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Kanpur, January 24, 2022: Kiran Bedi, the first female officer in the Indian Police Services (IPS), joined the team of Udghosh, the annual sports festival of IIT Kanpur, today on National Girl Child Day. A generational icon of women empowerment, Bedi interacted with the students of IIT Kanpur on various topics, with insightful anecdotes from her inspiring journey.
Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director IIT Kanpur said, “Kiran Bedi Ji is an icon for the youth for the incredible milestones she has achieved, out of all adversities. I hope that her presence would illuminate the minds of young students and would encourage them to choose a path of courage and perseverance in moving forward in life.”
On the occasion, Kiran Bedi launched Udghosh’s ambitious program “Wednesday For Women” – a unique initiative to celebrate female sports legends whose indomitable spirit and astounding achievements serve as an inspiration for millions of people of our nation. Being an Asian Lawn Tennis Champion in her youth and shining beacon of Women Empowerment, Bedi has been a pioneer in breaking gender barriers and has promoted women from every creed and region to come into their own.
She also promoted her upcoming book “Fearless Governance”, an account of her time in the government services, which spanned almost five decades. The guests and attendees got a closer look at her life as an IPS Officer and later as a bureaucrat. Interacting with the young audience of IIT Kanpur, she shared her vision of what constitutes good governance and how the students can contribute towards the upliftment of India.
ABOUT IIT KANPUR: Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, is one of the premier institutions set up by the Government of India. Registered in 1959, the institute was assisted by nine leading institutions of the U.S.A in the setting up of its academic programs and laboratories during the period 1962-72. With its record of path-breaking innovations and cutting-edge research, the institute is known the world over as a learning center of repute in engineering, science, and several interdisciplinary areas. In addition to formal undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the institute has been active in research and development in areas of value to both industry and government.
For more information, visit: www.iitk.ac.in.