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

  • Seats are limited (35 only) and will be allocated on first come first serve basis.
  • Last date for submission of registration request is 21st February, 2015
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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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6th Annual Conference on



October 30-31, 2014

The 6th Annual conference on ‘Promoting excellence in women development: The way forward for progress’ organised by the Women’s Studies Centre of Punjabi University, Patiala commenced on 30th October 2014. The inaugural session started at 10.30 AM in the science auditorium of the university. Dr. Meenakshi, the director of WSC introduced the theme of the conference and stated that although there have been efforts to improve the status of women, but still the dreams of gender equality and empowerment are miles away from becoming reality. Ms. F. Nisara Khatoon, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Social Security, Women and Child Welfare Department Govt of Punjab, in her inaugural address applauded the efforts of the WSC in taking steps for sensitizing the society at large and steering women on the road of progress. She further stated that a dream of progressive nation can never be realized unless both men and women participate equally at all levels. The Key note speaker Dr.ReichaTanwar, Director Womens studies Centre, Kurukshetra University lamented upon the exclusion of poor women from the mainstream development programs in the past.



Problem of Women Harrassment and its Solutions

Workshop on "Problems of Women Harassment and its Solutions" was held from September 17th-19th, 2014 for research scholars of the University. Dr. A. S. Chawla, Dean, Academic Affairs, Punjabi University, Patiala inaugurated the workshop and congratulated the centre for organizing workshop on very significant field. In is inaugural speech, he highlighted the unfortunate incidents of women harassment and talked about the measures taken by the Government and University itself in overcoming this problem. Prof. (Dr.) Vidhu Mohan delivered a talk on Women Harassment in Educational Institutes in first session and trained the students the ways and means to tackle the problem.

On the second day, Prof. (Dr.) Parmjit Singh  talked about the legal aspects, rules and rights of women in the  event of harassment. On the third day Dr. Ameer Sultana from Women Studies , Panjab University, Chandigarh. talked about women harassment at workplace. She talked about incidence and types of women harassment  at work place. In the valedictory function Dr. Meenakshi welcomed the guests and presented the report of the workshop. Chief Guest of the workshop, Professor Manjit Singh of Social Works Department distributed the certificates to the participants. In his address he highlighted the role of the teachers and community members in helping the women remain secured and safe in the educational institutes and at work place. Dr. Sukhwinder Singh, Assistant Professor presented the vote of thanks.

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Computer Literacy Workshop

The centre organized  "Computer Literacy Workshop" for PG Diploma students and research scholars of the University from 28-08-2014 to 12-09-214. Dr. Kawaljit Singh, Director, Computer Centre inaugurated the workshop. Professor Dr. Meenakshi, Director of the Women

s Studies Centre welcomed the guests and highlighted the objectives of the workshop. She emphasised that literacy in computer is a must skill in today's world and highlighted the importance of knowledge of Online Form Filling and other computer related skills. While inaugurating the workshop Dr. Kawaljeet Singh introduced the various aspects related to computer and security. The course coordinator Mr. Nishu Sharma gave the details of the whole workshop and instructed the students to attend the workshop wholeheartedly. During the workshop the students were taught, Computer fundamentals, Back Office skills, Internet usage, security, E-Commerce, Online form filling etc. Various queries regarding the purchase, management, and safer use of the computers were satisfactorily given by the resource persons. On the concluding day Mr. Nishu Sharma, Course Coordinator  thanked the participants and the resource persons.


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Independance Day Celebrations

On 15 August 2014, 68th Independance Day of India was celebrated by the Women's Studies Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala in S.D.K.S. Yadvindra Puran Bal Niketan, Lahori Gate, Patiala. The team of the Women's Studies Centre (Prof. Meenakshi (Director), Dr. Sukhwinder Singh, Mr. Nishu Sharma and Mr. Ripanjit Singh) visited orphanage. Prof. Meenakshi, Director, Women's Studies Centre, participated in the programme as a chief guest and hoisted the flag. After flag hoisted, girls of the orphan performed patriotic songs and dance. Prof. Meenakshi delivered lecture on the theme 'women empowerment through education'. She also gave tips to girls on personal hygiene. She emphasied that girls should try to become self dependent only then the society can prosper. On this occasion members of Rotary Club, Patiala were also present. Chairperson of the orphanage Mrs. Usha Garg thanked Prof. Meenakshi and said that future collaborations with the Women's Studies Centre will be done on issues like Psychological counselling, computer education and career counselling. In the end of programme sweets were also distributed among children.

Paper presentation at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Meenkashi Sharma , Prof. in Education & Director of Women's Studies Centre, Presented a research paper in International Conference held from 26-05-2014 to 30-05-2014 in Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She spoke on the topic attributes of women college students gifted in Visual & Performing arts. She also  chaired one of the sessions on 27-05-2014 in the above conference. Serve glimpses of the conference are provided for information and interest of the viewers.

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"Women Are Born Strong But Made Weak"

by: Prof. Dr. Vidhu Mohan,

Retd. Prof. Department of Pschology, Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Date & Venue

23rd April, 2014 at 11.00m in Seminar Room,

Women's Studies Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala




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The Women's Studies Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala organized two Lectures on "Women are born strong, but made weak" and "Status of Women in India" on April 23, 2014 in the Seminar Room of the Centre. The participants were university teachers, research scholars and students from various departments of the University. Dr. Meenakshi, Director, Women's Studies Centre welcomed Dr. Vidhu Mohan, Professor (Retired), Panjab University, Chandigarh; Dr. Trishanjit Kaur, Dean, Faculty of Education and Information Sciences; Dr. Kanwaljeet Kaur Gill, Former Head, Department of Distance Education; Dr. Damanjit Kaur, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and guests and highlighted the activities of the Centre and introduced the topic.



International Women's Day March 8th, 2014


Women's Studies centre is going to organize workshop & lectures on the 2014 theme of International women's  Day.

Venues & Speakers:

  1. RIMT College of Education, Mandi Gobindgarh , Prof. Dr. S.K. Bawa
  2. Shivam College of Education, KhoKhar Kalan, Dr. Parmjeet Kaur Sandhu
  3. MUKAT College of Education, Rajpura, Dr. Jasraj Kaur
  4. SAINT KABIR College of Education, Kauli, Dr. Jagpreet Kaur


Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

Inspiring Change is the 2014 theme for  internationalwomensday.com global hub and encourages advocacy for women's advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women's equality and vigilance inspiring positive change. The vast array of communication channels, supportive spokespeople, equality research, campaigns and corporate responsibility initiatives means everyone can be an advocate inspiring change for women's advancement.Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.Some groups select their own International Women's Day theme, specific to their local context. For example, the European Parliament's 2013 theme was "Women's response to the crisis" and their 2012 theme "Equal pay for work of equal value".

Health & Hygiene Lecture Series


Women's Studies Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala organized a Lecture Series on Women Health Issues on February 12-13, 2014. The participants were University teachers and adolescent girls of University School. The first lecture on 12th February was arranged in the seminar room of the centre. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Manpreet Kaur, Assistant Professor, Department of Gynae, Govt. Medical College, Patiala and was presided over by the Dr. Tejinder Kaur, Director, Centre for Diaspora studies. In her presidential address, she highlighted the qualities of good doctor while caring a cancer patient. Dr. Meenakshi Sharma, Director, Women's Studies Centre formally welcomed the guests and introduced the theme of the lecture. She dwelled on the need of awareness among women about their health issues. She encouraged the women to be more cautious about their own health and well being. Dr. Manpreet Kaur Kalra, talked about awareness of cancer in women. She explained that as there is rising incidents of malignancies in women, stress should be laid on screening modalities; cancer of breast and cancer of cervix , so that early detection, prevention, treatment can be provided to the patients, survivors and care giver.
The second lecture was arranged in seminar room of University School, delivered by Dr. Manpreet Kaur and was presided over by Dr. Dhanwant Kaur, Professor Incharge, Publication Bureau, Punjabi University, Patiala. She stressed on the need to educating students on positive aspects of internet and other social media. The resource person Dr. Manpreet Kaur addressed the various adolescents problems as adolescence is developmental phase in the life of a human being, where physical, mental, psychological and emotional developments are taking place at a fast pace. She also answered the queries of girl students over their common teenage problems. Mrs. Nirmal Goyal, Principal of University School was also present at the occasion. A Vote of Thanks was presented by Dr. Amandeep Kaur. On February 13, 2014, lecture's theme was “Heart and Its Care”.


5th International Conference on "Women & Development" on

22-23 November, 2013

Video Message of Ms. Lakshmi Puri

UN Women Deputy Executive Director


Background Papers:



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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