School of Management in collaboration with Association of Indian Universities organized a National Seminar on “Women as Critical Partners in an Egalitarian Society: An Evaluation of the Current Status in India” on 8th & 9th March, 2018. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the Chief Guest for the inaugural session was Prof. Kavita Sharma, President, South Asian University, New Delhi, key note speaker Dr Bijaylakshmi Nanda, Vice Principal, Miranda House and Guest of Honour, Ms Sushmita Shekhar Dutt, Artist and Social Worker. Over the two days, there were 3 technical sessions i.e. Combating Persistent Gender Gaps to Build an Egalitarian Society, Women as Critical Partners: Individual Conduct in an Egalitarian Society

The technical sessions had paper presentations by academicians and administrators from across the country. There were 2 panel discussions i.e. Fighting Back with Dignity: The Need for Women to Exercise their Rights, Glass Ceiling…Not a Deterrent. Apart from these there was a training session on Gender Audit: Measures for Sensitization in Campuses. The session Chairs and panelists comprised of Vice Chancellors, Heads of Department, Senior Professors from D.U., JNU, Jamia, IGNOU, O P Jindal, MANU, Hyderabad. Academicians apart, others invited were first woman Airforce Officer, entrepreneur, doctor, COO, UGC, EdCIL and AIU officials. One of the attractions was having Ms Dorris Francis as a panelist. She is known as the “Traffic Queen” as she manages the traffic though not a traffic police. The chief guest in the valedictory session was Prof Furqan Qamar, Secretary General, AIU. Each session saw heavy debating and discussions. Few of the recommendations that emerged were – create a women’s league and educational institutions to create egalitarian environment.