International Women's Day Celebrations

Women's Studies Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala celebrated International Women's Day. Lectures on various topics were given at GN Girls Colelge, Patiala, Mai Bhago Degree College (for Girls), Ralla (Mansa) . On 13th March, 2015. Dr. Jagjit Kaur, Prof. of Mathematics and President of Women's Club, Punjabi University, Patiala presided over the function. She said that legal processes and procedures need to be made more transparent and speedy justice be delivered to make our legal enactments beneficial for the common women. She said that women need to speak for herself to bring real change in the society.

Dr. Vidhu Mohan, Prof. of Psychology (retd.), Panjab University, Chandigarh spoke on coping with sexual violence. She said that women has to face sexual harassment almost everywhere right from their homes to public places. To combat it, legal mechanism is available but can be made truly effective only through awareness and sensitization, she said. Dr. Bhagwant Kaur, Prof. of English Literature, SGND College, New Delhi said that empowering women means empowering humanity, but empowering of women entails lot of struggle, which can be attained through attitudinal change of both genders. Dr. Ritu Lehal, Director, Women's Studies Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala formally welcomed the distinguished guests and spoke on the importance of celebrating International Women's Day.


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7 days workshop on

"Gender Sensitization : Issues and Challenges"

February 26, 2015 to March 4th, 2015


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Centre organised seven days Workshop from 26th February, 2015 to 4th March, 2015 at the Seminar Hall of the Centre. About 30 teachers from various streams serving in the Colleges and various departments of the University participated in the Workshop. Eminent personalities were invited to deliberate upon the women / gender related issues and suggest remedies through discussions. Dr. Amritpal Kaur  spoke on the role of women in the society as depicted in the popular literature. Dr. Tejinder Kaur focussed on problems of Transgender and the measures to tackle these issues. Dr. Daljeet Kaur, Advocate  discussed major legal problems faced by the migrant women. Dr. Navjot Kaur, Dr. Manjit Singh, Dr. Jaspreet Kaur spoke on the position and challenges faced by the women in corporate sector. Dr. Vishal Goyal talked about computer literacy. Dr. Sunita Dhir and Dr. Waraich highlighted the role and status of women in theatre and media. Dr. Monica Chawla attempted to generate legal awareness among the participants and Dr. Gurpreet Kaur discussed major health related problems and their remedies. All the sessions were followed by detailed discussuions and feedback from the enthusiast participants.

Valedictory function was presided over by the Vice - Chancellor of the University, Dr. Jaspal Singh. Speaking on the occasion , Vice Chancellor Dr. Jaspal Singh said that gender sensitization warrants contribution from males as well because greater the awareness better would be the acceptability of gender equality norms. He said that in order to create congenial environment , existing mechanisms need to be enhanced and strengthened and  new mechanisms be built up in collaboration with man to deepen and sustain this process in the country. Dr. A.S. Chawla, Dean Academic Affairs of the University said that women can truly enhance their capacity if they learn the art and tact of being positively assertive. Dr. Ritu Lehal, Director of the Centre shared the objectives of the Workshop with the august audience. and said that the Workshop aimed at sensitizing the women to make an effective presence and participation in the decision- making process at all levels and in all fields of life.


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Fete 2015

Punjabi University Vice Chancellor Dr. Jaspal Singh on Tuesday inaugurated 'FETE-2015', a fair organised by the varsity's women's club in association with the  women's studies centre near sports complex.Students were seen enjoying the merry-go-round and food stalls, put up by entrepreneurs of the city. Also, there were a number of stalls selling different games, boutique, mobile phones and automobile. The students from various colleges, schools and the university departments danced to the beats of popular songs.

Dr. Jagjeet kaur, Chairperson of the Women's Club told that this fete was organized for the upliftment of the society and  proceedings earned through this fete will be donated to the needy schools and students.

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Sensitization Workshop on Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS Prevention

Women’s Studies Centre conducted an informative session for the NSS volunteers of Bikram College of Commerce, Patiala on 9th January 2015. The session was to spread awareness related to the consequences of Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS Prevention. More than 100 NSS volunteers participated in this endeavour initiated by WSC to curb the menace of Drug abuse and HIV/AIDS in the youth. Professor Ritu Lehal highlighted that the Young people who persistently abuse substances experience an array of problems, including academic difficulties, health-related problems (including mental health), poor peer relationships, and involvement with the  antisocial behaviour. Professor Lehal stressed upon the  need of inculcating proactive coping styles like sports, music, dance, theatre, social service  etc in the youth to prevent the youth from indulging into drug abuse. Dr. Naina Sharma, explained the extent of HIV/AIDS in India and explained the routes of  the transmission of the virus. The emphasis was laid upon the need to know that both Drug abuse and HIV  can be curbed if we know what behaviour leads to it.

The session was successfully concluded with a note that prevention is the only effective way to deal with the monstrous problems like Drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.

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Women and Aging: Problems and Prospects

Aging population is the most challenging demographic phenomenon worldwide in the 21st century. According to the United Nations, World Population Projection predicts that the world population will increase from 6.5 billion to 9.1 billion in 2050 . In India, the persons above 60 years were only 1.9 crores in 1947 whereas their number went up to 10 crores (10% of the total population) by 2001 and is expected to go up to 15 crores by 2020.1 The forces of globalization, modernization and tecnological change, mobility and the explosion in the lateral transmission of knowledge are making changes in the life styles and cultural values to adjust the changing circumstances.


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