The University started this Women's Studies Centre in April 2005.The Centre was sanctioned UGC Grant in 2009 and in year 2012 the Centre was given continuation in the second phase of its scheme for Women's Studies Centres in University & Colleges we now have a full time Teaching & Non-teaching staff funded by the UGC. The Centre's main objective is to promote research and teaching in the new inter-disciplinary field of Women's Studies, and also to explore new areas of outreach into the community on women's issues.
The Centre was born out of a felt need for imparting gender sensitivity and Women's perspectives to students, researchers, fellow academics and policy makers through relevant education. The initial spectrum of activities of the Centre included research and documentation, teaching of specific courses in other interdisciplinary programs of the Institute; preparing of teaching materials and aids; consultancy on gender themes and organizing and conducting of training programs, seminars and conferences. In recent years, the Centre has built on this rich experience of early years to focus its activities towards evolving MA-Program in Women's Studies. The Centre has also been involved in networking and extension for national and international advocacy on Women's issues since its inception.
It has a rich history of women centered research and advocacy and has demonstrated expertise, developed over several years, of teaching women's themes across other existing programs. The presence of a well-developed library and documentation facility also complements our aspirations.
New Subject:The most important element in doing Women's Studies is to have a critical approach, to look at familiar and accepted facts, images theories with a new vision, to think about oneself and those around us in a new way. Many of our male students have said that this course gave them a fresh understanding of the world; because gender is everywhere, but we have been taught not to think about or even see it.
WHO CAN TAKE PART IN THE CENTRE'S ACTIVITIES:
Graduates in any discipline, and university students of postgraduate courses, are eligible for the courses offered. We hope that women and men working in the fields of Journalism, Social work, Psychology, Law etc will join.
Also any citizen, men or women, young or old, who feel that our world need not be seen through spectacles constructed and colored by a male-centered approach can, take part. Our courses use different source materials and audio visual records as well as a lecture format. Students are expected to take part in class discussions and to carry out field based surveys, etc. as a part of course work. Participation in these activities is as important as written examinations.
MASS CHANCES FOR EMPLOYMENT
Certificate course in Women Studies helps to get opportunities of employment in various sectors like Education, Research, NGO's, press-media, government department's specially Women and Child Development, Department of Human Resource Development and to carry social responsibilities while living in society. If we completed M.A. in Women Studies it will help us to play a vital role in our business, job and services.
M.A.in Women's Studies and Certificate Course in Women's Studies gives you to take a part or become a part of fight for Social Reforms which has been started by Mahatma Phule, Savitribai Phule, Tarabai Shinde, Mukta Salve, Shahu Maharaja, Dr.B.R.Ambedkar, and Periyyar. Male - Female equality is the need of time and this is a duty to carry that thought towards our new generation. M.A.in Women's Studies has been started in 2011-2012.Lectures of this course take place in the morning session at 8.00 A.M. to 12.00 P.M. Teaching methods of this course are very skillful, modern and technological.