International Women’s Day Celebrations (IWDC)-2023 with the theme: “DigitAll: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality” was organized at Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL), the premier naval research laboratory of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Visakhapatnam in a befitting manner on Thursday in Mohapatra Manasi Auditorium, NSTL Complex with the active participation of women employees and spouses of male employees of NSTL.
On this occasion, distinguished guests felicitated the women achiever ‘Guna Pravallika Vuppala’, National skater and Kuchipudi dancer. Prizes were distributed by distinguished guests to the winners of various competitions that were conducted for women employees and spouses of male employees of NSTL. Celebrations were concluded with cultural programmes by the children of NSTL officers & staff.
Chief Guest on the occasion is S Sirisha, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP-Harbour), Visakhapatnam, and Distinguished Guests on the occasion are Dr Shruthi Tewari, Professor, IIM, Indore and Y Lakshmi, the first lady of NSTL & President MKM (Mahila Kalyan Manch).
Chairperson of IWDC-2023 M Sujatha, Scientist ‘F’ welcomed the participants. She gave details of IWD, its genesis, and its growth. She explained how women’s fraternity is being encouraged in NSTL/ DRDO.
In his speech, Dr. Y Sreenivas Rao, OS & Director NSTL applauded the women’s fraternity for standing behind everyone’s success and for finding solutions to critical problems in various capacities. He praised women employees of NSTL who are working beyond office hours also. He concluded his speech by comparing each and every woman with Goddess Durga, quoting Bammera Potana’s famous Telugu poem “Ammalaganna Amma.”