Seven Days National Workshop on the theme

'Financial, Legal and Social Awareness among Teachers'

from 9th January to 15th January 2018

The Women Studies Centre of Punjabi University, Patiala started a seven days workshop on the theme, 'Financial, Legal and Social Awareness among Teachers', from 9th January to 15th January 2018. The workshop was inaugurated Ms.Kavita Singh IAS, Director, Department of Social Security and Development of Women and Children, Punjab. To impart financial literacy, experts on Finance Dr. Ravi Kiran from Thapar University, Patiala and Dr. Sudesh Chikara, Professor, Department of Management Studies, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra were invited. The Manager of SBI, Punjabi University, Patiala Mr.Parveen Kumar explained the various modes of e-banking and the intricacies of mobile banking. The Chief Judicial Magistrate Mr. Ashish Kumar Bansal from the Legal Services Department of Punjab Government made the participants aware about the various free Legal Services being provided to various strata of the society by the department. The social awareness issues were highlighted by Dr.Harvinder Bhatti and Dr.Birinder Pal Singh, from our University. Thus, the workshop enhanced provided practical awareness about Legal, Financial and Social Issues.The Chief Guest at the Valedictory Session was Mr. Gurinder Singh, IG Law & Order, Punjab Police. He created awareness about the rights available to the common man and the Legal remedies provided under law. He also sensitized us to the problem of road accidents which is the major contributor of deaths in Punjab. The Presidential address was delivered by the Vice-chancellor, Dr.B.S.Ghuman. He congratulated the Women's Studies Centre for their laudable efforts in raising awareness on the pertinent issues of the society, In the end, certificates were distributed among participants of the workshop.


International Conference on the Theme

"Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030"

Date: 22nd November, 2017

Venue: Punjabi University, Patiala

Last date for submission of Abstracts is : 10th November, 2017

Registration Fee Rs. 1,000

Registration will be done on the spot

or you may pay

via cheque/DD (last date 15 Nov. 2017) in the favour of   "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030" payable at Patiala or

Directly deposit (last date 15 Nov. 2017) in our Bank Account No. 37236184598 SBI BANK IFSC,RTGS,NIFT  CODE: SBIN0050009 and contact phone no. (+91) 09888287413

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CALL of PAPERS: Research papers are invited in any of the related sub-themes of the conference and the accepted papers will be intimated within 5 working days.

Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality. The research papers will be received and selected for ORAL Presentation or POSTER Presentation.

Complete paper should be submitted by 20th November, 2017 so that it can be reviewed for UGC approved publication.


Women in the Changing World of Work:
Women in the Changing World : Economic, Finance and Management Initiatives
Women in the Changing World : Social and Psychological Issues.
Women in the Changing World :  Legal and Political Perspectives.
Women in the Changing World :  Role of literature, Education, Technology, Religion, Performing Arts and Media.
Women in the Changing World : Miscellaneous Issues.

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.



Gender Sensitization workshop for UT-Police

As a part of ongoing series of Gender Sensitization, Women’s Studies Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala sensitized around 200 police personnel of Union Territory of  Chandigarh focusing on Women specific issues. (October-26-2016)

Dr. Ritu Lehal, Director of the Women’s Studies Centre along with her colleague , Dr. Ravneet Kaur, conducted 4 sessions at Recruitment Training Centre of Chandigarh Police, Sector 26. Dr. Lehal  accounting for the police direct dealing with public, first talked about the importance of sensitizing them. She said, “Its an indication of a civilized society when females can have an easy  access to Police without any fear in their minds. Any job which is related to use of authority and power, a person needs to have a sensitive and responsible attitude to handle the situation effectively. She further suggested that police is responsible for effective implementation of law, it becomes their duty to come foreword to bridge the gap between police and public.

Dr. Ravneet also stated that police will have to adopt a sensitive approach in dealing with female victims, Female criminals even, female colleagues. Overall in the guidance of Ms. Jaswinder Kaur, Chief Law Inspector, It was a very interactive and fruitful workshop. Participants also shared their views openly.

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao CD Launch

On  15th September, 2016, Patiala District Administration, in collaboration with Punjabi University, Patiala, under the aegis of Women's Studies Centre, of the University, has initiated a special awareness programme for a campaign of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”. A DVD has been prepared by the University to sensitize the rural masses about the importance of education and health issues of the female child. In the villages, there is a strong preference for a male child and the female health of the female child is generally neglected. Women's Studies Centre has been working diligently on social causes for the upliftment of the women.

Dr. Ritu Lehal , Director, Women's Studies Centre, Punjabi University, Patialal, in collaboration with the Department of Theater and Television, Centre for Adavnce Media Studies and Department of youth welfare has developed audio visual content to highlight the issues of education, health and nutrition of  girl child. She furthure added that athat awareness will be created through a Song and short Play like, “Main Judge  Banangi”.

This campaign aims to create awareness about the grave consequences of illiteracy of girls. Mrs. Aneetapreeet, DPO has volunteered to hire a van which will deliver short messages by the Deputy Commissioner, Patiala and Vice-Chencellor, Punjabi Universtiy at the doorsteps of the rural people, especially in those villages where Sex-Ratio is adverse, in a total target of 100 villages. In the function organised at Kala Bhawan teh DVD was handed over to DC, Patiala and his team by the Vice Chancellor of the University.

Health Lecture Series: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

On Sep. 12-2016, Women's Studies Centre  and Dean Student Welfare Office, Punjabi University, Patiala in collaboration with Cipla organized lecture on 'Basics of Menstruation and PSOS'  for girl students of various streams residing in the University hostels.  This was one of the lectures held under DIVA lecture series on “Girl Power to Women Strength”. Dr. Khushpreet Kaur,    renowned gynecologist from Rajindra Govt. Medical College, Patiala was the resource person. She discussed in detail the menstruation cycle and threw light on various problems often faced by the girls. She provided suggestions to overcome these problems and also stressed on maintaining hygiene during the menstrual period. She discussed through case studies the problems of Polytheistic Ovarian Syndrome, Acne- cosmetic problems, infertility.  She emphasized on life style regulation through personal care and management of PCOS through medical prescriptions. She also provided tips for healthy diet.

Dr.Ritu Lehal, Director, Women's Studies Centre welcomed the Guest speaker and her team. Dr. Amritpal Kaur, Additional Dean Students Welfare, Punjabi University, Patiala graced the occasion  Dr.Ravneet Kaur Additional Provost,  wardens of various hostels of Punjabi University, Dr. Rajwinder Kaur, Sr. Resident,  Dr. Nania Sharma, Department of Distance Education, Dr. Amandeep Kaur, Dr. Neeraj, Dr. Gagandeep, Junior Residents & Mr.Chandan Sharma and Mr. Kapil from Cipla were present on the occasion


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.


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.


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.

International Women's Day Celebrations

Women Studies Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala celebrated International Women's Day on 9th March, 2017 in the Senate Hall of the University. In this celebration, Prof.Ritu Lehal, Director, Women' Studies Centre introduced the theme “Be Bold for Change” and highlighted the need for mental as well as physical strength required to bring the change in the mindset of the society at large.

Prof. Gurnam Singh, Dean Academic Affairs, Punjabi University, Patiala presided over the function. As an official of the university, he pledged to do more for the education and skill building of female students. He also insisted upon spreading awareness about role models from Sikhism. The Chief Guest, Ms Rashmi Sharma Yadav, DSP , Cyber Crime Branch, Chandigarh called upon women to realize their strengths and excel in all fields without shirking work.

Ms.Shaina Kapoor, District Child Protection Officer, Patiala also emphasized on women getting together to counter abuse in a realistic address. She called upon the audience to more towards building on ideal society which gives respect and care to all its citizens irrespective of their gender.  Prof. A.S. Chawla in his concluding remarks, stated that the need was only to realize that women was never less empowered. It has only been a matter of under realization of their strength. He also thanked the two young women officers for being present & called upon students to look up to such successful women as their role models.


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