Centre for Women’s Studies

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About the Centre

stablished in July 1999, the Centre offers M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Women's Studies. The overall approach to Women's Studies in this Centre is multidisciplinary. The prime aim of the Centre is the creation of a critical awareness and sensitivity towards women's issues in every field. Both male and female students are admitted. A holistic approach to gender studies is envisaged. It encourages women's academic development and empowerment, the major objective being women's empowerment, the marking out and the definition of a female space.

The following are the thrust areas: * Generating awareness towards women's issues * Gender sensitivity * Women's empowerment * Expression of the women's voice * Socio-cultural factors and marginalization * Legal rights of /for women * Restructuring women's role in history * Critical analysis of stereotyping
About Head
Aruna Chinnappan joined Pondicherry University in 2002 as an Assistant Professor in Sociology. She is currently an Associate Professor (since July 2014) and also head in-charge of the Centre for Women’s Studies (since August 2018). She was the core faculty of the UGC innovative programme on Sustainable Development (2005-2010) and Coordinator for P.G Diploma in Rural Development (2015-2016). She holds more than 18 years of progressive experience in research and teaching. Apart of the academic activities, she had been part of the administrative bodies of the University such as Court, Executive council and Academic council. She is also a member of Institutional Ethics Committee (Human Studies) for Intervention studies at JIPMER and expert member for gender sensitization programmes of the National Commission for Women. Her area of research interest is in the field of social networks and well-being of women and elderly. Internationally she has attended training programmes on social network analysis and life course perspective. Her recent research projects include ICSSR funded ‘Social Networks of Rural Elderly Women: Implications for Healthcare Services’(2018-19), Azim Premji University Research Grant on ‘Parental Involvement and Peer group Support for Academic Performance’ (2018-2020) and research study on ‘Migrant Women in Unorganized Sector with Special Reference to Puducherry (UT)’ (2019-2020) supported by National Commission for Women.
Contact Details

Head: +91-413-2654-496

Office: +91-413-2654-

Mail: caruna_lect@yahoo.co.in

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Computer, Overhead projector, Colour television, VCD projector, Slide projector and Audio system.
 Women’s Empowerment  Gender Mainstreaming  Feminist theories and their application  Women-centric initiatives  Socio-Cultural factors relating to marginalization of women  Legal rights of /for women  Restructuring women’s roles in history  Gender stereotyping

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