Women's Studies & Research Centre

Women’s Studies and Research Centre was established under X Five Year Plan in Banasthali University. Teaching, Training, Research and Extension/ Out Reach activities are being undertaken under the Centre. Under educational programme, Diploma courses on ‘Women and Human Rights’ and ‘Women and Entrepreneurship’ and M.S.W. programme with specialization in Women’s Development, had been proposed in the last five year plan. And it is heartening to mention that the above mentioned courses are going to be commenced by next academic year. Centre has been playing  its  incessant effort to inculcate  gender’s perspective in almost all activities undertaken by  Banasthali University .

Women Studies Centre



Specialization/Research Interest


Prof. Alka Sharma


M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.

Women Studies, Research Method, Theoretical Sociology


Mr. Anil Kumar Sharma

Technical Assistant


Computer Hardware


Under the teaching programme .WSRC centre aims at to create awareness and to make the students familiar with woman 's issues and woman's rights and to enable the students to critically analyze the women's issues to from right perspectives. For this purpose, courses on Woman 's Studies are going on at graduate and postgraduate levels which are interdisciplinary in nature To name those, Foundation Course entitle 'Women in Indian Society' for all undergraduate students and one Compulsory Interdisciplinary paper i.e. 'Women's Studies'  for all social science students at post graduate level.

Training Programme:

From time to time the WSRC of Banasthali University has conducted various training programmes for different target groups which are as follows:-

  • Training programme for Elected Grass-root women leaders

  • Entrepreneur skill development training programme for poor & needy women

  • Awareness training programme for Fourth Class women employee

  • Legal awareness training programmes for the students and the faculty

  • Stress Management Training for Teachers & Wardens

  • Spring Board Capacity Building Training programme for warden and teachers

  • Providing Training Assistance in various training programmes run by different departments of Banasthali University

  • Legal awareness training programmes for the students and the faculty

Academic Training/Orientation Programmes:

1. Refresher Course (2006-2007), Women’s Studies: an interdisciplinary approach.

2. A training workshop on ‘Research Technique in women studies’ for teachers.

3. Training Programmes for field investigators.

Research Activities:

Purely academic as well as action research are being encouraged by the WSRC, Banasthali University .It also welcomes interdisciplinary research using a range of methodologies. In this direction, WSRC centre encourages students for Ph.D. programme along with execution of various projects.   

Research Projects:

Completed Research projects (under X Plan)

  • Mera Sapna

  • Culture of Feminity, Sports & Formal Education: A study of Female Students  participation in Sports in ‘Banasthali Vidyapith’, Rajasthan

  • Child Marriage in Rajasthan: Myths & realities

  • Contents of Women's Studies in Various Social Science Disciplines with Special  

  • Reference to Different Universities of Rajasthan

  • A Bio-Bibliographical Approach to Indian women writings in English

On-going Research Projects (under XI Plan)

  • Reproductive Health Behavioral Pattern among Rural Women in Rajasthan

  • Gender Analysis of Selected Nagar Palika and Zila Parishad Members in Rajasthan: An Alternative Approach for Capacity Building of Elected Grass-root Women Leaders

  • Analysis of Gender concerns and Gender Budgeting of selected Nagar Palika and Zilaparishad in Rajasthan : An Alternative approach for capacity building of elected Grass root Women Leaders

  • Safe Motherhood And Access To Resources Among Nomadic Populations In Desert Regions In Rajasthan, India And The Negev, Israel - A Comparative Perspective


  • Women & Tourism: A comparative Study between Northern & Eastern India.

  • Media, Sports & Women

  • Media & women

  • A gender analysis of Indian Sports Policies

  • Women & Literature

  • Portrayal of women in folk culture :A comparative analysis of Northern & Eastern region of India Changing values among women


Seminars/Conferences/Workshops/Lecture Series:

  • Seminar on Status of Women in Rajasthan,

  • Seminar on City Stories: Writing the City: Transforming the City

  • National Conference on Globalization through gender lens: women workers in question

  • International Jubilee Conference on Women's Education :Vision & Mission of Women’s Universities in a Global Society

Workshop on Research Techniques in Social Sciences:

  • Workshop on Social and emotional stress of young women: problems and solutions,

  • National Workshop on Contents of Women’s Studies in various social disciplines with special references to different universities of Rajasthan: Dilemmas & Possibilities,

  • National workshop on ‘Gender Equity through Enterprise Development’

  • Orientation workshop on CEDAW (Convention for Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women)

Lecture Series by the eminent academicians like:

  • Prof. Pushpesh Pant, International Studies Centre, J.N.U., New Delhi.

  • Prof. Pam Rajput, Director, Women’s Studies Centre, Punjab University, Chandigarh.

  • Prof. Rajiv Gupta, Dept. of Sociology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.

  • Prof. Pnina Motzafi Haller, Professor in Social Anthropology at the Dept. of Man in Desert in Ben Gurion University, of Israel.

  • Mr.Rakesh Mittal ( IAS )General Secretary, Dept. of Higher Education, Uttar Pradesh.


  • Exhibition on Bapu

  • Exhibition on Tribal Women

Community Action Programme:

  • Health Camp for poor women in adjacent villages.

  • Campaign for prevention of illiteracy and unhygienic practices in rural areas.

  • Reproductive Health Awareness Programme  for rural poor women.



  • Advocacy programme in prevention of child marriage.

  • For shunning unhygienic practices during the child birth.

  • Advocacy for human-rights-concerns especially protecting rights of girl child.

  • Advocacy for prevention of illiteracy and blind belief among rural especially  rural women.

  • Advocacy against the trend of declining child sex ratio and sex selective abortions.


  • Career Counseling for the students of Banasthali University.

  • Mental Health Counseling for Students.

  • Health (Physical & Mental) counseling for the faculty & wardens.

  • Health counseling for the rural poor living nearby the Banasthali University.


  1. Magazine Srijon … A New Vision –I, II, IIIrd Volume

  2. Booklets on social issues for rural people in local dialect to raise awareness toward evil practices.

  3. Theme based Newsletter.

  4. Leaflets of various activities under taken by the centre such as prevention of dowry, female infanticide child marriage etc.

WSRC Library, Banasthali University

The WSRC library is a specialized resource centre for a comprehensive collection of published and unpublished materials helpful for academic scholars, researchers, students, policy makers and administrators and activists.

The library through its collection aims to provide an over all perspective regarding the situational analysis, current issues, development policies, programmes and schemes
relating to women

Library timings

  • Wednesday to Monday (Except University’s holidays) - 10.00 am to 5.00 am


  • On line Documentation

- On line documentation of news paper clipping, ‘list of library books’, reports, news letters are also presently under process.

  • Audio documentation

With the assistance from Community Radio Banasthali University, the WSRC has been successful in documenting Apaji's collections of folk songs in regional dialects covering various women's issues like Purda Pratha, child marriage, few motivational songs on women's empowerment & women's education and few other songs envisaging the contributions of rural women in the field of national reconstruction and remaining other songs highlighting women's achievements in various fields and there by institutionalizing them as role models for others.


Documentation on:
  • Women and Reproductive Health
  • Women in Sports
  • Cultural Ideology of Gender
  • Women and N.G.O
  • Women and Change
  • Women and Religion
  • Divorce
  • Dowry
  • Women and Demography
  • Women and Environment
  • Social Customs, Child Marriage and  Nukta
  • Women and Socialization
  • Women and Work
  • Grass root level women
  • Women and Politics
  • Women and Entrepreneurship
  • Women and Police
  • Women and Social Education
  • Women and Higher Education
  • Women in Co-operatives
  • Women  in Agriculture
  • Women and Violence
  • Women and Policy
  • Women and Media
  • Women Empowerment
  • Problems of Working women
  • WSRC, Banasthali with Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University, Israel.
  • WSRC, Banasthali with Sweet Brair College Virginia, U.S.A. for research in women’s studies (scholar exchange  programme).
Within University:

With the Dept. of Computer Science & Mathematics, Political Science, History, Textile, English, Home Science, Management, & Krishi Vigyan Kendra.
With Other Universities:
  • Women’s Studies Centre, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.
  • Kota Open University, Kota.
  • Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur.
  • Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi.
  • Utkal University, Orissa
  • J.N.U., New Delhi
  • J.M.I., New Delhi
  • BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan

         Networking / Outreach

     * National Link with Research Institutes

                    1. NIS (National Institute of Sports, Patiala)

    2. Social Policy Research Institute, Jaipur, Rajasthan
    3. Culture & Media Studies, New Delhi
    4. Centre for Women’s Studies, H.P. University, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
         British Council, New Delhi

       * National Link with Government

              1. Department of Women & Child Development, New Delhi

              2. National Commission for Women, Govt. of India

              3. State Commission for Women, Govt. of Rajasthan

              4. Central Social Welfare Board, GOI, New Delhi

              5. Dept. of Social Welfare, GOI, New Delhi

              6. National Research Centre for Women, New Delhi

              7. National Institute of Health & Family Welfare, New Delhi

       * Networking with NGOs

       The following are the list of NGOs which have been associated with this centre since its


               1. WOMEN’S WATCH, New Delhi

               2. KATHA ASIA, New Delhi

               3. SEWA, Ahmedabad

               4. CHETNA, Baroda

               5. CECOEDECON, Jaipur

               6. ANUBHUTI, Chittorgarh

       * With State Government Functionaries

               1. DISTRICT LEGAL SERVICE AUTHORITY, Rajasthan



      International Link:


               1. College of Economics & Commerce 53-12 Chungpa-dong 2-Ka Yongsangu, Seoul,
                   Korea 140- 742

               2. Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife 220005, Osun State NIGERIA

               3. Kyorin University Hachioji Campus Tokyo, 192-8508 Japan

               4. Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University

               5. Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

               6. University of Peradeniya Peradeniya Sri Lanka

               7. University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14850

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