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           WOMEN'S STUDIES (Sarojini Naidu Centre) 


India has traversed a long distance on the road to development since independence, achieving significant success in various sectors. But still there are miles to go to make life better, particularly in the spheres of employment generation, health, education, rural development, sustainable development in agriculture sector, environmental protection, social justice and women empowerment through various socio-economic interventions and development activities. Women being half of the country’s population, they should be facilitated to play their rightful role in the country’s development, its governance, polity and foreign affairs. They should also have their rightful share in the socio-economic and political development.

The principle of gender equality is enshrined in the Indian Constitution in its Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties and Directive Principles. Within the framework of a democratic polity, our laws, development policies, plans and programs have aimed at women’s advancement in a different sphere.

From the fifth five year plan(1974-1978) onwords, there had been a marked shift in the opprtu to women’s issues from welfare to development. In recent years, the empowerment of women has been recognised as the central issue in determining the status of women. In 73rd and 74th Amendments(1993) to the constitution of India have provided for reservation of seats in the local bodies of Panchayaties and Municipalities for women, laying a strong foundation for their participation in decision-making at the local levels.

Women have a crucial role to play in modern society there is a great need for upsurge in awareness about women’s rights among all sessions of society the development programmes and policies give emphasis to improving women social status. Inspite of urbanisation and individualisation our culture and economy are predominantly agrarian, rural based. Rural women are the backbone of our agrarian economy. Empowering them is a sure path to achieve major economic gains. Education is the initial aspect of the women development, which leads to their economic empowerment, political strengthening and enhancing women’s role in decision making. women organisation can play very vital role in achieving their overall development. They can play powerful and positive role in confidence building and creating awareness to promote to self-reliance. Education, health, nutrition, food and diet should be given prominence in the day-to-day life of women.

Women specific projects and the women’s movement with a wide-spread network of Non-Government organisations which have strong grass-roots presence and deep insight into women’s concerns, inspired many initiatives for the empowerment of women. However, there still exists a very wide gap between the goals enunciated in the constitution, legislation, policies, plans, programmes and related mechanisms, on the one hand and the situational reality of the status of women in India, on the other. The need-of-the-hour is to throw more light on women’s studies in general and women’s empowerment in particular.

Having taken stock of national and international developments relating to women’s welfare, development and empowerment, MGNIRSA  has established the Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies (SNCEWOS) with a view to undertake studies and research on upliftment of women.


The following are the objectives of Sarojini Naidu Centre:

I. To undertake women’s Studies and Research.
II. To offer post graduate and research degree (M. Phil. and Ph.D) programmes in women’s studies.
III.To focus on and contribute towards:
      a) the needs of planners and policy makers for understanding women’s particular role in the policy;
          particularly their role in establishing a just and secular society in India and the growing complexities
          in the problems faced by women which require to be understood and analysed.
      b) a better understanding on women’s problems and roles.
      c) responding to the needs of women, especially those from the disadvantaged sections and
         those belonging to different communities; the needs of grass roots women leaders of
         elected women representatives of the Panchayat Raj Institutions, for information and
         advise in their efforts for action and advocacy.
     d) uncovering the discrimination against women drawing attention to special characteristics
         of women in poverty, the impact of political and economic macro system on women as well
         as providing focal point for mobilization of women’s opinion and action on critical social
         and economic issues.
IV. To organise Seminars, Conferences, Dialogues and discussions on women’s problems,
     development and empowerment.
V.  To bring out policy papers on Women’s development.
VI. To offer training programmes for the economic empowerment of women.
VII.To Publish Studies and Research reports on women issues and their empowerment.

National Seminars/Conferences Organised by the Centre:

·  Status Paper for “Round Table Conference on Status of Women” held on 13th July 1998.
· Conference on “National Seminar on Strategies for Socio-Economic and Political Development of
   Women”, 9th -10th June, 2000.
· Conference on “National Conference on Empowerment of Women” 6th – 7th March 2006.
· National Conference on "Domestic Violence on Women: Causes & Remedies” 23rd – 24th March 2007.

Ph.D Programme:

The Sarojini Naidu centre offers Ph.D programme in Women’s Studies of the University of Mysore. It is the high level research degree programme of the centre and is designed to equip students for careers such as:

 · Teaching, research and training in Women Research Centres, Organizations and Universities.

 · Specialists in Government, NGO and International Organisations.

 · Consultants for a wide range of issues on women development and empowerment.

 Post Graduate Diploma in Sarojini Naidu Development Centre 

Prospectus and Application Form in      PDF Format &
MS WORD Format

Core Faculty And Other Staff

Core Faculty And Other Staff

Vice-Chancellor, State Planning Board
Govt. of A.P
Dr.(Mrs) Y.Saraswathi Rao
Former Vice Chancellor
Sri Krishna Devaraya University
Hon. Professor
Dr.(Mrs) B.Sulochana Reddy
Principal, O.U.College for Women
Hon. Professor
Dr.(Mrs) S.Sarada
Representitive Trustee
Andhra Mahila Sabha
Hon. Faculty
Dr. (Mrs) V.Lalitha
Hon. Faculty
Prof.S.N.Ratha Dean, Social Sciences
Dr. (Mrs) K.Vijayanthi Mala
Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s
Studies, MGNIRSA,Hyderabad
Hon. Associate Professor
Dr. (Ms) K.Rani Rajitha Madhuri
Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s
Studies, MGNIRSA,Hyderabad
Assistant Professor

In addition to the above core-faculty, academics and experts from other Universities and organisations are invited as Visiting Faculty.

Member, National Advisory Council, Govt. of India
Former Vice-chancellor, JNT University, Hyderabad
Former Member, Planning Commission, Govt. of India
Prof. (Mrs) Veena Noble Dass
Vice Chancellor
Sri Padmavathi Mahila
University, Tirupati
Dr. (Ms).A. Manjulatha
Vice Chancellor,
Potti Sriramulu Telugu
University, Hyderabad
Dr. (Mrs) Y. Saraswathi Rao
Former Vice-chancellor
Sri Krishnadevaraya University
Prof. (Ms). Rupa B Shah
Former Vice Chancellor
Shreemati Nathibai Damodar
Thackersey women’s
University, Mumbai
Dr. (Mrs) Vidyavathi
Former Vice-Chancellor
Kakatiya University
Dr. (Mrs) K. Rajyalakshmi
Former Vice Chancellor
Sri Padmavathi Mahila
Univeristy Tirupati
Mrs. Akkamma Krishnamurthy
Andhra Mahila Sabha,Hyderabad
Dr.(Mrs) B.Sulochana Reddy
Principal, O.U.College for Women
Koti, Hyderabad
Dr. (Mrs) S.Sharada
Representative Trustee
Andhra Mahila Sabha

Dr. (Mrs) Sudha Prabhath
Sr. Medical Officer, CGHS
Tarnaka, Hyderabad
Dr. (Mrs) V. Lalitha
Dr. (Ms) Sushma Yadav
Dr. Ambedkar Chair in
Social Justice
Indian Institute of Public
Administration,New Delhi



Prof. Dr. D. Swaminadhan
Member, National Advisory Council
Govt. of India
Dr. K. Anjanappa
Prof. G. Lakshminarayana
Former Vice-chancellor
JNTU Hyderabad
Dean, Social Sciences
Dr. (Mrs.) K. Rajyalakshmi
Former Vice-chancellor
Sri Padmavathi Mahila University
Prominent Trust Members

Dr. S.Z. Qasim
Former Member, Planning Commission
Govt of India

Dr. Jayant Patil

Former Member, Planning Commission
Govt of India

Dr. D. Swaminadhan
President, MGNIRSA
Sri D. Suresh
Dr.(Mrs) K.Vijayanthi Mala
Hon. Associate Professor
Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s
Studies, MGNIRSA

Dr. (Ms) K.Rani Rajitha Madhuri
Assistant Professor
Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s
Studies, MGNIRSA



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