The Centre for Women’s Studies, Dibrugarh University, is one of the UGC approved Women’s Studies Centres in the country. It is the second such Centre in the North East region. It was established as a Centre (Project) in 1998 with a UGC grant under the IX Plan and received the approval of UGC in November 2004. From the beginning, the Centre has been engaged in research training, documentation and dissemination and extension work on issues relating to women and women’s empowerment both among the academic community and also in the wider society. The centre, since 2005, has offered the course- Post Graduate Certificate Course in Women’s Studies. This is the first course of this kind in the region. The Centre has also introduced Post Graduate Diploma Course in Women’s Studiesfrom the academic session 2016-17.
The Centre has a well stocked library with over 1202 books and documents and an archive of newspaper cuttings on various women’s issues. The library caters to the students, researchers and teachers of Dibrugarh University and also provide membership to the teachers and researchers of affiliated colleges. The Centre has also helped in the formation of and maintains links with Women’s Studies and Development Cells (WSDC) in the colleges affiliated to Dibrugarh University.
The Centre envisages its role as a catalyst of social change with its focus on academics, teaching, training and advocacy, dissemination of knowledge thereby bringing about awareness about persisting feminist concerns such as sexism, racism and classism. Apart from involving itself in various research projects related to an array of issues affecting women, the Centre offers a yearlong Post Graduate Diploma Programme on Women’s Studies with an aim to encourage students to respect differences as they develop a critical understanding of how gender influences cultural expression, human relations and scholarly productions in the lives of both men and women.
In addition to its academic programme and research projects, CWS DU provides service to the broader community both on and off the campus by organising lectures, conferences and gender sensitisation programmes. Over the past years the Centre has grown steadily and its success is largely due to the commitment, energy and creative vision of an amazing group of faculty, researchers, staff and students who dedicate their time, talent and expertise to keep up the different enterprises pushing boundaries, challenging hegemonic viewpoints and exploring new terrains.
VISION OF THE CENTRE
The Post Graduate Diploma in Women’s Studies (PGDWS) is a 32 credit course, spread over two semesters in one year. Each semester comprises of four courses- 100 marks (4 credits) each.
The Centre offers a six month Audit Course in Women’s Studies for students from other disciplines of Dibrugarh University.
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8th December, 2015
The Centre for Women’s Studies organized a lecture on ‘Women and Law: Issues and Challenges’ on 8th December, 2015. The lecture was delivered by Deepom Baruah, Ast. Professor, Centre for Juridical Studies and Mehnaz Akhtar Ahmed, Assistant. Professor, Centre for Juridical Studies.
9th December, 2015
The Centre for Women’s Studies, Dibrugarh University organized a lecture and an interactive session with Dr. Anima Guha and Sudakshina Sarma on 9th December, 2015. The session was opened by Prof. Karabi Deka Hazarika, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She introduced the guests for the day Sudakshina Sarma and Dr, Anima Guha. She addressed Sudakshina Sarma as a personality with a history of musical legendry. Sudakshina Sarma, with the musical power she is endowed with, took Jyoti Sangeet to a national level recognition. She earned the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy award along with her husband Dilip Sarma. The Dean, further, introduced Dr. Anima Guha as an influential scholar and writer whose writings on women issues have induced us to think and rethink the ‘status’ of women in our society. Dr. Anima Guha started the discussion on ‘Narir Bibhinna Somosyar Eti Alochona Aaru taar protikaaror Sondhanot’. The programme was followed by a skit ‘The Process of Making’ prepared by the students of Centre for Women’s Studies, Dibrugarh University. Sudakshina Sarma, a noted singer of Assam, along with Hrishiraj Sarma, mesmerized the audience with their soulful melodies.
10th December, 2015, Participation of Centre for Women’s Studies, DU in an Outreach Programme
On the occasion of 181 birth Anniversary of Pandit Hemchandra Baruah, Ilora Vigyan Moncho in association with other organizations organized the Day against Superstitions and evil -practices at DHSK College on 10th December, 2015. The programme started with a march from Chowkidingi field that ended at DHSK College. The students and faculty members of the Centre for Women’s Studies, Dibrugarh University had actively participated throughout the whole programme. At the foremost, they took part in the procession holding placards on ‘Stop Dowry’, ‘Stop Rape’, ‘Stop Witch- Hunting’ etc. The theme of the procession was to protest against superstitions and ill-practices, particularly, those around women with a special focus on witch hunting. The rally voiced a demand for a law against ‘the crime’ of witch hunting. Dr. Birubala Rabha along with her team participated actively. The main concern of the procession was to generate awareness among people against the superstitions that led to violence against women such as witch hunting, domestic violence, dowry, rape, child abuse.