WOMEN STUDIES CENTER(WSC)
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 for growth and development,
particularly in the spheres of employment generation, health, education,
rural development, sustainable development, agriculture, environmental
protection, social justice and women empowerment. 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
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 different spheres. From the fifth Five Year plan (1974-1978) on words,
there had been a marked shift in the approach 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. The 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.
Mahatma Gandhi National Institute of Research and Social Action (MGNIRSA)
was estableshed Women's Studies Centre Under the Scheme of Development of
Women Studies in Indian Universities and Colleges by University Grants
Commission (UGC), New Delhi.
In the history of 10 years, the centre has made long strides in the
direction of Teaching, Research and Development.
It also addresses several other contemporary socio-political issues
concerning women. Teaching and research has gradually become the prime focus
of the Centre.
The Centre offers short term courses for undergraduates, graduates and post
graduates Certificate Courses in women's Studies is offered at colleges for
The centre also organizes gender sensitization programs, community action,
lectures, workshops, seminars and conferences regularly.
Contact For Details:
MAHATMA GANDHI NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH AND SOCIAL ACTION (MGNIRSA)
WOMEN STUDIES CENTER(WSC)
Street No. 17, Gagan Mahal Road, Domalaguda Hyderabad 500029, Andhra
Pradesh, India Phone: 91-40-27672492 & 91-40-27664920 Fax: 91-40-66624920