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The ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai, observed International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2023. The theme for 2023 International Women’s Day is “Embrace Equity”. Dr Kuldeep Kumar Lal, Director, ICAR-CIBA, highlighted the significance of celebrating the International Women’s Day and the relevance of balancing emotions in family life and work place.  In his address, the Chief Guest, Dr. Babu Rengarajan, Clinical Psychologist stressed the importance of emotional intelligence and conflict management. He applauded the women’s capabilities of balancing and handling the work and home efficiently and effectively.  He reminded us that it is one’s mind that controls ones feelings and explained different techniques for improving inter- and intra-personal relationships.

Staff and Scientist from CIBA regional centers and other ICAR institute joined the programme through online mode. Dr. Sherly Tomy, Principal Scientist & Chairperson Women Cell emphasized that gender equality in the goal and equity is the means to get there. She explained the activities carried out by the Women cell in the Institute. The women staff and students of CIBA actively participated in different programmes and committees during the three day long celebrations.

A monetary contribution collected from ICAR-CIBA staff was donated to Nethrodaya, a self-help organization serving for the welfare of the differently abled (Visually Challenged & Physically challenged) on March 7th, 2022 to encourage them in their journey towards a productive and dignified life in our society. Rangoli, photo contest and extempore competitions were also conducted and prizes were distributed to the winners by the Chief Guest.