The Department

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary area which cuts across caste, class, faith and location.  It is a cross-cutting issue informing all disciplines.  It is basic to the construction of knowledge and is a critical marker of social transformation.  Gender should become an important organizing principle of the national and state curriculum frameworks and their transaction.  This emerging area incorporates methods and approaches from a wide range of disciplines, yet unifying them through a critical angle of vision. 

The Department of Gender Studies (DGS), NCERT, stands committed to work towards this mandate.  It plans and implements its activities in accordance with the broad roles and functions of the organization.  The Department works towards addressing power relations in a multi-cultural society like India, which has diversities and differences embedded in itself.  It stands committed to work for a gender-inclusive society. 

Recently, the NCERT renamed the Department of Women’s Studies as Department of Gender Studies in the light of a landmark judgment of the Supreme Court of India in 2014, for treating transgender (TG) as ‘third gender’. Therefore, for the purposes of safeguarding and enforcing appropriately their rights guaranteed under the Constitution, DGS stands committed to work for gender-inclusive society.  The Department of Gender Studies plans and implements its activities in accordance with the NCERT’s mandate.  The Department also advises and helps the Centre and the States in executing policies and programmes in the area of Gender Studies.  The Department played a crucial role in the formulation and implementation of the National Policy on Education (NPE) 1986 (with modifications undertaken in 1992) and its Programme of Action (POA) 1992, on the basis of its research, development, training and extension activities.

Roles

  • To promote education and development of girls within the framework of the Constitutional provisions, the National Policy on Education (NPE) 1986, the Programme of Action (POA) 1992, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Rights of the Child 1990, The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education ACT (RTE) 2009 and recommendations of Justice J.S.Verma Committee.
  • To undertake and promote research, development, training and extension activities in the area of Gender Studies.
  • To develop and apply interdisciplinary methods for addressing gender issues in education.
  • To suitably intervene in the areas of policy planning, curriculum and teacher education for removing gender bias and gender disparities.
  • To act as a catalyst in promoting innovations and programmes on Gender Studies.
  • To act as a National Resource Centre on Gender Studies.
  • To provide consultancy services and assistance to the Center, the States, Voluntary Organizations and International Agencies in the area of Gender Studies/Women’s Studies.

Functions

  • Awareness Generation for Action: Sensitization and orientation of key educational personnel including teacher educators, educational planners and administrators on gender concerns in education.
  • Re–designing Curriculum and Educational Programmes: Elimination of gender bias from textbooks, development of guidelines, handbooks and other exemplar materials.  Development of textual and non-textual materials for promotion of gender equality and making the curriculum and its transaction gender inclusive.
  • Orientation of Curriculum Makers, Textbook Writers and Educational Planners: Sensitization and orientation programmes for incorporation of identified values that commensurate with equality between sexes, peace and harmony in textbooks and school curriculum.
  • Inculcation of Positive Self-image and Self-concept among Children irrespective of Gender:  Inculcation of positive self-image and self-concept among children of all genders in close liaison with the experts in this area and through using interactive processes and media support.
  • Promotion of Research and Innovative Action Projects: Preparation of innovative projects and research in the area of Gender Studies and their dissemination.
  • Inputs into Teacher Education: Formulation of intervention strategies for inputs into teacher education curriculum, training of teacher educators, pre-service and in- service education of teachers for promoting gender sensitization among practitioners.
  • Data Bank: To collect, collate, compile and analyze gender statistics on education and allied indicators, at district, state, national and international levels.  Preparation of glossaries of terms used in Gender Studies.
  • Networking: Work in close collaboration with the constituent units of NCERT, MHRD, Planning Commission, Department of Women and Child Development, NUEPA, Women’s Studies Centers, Women’s Universities, Faculties of Education, National, International and Voluntary Agencies working in the area of Gender Studies and Girls’/Women’s education.
  • Community Mobilization: Mobilizing community at the village level for greater participation in educational planning for improving enrolment, retention and educational achievement of girls and other marginalized groups relevant for promoting Gender Studies.
  • Interacting with Media: Development of messages and audio-video materials on themes.
Development of Textual and Promotional Materials: Development and preparation of textual and promotional materials in curricular areas for different stages of school education for undoing gender stereotypes and gender bias.

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