GUWAHATI, March 8 - Aalok-d-Light, a city-based NGO working for women and children, observed the International Women�s Day with a two-day programme in collaboration with Beltola College.
A prize money inter-college debate competition on �Gender Discrimination Hampers Progress� was held at Beltola College on Saturday in which several colleges of the city took part, stated a press release.
The highlight of the celebration was a felicitation programme held at the Guwahati Press Club on Sunday where retired IAS officer Parul Devi Das was felicitated for her inspiring achievements.
The function started with a chorus presented by the women teachers of Beltola College. The function was compered by Indira Bhuyan, social worker.
Anjana Sarma Barua, Chief General Manager, IOCL (Gauhati Refinery), who attended the function as the chief guest, emphasised the need for women to enhance their level of confidence to enable themselves to take active part in nation building.
Parul Devi Das advised the students to stay focused on their career to achieve success in life.
Cash prizes with citations were given away to the winners of the debate competition at the function. Jagya Pratim Saikia of Cotton University bagged the first prize, while the second and third prizes went to Tridib Bhagawati of Cotton University and Shruti Medhi of Handique Girls� College respectively.
The function was presided over by retired IAS officer and president of Aalok-d-Light Paramesh Dutta.
Earlier, Bijaylaxmi Baruah, secretary of Aalok-d-Light, gave a brief description of the NGO.