Prof. Shweta Prasad spoke at length about gender and development through its historical trajectories and ideological contestations. She deliberated on theoretical aspects of development which is shifted from women in development to women and Development and finally to gender and development. Drawing on recent theoretical perspectives she spoke about the challenges of gender of gender equality in the globalised era. Prof. Shweta also discussed about the promises and challenges of Marxist and Socialist feminism in Indian context. She also shared her field work experiences about gender and developmentCertificates were distributed to the students who participated in the Baseline Survey of Election Commission of India carried out by the department. The public lecture was attended by guest faculties, research scholars and post-graduate students of Sociology in large numbers. Priya Singh, Research Scholar, Department of Sociology, offered formal vote of thanks.
In all around 40 participants across the disciplines covering various Universities/Colleges of the country actively attended the inaugural session. At the outset, Prof. Ashish Saxena, Coordinator and Head, Dept. of Sociology conducted the programme and welcomed the dignitaries with the floral bouquet and followed by the outline of the said course. He shared the experiences in running the academic event and the diversity of resource persons with rigorous interdisciplinary framework. He also briefed about the overall outline of the 21 days academic event. He highlighted the sincerity and inter-disciplinarity of the orientation course. At this juncture, chief guest of the event, Prof. M.P. Dubey, Hon’ble Ex-Vice Chancellor, spoke on the relevance of orientation and debated the landmark interventions in the field of higher education. He discussed the responsibility of transferring the wisdom and also learning various skills during the orientation, especially academic, ethical, social, personality and others. At the end, he emphasized upon the relevance of Environmental issues and challenges especially Stewardship, Utilitarian and Value within attribute towards higher learning. To him teachers are the brand equity to attract the stakeholders to the institutions. Prof. S.I. Rizvi, Dean R&D spoke at length on the scientific intervention and the application of knowledge. He identified the new challenges in the higher education and the responsibility of teachers as transformers of society. The event was followed by the formal introduction by the participants. The Inaugural session was conducted and ended with formal vote of thanks by Dr. Muneer Illath, faculty in Department of Sociology, University of Allahabad. The event was duly supported by the efficient staff of UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, University of Allahabad.