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.
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.
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.