Three-week long winter school on "Gender mainstreaming in higher education: an inclusive approach"commenced at Panjab University (PU) on Friday.
Susheela Kaushik, former co-chair, UGC National Consultative Committee, New Delhi, inaugurated the winter school.
Kaushik emphasised that gender mainstreaming had become the need of the hour. "One has to be specialised and focused in order to integrate meaningfully with authority of knowledge, awareness of ground reality and strength of their inevitability or necessity. Main streaming of women in governance, research and curriculum must become a part of normal attitude, thinking, behaving to follow human beings,"she added.
Kaushik added the gender mainstreaming should be part of a new and reformed mind set. It is a part of recognition and respect to the human rights of every individual, including women.
"All the gender education, measures advocacy and policies need to move towards and measure up to it,"she said, adding gender training and sensitisation workshops for all officials and authorities across the board including curriculum workshops and refresher courses in the universities.
She also emphasised on women's programmes and gender budgeting in all conferences of VC's, registrars and faculties of higher education.
Karamjeet Singh, PU director, academic staff college, shared his experience of difficulties faced by college lecturers in conducting research, particularly by women faculty members, due to social barriers.
He stated that women always remain less than equal due to patriarchal attitude of the society. "There still remains a gap in achieving gender equality, equal right for women and equal status in the society," he added.