Ph.D. Women’s Studies

The Centre for Women’s Studies offers Ph.D. programme which involves quantitative and qualitative research. The Centre is the axis of interdisciplinary research and provides consultation to various research and development programs. The thrust areas relate to Gender Mainstreaming, Women and Health, Women-centric Initiatives, Empowerment of Women, Marginalization of women, Legal rights of /for women, Gender Stereotyping, Violence against women, Women and Work, Women and Politics, Eco-feminist perspectives and Women and Disability. Eligibility for Ph.D. programme is a Master’s Degree in Social Science discipline with a minimum of 55% of marks. The selection will be based on the marks secured in the entrance examination as per University norms. The candidates who have cleared UGC-NET-JRF in Women’s Studies are eligible for direct admission to Ph.D. in Women’s Studies.  

Focus Areas


of the program

Women and Society

Gender Inequality and gender discrimination does not occur in vacuum. The social construction of gender, gender roles, gender stereotyping and the role of social institutions in the socialization process are reasons for their social position. The focus area will highlight upon the interconnection between various Social Institutions which influences the changing Status of Women and the emerging debates on empowerment of women in the Indian context.

Women’s Movement

Movements are a primary agent of social and political change for nation, states, groups and individuals. The thrust area will focus on women’s movements and their central concerns for the purpose of understanding those issues that have been resolved (or still remain). This would update the women’s concerns through the fresh lens of a new generation. It provides opportunity to know the details of women’s movements in India as well as at the regional level and discusses contemporary debates surrounding Women’s Activism/ Movement in India.

Women and Development

The thrust area is premised on the Gender specific development needs, development process, development indicators and the place of women in it which could contribute towards engendering national policies and programmes. The key concepts of development, gender and development and gender disparity etc. will be dwelved in depth to understand women and development. The outcomes of international interventions, national machinery for women’s development and international agencies for women’s development will be researched upon to understand the significance.

Violence against Women

The focus area will provide scope to understand the forms of violence and explore the connection between gender, sexuality, culture and violence. The evolution of society’s response to violence and the laws, programmes and services to address violence will be given attention. The issues related to violence on women, the changing nature of violence, contemporary issues, the case of Nirbhaya and after, media reporting etc. will be focused in depth.

Who can prefer this Course


Master’s degree in any Social Science discipline with a minimum of 55% of marks.   The entrance examination for Ph.D. in Women’s Studies will consist of 100 multiple choice questions on the following at the post graduate level. The entrance examination for admission to the Ph.D Programme will consist of 100 Mutliple choice Questions. The candidate will be required to have a good understanding of the Women’s Studies perspective and Women/ Gender issues in general. A general familiarity with feminist theory and feminist research methodology is expected.
Women’s Studies perspective, feminist theory
Feminist research methodology
Women’s issues in general

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