TIRUPATI, APRIL 11: Mahatma Jyothiba Pule was an activist, thinker, social reformer, writer and theologist who pioneered women education in India along with his wife Smt Savitri Baipule in 19th century and immortalised himself with his great ideals, said TTD Tirumala JEO Sri KS Sreenivasa Raju.

Sri Raju who took part as chief guest in the 188th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Jyothiba Pule organised in TTD administrative building in Tirupati on Saturday said, His work extended to many fields including education, agriculture, caste system, women and widow upliftment and removal of untouchability. He is most known for his efforts to educate women and the lower castes as well as the masses. He devoted his entire life for the liberation of untouchables from the exploitation of the upper castes and fought for social equality and justice till he breathed his last on 28 November, 1890. “Though he passed away almost 125 years ago, his principles and ideals will remain immortal forever, JEO added.

Speaking on this occasion, Prof Ellamma of Zoology department in SV University, said, Jyothiba Pule brought reformation from his house by educating his wife Savitribai Pule and made her the first woman teacher of India. He opened the first school for girls in India in August 1848 and brought revolution in women education. “Mahatma Pule also penned many great works which are yet to see light. Pule undoubtedly pioneered women empowerment in India for the first time”, she added.

CVSO Sri Nagendra Kumar, Devasthanams Educational Officer Sri Vijay Kumar, EE Sri T Venkateswarulu, AEO Sri Lakshmi Narayana Yadav also spoke on this occasion.

A ninth standard student Kum Soumya won the appreciation of the audience with her speech on life of Jyothiba Pule.

Deputy EO Welfare Smt Goutami, Dy EO Services Sri Siva Reddy, Deputy EOs Sri Subramanyam, Sri Venkataiah, SE Sri Sudhakar Rao and others were also present.