Chennai, January 24, 2017: The National Girl Child Day, today, is designed to remind us of the importance of caring for the girl child in the same manner as the male child. Unfortunately, sex ratios are getting adverse to girls even in affluent parts of our country like Punjab and Haryana. There are many reasons for the male bias in the choice of the child, but these are based on irrational criteria and they reflect an inbuilt sex bias towards boys. On the National Girl Child Day, we should record with gratitude the critical role women had played and are playing in areas like food security, sustainable livelihoods and environmental security. At most Convocations of even the institutes of technology, most of the medals are won by girl students, thereby showing their intellectual capability. Women are also the leaders in ICT and by denying them opportunities the country will be poorer in its economic and social wellbeing. We need also to organise facilities to women entrepreneurs just as the Golden Jubilee Women’s Biotechnology Park established in Chennai with the help of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, Government of Tamil Nadu and MSSRF. The nutrition of girl child is another area which needs greater attention. For a healthy and happy society, the girl child should be given the opportunity to grow healthily and perform superbly.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.