TIRUPATI, MARCH 8: The 104th International Women’s Day was celebrated with gaiety by The temple administration of Tirumala Tirupati Devathanams in Sri Padmavathi Mahila Degree and PG college on Sunday in temple city of Tirupati.

The Joint Executive Officer Sri Pola Bhaskar of TTDs who presided over the occasion called upon the girl students to develop not only academically but also mentally strong to face the challenges they encounter in their career ahead without fear. He said the speakers who are invited to address the students hail from various fields including medical, police, legal, voluntary service etc. and their experiences are sure to enlighten the girls to move ahead in their career with a positive energy.

Devasthanams Law Officer Sri S Nagarjuna advised the students to be aware of the laws and acts available for the empowerment of women in legal system.

SVIMS Director Dr Vengamma called upon the students empower physically, academically and mentally to achieve their life goals. East Police Station DSP Ms.S A Sukumari said, the police in Tirupati are soon to start “SHE TEAMS” to protect the girls and women from Eve teasing, domestic violence etc. The Abhayakshetram NGO organiser Dr Taslim said she had started the NGO with just five abandoned children and today there are over 156 of them are taking shelter under the NGO. Ms.Keerthi, a specially challenged former student of SPWDPGC cast her spell over the audience and students about how she overcome her physical shortcomings and excelled in her life with her touching speech. Later former Dy E Os Ms.Srivalli, Ms.Gaja Lakshmi, Former SPWDPGC Principal Dr. Swarajya Lakshmi, Organ Donor Smt Lakshmi, Superintendent Smt Indira for winning Dalita Sahitya Akademy award were felicitated by Spouse of Tirupati JEO Smt Amaravathi. Apart from them 72 other women employees who are going to retire in the next one year were also felicitated.

The cultural programmes organised on this occasion attracted the spectators. Assistant PRO of TTD Ms P Neelima and SPWDPGC Telugu Department lecturer Dr Krishnaveni anchored the programme. DyEO General and In Charge DyEO Welfare Smt Baby Sarojini, SPWDPGC Principal Smt Gnanakumari and others were also present.