PNB celebrates International Women’s Day, felicitated Ipsita Behera and others

New Delhi:Punjab National Bank, India’s largest Public Sector Bank, celebrated the International Women’s Day. Senior representatives of PNB Prerna, an association of wives of the Senior Officials and senior lady Officials of the Bank, felicitated women achievers from different walks of life. Dr. Jayanti Mehta, President, PNB Prerna, along with other senior members of the association, including Vice-Presidents Mrs. L. Vijitha, Mrs Meera Devi and Mrs Madhu Nagpal, encouraged a packed house of female employees at the Bank’s Head Office in Dwarka to take inspiration from these successful women and carve their own niche.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Jayanti Mehta, President, PNB Prerna, said, “The Women’s Day is a reminder to the contribution of women in the world and I feel proud to be sharing this day with these inspiring women. Today, women have broken the proverbial glass ceiling in all spheres and we must encourage more and more women to take the baton forward. Whether it is the increase of number of women leaders inside boardrooms or the number of female sports stars to emerge from India or our artists creating a mark on the global stage, women from India have done us proud. We are confident that female employees at PNB will take inspiration and create their own paths of success.”

The following women were felicitated at the event which had an attendance of over 250 people.

Ms. Ipsita Behera, Artist and lawyer: She is a professional “Odissi” dancer and has established a cultural institution called ‘PRATIDHWANI’ which is dedicated to protecting, promoting and enriching traditional performing arts through performance, research, seminars, lectures and festivals. In recognition of her contribution, she was awarded the United Nations International Achievement award. She is also a practicing lawyer in the Supreme Court of India.

Ms. Vankadarath Saritha, India’s First Female DTC Bus Driver: She broke stereotypes when she took up the job of a bus driver with the Delhi Transport Corporation. She continues to be a source of inspiration for countless women.

Dr. Jyoti Nanda, Counselor: A highly qualified relationship and child counselor, she has treated people from all walks of life from children to entrepreneurs.

Ms. Deepa Goyal, Educationalist: She is dedicated to the cause of upskilling women in the fields of digital literacy, fashion designing and beauty skills.

Ms. Lakshmi Sharan Singh, Child Rights Activist: She is a Delhi based media professional who strives to educate underprivileged children who are victims of trafficking, alcohol and substance abuse.

Ms. Sulochana Mehar, Educationalist: She is also dedicated to the cause of upskilling women in weaving and dyeing.

Ms. Rajinikant Verma, Entrepreneur: An expert baker, she decided to follow her dream of starting her own bakery and currently runs “OLD STREET THE BAKERS” which currently caters to around shops in and around the NCR. She had availed a loan of 10 lakhs under the PNB Stand Up India scheme to achieve her goal.

Ms. Shashi, Entrepreneur: She too had availed loans under PNB’s Stand Up India Scheme to start her garment manufacturing facility in 2017. She currently counts major e- commerce companies like Flipkart, Amazon etc. as her clients.

Ms. Sapna Sharma, Entrepreneur: She designs and manufactures garments for children and availed a loan of 11 lakhs under PNB’s Stand Up India Scheme. Within a year her company achieved significant profits.

PNB Prerna is a nine-year-old arm of the PNB which aims to strengthen the ties of the Bank with the society and works toward fulfilling the bank’s corporate social responsibility. This association PNB Women Welfare Association (PNBWWA) was formally formed in 2010 with an aim to carry out the Corporate Social Responsibility commitments of Punjab National Bank.