Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Various college students, lecturers and employees of the Higher Education department were felicitated today at the 2nd State Level Award ceremony for Self-Defence Training programme held at Jaydev Bhawan in Bhubaneswar.

Twenty girls, who had received self-defence training, 10 master trainers, five project coordinators, five principals and five district level consultants (DLCs) were awarded by Higher Education Minister Ananta Das.

While the trainees were presented with a certificate and cash prize of Rs 1,000 each, the master trainers and project coordinators received Rs 3,000 each while principals and DLCs were given Rs 5,000 each and certificates.

"I am very glad to receive the award as DLC. It is definitely an exciting gift for us and I will try to work with enthusiasm in coming days. I will try to better discharge my duties with help of concerned lecturers and students of all colleges under me," said Kalahandi DLC, Dr Dingar Suna.

"Girls are more powerful than the boys, but as they are forgetting about their power, this programme is organised for awakening them. We saw that in the last two to three years the girls have become more powerful and other than self protection they are able to protect others also," said Minister Ananta Das.

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Other than the Higher Education Minister, the event was attended by School and Mass Education Minister Badrinarayan Patra, BJD MP Prasanna Patsani, BJD's Bhubaneswar (North) MLA Priyadarshi Mishra and Higher Education secretary GVV Sharma among others.