Women Study Center

Women Study Center is one of the interdisciplinary sectors of knowledge which targets at comprehending and analyzing dissimilarity, oppression and discriminations based on sex and gender. Originating from centuries of women’s political and intellectual struggles, the discipline has developed epistemological and pedagogical tools to critically investigate social, political, economic and cultural processes through gender lance. Over last few decades, the University Grant Commission has played a pro-active role towards the institutionalization of women studies because of the latter’s growing significance as a vital field of knowledge in national/international arenas. It has become almost obligatory for the Development agencies and systems of governance at local, regional, national and international levels to incorporate gender perspectives in their programme and policies. Gender concerns are somewhat ‘sensibly’ integrated in corporate sector in the western countries and are making some headway in non-western corporate world as well. This obligatory inclusion of gender within various domains shows the success of women’s movement in putting the issues of gender in place. But there is a simultaneous erosion of gender equality reflected in growing violence against women, unfavorable sex ratio, declining health status, sexualized and unsafe public spaces, insensitive media, women’s lack of equal access to education, food, health and political participation. All theses call for a large number of intellectuals, activists, experts and consultants who can both seek a career in the growing field as well as become change agents by contributing to the process of democratization from a feminist perspective. With this in view the College has established the Women Study Center.