Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University. Formerly known as nagpur university. Accredited with grade A by NACC

Centre for Women Studies

About us

The Background

Over the last decade Women’s studies has gained increasing legitimacy with in the academic circles, as a study ultimately aimed at social transformation by attempting to correct the existing gender imbalance in the society. This widespread acceptance, has been achieved only after a long struggle both with in the academic & outside in the women’s movement. Finally the idea of introducing Women’s Studies with in the University system as a means of concentrating the principles of social equality enshrined in the constitution and breaking the ivory tower isolation of the universities gained credence.

Photo of Centre for Women Studies

The National Policy of Education 1992, state that “women’s studies is a critical input to promote better understanding of women’s contribution to social processes with in social ,technological, and environmental changes of struggles & aspirations conceptual obstacles that make them invisible in many areas of scientific enquiry.” Therefore it is essential that men and women understand women’s issues and problems for a better interpersonal relationship between themselves.

Women’s Studies are a part of the persuit of a comprehensive critical and balanced understanding of the women’s perspective. It’s essential components include: Women’s role in and the contribution to socioeconomic and political processes;

1) A study of roots and structure of inequality that have led to marginalization, invisibility and exclusion of women in democratic processes;

2) The factors that have led to the exclusion of women’s perception from most intellectual enquiry;

3) Women’s perception of their own lives, the broader social reality and their struggles and aspirations.

Women’s Studies if it has to be socially relevant must be addressed to everyone alike and bring about much needed social awareness, meaning thereby this discipline of Women’s studies become an inextricable part of our academic system not only for liberal arts, Humanities, and social sciences but also for Science, technology, engineering, and Medicine. In zest the educational system must internalize the concerns for the equality of women and the enhancement of women’s role in society which could be done through their self dependence developed by capacity building and skills up gradation by way of education. Hence the crucial role of all the academic institutions vis a vis the Universities which are the centres of excellence & learning is to be identified for contribution to the social cause.


Development of Women’s Studies

With the declaration of the year 2001 as women’s empowerment year the momentum of women’s empowerment has been accelerated over the past one decade. At various levels the women’s issues have been taken up on priority basis. The technological courses for women at undergraduate level in the university provided opportunity to women in the sphere of engineering and technology. The women Universities promote professional courses for women. The universities have taken steps to set up permanent cell in universities to combat issues on violence and sexual harassment to women.

In fact Indian women are playing a significant role in maintaining its cultural growth, heritage and development of the country at large. India is categorized as medium Human Development Nation by UNDP on the basis of Human Development Index. The UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2003-2004 has reported literacy rate of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan as worlds lowest. About two third of world’s adult illiterate in this region are reported to be women. The National Program for education for girls provides residential schools for girls and women empowerment through education. In consonance to this, the University Grant Commission is playing a important role in promoting Women’s Studies and women’s empowerment by implementing the scheme on Development of women Studies in Indian Universities and Colleges. It was in 1985 UGC, then chaired by Prof. Madhuriben Shah, had decided that all Universities should have Women’s Studies Centres who has been supporting fifty centres for Women’s Studies Centers who has been supporting fifty centres for Women’s Studies all over the country. The UGC will continue supporting the centers in Xth Plan for the years 2004-2007 March.

It is a matter of pride that the UGC has granted a Women’s Studies Centre to Nagpur University which is the first of it’s kind in Vidarbha region and has been recently established vide RTM Nagpur University’s Notification No. Estt/05/L/S/198 dated 5th August 2005. in LIT Campus, Bharatnagar, Amravati Road, Nagpur.

The Centre for Women’s Studies & Development at Nagpur

Nagpur is considered the second capital of Maharashtra. Yet it belongs to the backward region of Vidarbha and subsequently the condition of women in Nagpur district is more backward than that of men in the area. Yet, Nagpur is a major educational centre. It draws students not only from the entire Vidarbha region, including the tribal belt of Bhandara and Gadchiroli, but also from neighboring M.P., Chhatisgadh, Orissa and the distant Northeast. Some international students also make their way here in pursuit of higher education. Thus a Women’s Studies and Development Centre at Nagpur University has a very significant role to play, both in terms of the development of women of the region and also as an advancement in the academic framework of the university.

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) : The institutional Commitment

The Eight UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)-which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education , all by target date of 2015 –form a blue print agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the leading development institutions. The MDGs include and stress upon promotion of gender equality and empower women as one of its prime agenda .There is gender inequality in the whole world. Safety and security of women is the major concern. The upliftment of distressed group of families particularly in rural and interior villages of the country is still to be achieved. Steps are essential in universities and colleges for introducing women’s studies particularly to achieve eight Millennium Development Goals. The activities of the centre will be focused around the same 8 points which affect women’s lives to a very great extent as a marked contribution of the 83 years old Institution of Nagpur University.

The women’s studies centre in Nagpur is designed to act as catalyst for promoting and strengthening women’ studies. This will be done through teaching, research on socially relevant issues, curriculum, field extension work especially in the area of gender equity, economic and self reliance, girls education, population education, issues of women rights, laws, social exploitation, awareness activities, collaboration and networking both within and outside the university system.

Further the Centre will also work as a Nodal Centre for providing essential information, design of need based projects, its promotion and implementation, strengthen self reliance among distressed girls/ women in the family and provide extension services. The centre will endeavor to preserve Indian Heritage, art and culture, which are evidenced in rural profession transformed form one generation to other. The Centre will organize street plays, dance, drama, folk songs, village fair and exhibition. For awareness program seminar and conferences will be organized apart from regular teaching, training, research, Extension, and networking, dissemination of information, publications & documentation, advocacy& monitoring & Review. All activities will be aimed at gender mainstreaming & elimination of gender bias in our Indian society at large.


To, Strengthen the capacity of women and help them achieve upgraded skills & respectable place in Indian society.

Target Group:

The Centre will attempt to address the needs of women from all strata of the society ranging from housewives, unorganized sector, students to teachers & high ranking professionals of the Vidarbha Region particularly those residing in rural and tribal areas in addition to urban dwellers.

C) Training and extension services

This will be one of the major activities, especially for women in villages for creating awareness and knowledge on women programmes, their rights and laws.

 Training will be imparted to elected women members on Panchayati Raj / local Government Institutions and Urban local bodies to enhance their capacity and capability to ensure the success in their local Government activities.
Reaching out to colleges

 To train staff in colleges so that they can transit knowledge in their areas specially rural, tribal and backward areas.
 To encourage incorporating Women’s Studies needed with men.
 Eliminate violence against women and girl child.
 Promote greater participation of women teachers in the faculty of the centre.

 Create adequate women’s hostel facilities and hostel accommodation to cater to the requirements of girl students especially in colleges.
 Create and share common bank of information

D) Collaborate, coordinate and network

 With other agencies engaged in women development and empowerment.
 Collaborate and coordinate with intra-university Centers on Adult and continuing education and population education.
 Industry University Interaction and population education cells.
 Create proper links with Academic staff Colleges and college development Authorities.

E) Publications

The centre will publish a quarterly journal of its activities for a wide circulation and also will prepare booklets on the following subjects for the masses

 Women’s rights
 Capability building
 Counseling
 Legal literacy

F) Documentation, Publication, Dissemination and Transmission

A critical aspect of women’s studies is the creation of new information based on facts and analysis, to generate new ideas and theories, women forums, seminars, meetings that would generate knowledge. This is an important source for those engaged in designing policies and programs for women’s empowerment.

 Creation of new information based on facts and analysis to generate new ideas, knowledge, theory and concept.
 Create and use resource centre for dissemination and transmission of knowledge.
 Resource generation through seminars, workshops and conferences.
 Educational exhibition
 Literary meet of women (Mahila, Marathi Sahitya Sammelan)
Documentation Centre and Library Facilities

The Centre can house a Documentation and Resource Centre and Library. Teachers and Students from various disciplines can avail of this centre for their research purposes. It can also be open to journalists, lawyers, social activists and others who wish to enhance their knowledge on women’s issues.

G) Entrepreneurial Development Skills

Considering the welcome step of Cargo Hub in Nagpur and the acute need for employment and job prospects the centre will encourage various short courses aimed at entrepreneurship development which would help to develop business acumen and various insights of export, import, & cooperatives business. Apart from this the centre will act in coordination with Industry University interaction cell which will enroll women candidates for the appropriate job placement.

H) Coaching Centre for Civil Services examinations:
Honoring the potential and the academic excellence of the students of RTM Nagpur University, the attempts will be made to impart coaching and guidance women candidates to achieve success in their civil services exams through its’ proposed centre.

 Job Opportunities

The value of such courses, apart from helping women to face life in a male dominated society, would be to help them gain employment or take up a profession. Social workers and NGO employees can benefit from these courses. Job opportunities exist in the Social Welfare, Women and Child Welfare and Human Resources Sectors, as well as Para-legal workers in Family Courts and those undertaking such courses could benefit from them. The Ministry of Human Resources is seriously considering starting more Women’s Studies Centres and incorporating Women’s Studies as part of the Curriculum more widely. This would require trained faculty. There are very few Universities offering M.A. in Women’s Studies and Nagpur would be one of the first in Maharashtra to do so and therefore enable students to become future teachers.

Come and join us for your better prospects !


Courses :



1.                 P.G. Diploma in Women’s Studies:


A) Duration                            -            One year

B) Eligibility: Those having certificate course in:

1) Women’s studies can seek admission to Diploma Course directly.

2) Any graduate from any faculty can seek admission to Diploma Course

C) Course Description:

1) This course will include Five Papers of 100 marks each    = 500 Marks       

2) Project Report                         50 marks.

3)     Internal Evaluation              30 marks.

4)     Viva –Voce                         20 Marks

Total marks for Evaluation        600

D)Passing Marks: 40% (Student passing with 40% marks in research projec is compulsory).

E)Medium of Instruction: English.

F)Fees: The Annual Fees for Diploma is Rs 2500 and Rs. 12,500 for foreign students.

G) Rationale of the Course:

1. The course is designed to provide a broad overview of the significance of women’s studies and the major issues concerning women.

2. It seeks to create awareness of the factors and influences which led to the marginalization of women.

3. The purpose is to sensitize students on gender issues in the context of globalization, society, family and workplace.

4. The course provides opportunities for students to engage in research using feminist methodology and explore practical realities of gender concerns in today’s society.

5. It prepares students to discover ways to effectively address concerns of women based on sound knowledge and insight into women’s issues.   


Paper I           -          Women’s Studies: Characteristics, Issues & Problems.

Paper II          -          Major Themes in Women’s Studies in India.

Paper III         -          Women’s Movement in India.

Paper IV        -           Women, Liberalisation, Industrialisation and Globalization:

                                 Concerns and Challenges

Paper V         -           Feminist Research Methodology and social sciences

Project Report-       Based on Primary and Secondary data


Term Paper on any ONE of the following themes:

1) Social History of Maharashtra: A caste class, Gender perspective.

2) Literature and Feminism.

3) Gender, community and nation.

4) Gender and Cinema

5) Gender and Sexuality.

6) Gender and Mental Health.

7) Advanced Feminist Theory.

8) Gender and Caste; Issues in Theorisation.

Internal assessment –30 marks


Paper I: Women’s Studies: Characteristics, Issues & Problems:           100 marks.


1. To enable students to gain a perspective of the significance of women’s studies, gender concepts and the major issues concerning women.

2. To help students develop understanding of the status of women in India and the role of women in social institutions.


1) Introduction to Women’s Studies:

Definition - Meaning – Genesis – Growth and Scope of women’s studies in India, Women’s Studies- An International perspective.

2) Concept of Women’s Studies:

(a) Status – Concept – meaning – Definition, Types of status achieved and Ascribed status, Factors, and Indicators on the status of women.

(b) Status of women in Indian Society: Pre and post independence periods.

3) Status of Women in India:

A) Demographic Indicators:

i) Sex Ratio: Definition – Sex ratio in India, Factors responsible for adverse sex ratio in India, Consequences of adverse sex ratio, measures to achieve the balance between the sexes.

ii) Fertility: Definition - crude birth rate, fertility rate in India, Factors responsible for the higher fertility rate in India, measures to bring down fertility rate in India.

iii) Mortality & Morbidity- Definition, Crude death rate, infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rates in India, Causes for high female  morbidity and maternal mortality rates , Measures to bring down the rates

B) Economic Indicators:

i) Role of women in economic development, female labour forcein India, main workers and marginal workers in rural & urban areas, sectoral distribution of male and female workers, labour force participation by economic status, declining trend in female work participation rates –causes, measures to improve work-participation rates.

C) Political Indicators

Women’s participation in Political process- women as voters, candidates, party leaders bureaucrats, women’s wing of political parties, their effective campaign for women’s rights & responsibilities, statistical data about the women’s representation in Local bodies, State assemblies, & Parliament, critical analysis of their performance.


4) Women and Social Institutions:

(a) Family, Meaning – Definition & Ethos of Joint Nuclear – patriarchal & matriarchal families

(b) Marriage – Definition – Monogamy, Polygamy Polyandry.

(c) Multiple Roles of Women- Role conflict, Role change.


5)  Gender Concepts:

(a) Socialisation: Meaning, Definition, and Stages – Agencies of Socialisation.


Social construction of Gender-Sex & Gender, Gender discrimination, gender stereotyping, Gender Roles, and Gender needs – practical and strategic.

b) Issues Related to Female children & Women, Female foeticide, Female Infanticide, child marriage Dowry, Divorce, Widow hood, Female commercial sex workers, Domestic violence, problems of Elderly and single women, and marginalized groups, (SC/ ST/ Devadasis, women prisoners, women living with HIV/AIDs and women who are physically and mentally challenged)


Recommended Readings For Paper- I.

1) Yadav .C.P: Ency of Women’s problems and their remedies

2) Sharma Kanta : Women’s role in the family

3) M.K.Roy: Violence against Women

4) P.A Reddy: Problems of Widows in India

5) N.S.Nagar: Women and Politics

6) Kumar Raj: Women in Agriculture and Trade

7) Kumar Raj: Women and Marriage.

8)Sushma Srivastava: Women and Family Welfare



Paper II- Major Themes of Women’s Studies in India.        100 Marks.



1. To facilitate students’ understanding of the conceptualization of gender with respect to caste, family and community.

2. To enlighten students on the contribution made by women writers and gender advocates.

3. To enable students to strengthen knowledge of the legal provisions for women and the role of education and empowerment in women’s development.


 1) Feminist Assessments of Political Economy.

  i) Gender, conceptualization – Caste & Class in India.

       Engendering discipline: Disciplining the Gender, Gender in Indian agriculture

      & Industry, Gender in the family & the House hold..

  ii) Gender & Environment.

 . iii) Gender Budgeting

  2) State, Sexuality & Social Reforms, Constitution and Law as subversive sites.

Women, community Development & their Rights. Women’s rights as Human Rights: Issues & Controversies of Human Rights.

 3) Women’s writings & voices.

 4). Education & Empowerment of women. : Opportunities & Challenges

 5) Women and Law:

a) Special laws for women: Equal remuneration of women, Maternity benefits, Protection from retrenchment, Medical Bonus, Nursing Breaks, Prohibition of employment of women during certain period

b) Laws related to Marriage (Hindu, Muslim, Christian) Divorce, Maintenance, Custody of children, adoption procedure, female foeticide,

c) Special provision for women in labour legislation: Creche, prohibition on employment of women in dangerous hazardous tasks, special provision for rest rooms & water closet

d) Provisions common for all workers : conditions of service, Death cum retirement benefits, Employees Provident Fund Benefit, Employees Family Pension Scheme, Deposit linked Insurance Scheme, Gratuity, Minimum wages, Insurance benefits, sickness, Medical , Funeral, Dependents Benefits, Compensation for injury & Disablement.

e) Criminal Procedure Code: Bailable & Non bailable Offence, Arrest & Examination, Eve teasing, Molestation, wife beating, Wrongful confinement, Fraudulent marriage, Adultery, abduction & Kidnapping, rape, execution of Capital sentence in the case of pregnant women.

Recommended Readings For Paper- II.

1. Mics, M. Patriarchy and Accumulation on a world Scale: Women in international Division of Labour, London, Zed 1986.

2. Ghosh J: “Gender concerns in Macro – economics Policy EPW 30 April WS-2.

3. The Women and House hold in Asia, Series of Five volumes, series editor (Dule L).

4. Vol. I. Singh A & A vitamen (ed) Invisible hands, New Delhi, Sage Publication 1987.

5. Vol. 2. Agarwal B. (ed) structure of Patriarchy, New Delhi.

6. Vol. 3 Dube L & R Palsiwala (eds) structure & stratages women, work & family in Asia, New Delhi Sage 1989.

7. Vol. 4- Krishnaraj M & K Chanana (eds): Gender and the House hold domain New Delhi Sage 1989.

8. Vol. 5 K. Sardamoni, (ed) finding Household New Delhi Sage 1992.

9. Uberoi P- (ed.) State Sexuality & Social Reforms, New Delhi. 1996.

10. Cossman B & R Kapur (eds) subversive site, New Delhi Kali for Women 1996.

11. Kanpur Ratna (ed) Feminist Terrains in Legal Domains, New Delhi, Kali for Women 1996.

12. Butalia U 7 T Sarkar (ed) Women and the Hindu Right, New Delhi, Kali for Women – 1996.

13. Hasan Zaya (ed): Forging Identities: Gender Communities and Multiple patriarchies, EPW 23, Dec. 1995.

14. Agrawal Bina- Field of her own, New Delhi, Kalifor Women.

15. Mies M & V Shiva – Ecofeminism, New Delhi, Kalofar Women 1993.

16. Feminifilation of Theory Debate in EPW issues March 1995, June 3, 1995, June 10, 1996, July 11, 1995, Aug. 26, 1995, June 17, 1995.

17. Sangari K. Politics of Possible, New Delhi, Tulika 1999.

18. Chakravarti & K. Bangari (eds) Myths & Markets, New Delhi, Manohar 1999.

19. CWDS – Collection of Papers on “Engendering Disciplines: Disciplining gender Feb. 2001.

Paper III: Women’s Movement in India.

1. To help students appreciate the contribution of the Women’s Movement at national, state levels and their impact on the status of women.

2. To facilitate student reflection on the contribution of prominent women leaders in the Women’s Movement.

3. To enable students to understand the major women’s issues discussed at international conferences and their role in the advancement of women.


(1) Concept of Women’s Movement.

Definition, genesis, basic elements, & classification of Women’s movement.


(2) Women’s Movements in India.

I - Phase: Social Reforms movement in the 19th century.

II- Phase: National Movement.

III-Phase:Women’s movement in the post Independent India-Chipko  Movement.Issue based Movement- Anti price rise, Dowry, Rape, Anti alcohol, (Anti Arrack  Movement).

3) Role of Women in Women’s Movement in India & Contributions of:

Sarojini Naidu, Kamaladevi Chattopadhya,Vijayalaxmi Pandit, Sucheta Kriplani,

Dr. Annie Besant, Dr. Mutthulaxmi Reddy, Durgabai Deshmukh, Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa.


(4) Women’s movement in the State (Region Specific).

- Contribution of women in freedom struggle.

- Narmada Bachao Andolan, Dalit Women’s Liberation movement.

Women’s organisation and Association of India AIWS, NCWL,

NFIW, IAWS, SHG, Annapurna.

(5)     International Conferences  for the advancement of Women:

(a) First World Conference on women in Mexico 1975.

(b) Second World Conference on women in Copenhagen 1980.

(c) Third World Conference on women in Nairobi 1985.

(d) Fourth World Conference on women Beijing 1995.

(e) Millennium Development Goals (UN: 2000 Agenda).


Recommended Readings  For Paper III.

1. http://www.womenwarpeace.org/issues/violence/GBVnairobi/final report Jn.5 pdf.

2. http://www.unmillenium project;org/goals/index.htm.

3. http://www.womenwarpeace.org.


 Paper- IV:  Women, Liberalisation ,Industrialisation and Globalisation : Concerns and Challenges                      (100 Marks)


1. To help students gain understanding of globalization and its impact on women and their lives.

2. To facilitate students reflection on the contribution of the Five year plans, National and State government policies and programs for the development of women.

3. To acquaint the students about issues concerning women working in the organized and unorganized sectors.


1) Globalisation in a historical context.

a) Globalisation and changing patterns of Employment in 3rd world.

b) Late capitalisation and Gender Transformations.

c) Issues in Globalisation & Culture and  Industry.

d) Globalisation of Poverty- Feminisation, of Poverty.

e) Role, Rise of NGOs and challenge for people centered development.

2) Women’s Development  Under Five years plans

1)  Welfare perspectives I-V th Plan

2)  Development Perspective VI- VII th Plan

3)  Empowerment perspectives VIII th Plan onwards

3) Policies of Govt. of India & the State Governments:

a) National Policy for the Empowerment of women  -2000

b) New Economic Policies & it’s impact on women

c) Education Policy of Govt. of India

d) Wage Policy of Govt. of India

e) Policies of Govt. of Maharashtra  for Women’s Welfare & Development



4) Programmes for Women’s Development :

a) Community Development Programme

b) Integrated Rural Development Programme.( IRDP)

c) DWCRA ( Development of Women & Child in Rural Areas ), TRYSEM

(Training of Rural Youth for Self Employment), STEP (Support to Training and Employment Program)

d) Indira Aawas Yojna

e) Swayam Siddha, Swadhar

f) Balika samrudhhi Yojna

g) SGSY ( Swarnjayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana)


5) Economic implications of Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization in India

i) women in organized & unorganized sectors in India : Status, position & Role in

the Development process

ii) Labour laws & it’s implementation: Process , problems, lacunae, & remedies

iii) Problems of women workers- wage discrimination, mechanization, absence of training & lack of supportive services, poor implementation of labour laws, sexual harassment

iv) Wage discrimination-Causes  & remedial Measures.


Recommended Readings For Paper IV-

1. Amin S. Capitalism in the age of Globalisation, New Delhi Madhyam 1999.

2. Vikalp, Vol. VII / No. 3, 4, 5 1999 / 2000, Plumbai VAK.

3. Chossudo VSKY M: The Globalisation of Poverty, Goa Madhyam 2001.

4. Burbach- Vuez. Etal- Globalisation & Discentents London, Pluto 1997.

5. EPW – 30 April WS – 2 (issue).

6. Rao N. Rump: L & R Sudarshan (ed) site of change, New Delhi, UNDP 1996.

7. EPW Issues- June 30, July 6, 2001, March 24 – 30, 2001, June 24, 30, 2000, Jan 15, 24, 2000, Oct. 30 Nov. 5, 1999, June 17 – 23, 2000, July 29, Aug. 4, 2000.

8. Heyzer N. Riker, J.A. Suizon, Government – NGO. Relations in Asia, Kwala Lampur APDC 1995.

9. Miller S.S. Rawbotham, Women Encather, Technology, London Routeledge. 1995

10. Alexander & c.t. Mohanty (eds) Feminist Genealogies Colonial legacies, Democratic Fulines, Routeledge 1999. 

11. Meridrains (S.P. issue) Feminism, Race, Trans- nationalisms, Vol. I No. 1,Autumn 2000.

12. http://www.drdasibsagar.org

Paper – V Feminist Research Methodology and social sciences  (100 Marks).



1. To familiarize the student with methodology, sources of data and design of feminist research.

2. To enable students to understand problems and issues from the feminist perspective.

3. To help student to apply research methodology and techniques in practical study.

(I) Social Research:

Concept, Definition, Scientific Research, Steps, Sampling, Data Collection techniques, Types of Research - Basic, Applied, Action oriented, Advocacy, Post modern.

(II) Research Design:

Descriptive, Explanatory – Exploratory, experimental, Diagnostic.

(III) Feminist Research:

Sexism in research, Sex role research, non sexist research concepts, and guidelines.

(iv) Feminist Methodology:

Characteristics, Elements, interactive methodology, Triangulation, Ethno methodology, Ethnography, experimental & content analysis.

(V) Feminist Techniques:

Objectives, interview schedule, interview, oral testimony, case studies, gender as an analytical variable, objectivity Vs subjectivity, qualitative Vs quantitative research, Research Vs Researched, personal Vs Political.

Recommended Readings For Paper- V:

1. Oakley Ann-Experiments in Knowing, gender and methods in the Social Sciences, London Polity Press.

2. Garrya & M. Pearsall – Women knowledge and Reality, New York, Rutledge 1996.

3. Visvesaran K. Fiction of Feminist Ethnography, New Delhi. OVP 199.

1.Dey I. Qualitative Data Analysis: A user friendly guide for social scientist, New York, Rontledg 1993.

2.Keller E.F. & H Lagino- Feminism & Science, Oxford OUP 1996.

3.Nielsen J. Feminist Research Methods, London, West view Press 1990.


Statement of Papers of Post Graduate Diploma in Women’s Studies




 Total Marks

 Passing Marks

Post Graduate Diploma in Women’s Studies

Paper-I; Paper-II; Paper-III; Paper-IV; Paper-V ;( Each paper of 100 Marks).

Project Report.

Internal Evaluation.

Viva – Voce.


500 Marks




50 Marks

30 Marks

20 Marks

40 Marks for each paper.





1) Dr. Sneha V. Deshpande,
Director (Additional Charge)
2) Dr. Dhamasangini Ramagorakh, Assistant Professor

Research Activities

The Centre would conduct research activities in the following manner:

Undertake its own research projects by its staff on some relevant issue around Nagpur that will through light on the condition of women and also suggest measures for remedy. For instance a study of urban or rural poverty in Nagpur and its effects on the lives of women. Women’s Studies in the age of Globalization have been emphasizing on the feminization of poverty, where a large chunk of the marginalized people are in fact, women, in addition to:

i) Guide others as Co-guides or supervisors who may be undergoing their doctoral research or writing dissertations on women’s issues.

ii) Help researchers by enlightening them on research methodology in Women’s Studies.

iii) Guide students of various humanities and social work colleges and departments to conduct surveys and other research on women’s issues.

iv) Collaborate with NGOs in doing research surveys.

v) Help develop curriculum and syllabi for Women’s Studies.


The Scope and Activities of the Centre:

As per the plans projected by the Centre, it’s scope covers manifold activities which are expected to be undertaken, in long term planning as follows:


A) Teaching

Studies as a new discipline is different from the traditional discipline of social sciences in it’s perceptions, methodology, tools of data collection and contents. Therefore it is necessary that a paper on Women’s Studies is being introduced at the graduation level as a compulsory paper or as a foundation course to enable all the students to have a clear perception of Women’s Studies. It is hoped that this will definitely help the educational system by removing discriminatory attitude and practices against women, highlighting the roots of oppression and inequality, publishing their role and contribution to social development and bringing out changes in the social perceptions and values amongst men and women. To conduct courses to empower and enlighten women:

i) The centre should to gradually evolve into a Department of Women’s Studies and run the graduate as well as post graduate courses of academic nature.

ii) At present the Centre proposes to offer:


For further details please contact Director

Dr. (Mrs.) Sneha Deshpande
Director (Additional Charge),
Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University
Humanities Building
Mahatma Jyotiba Fule Education University Campus, Amravati Road, NAGPUR-440 033
Mobile No. 9822576404
Email.Id: [email protected]