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Ananta Alankaran

March is known to be month in which whole world comes together to celebrate the half of the population , a power source ” Shakti” , the feminine on auspicious day of International Women’s Day (8 March). And this year March arrived with नवरात्रि , an annual festival to celebrate Navdurga, nine manifestations and forms of Goddess Durga , all forms of whom symbolises nine different qualities. It encompasses protection, love, prosperity and knowledge, unlimited and vibrant love, compassion and mercy . These qualities are reflected in each individual, in different events, and in this universe as a whole.

To celebrate such auspicious occasion and to acknowledge the women who are “Kanpur ki Shaan”, nine exceptional individuals of our society in which this Shakti incarnate itself, Jagran College of Arts Science and Commerce came up with a prestigious and innovative felicitation ceremony named “Ananta Alankaran”. To underline the infinite contribution of exemplary women and to showcase young girls and boys of our college, the possibilities of infinite opportunities to soar high, a tagline was aptly chosen ‘To Infinity and Beyond….’

This prestigious award aimed at celebrating and recognising nine trailblazing women who exemplify the spirit of excellence and innovation, and are creating positive, lasting change to redefine the glass ceilings for women. The idea behind was to provide a platform to these quintessential women to share their epitomic glorious stories infront of young minds of Jagran College for them to take inspiration.

The event began with lighting of lamp followed by scintillating group song performance, group dance performances, and solo song performances by students. An enactment of short mime act depicted the challanges faced by modern women.

Now it was turn to honour the guests by gifting them Ananta Alankaran plaques and a portrait sketch, created by the college students, Disha Singh and Pinky

To do this honour, stage was graced by Sri. Mahendra Mohan Gupta (Chairman, Jagran Group) , Mr. Sunil Gupta (Director, Jagran Prakashan ),Smt. Ritu Gupta (Vice Chairperson,

Jagran Education Foundation), Dr. J.N. Gupta

(CEO, Jagran Education Foundation) ,Dr. Asmita Dubey ( Principal, Jagran College). Ten dignitaries – Chief guest of event Mrs. Raveena Tyagi, (I.P.S. DCP Traffic Kanpur), Mrs. Saumya Pandey (I.A.S. Chief Development Officer, Kanpur Dehat), Dr. Anuradha Varshney, (Founder and Director VHC), Mrs. Neetu Singh( Chartered Accountant, Entrepreneur and Social Worker), Mrs. Sadhna Ghosh (Social and Community Mobiliser), Dr. Sadhna Singh, (Former Principal D.G. P.G College, Kanpur), Vandana Deb Roy( Renowned Kathak Dancer) Ms. Anjani Dubey( PTI, I.I.T. Kanpur), Dr. Sanjivini Sharma ( Dentist and Founder Kanpur Ploggers) , Shihan Aryan Shakya ( Self Defence Expert) embellished the stage and received the token of felicitation by the management.

After a brief photo session, dignitaries enlightened the young students present in the auditorium with their words of wisdom. In this series the Chief Guest DCP Traffic Kanpur, Mrs. Raveena Tyagi ji appealed to the students to have morning and evening meals with their parents every day, explaining the way to get rid of the increasing tendency of depression among the students. She highlighted the efforts done by police in ensuring safe environment for girls.

Next ,sharing her 40 years of teaching experience, Dr. Sadhna Singh told how a good teacher can play a positive role by being a teacher as well as a friend, guide and guardian of his student. Further, CA and entrepreneur Dr. Neetu Singh talked about the positive cooperation of men in the empowerment of a woman. At the same time Dr.Anuradha Varshney expressed her views for women empowerment and social upliftment by funding girls education and lending them capital for startups.All other speakers shared wonderful insights and messages with students from their area of expertise.

The whole program was compered by Mrs. Shraddha Agarwal and our B.B.A student Gunika with great articulation. This very pleasant and flurry of activity filled afternoon event was ended with national anthem. In the end We the Jagran Parivaar whole heartedly congratulated all the dignitaries and Ananta Awardees, and we are thankful from the bottom of our hearts for their graceful presence in this successful event .

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