Department Profile

UGC Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS), MLSU was established in 1989 with the financial assistance of UGC (started under its 10th plan).  Women’s Studies as a discipline encompasses core area of theory along with the focus on multi/ interdisciplinary. It draws knowledge from various areas across the disciplines from Social Sciences, Sciences and Humanities. As a discipline, it focuses on a comprehensive, critical and balanced understanding of India's socio-economic realities and governance. Its main components include women's contribution to society and social processes and their perception of their own lives, the broader social reality and their struggles and aspirations.

Women ’s Studies, is in UGC list of disciplines for NET and JRF program. As per UGC list, 80 Women’s Studies centre are getting financial assistance by UGC and Centre for Women’s Studies, MLSU is one of them. The centre is monitored and evaluated periodically by the UGC on grounds of teaching, research, extension activities, seminars, workshops, special lectures, field action projects and action research, documentation and archive on women, partnership with other UGC centres and non-UGC centres, government schemes and NGOs.

History of UGC Centre for Women’s Studies MLSU:

With the objectives of creating vibrant community of feminist academics, students, artists and gender sensitive human being, Prof. VijayLaxmi Chauhan (then Head of Department of Psychology) became the first Director of the centre in 1989. Later, Prof. Renu Jatana was the director of the Centre. At present, Prof Digvijay Bhatnagar is the Director of Centre for Women’s Studies.

Objectives of the Centre are to:

  • Achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal of Promoting Equality & Empowerment of Women.
  • Develop gender perspective in curriculum material, extension activities with socially relevant research
  • Promote and nurture gender just attitude among academic community, which is to be reflected on attitudinal change and growth of student into human being beyond gender binary.
  • Strengthen Women’s studies as a Discipline through teaching, research and extension activities.
  • Build knowledge base on women’s issues in national and global perspectives
  • Suggest methods to build a conducive environment for women to take up positions of leadership in diverse sectors, conduct evidence-based research on women and economic development, and suggest methods to promote inclusion of women in development of all sectors.

Focus Areas:

The focus areas of the centre is to build new knowledge on women in national and global perspectives and developing curriculum in women studies to meet the diverse needs of Indian women with focus to develop inclusive society.

  • Women’s empowerment
  • Marginalization of women
  • Critical analysis of stereotypes
  • Strengthen existing knowledge and build new knowledge on ‘Women in Indian Perspective’ (to address current and future challenges).
  • Organizing camps for rural and tribal women to make them aware about health and hygiene.
  • Community development with gender perspective.
  • Measures to strengthen Urban/Rural linkage and tribal development.
  • Conduct evidence-based research on ‘Women and Economic Development’.

Programs Offered:

BA in Gender Studies and Community Development

One Year Diploma in Fashion Merchandising and Readymade Garment

One Year Diploma in Textile Designing

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Last Updated on : 18/06/21