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
- To propagate the cause of gender friendly environment and gender neutral society through a proper understanding of the issues influencing the status of women especially those of North East India
- To promote gender equality through teaching, research, seminars, workshops, and community outreach activities
- To document the voices of women at the periphery of the society: elderly women, victims of sexual harassment, physically challenged women, women victims of war, natural calamities etc.
- To develop and disseminate knowledge about women’s role in the society, so as to more effectively address the issues concerning women of the North East India
- To contribute to the effective policy making and its implementation in favour of economic, social empowerment of women