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New Delhi, January 25, 2020
In an initiative to motivate young girls and women towards higher studies, the Ministry of Women and Child Development will set up 10 Chairs in different fields on National Girl Child Day.
The initiative, called Establishment of Chairs in the Universities in the names of eminent women administrators, artists, scientists and social reformers, is being launched with the assistance of the University Grants Commission (UGC), an official press release said.
The main objective is to inspire women to pursue higher education and to achieve excellence in their area of work, it said.
The chairs proposed by UGC and approved by the Ministry are Devi Ahilyabai Holkar (Administration), Mahadevi Varma (literature), Rani Gaidinliu (Freedom Fighter- North East), Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi (Medicine & Health), Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (Performing Art), Amrita Devi (Beniwal) (Forest/Wildlife Conservation), Lilavati (Mathematics), Kamala Sohonie (Science), Lal Ded (Poetry & Mysticism) and Hansa Mehta (Educational Reforms).
The financial implications of the proposal are Rs. 50 lakh per Chair per year. The total expenditure for establishing 10 Chairs will be approximately Rs 5 crore per annum. The Chairs are to be established for a period of 5 years initially as per the guidelines.
The academic functions of the Chairs will be to engage in research and, in turn, contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the area of the study, strengthen the role of university/academics in public policymaking.
It also involves design and execution of short-term capacity-building programmes for teachers in higher education focused on the designated discipline of the Chair. The other academic functions will be to provide a forum for inter-university/ intercollegiate Post Graduate and Research level dialogues, discussion meetings, seminars/summer & winter schools, publish articles/research papers/reports/books/ monograms and participate in teaching and PhD programme of the Department or School in which it is located.
The University will review the progress of the Chair annually and submit a final report on the activities and outcome of the Chair to the UGC after five years. However, the UGC may undertake the exercise of reviewing the Chair for its continuance, at any stage, the release added.