Pradeep Pattanayak

Women are actually rewriting India’s narrative where stereotypes or gender gaps will no longer exist, said Odisha Television Network’s (OTV) Managing Director, Jagi Mangat Panda on the occasion of International Women’s Day. 

While speaking as the chief guest at the International Women’s Day event at the CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT) in Bhubaneswar on Friday, Jagi Mangat Panda said “When we were watching the live streaming of Chandrayan III, we were very proud. It was a great moment for India and for all of us that in the midst of many scientists, we saw some very vibrant and smiling faces of women scientists. Today, those saree-clad and suit-clad scientists are known as the rocket women of India."

“Besides these rocket women, there are many ambitious women who have broken stereotype boundaries.  They are actually rewriting or writing India’s narrative where these stereotypes or gender gaps will no more exist," she added. 

While elaborating on the importance of this year's Women's Day theme - 'Inspire Inclusion'- Jagi Mangat Panda said, “In the many years of my own work experience, I have recognised that more than anything else, unless a woman herself doesn’t want to be included it will be very difficult to include women. So women should want to be included,” she further added. 

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She also pointed out that there are some women, who have created a niche for themselves without any help, and at the same time, there are some women who are still deprived of basic facilities.

“Every year we hold discussions relating to women, health, and education. To encourage the students in science and technology, we also conduct different programmes and competitions. We expect that more and more women will be included in the future,” said the chief scientist of CSIR-IMMT, Dr MG Sujana.

Among others, CIPET’s Director-cum-chief scientist Dr Smita Mohanty also attended the event. On this occasion, the research scholars of CSIR were felicitated. Chief Guest Jagi Mangat Panda also gave away prizes to school girls, who have excelled in different fields.

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