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GU to launch new courses

- Certificate course on gender studies from June; AASU prepares to meet VC Medhi

May 20: The Women’s Studies Research Centre of Gauhati University is going to launch two new courses.

The department will introduce a certificate course on gender studies that will start from the first week of June and a masters course in women’s studies to be started from August.

The centre is a UGC-sponsored research hub under Gauhati University. A pioneering research centre in the Northeast, it is devoted exclusively to women’s issues.

The certificate course with 15 intake capacity is divided into three levels and is aimed at graduates, homemakers, NGOs and government workers. The course aims to sensitise women-related issues among people.

Course coordinator Sakira Shahin said gender sensitivity today is an indispensable attribute. She said the first level of the course would focus on gender sensitisation in a three-day programme dealing with fundamental issues related to gender.

The course contents for the first level will cover gender concepts relevant in day to day activities, gender awareness, gender roles and needs, gender-related myths, gender neutral language and gender division of labour.

The second and third levels will deal with more advanced gender issues. Certificates will be awarded after completion of each level while students who complete all the three levels will be awarded post-graduate certificate degree in gender studies.

Polly Vauquline, another faculty of the centre, said the field of women’s studies is growing reflection of the changes that are taking place worldwide in the realm of academia.

Women’s studies as an academic discipline appeared for the first time in the US in the second half of 1960s as the educational wing of feminism. The branch aims to develop new ways of thinking about research and constructing knowledge that will be sensitive to women’s circumstances and perspectives.

Vauquline said after obtaining a masters degree, a student can get a job in teaching and research activities in women’s studies, NGOs and development sectors, media houses, policy think tanks, autonomous research and development organisations and in the UN and its agencies.

Established in 1989, the research centre aims to create awareness on women’s issues, assess women’s contribution to the social processes, find out women’s own perception of their lives and the broader social reality and their struggles and aspirations.