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LAST DATE for Abstracts : 30th September, 2016 ,  LAST DATE for Papers: 20 October, 2016

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Sub-Themes of the conference are :

Role of Men in:
  • Gender Equality and Women Empowerment
  • Gender Equality: Social and Psychological Issues.
  • Gender Equality: Legal Perspectives.
  • Gender Equality: Role of literature, Education, Technology.
  • Gender Equality: Performing Arts and Media.
  • Gender Equality: Health, Environment and Sports Issues.
  • Gender Equality: The Changing Political Climate and its Implications.
  • Gender Equality: Sustainable Development
  • Gender Equality: Influence of Religion
  • Gender Equality: Economic Perspective
  • Gender Equality: Finance and Management Initiatives
Guidelines for the submission of the Paper:
  1. Submit Both Soft as well as Hard copy of your paper in the Office of Women's Studies Centre, Art Block II, Punjabi University , Patiala 147001
  2. All the papers should be in Microsoft Word format  doc/rtf and not .docx , Font Arial, font size 10, papers in  (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ) Punjabi language should be in JOY font
  3. Length of the paper should be 3000 - 4000 words.
  4. The title should be followed by Author's Name, Designation, Phone Number, Email  and Permanent Address
  5. All references should be placed at the end of the paper in following way:-
  • Original Documents: National Family Health Survey 1998-1999 (NFHS-2), Mumbai: IIPS, 2000, p.6
  • Book: Yadav, J.P. (2004) Aged in India: The Struggle to Survive, New Delhi: Anmol Publications, p.66
  • Edited Book: Dube, L. (1998) On the Construction of Gender: Hindu Girls in Patrilineal India in Khurana, Chand (ed.) Socialisation, Education and Women, New Delhi: Orient Longman, p. 166
  • Journal: Santiago, Julie Motti (2002) Women's Public Health Policy in the 21st Century, Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, Vol.47, No. 4, p.55.
  • Website: Sharma, Pratiksha, Child Rights in India, p. 12, at www.mightylaw.com accessed on 15-6-2011
  • News Paper: Srivastava, A., Status of Women In India, Times of India, October 21, 2010, p. 5



Workshop on "Improving Cervical Health in the Community"

A workshop was organized on the theme  “Improving Cervical Health in the Community” at Mata Gujri Hostel for Girls of University Campus on 30 August 2016. It was conducted by Dr. Rosy Chhabra, Assistant Professor, Prevention Intervention Research Centre Albert Einstein, New York, USA. She said that HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted infection and is the primary cause of cervical cancer in women worldwide and primary prevention of cervical cancer can possibly involve a risk reduction approach through behavioral intervention for health seeking behaviour i.e immunization and cervical screening. The workshop focused on the causes, symptoms and screening of cervical cancer. Dr. Rosy trained the women (Young girls) to become Health Advocates, that is to become peer educators to women in their own social network and communities. About 50 girls and women participated in this educational workshop. All the participants were awarded a certificate on the completion of the workshop. Dr. Ravneet Kaur , Associate Professor introduced the theme of the workshop. Dr. Ritu lehal, Director of Women's Studies  Centre, formally welcomed the guest speaker and honoured her with Phulkari. Dr. Naina Sharma, Dr. Sumanpreet Kaur, Mrs. Neena Sekhon, all senior warden and wardens of girls' hostels were present on the occasion.


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Gender Sensitization of Police Personnel

In order to sensitize the training group of hundreds  of Punjab Police sub inspectors  on gender issues, Women's Study Center of Punjabi University was invited by Punjab Police Academy Phillaur on 26th August 2016. Dr Ritu Lehal, Director Women's Study Centre, Punjabi University Patiala,  organised the said workshop with her colleague Dr Ravneet Kaur Associate Professor,  Dept of Distance Education, Punjabi University Patiala. Dr. Lehal informed that as per the general opinion, the  attitude of majority of male police personnel is not positive and rather un appreciable towards females.  She stressed that the need of the hour is to make police personnel behave in a gender sensitive manner and that they must understand the true spirit of the concept of gender. Discussing further she stated that A police person is related to gender issues in many ways, be it his attitude towards women in general, in society and in families or attitude towards female victims, female colleagues or female Prisoners etc.  She added that the wide gap between a common person and police needs to be narrowed down in a civilized society. Police bearing the responsibility of effective implementation of law and order need to ensure a  congenial environment for females so that in case any complaint of harassment or violence has to be made they may contact police in the hope of Justice and Without any fear.

During the workshop many police personnel also shared their routine problems in discharging their duties. Overall this workshop resulted in fruitful discussions to improve the behaviour of police towards women, particularly stressing upon the minimum desirable behaviour.

ADGP- HR, Mr B K Uppal along with Deputy Director Ms Nilambri also paid a visit in the workshop. Mr Haroon Khan, Ms Alka and Mr Inderjeet from Punjab Police Academy were involved in organising this workshop. Dr Ritu Lehal further added that the Women's Study Centre looks forward to collaborating with Punjab Police Academy for gender sensitization workshops in future as well.

7 Days Workshop

7 Days Workshop on

"Enhancing Legal Efficacy Among Teachers"

(With special reference to  women related laws)

from 15th-March-2016 to 21st-March-2016


7 days workshop on '“Enhancing Legal Efficacy Among Teachers” (with special reference to women related laws) which had started on 15th March, today on 21st ended with fruitful outcomes. It had started with inaugural address by Dr. Jaswal VC of Rajiv Gandhi National Law University and Presidential remarks by Dr. Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala. Both emphasized on some more stringent implementation of laws in our country as well as requirement of change in mind sets. The participants who were 24-25 in number had a chance to listen to some effective speakers from acedemic side like Dr.S.S.Khehra, Dr. Monika Chawla and Dr. Rakesh Sharma. For providing the practical exposure to the teachers the interactive sessions had the practicing advocates like Mam Daljit Kaur from High Court and Mam Manisha Bhandari from Supreme Court. Mr. Kapil Aggarwal, Chief Judical Magistrate also shared his experiences with the participants and Mr. O.P Garg who is running an NGO in Patiala to protect the consumers rights by helping people who are not much aware of the legal rights available to them. Mr.Garg had taken last session, who is a Retd. Judge from Hight Court and also as working Chairman, NRI Commission presently,   overall it was a good exposure of all the participants as far as legal issues are concerned.

Shri Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, DIG, Amritsar border area, founder Cyber Crime Branch, Punjab Police shared his experiences about his interaction with common people. He emphasized that proper attitude of police personnel can be most instrumental in solving the problems of common citizen of our country. Dr. Jagjit Kaur, the first lady of the university delivered the presidential remarks. She observed that the fast track courts and speedy redressal of complaints can go a long way in solving many problems of our society. Dr.Ritu Lehal, Director, Women's Studies Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala thanks all the participants.

A War Begins After its End : A Case Study of Military Personnel Widows

The proliferation of armed conflicts and the high levels of military and civilian casualties since independence (1947) have resulted in a large number of army personnel widows. Widowhood often changes the social and economic roles of women however its impact differs according to culture and religion. Widowhood can affect the physical safety, identity and mobility of women and children. It can also affect their access to basic goods and services necessary for survival, and their rights to inheritance, land and property. In patriarchal societies women can be left entirely without social status when they lose their husbands. These women become socially and psychologically a vulnerable group. These widows face a number of mental health problems. They have suffered bereavement as a result of the violent deaths of their husbands and these traumatic memories hound them for many years.


Lecture Series: Gender Sensitization

Youth is the prime focus of any nation to bring the attitudinal change in the society. Thus, there is a need to sensitize both young men and women as far as gender issues are concerned. They should be aware of their fundamentals rights and also need to understand moral and ethical aspects so as to coexist peacefully and with dignity. Keeping this thing in mind ,the Centre has initiated Lecture Series on “Gender Sensitization” for the students of various University Departments, Constituted Colleges, Affiliated Colleges and University Girls Hostels. In this lecture series students will be  sensitized about their constitutional and natural rights and will be guided to improve their pattern of thinking and behaivour.
Dr.Jaspal Singh, V.C., Punjabi University, Patiala formally inaugurated the series at Punjabi University College of Engineering. He said that it is the need of the hour to sensitize both the genders as one can't be a by-sider and other a participant but both should be equal partner to this process of change.

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Project- Model Village (Ongoing Project)

Social Responsibility is an ethical framework of any individual or organization which indicates that they are supposed to act for the benefit of society.  Whatever we take from society, now it's the time to give it back to society by maintaining an ecological balance too. all groups or individuals have to perform their part of social responsibility be it an individual, student, corporate world or any occupational group.

In this context, social equality is required in all spheres like, equal rights to all people in a specific society, security, equal opportunities to all genders, freedom of speech,  health equality, economics equality and other social secruities.

As such primary aim of university is to spread education or higher education in society. But as an institute of higher education, overall development of underprivileged people and reaching at their door steps is also required. It becomes our duty to make them aware about benefits of education, health and safety issues, cleaniness and environmental issues.


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


List of nominees successfully registered till 21st,Feb 2015

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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Laws Related to Women in Punjabi

ਸੈਂਟਰ ਨੇ ਨਵੰਬਰ 2010 ਨੂੰ ਆਪਣੀ ਵੈਬਸਾਈਟ wscpedia.org ਲਾਂਚ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਿਸ ਰਾਹੀਂ ਗਲੋਬਲ ਪੱਧਰ ਤੇ ਸੈਂਟਰ ਦੀਆਂ ਗਤੀਵਿਧੀਆਂ ਸੰਚਾਰਿਤ ਹੋ ਰਹੀਆਂ ਹਨ। ਇਸ ਸੁਵਿਧਾ ਦੇ ਅੰਤਰਗਤ ਸੈਂਟਰ ਨੇ ਵਾਈਸ-ਚਾਂਸਲਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੀ ਦਿਸ਼ਾ ਨਿਰਦੇਸ਼ਨ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਫੈਸਲਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਕਿ ਔਰਤਾਂ ਦੇ ਹੱਕ ਹਕੂਕ ਸੰਬੰਧੀ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਮਹੱਤਵਪੂਰਨ ਦਸਤਾਵੇਜਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸੰਚਾਰਿਤ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਵੇ। ਇਸ ਦ੍ਰਿਸ਼ਟੀ ਤੋਂ ਕੁਝ ਅਹਿਮ ਦਸਤਾਵੇਜਾਂ ਦਾ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਅਨੁਵਾਦ ਇਥੇ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਜਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ਤਾਂ ਕਿ ਵੈਬਸਾਈਟ ਦੇ ਜਰੀਏ ਦੁਨੀਆਂ ਭਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਵਸਦੀਆਂ ਪੰਜਾਬਣ ਔਰਤਾਂ ਆਪਣੀ ਮਾਂ-ਬੋਲੀ ਰਾਹੀਂ ਚੇਤਨਾ ਗ੍ਰਹਿਣ ਕਰ ਸਕਣ। ਇਹਨਾਂ ਦਸਤਾਵੇਜਾਂ ਦਾ ਵੇਰਵਾ ਨਿਮਨ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਹੈ :

1. ਔਰਤਾਂ ਦੇ ਵਿਰੁੱਧ ਹਰ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਰ ਦੇ ਭੇਦਭਾਵ ਨੂੰ ਖਤਮ ਕਰਨ ਸਬੰਧੀ ਕਨਵੈਨਸ਼ਨ

2. ਔਰਤਾਂ ਦੇ ਵਿਰੁੱਧ ਹਰ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਰ ਦੇ ਭੇਦਭਾਵ ਨੂੰ ਖਤਮ ਕਰਨ ਸਬੰਧੀ ਸੰਧੀ

3. ਬੀਜਿੰਗ ਘੋਸ਼ਣਾ

4. ਦਾਜ ਰੋਕੂ ਐਕਟ, (1961 ਦਾ ਐਕਟ ਨੰ. 28) 20 ਮਈ, 1961

5. ਵਿਸ਼ਾਕਾ ਅਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਬਨਾਮ ਰਾਜਸਥਾਨ-ਰਾਜ ਅਤੇ ਹੋਰ

6. ਔਰਤਾਂ ਦੇ ਅਧਿਕਾਰਾਂ ਸੰਬੰਧੀ ਬਣੀ ਕੌਮੀ ਨੀਤੀ (2001)

7. ਔਰਤਾਂ ਦੇ ਵਿਰੁੱਧ ਘਰੇਲੂ ਹਿੰਸਾ


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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