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Gender Resource Centre

The Gender Resource Centre of the college has been functioning from November 2016. It has worked in collaboration with the Internal Complaints Committee of the college, as well as the IQAC. It is a multidisciplinary nodal platform having a practical as well as a disciplinary approach. Its goal is to work towards creating responsible, confident women who can empower themselves.

The activities of the Gender Resource Centre have ranged from collaborating in organizing gender and health awareness programmes, developing the Gender Resources in the College Library, as well as organizing academic programmes. Activities like Workshops on Legal Rights, Menstrual Health and Hygiene, Sexual Violence, Sexual Minorities at the Workplace, Self Defence and Child Sexual Abuse have been arranged win collaboration with organizations like Talash and Rahi Foundation, as well as with the help from experts and activists, and designed to sensitize students about their rights and responsibilities of women.

To mark out Gender Studies as a distinct and significant academic discipline, the Centre has invited academicians who have done research on Women’s Studies and related areas. The GRC also organizes special research talk and presentation by the teaching faculty. The Gender Resource Corner at the Library, now a part of the Gender Resource Centre, is a separate space to showcase books, journals and other research compilations related to gender issues. Books, journals and pamphlets obtained from and related to organizations like the West Bengal Commission for Women, School of Women's Studies (Jadavpur University), andSanhita Gender ResourceCentre and other NGOs are stocked and displayed in this corner. Film shows on these themes are often organized by the collaborative NGOs.

The Centre in recent pandemic situation also did not stop working and took some innovative steps to keep the students and the faculty engaged with serious gender issues.

In 2020-2021, GRC organised an online poster competition for the students on “Lockdown and I” on July 22,2020, an ICSSR sponsored international webinar on “In Search of Gender Identities: Relocating Women in Theory and Practice” on December 14, 2020 and a month long Lecture Series on Zoom Platform which involved all the departments of the college, in January 2021. The Centre is also taking the initiative in publishing the lectures in the form of articles in the forthcoming issue of our college journal.

The centre now is led by two conveners — Dr. BidishaChatterjee, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Dr. Payal Bose Biswas, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science of this college, under the guidance of a very sincere and dedicated faculty, Dr. Soma Marik, Associate Professor, Department of History and collaborative support from all the members comprising Dr. RohiniDharmapal, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Smt. SanjuLal, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Smt. MaitrayeeSarkar, Lecturer of History and SmtSreejayaChatterjee, Lecturer of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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