Essence 2018, a three day sensitisation program on Social Equity, Gender Issues, Human Trafficking, Legal Rights, Sexual Harassment at Work Place, Health issues, Mental Health, Tuberculosis,and Intellectual Property Rights was started at NBBDC, Tadong. This three day programme is focused at rasing these social concerns of the society. A gamut of Resource Person from India and Nepal will be sharing their experiences and knowledge with students from 24th to 26th Oct, 2018. The program was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shri G. P. Upadhyaya, ACS and Principal Secretary, HRDD and Guest of Honour Shri D. K Pradhan, Director (H. E) , HRDD.
In her welcome address, The Principal of the College Dr. Bina Pradhan thanked HRDD and Government of Sikkim for supporting such unique initiatives of the College. Shri. Upadhyaya congratulated the college for hosting such programs which was the need of the hour and especially pertinent in the present Indian and global scenario.
One of the main attractions was the presence of Ms. Peden O. Namgyal, Miss Sikkim 2017, Miss NE Diva 2017 and Yamaha Fascino Miss Supernatural India 2017. She shared her story and all the hard work that goes into making a Diva and fashion Icon. She also answered a lot of questions and queries from the students.
Ms. Sajani Joshi, Legal Adviser to Maiti Nepal from Kathmandu talked about the work of Maiti Nepal in Human Trafficking, Organ Selling racket, Child Abuse and Exploitation. She also counselled students on the different ways trafficking happens across countries and how women should be careful in dealing with traffickers. The Students gained much knowledge from her experience and expertise.
Mr. Jorgay Namkha, Sr. Advocate, High Court of Sikkim talked to students about Legal Rights of women in India and Sikkim in general. He interacted with students on the rights and responsibilities of women and the protection of women against discrimination.
Ms. Rongu Souriya woman and Child Activist from Kanchenjunga Uddhar Kendra, Siliguri talked of different gender issues and women rights.
Ms. Linda Palmu, ASP Sikkim Police talked on Mission Jyoti :Flame of Fearlessness
On 25th the program will focus on Adolescent Health Issues , Tuberculosis and Mental Health. Dr. C. L. Pradhan, Dr. Chungden Lepcha, Dr. Dichen C Tshering and Dr. Yudok Bhutia will be the panelists.
On the last day, 26th October the talks will focus on Intellectual Property Rights and Sexual Harassment In Work Place. Prof. Satyanarayan of Sikkim University , Dr. B. C Basishta from DST and Ms. Nandita Pradhan, Director of Martha Farrell Foundation, New Delhi.
The program was jointly organised by Gender Sensitisation Unit, Equal Opportunity Cell, IPR Cell and Internal Complaints and Grievance Cell of the College. Dr. Monashree Pradhan was the Convenor and Dr. C. Lachungpa was the Organising Secretary of this program. This three day sensitisation programme was sponsored by RUSA, MHRD, GoI and HRDD, GoS.