teaching and training

Ph.D in Women’s Studies

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The oldest women's studies centre in the Indian university system, Research Centre for Women's Studies (RCWS) was founded in 1974. It is now recognized by the UGC as one of the leading Women's Studies centres in the country. The Centre has research as its core activity. Though the initial research focused on women's work, education and the women's movement, the Centre has moved into other historical and contemporary concerns of women's lives in different social and cultural contexts. It developed an Udvada project into a rural development section, which became the Centre for Rural Development (CRD). The CRD began as an attempt to make higher education responsive to the needs of the community at the grass root. It has evolved into a community development project to facilitate hands-on learning experience and gain theoretical insights. Some of its important research has been on the Ideology of Motherhood, Gender Budgeting in India, which examined the poverty alleviation programmes, micro-credit programmes of the Government, and Women and Science. Through its research, the RCWS has contributed towards netting women's work in the Census and to policy documents of the State Government. Recently, it has developed two important area development reports on Multi- Sectoral Development Deficit of Two Minority y Dominated Slums in Mumbai and the Socio-economic Conditions of Muslim Women in Maharashtra. Under its Dr. Avabai Wadia Archives project, the RCWS has provided financial support and guidance to scholars and activists to undertake archival work on Women and Health. Additionally, the RCWS has also facilitated research by national and international scholars affiliated to the RCWS. The RCWS has an excellent library, documentation and archival collection to facilitate research and teaching-learning experiences in the department. Regular workshops, seminars, training programmes and consultations with national and international scholars on issues central to Women's Studies have much to of fer the students in their research pursuits.

Ph.D. in Women's Studies

The Ph.D. programme in Women's Studies of fers exciting opportunities for research explorations using gender with other substantive identities of caste, class, sexuality, disability and nationalities. The programme encourages students to critically enquire into a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary theoretical and practical research questions located at the intersections of these multiple and competing identities. These categories of analysis enable students to interrogate and experiment with the theoretical and methodological frames drawn from various disciplines of social sciences/humanities. An engagement with this challenging and stimulating area of study enables students to research on the socio-economic, cultural and political dimensions of human existence across time and geographical boundaries.

Objectives of the Ph.D. Course

The students-

  1. undertake interdisciplinary research using gender at the intersections of multiple and competing identities

  2. are enabled to research on the various dimensions of human existence in socio-economic, cultural and political domains

  3. develop the critical consciousness and self-reflexivity

  4. acquire knowledge of feminist research methods

  5. develop skills in quantitative and qualitative research

Eligibility Criteria

Interested students will be required to appear for PET (Ph.D. Entrance Test). Students, who clear the entrance test, will be required to appear for an interview. Selected candidates may register for the Ph.D. programme. Candidates who have completed M.Phil. Degree or who have cleared NET/SET/JRF examination of UGC are exempted from the written test, but will be required to appear for personal interview at the RCWS.

Duration of the Course: 3 years (6 terms)

Ph.D. Programme
The Ph.D. programme shall consist of a combination of course work (Part A) and research work (Part B)

Part A: Three Courses- 100 marks/4 credits each (for a period of two semesters in the first year)

Course I- Research Methodology
Course II & III- Subject specific

Exemption from course work
Students who have successfully completed M.Phil. from a recognized University will be exempted from the course work.

Part B: Research Work
The students shall carry out research work using acceptable research methods in the field under the supervision of approved guide.

Special Features

  • The programme consists of discussions, seminars and other interactive sessions

  • The course work broadens the students' understanding in the subject and updates the student.

  • The programme develops intellectual skills of deductive and inductive reasoning

  • The programme is inter-disciplinary in nature.


Course I (100 marks/4 credits) includes written test, preparation and presentation of research proposal and assignment on methodological review of a large project/book on research methodology

Course II (100 marks/4 credits) includes review of literature, presentation and assignment

Course III (100 marks/4 credits) includes concept note based on content of the research, presentation and report of 2 books related to research topic/report of visit/interviews/seminar attended (1000-1500 words)

The Ph.D. scholar will submit a thesis within the stipulated time period

Ph. D. Fee Structure (As per the fee structure approved by University dated 03.02.2010)


Mode of payment

Fee Amount

Payable at

Fees to be paid at the time

of Registration

Registration Fee One time 1000 Examination Dept.
Enrolment Fee One time 250 Examination Dept.
Eligibility Fee One time 250 Examination Dept.
Admission Fee One time 500 Concerned Dept.
Fees to be paid per semester    
Tuition Fee* Per semester 3000 Concerned Dept
Data base Fee Per semester    
Department activity Per semester 1000 Concerned Dept
Caution Money One time 500 Concerned Dept
Deposit One time 2000 Library
Fees to be paid per annum    
Library Fee Per annum 2000 Library
Gymkhana Fee Per annum 50 Concerned Dept
Diary Per annum 50 Concerned Dept
One time Fees      
Evaluation Fee ( 1st Year) One time 1000 Concerned Dept

Examination & Viva Voce Fee

( At the time of submission

of synopsis)

One time 8000 Examination Dept.
Convocation Fee One time 375  

The above fee structure will be reviewed every year.
*Tuition fees will be increased by Rs. 500/ per semester. So the students will pay Rs. 3000/-in I semester, Rs. 3500/- in II, and Rs. 4000/- in III, Rs. 4500/- in IV, Rs. 5000/- in V semester and Rs. 5500/ in VI semester. In the IV year (semester VII) student will have to pay Rs. 8000/- with an increase of Rs. 500/- in each subsequent remaining semester (till end of 5 years)