Celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi Ji

The 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi Ji was celebrated at ICAR-Central Institute for Women in Agriculture (ICAR-CIWA), Bhubaneswar during the week ending 2nd October, 2020. As part of the week long celebrations, the following activities were carried out;
    • A painting competition on the theme ''World of Mahatma Gandhi'' (wide range of subjects related to the life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi) was organized at the Institute on 30 September, 2020.
    • The logo of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, was displayed in a prominent place.
    • Awareness creation programme on drudgery reduction of farm women was organized at the Institute for a cluster of Scheduled Caste farm women from different villages of Puri district on October 1, 2020. As part of the SCSP scheme, drudgery reducing farm tools such as improved sickles, hand hoe, trowel, trench hoe, secateurs and 16 litre manually operated agricultural sprayers were distributed to 55 farm women from SC families, identified by an NGO viz., Dalit Vikas Samiti, Satyabadi block, Puri District.


  • An essay writing competition on the theme ''Gandhi on Social Issues against Women'' was arranged on 1 October, 2020.
  • An invited article titled ''Gender empowerment through village institutions and education'' was contributed from the Institute for the ICAR Special Publication titled ''Realizing Mahatma’s Dream of Agriculture and Rural Development: Contributions of ICAR''.
The valedictory function of the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebration of Mahatma Gandhi Ji was organized virtually on 2 October 2020. The programme started with the introductory remarks by Dr. S. K. Srivastava, Director, ICAR-CIWA, in which he recited a poem on Father of our Nation. He also highlighted the role of Mahatma on Education, Agriculture, Rural Development, and especially on Women Empowerment. It was followed by an elocution competition on the theme ''Mahatma Gandhi's thoughts on Women Empowerment and Present Scenario'', in which most of the Staff participated with zeal and enthusiasm. All the Staff members paid tribute to Mahatma by reciting poems on Mahatma, and highlighting the quotes and talks on Gandhian philosophies. 

The programme ended with felicitations to the winners of various competitions.

Jai Hind.