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Welcome to the Advanced Centre for Women's Studies

The Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS) at TISS is recognized as an Advanced Centre by the University Grants Commission in its XI Plan and receives grants from the University Grants Commission under its special Scheme for Women’s Studies since 1984 (VI Plan allocations).

The Centre is one of the pioneering Women Studies University Centers in India. Established in 1982 through a Ford Foundation grant, the Centre was born out of a felt need for imparting gender sensitivity and Women’s perspectives to students, researchers, fellow academics and policy makers through relevant education. The initial spectrum of activities of the Centre included research and documentation, teaching of specific courses in other interdisciplinary programs of the Institute; preparing of teaching materials and aids; consultancy on gender themes and organizing and conducting of training programs, seminars and conferences. In recent years, the Centre has built on this rich experience of early years to focus its activities towards evolving a full-fledged MA Program in Women’s Studies. The Centre has also been involved in networking and extension for national and international advocacy on Women’s issues since its inception.

It has a rich history of women centered research and advocacy and has demonstrated expertise, developed over several years, of teaching women’s themes across other existing programs. The presence of a well-developed library and documentation facility also complements our aspirations.