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Forthcoming Programmes


The Programmes in Design and Development stages include:
  • MPhil in Gender and Development Studies
  • PG Diploma/ Certificate in Gender in Law
  • PG Diploma/Certificate in Gender and Science
  • PG Diploma/ Certificate in Gender, Agriculture and Sustainable Development
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Gender, Entrepreneurship and Development
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Gender-sensitive Project Cycle Management
  • Certificate in Empowering Women Through Self Groups (Revised Version)
MPHIL IN GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
Research programmes in Gender and Development Studies will help in encouraging indigenous research, provide an impetus to collection of gender-disaggregated data and use of gender analysis tools. They will contribute to the major initiatives undertaken by governmental and non-governmental agencies in gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting/gender auditing.
 
The University has a key role to play in strengthening the capacities of learners from a broad range of backgrounds to undertake indigenous research and database building in this crucial national effort. Open and distance learning provides the opportunity to students across the country and abroad to pursue research in this critical area.
 
Appropriate course work would form part of the MPhil Programme and would provide pointers to suitable research methodologies in the context of India and other developing countries. Building on concepts and theories in the field, the learner would be equipped to review current research and explore applications of Gender and Development Studies in various development sectors. The MPhil degree will provide learners with the skills, competencies and tools to undertake research in this critical area in national development.
 
Preliminary need assessment undertaken with non-governmental organizations and experts in the field highlights focal research needs linked to planning and implementing gender-sensitive development projects; skill enhancement in gender-sensitive participatory action; planning and implementing gender awareness programmes for a range of target groups and conducting gender impact studies. Thus, appropriate and need- based research can lay the foundation for positive, affirmative interventions.
 
Programme Structure
In accordance with the University policy, the MPhil programme will have coursework. Course work would be governed by University ordinances.
Course Work (32 credits)
The component courses are:
• Gender and Development: Concepts and Theories (8 credits)
• Gender and Development: Applications in Development Sectors (8 credits)
• Gender Planning and Development Policies (8 credits)
• Research Methodologies in Gender and Development Studies (8 credits)
 
 
POST-GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN GENDER IN LAW (PGDGLAW) (MODULAR APPROACH)
The School of Gender and Development Studies in collaboration with School of Law, IGNOU are engaged in designing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Gender in Law (PGDGLAW) (Modular Approach). As you know, gender is one of the prime areas which have been widely discussed at the international and national level. It deals with the discourses of societies including the multiple marginalities and multifaceted forms of exclusion of different sections of women and other categories.  India, as a developing country, is undergoing drastic changes. The Constitution of India does provide equal rights to all citizens of India.  On the other hand, when one looks at the situation of women, marginalized categories and so on, we can argue that cutting across the different social strata they face different forms of stigma and discrimination.
 
The feminist movements in India and internationally are critically engaging with the field of national and international law by providing a gendered critique to it. They evaluate the existing laws, newly amended and enacted laws in the context of gender to bring  justice and equality for all genders.
 
In this programme, we will investigate the various aspects of gender and law in the Indian context by engaging with the foundations of core themes such as understanding the Indian legal system; differences between sex and gender; multiple sexualities; patriarchy in law; heteronormativity in law; equality and discrimination in law ; gender-based violence (domestic, sexual,  communal, caste, conflict, violence against LGBTI ) and so on. The programme consists of 32 credits including the course ‘Practical Aspects of Law’ (8 credits) in which students/ learners would have to accumulate knowledge about existing laws in day-to-day practice in the society.
 
Graduate qualification in any discipline is necessary to enroll in the Post-Graduate Diploma in Gender in Law (PGDGLAW) (Modular Approach)Programme. The prospective students are expected to be from different institutions, organizations, lawyers, women’s studies /gender studies graduates, faculties of social sciences, gender and women’s studies and functionaries with NGOs working on gender and women’s issues in India.
 
 
PG CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA IN GENDER, AGRICULTURE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
 
The School of Gender and Development Studies (SOGDS) and School of Agriculture (SOA), IGNOU will launch a Post Graduate Certificate/Diploma Programme in Gender, Agriculture and Sustainable Development. The programme structure has been developed to acknowledge the need of women’s contribution to agriculture. Sustainable development is also part of this programme. Feminization of poverty and gender biases in agriculture and rural development are the issues of concern in India now. In this context agriculture needs to look towards sustainability in the planning and policy process of the country and in women’s contribution towards sustainable agricultural development. Gender inequality is inbuilt in our society due to patriarchy. So in all spheres of our lives, including agriculture, subordination of women has become a way of life. Changing the mindset of the policy makers, government functionaries, extension workers, researchers and students is the need of the hour. This programme has been developed to address these issues.
 
Specific Objectives of the Programme
 
The programme seeks to:
 
      sensitize learners on gender issues in agriculture and sustainable development;
 
      explain gender relations and roles of women;
 
      build gender mainstreaming capacity of learners;
 
      sensitize about the role of women in agriculture and sustainable development; and
 
      develop capacity for learners to understand and address/work towards addressing gender issues in agriculture and sustainable development.
 
The programme structure broadly covers areas like: gender, agriculture and sustainable development-Concepts and trends; gender roles and issues in agriculture and sustainable development; gender analysis and mainstreaming; policies and programmes; gender and sustainable development  and  designing and implementing research projects.Research – based course content could be linked with the activities assigned in other courses.
 
The programme aims at having potential learners from various groups like students, research professionals, scientists, extension workers, NGO personnel, human resource personnel and policy-makers. This would be an interdisciplinary programme to be offered to graduates from disciplines across the sciences and social sciences. The developed programme is ageneral programme and there will not be any age bar. The medium of instruction will be English. This would be a modular programme i.e. Certificate after six months and Diploma after completion of one year. The maximum duration for the Certificate programme is two years and Diploma programme is four years. According to the need assessment survey, this programme will provide job opportunities in NGOs, ICAR, KVKs, social institutions, agriculture clinics, rural banks and training institutions involved in agricultural extension activities.
 
 
PG DIPLOMA IN GENDER AND SCIENCE
The School of Gender and Development Studies is in the process of designing the PG Diploma Programme (with an exit point at the level of Certificate) in Gender and Science in the ODL mode.  This would be an interdisciplinary programme, to be offered to students from disciplines of natural and social sciences, humanities and allied sciences. The objective of the programme is to critically analyze the culture, content and practice of science from a gender perspective. It will enable the learners to engage with the notion of societal-science to increase gender visibility in areas of climate change, renewable energy, medicine, natural resource management, agriculture, and women in science. The programme aims at exposing learners to first hand experiences on location-specific issues of gender-science-society through a project work/internship component.
 
The thrust areas of the programme are: Gender, science & society interface; health sciences; women and innovation; and gender-inclusive sustainable development. The programme is expected to be of interest to graduate students ; scientists working with the government institutes; researchers in the field of energy; health sciences; climate change; environment; agriculture; people working with corporate sectors; programme implementation officers; and activists engaged in people science movements. The programme can be taken up by learners as part of their mid-career advancement prospects.     
 
 
POST-GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMME IN GENDER, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT
Preliminary need assessment has indicated that there is a substantive pool of supervisory level personnel in the voluntary sector engaged in activities linked to gender and development. They would benefit from a practical ‘hands-on’ approach to development planning and capacity building to promote gender equality and gender equity. The programme would, therefore, focus on promoting capacity building of women in particular in entrepreneurial activities combined with soft skill development such as improving motivation and confidence. A programme directed at functionaries aiming to work at the supervisory or senior level in organizations would need to enable them to consider the needs of women and men separately as well as in relative terms in order to cater for them in development activities. Women’s productive roles, for example, need to be related to the wider context and prevailing realities.
 
Attempting to meet the training needs of trainers particularly those involved in promoting small and microenterprises for women, the programme would seek to combine basic resource material and training methodologies/ materials which could be useful for trainers working for low income, less-educated and assetless women’s groups. Training of enterprise support teams is aimed at enhancing the capacities of self-help group leaders and staff of NGOs/VOs to understand the elements of microenterprise management incorporating gender-sensitive perspectives, motivating women SHG leaders to invest savings and loans in productive activities and provide them with the skills to manage their enterprise activities. These specific interventions would serve to address the ‘gender gap’.
 
Entry points like training provision and credit may be seen as tactically important, but are mainly a means for initiating wider processes of change. The importance of participation is stressed in all stages of enterprise promotion projects.
 
Social Relevance of the Programme
Achieving sustainable development with gender equality and equity is a key development imperative. Women’s participation in the workforce, in self-employment in particular, would make a critical difference to their life choices and quality of life. The promotion of meaningful participation by women would need to be undertaken by functionaries trained to respond with sensitivity to barriers and problems women encounter in contributing on an equal footing with men in development initiatives. The proposed programme is an attempt to address the ‘gender gap’ and would help to build a cadre of dedicated professionals in this field.
 
Programme Objectives
The programme is expected to enable learners to:
•           Critically assess development programmes with regard to equal outcomes for women and men;
•           Suggest ways to devise and implement changes in policies and programmes to achieve greater equality of outcomes for women and men;
•           Function as trainers and community organizers in addressing gender issues;
•           Improve soft skills of trainees especially confidence building, improving motivation;
•           Discharge supervisory level functions;
•           Provide multimedia training packages for use in training contexts by individuals and institutions.
 
Target Group
Functionaries belonging to organizations involved with promotion of entrepreneurship, microcredit and microfinance initiatives especially those who seek to overcome barriers and achieve gender equity and equality in the sphere of work and enterprise.
 
Eligibility
Graduation in any discipline
 
Broad Programme Structure
Some of the proposed emphasis areas in course development with the credit weightage are as follows:
• Gender-sensitive Development Programmes (4 credits)
• Organizing Gender-sensitive Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (4 credits)
• Group Formation, Organization and Leadership (4 credits)
• Savings and Credit Operations (4 credits)
The courses would also be offered to learners as individual packages which will earn them a certificate of completion if they meet the stipulated requirements.
 
 
POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMME IN GENDER-SENSITIVE PROJECT CYCLE MANAGEMENT
Preliminary need assessment has indicated that there is a substantive pool of supervisory level personnel in the voluntary sector engaged in activities linked to gender and development. They would benefit from a practical “hands-on” approach to development planning and capacity building to promote gender equality and gender equity. The programme would, therefore, focus on promoting capacity building in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating gender-sensitive development projects. A programme directed at functionaries aiming to work at the supervisory or senior level in organizations would need to enable them to consider development activities through the “gender lens”. Attempting to meet the training needs of trainers particularly those involved in promoting gender equality and gender equity through appropriate intervention would be the major focus of the programme.
 
Social Relevance of the Programme
Achieving sustainable development with gender equality and equity is a key development imperative. Development projects are often planned and implemented in a gender-blind manner. Rather than using a superficial approach to incorporating gender concerns, such a programme would focus on meaningful and pragmatic strategies for change. The proposed programme is an attempt to address the “gender gap” in development planning and implementation and would help to build a cadre of dedicated professionals in this field.
 
Programme Objectives
The programme is expected to enable learners to:
• Critically assess the project cycle through the “gender lens”;
• Suggest ways to incorporate gender concerns in development projects;
• Function as key personnel in addressing gender issues in development projects;
• Improve soft skills of trainees especially in important generic skills;
• Discharge supervisory level functions;
• Provide multimedia training packages for use in training contexts by individuals and institutions.
 
Broad Programme Structure
Some of the proposed emphasis areas in course development with the credit weightage are as follows:
•           The Project Cycle: Gender-sensitive Planning, Implementing, Monitoring and Evaluation (8 credits)
•           Options (Two to be selected)
 
1. Data Collection and Analysis (4 credits)
2. Reporting, Documentation and Dissemination (4 credits)
3. Gender Mainstreaming  (4 credits)
4. Gender Budgeting and Gender Audit (4 credits)
 
The optional courses are intended to be functional 'hands on' courses emphasizing essential knowledge and functional skills.
 
 
CERTIFICATE PROGRAMME IN EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH SELF-HELP GROUPS (CWDL) (ODL MODE)
This 16 credit programme has been on offer in collaboration with the erstwhile Department of Women and Child Development, Govt of India.
The programme consists of four courses:
CWDL-01 Women's Empowerment: Perspective and Approaches
CWDL-02 Self Help Groups
CWDL-03 Development through Self Help Groups
CWDL-04 Towards Sustenance of Self Help Groups

 

The programme is expected to be re-launched in its revised version for specific audiences.  It can be completed in a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 2 years.