Women's Studies Centre


About Us:


Women’s studies was born out of the women’s movement in India. As a body of theory, it emerged from the engagements of feminist scholars with pressing issues touching the lives of women. It was initially conceptualized as a branch of the social sciences and humanities. Women’s Studies Centres were envisaged as playing an interventionist role by initiating the gender perspective in many domains in the generation of knowledge, the field of policy and practice. They were designed to act as catalysts for promoting and strengthening Women’s Studies through teaching, research and field action projects:


Women’s Studies Centre was established in Kuvempu University on 1st April, 2016. This centre is accommodated in Pruthvi Bhavan Building, University Campus, Jnanasahyadri, Shankaraghatta.


Contact address of the Chair Person :

  Dr. G.Sarvamangala
Women’s Studies Centre
Kuvempu University
Jnana Sahyadri
Shankaraghatta - 577 451
  Advisory Committee of Women’s Studies Centre
01 The Vice - Chancellor Chairperson
02 UGC Non Formal Education(NFE) Bureau Head (Joint Secretary Level) Member
03 Two Members (at least women) in the subject related area in Kuvempu University Jurisdiction nominated by the vice-Chancellor
Dr. D.S. Poornananda, Professor , Dept. of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kuvempu University Shankarghatta. Member
Dr. Uma. R. Hegde, Dept. of Hindi, Kuvempu University, Shankaraghatta. Member
04 One Member of the Syndicate Nominated by the Vice Chancellor
Smt. Geetha Murthy, M.A. Syndicate Member, Kuvempu University, W/o M.L. Murthy, "Sai Nilaya" Kote Channappa Road, Chikmagalur Member
05 The President / Chairperson of the Karnataka State Women Commission or a Member nominated by her Member
06 One Director of other Women's Studies Centres in the State nominated by Vice-Chancellor
Director, Women's Studies Centre, Mangalore University, Mangalore Member
07 One District Women and Child Development Officer in the University area nominated by the Vice-Chancellor.
Deputy Director, Women and Child Welfare Department, Halkola, 100 feet Road, Shimoga-57. Member
08 One elected Women Member of local government nominated by the vice-chancellor
Smt. Chaitrashri. B. S. ZP President, Mudugodu Village, Rangenahalli Post, Lakkavalli, Tarikere. Member
09 One member of the UGC Review Commission (Women's Studies) Nominated by the UGC Member
10 One member representing a NGO/Research institute nominated by the Vice-Chancellor
Dr. Sandya Kaveri, 'Akshaya' Basaveshwara Nagara Shivamogga. Member
11 The Registrar Member
12 The Finance Officer Member
13 The Director, Planning and Monitoring & Evaluation Board Member
14 Director, Centre for Women's Studies, Kuvempu University. Convener
The Quorum for the meeting of the above committee shall be 1/3 of the members
15 One or two additional eminent members from the field, if need be may be associated with the consent of the Chairperson of the Committee. Member



To bring about gender sensitization and a sense of equality both in academic and public domains by debating, discussing, documenting and outreach programmes



  Developing and offering teaching programmes, initiating research studies and undertaking outreach activities aimed at developing a gender sensitive
healthy society by involving all the major stakeholders such as faculty, students, administration, people’s representatives, media and civil society.


  The Centre wishes to address three major objectives-Teaching, Research and Extension activities with a focus on bringing about positive attitudinal
changes about Women’s role in society and eliminating discrimination.
  1.The teaching programmes of the centre aim at internalizing equality by developing a right perspective on gender.
  2.The research programmes strive to identify areas of discrimination against women cutting across race, caste, religion & region and to design and
   implement short-term, long-term measures to eliminate disparity.
  3.The Workshops and Seminars on Women’s issues aim at addressing the complexities in connection with gender; involve resource persons in inter-
   active sessions with stakeholders; Network and engage in a constant dialogue with Women’s Study Centres of other universities and organizations
   working actively on Women’s issues.
  Women's Studies Centre Organised Programmes
SI-NO Date Programme
01 28th April 2016 An interaction programme involving Directors of ODANADI SEVA SAMSTHE, an NGO at Mysore and other representatives of NGO’s all over the State regarding reservation for sexually exploited women and their children in higher education
02 8th September 2016 Formal inauguration of the Women’s Studies Centre by Prof. R. Indira, renowned sociologist and activist. Felicitation to meritorious children of Kuvempu University employees was held during this function. Prof. Jogan Shankar, Vice-chancellor presided over the function.
03 14-09-2016 to 16-09-2016 An orientation programme for I year Post-graduate girl students in which Dr. Prakrithi gave a lecture on ``Health and Hygiene”. Facilities available for girl students at the University was briefed to the students by the Co-ordinator of Women’s Studies Centre. A frank interaction of the students with the resource person and the Co-ordinator regarding several issues faced by girls was the highlight of the programme.
04 - An innovative programme called ‘Gender Champions in Universities’ proposed by MHRD vide UGC letter D.O. No.91-2/2014(GS) dated 3rd August 2015 has been initiated at the Women’s Studies Centre during 2016-17
05 20-02-2017 and 21-02-2017 Two day Awareness Programme on 20th and 21st Feb-2017. The Women Study Centre in collaboration with Sexual harassment Redressal Cell of our University organised a two days awareness programme on "Sexual Harassment against Women at work Place (Preservation ,Prohibition and Redressal Act 2013).The workshop was attended by teaching and non teaching staff and students of our university. Dr.Swanamala Sirsi ,from Mysore and Dr. Shanthi G. from Samruddi Foundation Mysore were invited as resource persons. They delivered special lectures on "The challenges faced by the women in the modern world and measures to be taken to strengthen themselves." They also interacted with staff and students and clarified the doubts and questions raised by them.
06 09-03-2017 On 09-03-2017 the Women's Study Centre organized 'International Women's Day'. Smt.K.S. Vimala a well known social activist and Vice President, All India Democratic Women's gave a lecture and later on she was also facilited by the Women Study Centre