Women's Studies Centre
DATE OF ESTABLISHMENT : February, 2010 / 29th March, 2010
PHASE ASSIGNED : Phase-1
Smt. Smita Sett
Associate Professor, Library and Information Science
Women’s Studies Centre, VU aims to promote study, research, documentation & publication,
training and consultancy on issues related to women with an objective to support women from
all strata of society especially from rural South-Bengal to understand their inner potentials,
and use that to create a more gender-just society. The centre also intends to provide a flourishing
interdisciplinary environment for research and allied activities on a wide range of Women's issues.
The center has adopted a women-centred and interdisciplinary approach by drawing on a range of disciplines like,
history, literature, cultural studies, philosophy, politics, anthropology, sociology in one hand as well as
science and technology with those gender, culture, and society.
The center aims to be a perfect blend of scholastic and action programmes related to gender sensitization,
women’s empowerment and capacity building. Keeping in mind, that gender sensitization creates the necessary base
for balanced perspectives on social construction, the center intends to initiate and implement appropriate research,
curriculum development, teaching, advocacy and action. Apart from introducing academic programme, it will also be
involved in micro-level field studies and awareness generation programmes.
- Stimulate and augment knowledge about gender, race, ethnicity and class as well as sexual identity and cultural influence on women’s lives.
- Initiate research that addresses gender-related issues facing society today.
- Carry out programmes and projects that would help in formulation of policy and development of action plans for Government and NGO sectors
- Study and impact assessment of policies and programmes related to women and gender.
- Establish network and collaboration among scholars and academic community across universities and academic institutions and governmental and non-governmental organizations that enrich the intellectual environment of the university.
- Improve the working climate for women faculty members, administrative and non-teaching staff of the university as well as the students.
- Create bridges between research, teaching, public understanding, and discussion about women and gender – related issues in general and women’s lives in particular.
- Provides advisory and consultancy services on associated issues to institutions and organizations, within and outside the Government, including development agencies and cooperatives.
Activities Of The Women’s Studies Centre
Women’s Studies Centre, VU has organized many seminars,
workshops, training & awareness programmes and documentation programmes. Some of which are given below.
- UGC-sponsored National seminar on “Women Development in the Perspective of Socio-Cultural, Environmental and Health Issues” on 30thMarch,2010.
- UGC sponsored National Seminar on ‘Protecting the rights of the marginalized women : modes and challanges’ on 12th January, 2011.
- UGC sponsored National Seminar on ‘‘Women’s health: Recent research & trends’ on 17th March, 2011.
- National Seminar on ‘Women and Domestic Violence’ on 2nd March, 2012
- UGC-Sponsored Seminar on ‘Harassment of Women at Workplace’ on 23rd March, 2012.
- UGC sponsored National Seminar-cum-Legal literacy programme on ‘Access to justice for women- issues and perspectives’ for the female students on 15th March, 2013.
- UGC sponsored National Seminar on ‘Trafficking of women and girls: a serious human rights violation’ on 19th March, 2014.
- A Workshop for the ‘Women’s Self-Help Groups of Different Districts of West Bengal ‘on 31st March, 2010.
- Workshop on ‘Self defence’ for the female students and lady faculty members from 3rd to 7th March, 2014.
C. Training & Awareness programme
- A Training programme was held on 27th December, 2010 on ‘Ergonomic counseling for the women working in agriculture’ at Karnagarh, Midnapore.
- An Awareness and Training programme on ‘Mother and Child Health and Nutrition’ was held on 27th December, 2011 atTantigeria Primary school, Midnapore.
- An ‘Awareness and Training programme was held on 8th February, 2013 on ‘Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of Women and Adolescent girls’. The program was held on 8th February, 2013 at Tantigeria No. 1 Primary School, Tantigeria under the Midnapore subdivision of Midnapore (Paschim) district, West Bengal.
- An Awareness programme on ‘Health and nutrition of Female Docra Artisan’ also organized by the Women’s Studies Centre, VU on 9th March, 2013 at Bikna, Bankura.
- An Awareness programme on ‘Early marriage of Adolescent girls’ on 30th December, 2013 at Delua Primary School, Delua, Paschim Medinipur to increase awareness on women related issues.
- A Training programme on ‘Mother and Child Health Care’ on 30th December, 2013 at Delua Primary School, Delua, Paschim Medinipur to increase awareness on women related issues.
D. Documentation Programme
- A Documentation Programme on ‘Women potua painter’ was held on 30th March. Baharjan(Jamuna), Manimala ( Daughter of Baharjan) and Ruksana (Grand daughter of Baharjan) chitrakar were the potua painters.
- Women’s Studies Centre, VU organized a ‘Documentation programme on Female Docra Artisan’ on 9th March, 2013 at Bikna, Bankura.
E. A Three-day UGC-sponsored National Level Orientation Programme was held on ‘Perspectives on Women Studies: Contemporary issues and Curriculum Development’ from 28-30th March, 2011.
- Besides this different members of Women’s Studies Centre, VU have participated on in many national and international Seminars, Symposia and Workshops on women related issues.
- Many Research Papers, Books, Articles have been published on women issues by the different members of Women’s Studies Centre, VU.
- A library has been formed by purchasing books of about Rs. 3, 66,000.00 on gender-related issues.
- Different members of Women’s Studies Centre, VU have guided many Dissertation Pro jects on gender-related issues facing society today.