On the occasion of National Girl Child Day today, the Ministry of Women and Child Development announced to set up ten Chairs in different fields with an aim to carry out research activities to encourage women.
The initiative called the Establishment of Chairs in the Universities in the name of eminent women is being launched with the assistance of the University Grants Commission, UGC.
The main objective is to inspire women to pursue higher education and to achieve excellence in their area of work. This initiative of highlighting and celebrating women achievers of the country will motivate young girls and women towards higher studies.
On the subject of Administration, the proposed name of chair will be Devi Ahilyabai Holkar, for Literature name of chair will be Mahadevi Varma, for Freedom Fighter (North East) name of chair will be Rani Gaidinliu, for Medicine and Health name of chair will be Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi, for Performing Art name of chair will be M S Subbulakshmi, for Forest and Wildlife Conservation name of chair will be Amrita Devi (Beniwal), for Mathematics name of chair will be Lilavati, for Science name of chair will be Kamala Sohonie, for Poetry and Mysticism name of chair will be Lal Ded and for Educational Reforms name of chair will be Hansa Mehta.
The financial implications of the proposal is 50 lakh rupees per Chair per year and the total expenditure for establishing ten Chairs will be approximately five crore rupees per annum. The Chairs are to be established for a period of five years initially as per the guidelines.
Academic functions of the Chairs will be to engage in research and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the area of the study, strengthen the role of university and academics in public policy making.
It also aims to design and execute short-term capacity-building programmes for teachers in higher education focused on the designated discipline of the Chair.