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Education for Women's Empowerment: Gender-Positive Initiatives in Pace-Setting Women's Colleges

Jaya Indiresan (Author)
Synopsis Does the Indian higher education system fulfil the stated objective of the National Policy of Education that with respect to the status of women, "education will be used to neutralise the accumulated distortions of the past?" Though it is true that India has over one thousand colleges and five universalities exclusively for women, do such large numbers alone suffice to rectify years of discrimination? Will merely providing access to higher education correct centuries of neglect? What happens after such access has been provided? In this book, Jaya Indiresan analyses what these women’s colleges are doing for moving beyond access and academics. Utilising a bank of indicators, she has developed a Gender Positive Initiative Index (GPPI). In-depth case studies of Pace Setting Women’s Colleges, their leaders, teachers, students and alumni lead to the identification of a variety of useful curricular and non-curricular interventions, strategies adopted by them with much success. Educational policy makers, administrators and planners (above all teachers who are the implementers and change agents) will find these findings profitable. This book should go a long way in facilitating efforts at women’s empowerment.
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About the author

Jaya Indiresan

Dr. Jaya Indiresan obtained her Ph.D. in Organisational Behaviour from IIT, Delhi. She was formerly Professor of Higher Education at the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi. She also taught at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and at the Technical Teacher's Training Institute, Chennai. She has been a visiting Professor at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, USA. She is currently a freelance consultant to several organisations and Advisor, Asian Centre for Organisation Research and Development. Her areas of interest are facilitating institution building and human resource development, with special reference to women. She has designed and conducted several executive development programs. A case in example is an in-house executive development programme designed and conducted by her for the entire faculty of Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Mauritius. She has contributed to several research publications and has many articles and books to her credit. She is the author of the book "Education for Women's Empowerment: Gender Positive Initiatives in Pace Setting Women's Colleges", based on a National Study. She has co-authored the book "Institutionalisation of Innovations in Higher Education."

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Title Education for Women's Empowerment: Gender-Positive Initiatives in Pace-Setting Women's Colleges
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st. Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8122006124
length xxix+495p., Tables; Figures; Illustrations; 23cm