ICECD organized for the first time in India, “The Convocation” to felicitate these women who have graduated from housewives to business women and are successfully running their enterprises. This pioneering effort received acclaim and appreciation from one and all.
Rural women graduate to become entrepreneurs!
Smt. Anandiben Patel, Honorable Minister of Education, Higher & Technical Education, Women and Child Development, Youth Culture and Sports, Govt. of Gujarat graced the convocation as the Chief Guest on 11th of February 2005. Other dignitaries included, Sri. N.V.Vasani (Vice Chancellor), Nirma University, who delivered the key note address, and Mr. Anil Johri, Director, World Food Program.
Smt. Anandiben Patel expressed her joy and admiration at the “marvelous and revolutionary” work carried out by ICECD and encouraged all the women who received the “Entrepreneurial Degree” to set an example for the women of India.
ICECD Director, Ms Hina Shah says, “To awaken people, it is the woman who must be awakened. Once she is on the move, the family moves, the village moves and the nation moves”.