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Women’s Studies  was first acknowledged as a discipline in its own right in America in 1969 and the first Women’s Studies Course was taught in the University of Cornell. Since that time it has grown rapidly in India as well as in other parts of the world and is now recognised as one of the most dynamic and pertinent of the new emerging disciplines. Its role in holistic knowledge building and the re-examination of old and established systems of perception and thought has been invaluable. It is interdisciplinary in nature and critiques both society and culture from the perspective of women.

The inauguration of the Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Allahabad was held in the North Hall in the Senate Hall Building on the 6th of August, 2010. The guest of honour was Prof. Veena Mazumdar, National Research Professor of Social Sciences at the Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi and the Vice Chancellor of A.U. Prof. Rajen Harshe was the Chief Guest. The inauguration was attended by members of the Faculty, colleagues from the Colleges, members of the University Administration, students and guests.

Prof Mazumdar addressing the audience with Prof. Parmar, Director of the Centre  

Delivering the inaugural address Prof. Mazumdar raised pertinent questions like why did the government policies focus only on middle class women, why in a culture where women are worshipped as goddess, are women considered weak and why has women’s writing been relatively marginalized? She recommended research into the two volumes of women’s writing edited by Tharu and Lalitha. She also emphasised the importance of the recovery and documentation of women’s oral traditions.

Vice Chancellor, Prof R.G.Harshe addressing the audience


In his address Vice Chancellor Harshe revealed that of the many contenders for opening Women’s Studies Centres, the University of Allahabad Centre was ranked first by the UGC Selection Committee. In his address he discussed the issue of feminist identity and how feminism related to class, caste, race and sexual orientation He questioned the notion of power and felt it was a male constitute.

The Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies, Prof Sumita Parmar, from the Department of English, clarified the concept of Women’s Studies as a Discipline and laid down the future agenda of the Centre. She said that it would undertake research and analysis projects and organize lectures and Gender Sensitization Workshops as well as conferences and seminars on gender related issues. Outreach programmes in collaboration with other institutes and colleges would also be conducted. It would be open to all teachers and students who would like want to be associated with it.






The Centre has been organizing annual lectures to celebrate its anniversary. Every year some well known person who has worked in the area of Women’s Studies or on issues related to women is invited to speak on a relevant topic. We have been privileged to have the following women of substance deliver the anniversary lectures.

Ist Anniversary (2011)-  Ms Kirti Singh , Advocate,  Supreme Court of India
Topic- " Gender Justice and the Interpretation, Implementation and the Reform of Law
IInd Anniversary (2012) -  Prof. Uma Chakravarty, Department of History, University of Delhi
Topic- "Gendering the Past: Recent Trends in Feminist Histriography"
IIIrd Anniversary (2013)- Ms Sunita Aaron, Senior Resident Editor, Hindustan Times
Topic- " Women and Media"
IVth Anniversary (2014) - Prof. Saraswati Raju, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi
Topic-  "Geography and Gender- Visiting the (Un) Familiar
  • Ms. Mukta Manohar, Secretary of the Pune Kaamgar Union of the Pune Corporation and Secretary of the Shramik Mahila Morcha :  Rape as a Weapon of Subjugation
  • Dr. Sheela Rao, from the Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, U.S.A  :   Eating Disorders in Young Women.
  • Prof Sushila Singh, Prof of English and former Director of Women’s Studies Centre from BHU :   Feminism and Literature.
  • Prof Ilena Sen Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies, Mahatma Gandhi International University, Wardha:  Women and the Political Process at the Grassroots Levels.
  • Dr. Indu Agnihotri, Deputy Director of the CWDS, New Delhi: Core Issues and Concerns of the Women’s Movement in India.
  • Ms. Kamla Bhasin, Founder member of Jagori:  Man, Masculinities and Gender Equalities.
  • Dr. Kalpana Vishwanath, Secretary of the Executive Committee in Jagori:  Planning a Safe City for Women.
  • Dr Alice Clark, Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Berkeley : Gender and Nationalism.
  • Prof. Sumathi Rao from IIIT, Allahabad : Women Scientists: A Contradiction In Terms
  • Prof. Sisir Basu, Head of the Department of Journalism , BHU :  Gender and Media
  • Prof. Pradeep Bhargava, Director, GB Pant Institute of Social Sciences:  Patriarchy and Social Construction of Gender
  • Prof. Alka Aggarwal, Retd. Professor, University of Allahabad : Gender and Development.
  • Prof. Badrinarayan, GB Pant Institute of Social Sciences : Violence against women.
  • Prof. RoopRekha Varma, Ex-Vice Chancellor, Lucknow University and Founder of the Social Organization, Saanjhi Duniya: Patriarchy.
  • Prof. Anita Gopesh, University of Allahabad : Feminists Issues in Contemporary Hindi Literature.
  • Prof. U. Kalpagam GB Pant Institute of Social Sciences: Women in Development.



Centre for Women's Studies

Senate Building, University of Allahabad,

Allahabad 211-002

Contact No.: (O) 0532-2460122





Certificate Course on "UNDERSTANDING GENDER"

Applications are invited from students of the Allahabad University doing research on gender - related topics for doing a three month Certificate Course on "Understanding Gender" in the Centre for Women's Studies.

Application forms can be downloaded and submitted to the Office of the Centre.

Purpose and Content

Gender has become an important dimension in contemporary research. It is both a category of analysis and a perspective, and constitutes a significant component in a wide variety of subjects. However, many of the students working on gender related subjects are not clear about the basic concepts connected to it. The course is therefore, specially meant for research students across the disciplines who are involved in working on gender- related topics. Inter-disciplinary in nature, the aim of the course is to introduce students to gender and inter-sectional perspectives across various disciplines. It is hoped that such a course will be of benefit to them and help to bring about greater clarity and focus to their work.

Number of seats: 20

The duration of the course is of three months with 90% attendance compulsory. There are three lectures every week totaling 36 lectures in all. Students are required to write a research paper and/ or make a presentation on a given topic. There is an examination held at the conclusion of the course and certificates are awarded to the successful candidates.


The lectures are delivered by members of the University Faculty drawn from various departments as well as teachers and experts from other Universities and Institutes/Centres and Colleges.


A fee of Rs.1000/- will be charged from each student.

For queries mail:



Telephone 0532-2460122, 7607668888

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