ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Neglect of Women’s Studies


For the past two years, womens studies scholars across the country had been keenly awaiting guidelines from the University Grants Commission (UGC) regarding the further development of womens studies centres (WSCs) in Indian universities and colleges. It was expected that the new guidelines would adhere to the public notice issued by the secretary, UGC on 24 August 2017, which categorically assured the public that there was no proposal to cut funding/support to WSCs funded by the UGC. It has, therefore, come as a shock that the new guidelines, issued on 12 March 2019, suggest that a major cut is indeed being envisaged for all WSCs in universities.

As per the new guidelines, the allocation for university centres has been fixed at 35 lakh per annum. Such an amount would mean a drastic cut in annual fund allocation by 12.5 lakh for Phase II centres, 29 lakh for Phase III centres, and 40 lakh for advanced centres for womens studies in universities.

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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