Seven Years of Empowering Women
When I received an SMS inviting me to attend the Annual Function of the Adult Literacy Programme on the tenth of November, I was pleasantly surprised. Having been associated with the Programme in its initial stage, I was curious and wanted to know how well it was doing! I called up Parvinder Pal and confirmed whether the SMS was correct, and he told me that the function would be taking place in the Virmani Public School. Today, after helping out my colleagues with the Heritage MUN, I took off for Delhi. On reaching the venue, I was greeted by Dr. Dharambir Singh Mann, the Principal of Dhanpatmal Virmani Senior Secondary School, and an erstwhile colleague of mine and escorted to the venue. At the venue, I met Mr. Anil Virmani, The Chairman of the Dhanpatmal Virmani Education Trust and Management Society where and Mrs. Asha Kishore who is the Vice-President. For me it was like a home-coming experience since I had served this management for more than seventeen years! Dr. M.K.Vajpayee was also present at the function and he reminisced about the times when the Adult Literacy Programme was in its fledgling stage and we had been a rather coherent group working to develop a working model for the Adult Literacy programme, since when I started the programme in the Dhanpatmal Virman Sr.Sec.School, the women were facing problems because they had to find spare time to attend the classes in the school. A second and better surprise for me was to see two of my students, Ramesh Joshi and Sahil Gupta, who had been awarded the R.N. Virmani scholarship come up to the stage to share their experiences in the school. Today, the Dhanpatmal Virmani Trust and Management Society along with NDPL is running no less than 72 Adult Literacy Centres for women.
Mr. Anil Virmani delivering the Vote of thanks
The Chief Guest on the occasion was Mr. Praveen Sinha, C.E.O. of NDPL. In his speech, he expressed his optimism that soon there would be a total of two hundred Adult Literacy centres running in and around Delhi. Mrs. Asha Kishore delivered the welcome speech for Mr. Sinha, while Mr. Anil Virman delivered the Vote of Thanks.
Mr. Praveen Sinha, the Chief Guest delivering his speech
A Collection of photographs taken on the occasion:
Mrs Asha Kishore with Guests from NDPL That’s Dr.Dharambir and Me
Dr.Vajpayee reminiscing about old times
Ramesh Joshi left, and Sahil Gupta right, both R.N.Virmani Scholarship awardees
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