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Ju holds Seminar on ‘Women’s Studies’
JAMMU, Mar 20: The Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Jammu in collaboration with ICSSR , North -West Regional Centre, Chandigarh, organized a two day National Seminar on “Women’s Studies: Theories and Practice with Special Reference to Jammu Region” from March 20 to 21.

The inaugural session of the seminar began today ( ie, 20th March) with a welcome note by Prof Suman Jamwal, the Director of the centre for women studies who welcomed the delegates and offered an overview of how the centre has grown, both in terms of academic and research since the days of its inception.

In this context she pointed out how the Centre is constantly engaged in undertaking research in the local and trans-local context and have contributed to the generation and dissemination of ideas and concepts which have significant bearing on the social perception, representation and construction of women. Through its range of informed and dedicated activities, involving outreach and extension activities, apart from the regular certificate courses that Centre offers, the Centre has emerged as a resource and nodal Centre for the Jammu region.

She summed up her remarks by outlining some of the initiatives taken by the centre in the recent time, prominent among them is the beginning of thematic lecture series, multi disciplinary projects and the publication of three monographs three monographs focusing on different aspects of women in the context of Dogri culture and literature and gender historiography in the context of Jammu region.

A brief on the seminar was delivered by Dr Shyam Narayan Lal, the Convener of the seminar. He began by stating how there has been an exponential growth of varieties of writings, from scholars holding different Ideological positions, on women and gender.

Prof Indu Agnihotri , Director, CWDS, New Delhi delivered the key note address in which she touched upon the evolution of the women studies and the way the discipline has evolved by contesting the dominant paradigm and concepts on the one hand and enlarging the domain of the concerns of women across society.

In this context she pointed out how the rich discipline drew upon the rich reposarty of knowledge which has been available in the domain of social science. She also pointed out that the notion that the women studies in India are largely informed by theories and concepts of the west is not correct. She cited several examples in the context to illustrating how women studies in India is rooted in Indian context and it is the varied local experiences which have informed women studies in India. She strongly argued for pluralities of methods and research in women studies.

This was followed by the presidential remarks by Prof RD Sharma, the Vice chancellor of Jammu University. He began by congratulating the Centre for organizing such an important academic events with scholars from across the country and with so many young researchers in attendance. He also emphasized how women in Jammu have been making great strides in all walks of life, particularly in the domain of academic. He pointed out that the present seminar in which academicians, eminent researchers, scholars & students from across the country has been drawn to a single platform is a great opportunity for the young scholars to hone their skill and update their knowledge..

The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Priyanka Katoch and the program was conducted by Ms. Saranjit Kaur.

News Updated at : Monday, March 20, 2017
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