Prof. (Dr.) Atima Sharma Dwivedi, Principal, Kanya Maha Vidyalaya- the Heritage & Autonomous institution, Seat of Women Empowerment, Ranked No.1 College in India by India Today Ranking (Various Categories) was bestowed with Excellence in Education Award by Mr Diprava Lakra, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar during a function organized by the NGO Nishkam Sewa Bharti Trust. Mr Vishesh Sarangal, ADC (Development), Jalandhar & Dr Ravinder Verma, President, Nishkam Seva Bharti Trust and Mr Tarlok Paul were also present during the occasion. Prof. (Dr.) Atima Sharma Dwivedi was awarded for pioneering new initiatives in education and contributing colossally to the educational scenario. It is worth a mention here that Prof. Atima’s vision, commitment and dedication has resulted in making KMV the first and only women college of Punjab to be awarded Autonomous status. It has made KMV join higher league of colleges. New age innovative job-oriented programs with focus on practical training and skill development have also been introduced by Prof. Atima Sharma Dwivedi. Such is her dynamism that she was instrumental in making KMV the first college under GNDU to be awarded Kaushal Kendra of UGC, MHRD, Govt. of India. Under this 7 B.Voc and 3 M. Voc courses are successfully empowering young women and providing them employability. KMV has also been bestowed the Heritage status by MHRD, Govt. of India under her able leadership. The much coveted prestigious status has been given to only 19 institutions across India. The award of Star Status, FIST Grant, Status of College with Potential for Excellence-Phase II, A Grade by NAAC, Collaborations & tie-ups with acclaimed US universities like Chatham & Lesley and other European countries, introducing School of Communications in which Spoken English and Foreign languages are taught by native teachers, School for Personality Development, School for Competitive Exams, Foundation Program, Moral Science classes and many other innovative programs goes to her credit. KMV is the first and only college to be awarded the Women Studies Centre. Prof. Atima, Director of the Centre has made colossal endeavors for gender sensitization and equity & equality of women. Under Women Empowerment Cell 4000 women who belong to the underprivileged society and are not the students of KMV have been imparted Skill Development training. Prof. Atima ensures that Women trained under Women Empowerment Cell stand on their feet and no wonder that they are running their boutiques, beauty salons, computer centers et al and are capable of providing employability to others. No wonder then that she has been richly awarded and honored at various national & international platforms like Best research content award by Harvard University, USA, Rajiv Gandhi Education Excellence Award’ during a National Seminar held at New Delhi, Indo-Nepal Shiromani Award” for outstanding Achievements in the field of Education by Nepal, Best Principal award bestowed by National Science Olympiad, Achiever of the Millennium Award’ presented for International Achievers Conference held at Bangkok, Thailand etc.
An alumna of Harvard University, USA, Prof. Atima Sharma Dwivedi maintained that Management & Leadership in Education Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA and other programs like Advancement Leadership Program at Harvard University, USA, Project titled “Including Ourselves in the Change Equation: Personal Learning for Organizational Growth”, completed with Harvard University, USA have played a pivotal role helping her contribute substantially to the field of higher education.