Udwada Rural Development Programme, 1976  

In 1976, the University took a major decision to work for the rural women by adopting nine villages in Pardi Taluka of South Gujarat.

The Research Centre for Womens Studies undertook a survey in1978 to study the felt needs of the communities. Several activities centering around education, health and income generation were planned and implemented in 1980. Empowered with this experience, the University ventured to launch activities such as disseminating information about simple but useful technologies in the rural area; building a Womens Co-operative, training in traditional skills; organizing Awareness Generation UNICEF, NORAD, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, Central and State Social Welfare Board and the District Rural Development Agency had made it possible for the University to expand its horizon.

The Udwda Rural Project for women has experimented with a community-based training model in which local Government official are made sensitive to womens needs. At the same time the project also enabled the training of community women in income generation and management skills. Its broad-based approach has facilitated grassroots work and further added to the perspectives in research, teaching and extension programme of the University.

The Projects future thrusts include the setting up of Production-cum-Training Centres for women through the DWCRA scheme; a Short-stay Home for women in distress in Bulsar district; a Health Centre to provide health facilities to remote villages; promote female education and develop a Rural Polytechnic to provide vocational training for girls.