A pioneering institution established in 1974, the Research Centre for Women’s Studies (RCWS) is the largest and oldest of its kind in India.  Its contribution to the development of Women's Studies is widely recognized both nationally and internationally. Since its inception, the RCWS has undertaken several research projects with generous grants from national and international donor agencies, with a very broad-based research focus which has led to theoretical studies (some of which have had policy implications) and action based projects. It has also contributed to the development of Women's Studies curriculum and  training  manuals.  It has a well-established publications programme, including a quarterly newsletter; and it reaches out into the larger community through its regular seminar series and networking programmes. It was in recognition of its contribution to the development of  Women's  Studies (specifically in  research, curriculum and faculty   development  programmes)  that  the  University  Grants Commission  (UGC) identified the RCWS as a centre  of  excellence during (the 9th Plan period) with  the mandate of providing the necessary leadership  for  the development of Women's Studies.  The RCWS envisages its role as a catalyst of social change; the various components of the programme, namely research, teaching, community development, networking and dissemination are not seek as  separate, but rather as inter-linked components of a cohesive whole. Drawing from each other these various components will enrich the entire programme and initiate a process of change. The target group of these multi-pronged interventions is women at the grassroots, activists, students of Women Studies and other disciplines, policy makers and others.   The RCWS motto is “Change and Challenge”

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Vol. 37, No. 1; July 2016

Centennial Year 1916 - 2016

 

THE SEVENTH DR. NEERA DESAI MEMORIAL LECTURE
Women in Marathi Theatre
by
Shanta Gokhale (Lecture)
Novelist & Theatre Critic

Date :23 September 2016