering. Later, the audience was treated with lunch at the guest house, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Campus.