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St. Mary’s College, Yousufguda is very popular for its multi-dimensional talents of its students. Apart from academics and extra-circular activities the college also has many clubs, out of which the ‘Women Development Cell’ (WDC) is one of its kind. WDC was launched in September 2007. Apart from maintaining a congenial working environment for all the women employees and students, the objective of the WDC is to create awareness among the girl students about their rights and instilling into them the confidence at different levels by providing platforms and opportunities to showcase their talents and help hone them. (Picture – Members of the WDC pose for the camera. Credit: Ghost Rider)

Volume III of the Annual Journal of the WDC tilted ‘Little Women’ with the motto ‘Strong Girls, Strong Women’ was released on 1st September, 2009 at a special program organized in the mini theatre of the College. The WDC magazine was released by Mrs. Mary Reddy, Secretary of the College and President of the WDC in the presence of the two chief guest Ms. Sandhya, the daughter-in-law of Dr. P. Susheela, a renowned Tollywood playback singer and Ms. Nafeesa Ismail, an advocate by profession, who is right now working with a Corporate bank as a Manager-Legal and also a founder of Marg Foundation; The Principal of the College, Dr. T Rabbi Purthiran, WDC Coordinator Mrs. A. Aruna, members of the lady staff and girl students of the college were also a part of the program.

The program started at 3.pm with an opening speech by Ms. Swathi Kuriceti, a 1st year mass-communication student of the college and who is also a very active member of the WDC and then by the welcome address by Ms. A. Aruna, WDC Coordinator. This was followed by the lighting of the lamp and then by the felicitation of the two chief guest and a classical dance by a student of the college. Ms. Nafeesa Ismail was called on to the stage to deliver a speech to the audience. She spoke about ‘women empowerment’ and encouraged the women to bring out their inner talents and to face the world with courage. Her speech was very interactive and all the audience interacted in a very cheerful way.

Audience at the WDC program. Credit: Ghost Rider

Audience at the WDC program. Credit: Ghost Rider

A singing competition followed the speech. Only the girl students of the college were allowed to take part in it. Fifteen girls had participated in the singing competition and the competition was judged by three judges. One was Mr. T. Ebenezer, a faculty from the English Department of the college and the choir master of the college choir, the second judge was Ms. Sandhya and the third judge was Ms. Nafeesa Ismail. The competition went on for about an hour and all the participants sang mostly Hindi and Telugu songs. Aparna from 1st year mass-comm bagged the first prize, Swapna from 2nd year B.Sc. bagged the second prize and Surbi from 1st B.com bagged the third prize. All the winners were felicitated by Dr. T. Rabbi Purthiran, Principal of the college.

Ms. Sandhya, one the chief guests of the day was requested to sing a song by all the audience and she sang two melodious songs; one in Hindi and the other in Tamil. She received a wonderful applause from all the staff and students. Ms. Sandhya, apart from being born in a music loving family, is a refined singer and has an innate musical talent. She was trained in carnatic music at a very young age. With a properly nurtured talent she used to participate in many competitions in music held in her school and college. It was in the year 1999, that she made her debut under the Oscar winning A.R.Rahaman and from there on, went to sing more than one thousand songs. She has to her credit many movie songs, devotional songs and private albums made in different languages like Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam etc. She largely sung in many Tamil movies under the music direction of Maestro Ilayaraja, Deva, Harris Jeyraj, Mani Sharma, Suresh etc.

“WDC has been sponsoring the education of girl children through the NGO, Naandi. This year too the staff and the students came forward and contributed for the cause. With the support of the management the girl students and members of the lady staff were enriched with the knowledge of cancer in women through the power point presentation by Dr. Fehmida Banu in a seminar that was conducted as a part of the WDC activities”, says Ms. A. Aruna, WDC Coordinator.

“It is said that behind every successful man there is a woman and later it is behind every successful woman that there is a man but now behind every successful woman lies herself. I take the opportunity to appreciate and congratulate all the members of the WDC, I prefer that students and staff need to take up the social related issues in the society for deliberations and discussion and find out the solution and also create awareness among women folk, who are illiterate and uneducated”, says Dr. T. Rabbi Purthiran, Principal, St. Mary’s College.

Chief guest along with Ms. Mary Reddy getting ready to light the lamp. Credit: Ghost Rider

Chief guest along with Ms. Mary Reddy getting ready to light the lamp. Credit: Ghost Rider

Chief guests' of the day Ms. Sandhya and Ms. Nafeesa at the program. Credit: Ghost Rider

Chief guests of the day Ms. Sandhya and Ms. Nafeesa at the program. Credit: Ghost Rider

Members of the WDC pose for a photo along with the Chief guest. Credit: Ghost Rider

Members of the WDC pose for a photo along with the Chief guest. Credit: Ghost Rider

“Many congratulations to the WDC on the occasion of their anniversary. I acknowledge and sincerely appreciate the efforts of the WDC team during the last three years. I also congratulate students and teachers for working hard to bring out yet another issue of ‘Little Women‘ and celebrating the spirit of womanhood in such a special way. Education is the best way to enlighten and empower the rural women. I am proud of the WDC members for coming forward to sponsor education of the young girl children by working with organizations like Goonj, Make-a-wish and Marg Foundation. I salute the WDC cell for their commendable job and I pray that the efforts of the members of the WDC continue to fuel women’s development and thereby empowerment”, says Mr. Mahinder Reddy, Director, St. Mary’s College.

The program was finally concluded at around 5 pm with the vote of thanks. All the students were also blissful; many PRESS personnel from various print media were also present covering the event. Few students and staff stood back to take a snap with the Chief guests. The WDC received a lot of praises and were congratulated for their social service to the poor and service to the women. Jai ho WDC!

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