Women's Cell

The Constitution of India ensures the Right to Equality as a Fundamental Right that includes the right to equality before law, prohibition of discrimination and equality of opportunities in matters of public employment. Equality between men and women, right to work, to education and to public assistance in case of unemployment, old age, sickness and disablement and provision of just and humane conditions for work and maternity relief, are important Directive Principles of State Policy. The Women’s Cell of the Pondicherry University was established in March, 2012 to address the practical issues related to the welfare of and equal opportunities for Women faculty members, staff and students. It has a mandate to address primarily

* Special facilities and needs (of the Women faculty members, staff and students of the Pondicherry university)

* Problems arising out of gender related discrimination.

The Pondicherry University Women’s Cell has been also mandated to organize

* Awareness meetings and seminars

* Outings to promote networking

The Pondicherry University Women’s cell collaborates with the Centre for Women’s Studies, its academic counterpart established in 1999 with the aim of the creation of a critical awareness and sensitivity towards women’s issues in every field. The theoretical teaching and research in Women’s Studies as an academic discipline is strengthened by the Women’s Cell a practical functionary of the Pondicherry University to ensure the welfare of the community of women in the University campus.

The women’s cell of the Pondicherry University is a counseling cum redressal centre for the women members of the campus who report grievances related to gender bias and discrimination

To provide information regarding support services in the campus.

To advise complainants of the informal and formal means of resolution of grievances as specified by the cell.

To ensure the fair and timely resolution of grievances

To promote awareness about sexual harassment through educational initiatives that encourages and fosters a respectful work and learning environment.

The cell is committed to achieve these objectives through:

1. Dissemination of information:

The cell disseminates information on what are the protective and welfare measures available for women especially at the institutional level, what constitutes sexual harassment at the workplace and how to deal with it mainly through its web portal and also through the distribution of printed materials and handouts.

2. Consciousness-raising workshops:

The cell proposes to conduct effective orientation and sensitization programmes for faculty, non-teaching staff and students. The aim is to develop a congenial atmosphere of mutual learning.

3. Counseling:

Confidential counseling service is important as it provides a safe space to speak about issues and incidents and how they have affected them.

4. Awareness through extra-curricular activities:

The cell conducts activities like debating competition, essay competition, poster competition, etc. inorder to raise awareness.

5. Guest/extension lectures:

Lectures of eminent personalities from NGOs, civil authorities, academicians and experts working in the area will be arranged from time to time.

Prof. V. Indumathi, Professor and Head, Department of Mathematics, was the first Head of the Women’ cell at its inception on 20. 04. 2012,
followed by Prof. Priya Davidar, Professor, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences who took over the headship of the cell on 02. 07. 2012.
Prof. G. Chandhrika, Professor and Head, Department of History took over as Head, Women’s Cell on 04.03.2013
Dr. Sudha Sitharaman, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Pondicherry University on 23.03.2016
Dr. R. Nalini, Centre Head, Centre for Women Studies, Pondicherry University on 06.04.2018


The present office bearers


HeadPeriod of tenure

Dr. H. Kalpana,

Professor & H.O.D, Department of English, Pondicherry University
Ph: 0413-2654967, E-mail: wc.pondiuni@gmail.com
22.06.2020 to 21.06.2022
MembersPeriod of tenure

Dr. R. Sri Vidhya,

Assistant Professor, Subramania Bharathi School of Tamil Language & Literature, Pondicherry University (Faculty Representative)
22.06.2020 to 21.06.2022

Dr. K. Jayanthi,

Professor, Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering, Pondicherry Engineering College, Puducherry (External Representative)
22.06.2020 to 21.06.2022

Smt. R. Gayathri,

Section Officer, Estt (NT) Section, Pondicherry University (Non-teaching Staff Representative)
22.06.2020 to 21.06.2022

Ms. P. Lakshmi Priya,

Ph.D Research Scholar, Centre for Bioinformatics, Pondicherry University (Student’s Representative)
22.06.2020 to 21.06.2022


Representatives of Women’s Cell


The Women’ Cell has nominated the following members to serve as representatives of various schools/campus, etc. at Pondicherry university


Sl.NoSchools/DepartmentsName of the MemberPhone Number
1School of Life SciencesDr. S. Sudharani, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Pondicherry University9443768726/961
2School of Applied SciencesDr. S. Lasitha, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Earth Science, Pondicherry University 
3School of Mathematical SciencesDr. Sudesh Pundir, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Statistics, Pondicherry University 
4School of ManagementDr. Sibi.P.S., Asst. Professor, Dept. of Tourism Studies, Pondicherry University 
5Karaikal Centre for ManagementDr. D.H.Malini, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Management (KKL Centre), Pondicherry University 
6School of TamilDr. R. Srividya, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Tamil, Pondicherry University9994510063/736
7School of HumanitiesDr. Lakhimai Milli, Asst. Professor, Dept. of English, Pondicherry University 
8Andaman Centre (DOSMB)Dr. Gadi PadmavatiAsst. Professor, Dept. of Ocean Studies & Marine Biology, Pondicherry University09933247796/—
9SportsDr. G. Vasanthi, Professor, Dept. of Physical Education & Sports, Pondicherry University 
10School of Social SciencesDr. Aashita, Asst. Professor, Centre for Women’s Studies, Pondicherry University 
11School of EducationDr. K. Chellamani, Professor, Dept. of Education, Pondicherry University/td> 
12School of Media and CommunicationDr. V. Santhi Sri, Asst. Professor, Centre for Electronic Media & Mass Communication, Pondicherry University 
13School of Engineering and TechnologyDr. P. Samudiswary, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Electronics Engineering, Pondicherry University 
14Community College (Main Campus)Dr. A. Bharathy, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Management, Pondicherry University 
15Directorate of Distance EducationMs. V. Umasri, Asst. Professor (On Contract), DDE, Pondicherry University 
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