Five women achievers were felicitated by the Planning Forum of the Department of Studies in Economics and Co-operation, University of Mysore, at Manasagangotri here on Friday to mark International Women’s Day.

Septuagenarian tender coconut vendor Gowramma, KSRTC employee K. Ningamma, progressive farmer Lakshmidevamma, entrepreneur Kalpana Surendra and post-woman Jayalakshmi were honoured for their contribution to society.

Responding to the felicitation, Lakshmidevamma said more youth should take up farming and highlighted the benefits of hard work.

Citing the example of a farmer in K.R. Pet taluk who got 20 quintals of ragi per acre, she suggested that lessons on agriculture should be introduced in schools and children should be encouraged to plant saplings in their school campus.

KSRTC driver-cum-conductor Ningamma, who is reckoned to be the first female public bus driver here, narrated how she came up in life and in her profession.

She has been a role model for breaking into a male-dominated profession. “Success in any profession is possible only with hard work,” she said.

Gowramma, who sells tender coconuts on the roadside in Saraswathipuram, Kalpana Surendra and Jayalakshmi also spoke. Dr. D.S. Leelavathi, Chairperson, DoS in Economics and Cooperation, University of Mysore, presided.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore