International Women's Day was celebrated at the Indira Gandhi National Open University's (IGNOU) Convention Centre with eminent women writers in the discussion panel such as Dr. Lakshmi Kanan, a renowned Tamil poet and fiction writer, Maitreyi Pushpa, a writer who started feminist discourse in Hindi literature and Rekha Awasthi, a literary critic in Hindi literature, presided over by the IGNOU Vice Chancellor, Professor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai.
In his presidential address, Professor Pillai said, "There is a crying need for education at all levels for women, especially in the fields of skill development, science and technology and small scale industries. There are schemes in the government in these areas, but implementation lags behind. IGNOU has the requisite programmes for facilitating these activities. It can also promote awareness about women's rights, and take it to the grassroots."
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