Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit said on Monday the ''greatest tribute'' to gender justice would be to implement a uniform civil code.
Delivering the Dr B R Ambedkar lecture series, she said uniformity of laws is meant to make people progressive and broad-minded.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice Chancellor said Ambedkar wanted the implementation of a uniform civil code.
"Goa has a uniform civil code which was imposed by the Portuguese so there also Hindus, Christians and Buddhists and everybody has accepted it so why is it that it is not being done. Uniformity of laws, their accomplishment as per the Constitution, meant making people progressive and broad-minded to accept the laws put for the society," she said.
She said, "unless we have social democracy, our political democracy is a mirage”.
Talking about the need for reservation for women, she said most would favour it but even today out of 54 universities just six have women vice-chancellors with only one from the reserved category.
JNU is also planning to set up a centre to study the 1947 partition in depth to fill the historical gaps, Vice Chancellor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit said. The varsity will send a proposal to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Ministry of Education (MoE).
The centre will mainly focus on research around the partition so as to highlight the stories of common people who were affected by it while also highlighting the "horrors" of the division, the VC said.
The university is planning to set up the centre under the School of International Studies because it envisions studying the impact of partition on the whole of South Asia and will help in the study of the refugees and the situation where people had to migrate involuntarily.
The varsity is planning to name the centre after the first home minister of India -- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel or Jan Sangh founder Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, the VC informed.
‘There has been a dearth of study material regarding the freedom struggle and the contribution of unsung heroes, adding that courses at the university do not teach about that period in depth’, said DU Director (South Campus) Prakash Singh
Along with these, JNU has also devised a plan to open a school of Indian studies as well as a school of Indian languages. This was revealed by the university's VC. So far, states have proposed funds for Tamil, Kannada, Odiya, and Urdu. The institution will also establish a translation interpretation centre, in addition to Indian language labs, according to the VC.