Meerut: Dedicating International Women’s Day to women, praising them for their extraordinary achievements, works and performances, DJJS under its gender equality program Santulan has undertaken series of "Annual Santulan Awards" in six states of the country - Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh in the month of March, renaming it as Women's month. On March 22, 2015 at Samrat Palace of Meerut in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the same Annual Santulan Awards event was organized wherein women achievers and icons of empowerment from the state were awarded for their exemplary achievements by the Hon’ble MP Sh. Rajendra Aggarwal.

Women achievers of Uttar Pradesh awarded by Hon’ble MP Sh. Rajendra Agarwal at the Annual Santulan Awards event

After a half an hour High Tea ceremony, the event commenced with a Devi Stuti by team of Santulan volunteers chanting the great virtues of Devi Maa that was followed by a sensitizing play displaying the wide comparison between the status of women in ancient times vs the present time. The audience was not just awe-struck but also seemed to dip in a sense of guilt for the current condition of womanhood in the society. Against this backdrop, the disciple of Sh. Ashutosh Maharaj Ji who is also the national program coordinator of Santulan delineated her master’s unique perspective for the alleviation of women today.

Women achievers of Uttar Pradesh awarded by Hon’ble MP Sh. Rajendra Agarwal at the Annual Santulan Awards event

Sadhvi Ji highlighted the much elevated position, equivalent status & rights enjoyed by women in the ancient India. She explained that the women in ancient times were spiritually awakened that was a reason for their holistic empowerment and used to keep them stay strong, confident and contended. Women in present India are imposed with subordination because of lack of spiritual essence.

After the speech that aroused much needed sensitivity amongst all, the Chief Guest of the event Hon’ble MP Sh. Rajendra Agarwal along with guests of honor Director I.I.M.S. College Dr. C. S. Sharma awarded women achievers of Uttar Pradesh vis’a’vis Rtn. Dr. Manju Gupta – an Associate Professor, Department of Education, Meerut College, Dr. Ragni Pratap – an Associate Professor, HOD Music Dept. & a singer herself, Dr. Kiran Pradeep - HOD Fine Arts Dept. & is actively involved in imparting skills to the underprivileged, Ms. Seema Verma – a Sculpturist & an Entrepreneur, Dr. Amita kaushik – Principal Mook Badhir Vidyalaya, working for disabled children, Ms. Kamla Jain – a dedicated Social Activist, Ms. Poonam Vishnoi - a judo trainer who has trained more than 8 lac girls in past two years, Dr. Poonam Devdutt – a Psychologist and Ms. Rashmi Arya - Founder & Principal, Girls Gurukul.

A mesmerizing dance performance by school students with speech and hearing disability on the theme of month long campaign of Santulan to reinstate lost glory of womanhood – Swabhiman, marked the grand finale of the event.

Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan is a socio spiritual organization which is working for the establishment of world peace through its 9-point social reforms and welfare programs, santulan being the dedicated initiative working with a mandate of elimination of all forms of discrimination & violence against women particularly sex selective abortions. For the realization of the same, santulan holds number of awareness drives, mass sensitization campaigns, rallies, street theater conferences and workshops in communities as well as corporate sector. In the same vein, as a part of its women empowerment drives, santulan organizes 'Annual Santulan Awards' event every year on International Women's Day to acknowledge and encourage women achievers.

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