Across the globe, women face threats to their lives, health and wellbeing
for being overburdened with work and for their lack of power and influence.
The power dynamics that hinder the quality of life of women are predominant,
from the most personal to the highly public levels of the society. There is
enough proof that women are discriminated against and denied their right to
survival, attainment of resources and control over their production. Gender
socialization shapes their personalities thus making them meek, pliant and subservient.
When such a mindset has already been enmeshed within our blatant forms of denials,
the stage has been set when the realization of women's rights remains a remote possibility.
Submission of Review Proforma of Women's Studies Centre
Though apparently it seems that the developed countries are in a relatively better position
with respect to the status of women, the reality is that they too are nowhere near equality
in different spheres of life. In India, inspite of there being constitutional provision for
equal rights for both men and women, in practice discrimination still reigns. The essential
role of Bethune College as Asia's first ever women's college in the history of education for
women over the past 143 years (1879 - 2021) can neither be denied nor be overlooked. The historic
role played by Bethune College in creating a major domain for enlightened and empowered women is
a well known fact. Apart from contributing in the field of education, the students of this College
have made significant contributions to the freedom movement. The College has also nurtured many
eminent poets and writers, teachers, Professor, Doctors, Performing artists and other professionals in
its glorious journey. Bethune College has continued its relentless struggle to prepare women to emerge
into fully functioning individuals with their all round development to get a firm foothold in this gender
biased society. In its endeavour to do so the College has constantly engaged itself in organizing various
According to the 11th plan, the U.G.C. approved
the establishment of the Women's Studies Centre
in Bethune College, which was inaugurated on the
29th of January 2010. Currently, Dr.Nilanjana
Bagchi is the Director of the centre and faculties
of various departments of the college are its members.
Some of its tasks have been highlighted here that were
taken up from 2016 till date. More educational and
sensitization activities are in the pipeline for the year.
Academic achievements Since 2016 till Date