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Centre for Women’s Study at AMU
|Chairman of the University Grants
Commission, Professor Hari Gautam has announced on 9 February to set up a
Centre for Women’s Study at AMU and said that the founder of this
college, Shaikh Abdullah was a crusader of female education, a century
Dr Gautam was inaugurating a two-day national seminar on “Shaikh
Mohammad Abullah” at AMU Women’s College. He said that woman is much
stronger physiologically, emotionally, psychologically and physically than
man and added that empowerment of women was a must for the country’s
development .He said that educated woman can preserve the cultural
heritage of this country and warned about the threat of western culture.
Dr Gautam said that one of the great hurdles in the way of country’s
progress was growing population which was directly related to female
illiteracy and urged the girl students to study various vocational courses
like jewellery, gemology, fashion technology, information technology and
biotechnology. He said that biotechnology was going to play an important
role in the development process.
He said that AMU and BHU are the largest and prestigious universities in
the country and rest are the centres of higher learning.
Delivering the keynote address, Dr Vina Mazumdar, Chairperson of the
Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi urged the women to
meet the challenges of globalization and study technologies of the future.
She said that education of women should be re-oriented to face the
challenges of the 21st century.
Dr Mazumdar said that the birth rate of female child is declining day by
day because mostly urban based educated women did not want to give birth
to a female child and urged the UGC to set-up a committee to study the
In his presidential address, AMU Vice Chancellor, M Hamid Ansari said that
education should be taken to the grass root level. He said that elementary
education was a must for every girl. He thanked the Chairman, UGC for
offering the Women’s Study Centre at AMU.
While welcoming the delegates, Professor Zakia A. Siddiqui, secretary of
the female education association said that women are still living in
poverty, ignorance, ill health and all kinds of discrimination. Education
is the sole medium through which women can face the challenges of 21st
Prof Siddiqui pointed out one of the purposes of this seminar was to
highlight the plight of female coming from lower strata of society and
create awareness among them for education, self-employment and equal