Centre for Women Studies

 I. GENESIS:- 

 University Grants Commission has been playing an important role in promoting gender equity in higher education. In order to institutionalize these efforts and promote research and extension on women’s issues. Centre for Women’s Studies was started in the Universities across the country existence in Mysore University during 1989. The Centre for Women’s Studies was housed in Institute of Development Studies autonomous centre in 1994 and was shifted to Humanities Block. At present, the Centre is running with UGC Fund.

 II. List of Honorary Directors of Centre for Women’s Studies:- 

1

Prof. Rameshwari varma

1993 - 1996    

2

Prof. B J Nagaraj

1996-1997

3

Prof. R Indira

1997-2000

4

Prof. Srijay devarajeUrs

2000-02

5

Prof. R Indira

2002-03

6

Prof. M Indira

2003

7

Prof. Padmashekhar

2003-05

8

Prof. Sunitha K T

2005-08

9

Prof. M Indira

2008-11

10

Prof. S M Mangala

2011-15

11

Prof .N. Saraswathi

2015-18

12

Prof. Asha manjari

2018

12

Prof. Priti Srimandhar Kumar

2018-2019

III.AIM AND OBJECTIVES :

 AIM:  Bring about gender justice, gender equality & awareness among students & community

 OBJECTIVES: Promoting gender equity through Teaching, Research, Training and Advocacy. The following are the specific objectives

  • To teach Women’s Studies as a discipline
  • To develop resource centre for academicians, activists and public
  • To conduct ongoing research on women issues
  • To sensitize people to acknowledge and appreciate women’s role in society
  • To raise public awareness about gender discrimination and unequal status of women through programmes
  • To act as a consultative agency on women’s rights, gender sensitization for Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Organisation of Seminars, Conferences, Workshops, Special Lectures, Discussions, Women Court related to Women’s issues on the grounds of interdisciplinary knowledge.
  • Publications of research and critical texts with feminist analysis

  IV.COLLABORATIONS :

                   • With other Women’s Studies Centers in South India

                  • Mahila Samakya

                  • Non-governmental/Voluntary  Organizations

                  • State Commission for Women

                  • Indian Association for Women’s Studies

                  • Government Departments

                  • Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore

                  • ATI Administrative Training Institute, Mysore 

                   • Samrachana , NGO, Mysore 

 V.  OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN’S STUDIES:

Name of the Post

Department

Teaching

University and first grade colleges

Women Protection Officer

Department of Women and Child Development

Women Supervisor

Department of Women and Child Development

Probationary Officer-Grade I & II

Department of Women and Child Development

Development Inspectors

Women Development Corporation

Resource persons

Mahila Samakhya

Counselor

‘Santhwana’ help line centres, WCD

Lecturers

Under graduate colleges

Gender Experts

JSYS. GOK

Co- ordinator

National Commission for Women

Different positions

NGO’s

 VI.ENDOWMENTS:

                  MARY JO MURTHY GOLD MEDAL- Award to Candidate who passed M A in Women’s studies in first attempt and scoring highest marks.

                  Donor: Dr.Belawadi Shrinivasa murthy, California, USA

 

VII.BEST PRACTICES:

                   •   Centre is encouraging students to take socially relevant projects. The students get an opportunity to understand the women’s issues.

                  •     Networking with voluntary organizations for students’ exposure and employment.

                  •     To motivate to create awareness regarding appropriate implementation of women related laws and programmes.

 VIII.CENTRE PUBLICATIONS:

          •          Feminine Identities- Edited by K.T. Sunitha-2007
          •          Abhimukhi- volume-8, Issue-1 Edited by Dr. S. M. Mangala and et.al -2012
          •          Indian women through the ages (Centenary Celebrations -2016)- Edited by  Prof. N.Saraswathi and et.al
          •          National workshop report “Women’s Studies Centres: Contributions and way Forward-Edited by : Dr. C.P. Parimala and Dr. K.G. Asha Manjari-2018