On the occasion of National Girl Child Day (24th January), the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) have launched an initiative called ‘Establishment of Chairs in the Universities in the name of eminent women administrators, artists, scientists and social reformers’.The programme intends to establish 10 chairs across different universities after eminent women to encourage women to pursue higher education and excel in their chosen fields.The establishment of chairs will help the universities to recognise women’s contributions and promote female role models in respective fields especially the formulation of public policies.
Initially, the chairs will be set up for a period of 5 years.
Each chair will be funded by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (₹50 lakh per year).
All the universities that are eligible to receive grant-in-aid from the UGC are eligible to apply for the establishment of the Chairs.Any scholar or academician in the age group of 55-70 years, with specialisation in their fields, will be eligible for the chair.The selected academicians will be appointed for a period of five years, which can be extended to another five years.
Engagement in research and, in turn, contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the area of the study.Strengthening the role of university/academics in public policymaking.Designing short-term capacity-building programs for teachers in higher education.Providing a forum for inter-university/ intercollegiate Post Graduate and Research level dialogues, discussion meetings, seminars.
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.