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About the Centre

Women’s Studies was first acknowledged as a discipline in its own right in America in 1969 and the first Women’s Studies Course was taught in the University of Cornell. Since that time it has grown rapidly in India as well as in other parts of the world and is now recognized as one of the most dynamic and pertinent of the new emerging disciplines. Its role in holistic knowledge building and the re-examination of old and established systems of perception and thought has been invaluable. It is interdisciplinary in nature and critiques both society and culture from the perspective of women. The inauguration of the Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Allahabad was held in the North Hall in the Senate Hall Building on the 6th of August, 2010. The guest of honour was Prof. Veena Mazumdar, National Research Professor of Social Sciences at the Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi and the Vice Chancellor of A.U. Prof. Rajen Harshe was the Chief Guest. The inauguration was attended by members of the Faculty, colleagues from the Colleges, members of the University Administration, students and guests.

This program has been designed to familiarize and sensitize more and more people in society towards issues relating to Gender, Women’s Rights, Feminist movement and not merely to impart formal instruction, conduct examination and award certificates to the candidates. It is with this intent that the course has been planned.

Brief History:
  • 2010- The Centre for Women's Studies, University of Allahabad established.
  • 2012- Three months Certificate Course in “Understanding Gender” started.
  • 2013- Centre has started Campus Newsletter, which is publishing successfully by the Centre.
  • 2018- PG Program M.A. in Women's Studies started. Reading materials compiled in English and Hindi, made available free of cost to every student.
Academic Activities
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Courses

The Centre now runs two academic programmes.

Name of the Course Duration Seats Fee Eligibility Remarks
Master of Arts in Women’s Studies 2 years 18 See prospectus of Allahabad University See prospectus of Allahabad University
Certificate Course in “Understanding Gender” 3 months 30 1000/- Research Scholar of Allahabad University
Career Opportunities:
  1. After completing this course, students can work in NGOs, healthcare organizations, international organizations like the WHO, UNDP, UN Women, educational institutions, and various fields of counseling.
  2. Students could also work in the area of media and communication as a writer/editor with magazines, newspapers, or blogs and write on women-centric issues.
  3. Research is another field that will be open for students after this course.
  4. Students can work in Public Relations Manager, Battered Women’s Centre Director, Human Rights Advocate, Health Clinic Coordinator, NGOs, Women Abuse Fields, Unions, Arts & Culture fields, etc. after this course
Anniversary Lectures Series

The Centre has been organizing annual lectures to celebrate its anniversary. Every year some well known person who has worked in the area of Women’s Studies or on issues related to women is invited to speak on a relevant topic. We have been privileged to have the following women of substance deliver the anniversary lectures.

  1. VIth Anniversary (2017)- Prof. Sukrita Paul Kumar, Academic and Cultural Personality, Topic- “Beyond Binaries: Towards Androgyny”.
  2. Vth Anniversary (2016)- Ms. Shefali Bhushan, Director, Topic- “Women in the Hindi Film Industry”.
  3. IVth Anniversary (2014) - Prof. Saraswati Raju, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi, Topic-  "Geography and Gender- Visiting the (Un) Familiar”.
  4. IIIrd Anniversary (2013)- Ms Sunita Aaron, Senior Resident Editor, Hindustan Times, Topic- "Women and Media".
  5. IInd Anniversary (2012) - Prof. Uma Chakravarty, Department of History, University of Delhi, Topic- "Gendering the Past: Recent Trends in Feminist Historiography".
  6. Ist Anniversary (2011)-  Ms Kirti Singh , Advocate,  Supreme Court of India, Topic- "Gender Justice and the Interpretation, Implementation and the Reform of Law”.
Goal & Objectives
Goal
  1. Women’s Studies is characterized by a flexible, faculty-monitored interdisciplinary plan of study designed to meet the needs of individual students.
  2. Expose students to a substantial body of knowledge about the social construction of gender in various cultural contexts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
  3. Provides students with the analytic tools for understanding the lives and experiences of women in various cultural contexts.
  4. While providing conceptual models for a comparative analysis of the situation of women globally, especially women of Asian-African descent, the comparative women’s studies major provides opportunities to analyze the hierarchies of race, caste, class and gender.
  5. Exposes students to feminist critiques of traditional study in the disciplines and masculine biases in the history of the acquisition of knowledge.
  6. Women’s Studies provide the critical skills and background for students preparing for Post-graduate study as well as professional careers.
Objectives
  1. Analyze in a systematic manner the situation of women in our own and other cultures from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
  2. Analyze the ways in which gender, caste, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality construct the social, cultural, and biological experience of both men and women in all societies.
  3. Recognize the masculine bias in the history of knowledge.
  4. Research women’s experiences in an unbiased manner.
  5. Analyze images of women in literary texts, the media, the health, the politics, the economics, the literature and the arts, and explore relationships between these images and societal attitudes toward women. 
  6. Describe the social, economic, political, intellectual or cultural contributions of one or more women
  7. Examine the similarities and differences among women within and across cultures and at different historical moments
  8. Analyze how these factors with the privileges and disadvantages they confer have shaped one's own experiences, presumptions, viewpoints, and sense of identity
  9. Read and discuss interdisciplinary, feminist research from more than one discipline in a paper, oral presentation, or research project
Facilities
  1. Sufficient Library
  2. Reading Hall
  3. Wi-Fi Campus
  4. Audio-Visua
  5. PPT Presentations
  6. Group Discussions
  7. Academic Tours
  8. 40% Internal Assessment (CBCS pattern)
Other Activities
  1. Outreach Programmes
  2. Special Lectures
  3. Workshops
  4. Campus Newsletter
  5. Project/Research Report
  6. Field Work
Faculty

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Anuradha Agarwal

PROFESSOR

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MA in Political Science, University of Allahabad, Allahabad. MA in Political Science, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, U.S.A.

DPhil in Political Science, University of Allahabad, Allahabad.

Feminist Theory;

Indian Political System;

Indian Political Thought.

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Gurpinder Kumar

Assistant Professor

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MA, MPhil UGC (Women’s Studies)

Women’s Studies, Feminism, Caste, Class & Gender Issues, Women & Development

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Employees
Picture Name Designation Phone Email
Employees Image Deeraj Kumar Gaur Peon 8174890495
Employees Image Sudhir Kumar Gupta JR.OFF.ASSTT(JOA) 9369318492 [email protected]
Contact Us

Centre for Women's Studies

Senate Hall, 1st Floor,
University of Allahabad,
Prayagraj- 211-002
Uttar Pradesh, INDIA.
Email: [email protected]