Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector-50, Chandigarh in collaboration with Nivedita, a non-profit organisation organised an “Awareness Session on Millets-Aahaar Kranti Mission”. The speakers of the day were: the Chief Guest, Shri Nirmaljit Singh Kalsi, IAS Retd., Chairman, National Council for Vocational Education and Training; the Guest of Honour, Shri Dharam Pal, IAS, Advisor to Chandigarh Administrator, Shri Pradeep Joshi, the Keynote speaker, Akhil Bhartiya Sah Sampark Parmukh, and Dr. Varinder Garg, OSD to Union Health Minister and a renowned radiologist at PGI, Chandigarh.
The programme was inaugurated by lighting Deepshikha by eminent personalities present on the occasion. The Principal of Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector-50, Chandigarh, Dr. Sangam Kapoor warmly welcomed all the dignitaries and introduced them.
It was followed by the address of Dr. Lipika, who introduced the mission, Aahaar Kranti, in terms of dhee, dharti & dharohar.Shri Pardeep Joshi highlighted the traditional role of maternal power in India. He advised the audience to be empathic towards the cause of women in order to grow as a nation. The Chief Guest, Shri Nirmaljit Singh Kalsi emphasised the fact that mother nature begins with agriculture and leads to sustainable development. He stressed the essential need to own a native language, food and culture. He cited numerous examples of well-known prominent women in the history of India. He also enumerated the nutritious values of sorghum, Pearl millet and finger millet. The Guest of Honour, Shri Dharam Pal propounded the concept of “Jaisa Ann Vaisa Man”. He informed the audience that millets are rich sources of fibre, minerals, iron, phosphorous, etc. Ms. Guneet Swani, a famous writer, quoted, “Millet a day will keep climate at bay.” She was in favour of initiating a thirty-person awareness chain for millets.
After the lectures, a pledge was administered to various restaurant owners, and they were felicitated for their dynamic contributions. Dr. Varinder Garg summarized the session and highlighted the role of Nivedita as a catapult in offering opportunities to help women realize that they are the real architects of life.
The vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Sapna Nanda, the Principal, Government College of Education, which was followed by the recitation of the Indian National Anthem.