Jammu Tawi, April 25
The Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Jammu organized a special lecture on “Status of Women in India and Women Studies Centers”. The speaker was Dr. Anjali Deshpande who apart from being an academician of repute is currently Member of UGC Standing Committee on Women’s Studies and Member of Central Advisory Board of Education (Ministry of HRD). While addressing the gathering, Dr. Anjali Deshpande began her lecture with the manner the centre for women studies is perceived socially and the context in which they are located. Dr. Anjali Deshpande pointed out how the formative period of a child is decisively influenced by mother and therefore, it becomes important for us to ensure that the mothers are empowered, enlightened and aware of the realities around. She also pointed out that woman by virtue of being central to the structure of family is more sensitive to the need of family. Professor R.D Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu presided over the function. In his presidential remarks, he spoke about how the situation is changing now and women are become more visible and well represented in different realms of society. He also argued how the gender centric division of works is being diluted. Now men have started stepping into the area of child rearing which was considered to be the domain of women. Earlier, the welcome note was presented by Professor Suman Jamwal, Director, Centre for Women studies. She also dwelt upon the academic and social contributions of Dr. Despande. In the process she also pointed out the academic vision of the Center which included not only organizing discussion but to take the insight into the emerging levels of field works.