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January 24, 2020

India Government to establish Chairs in Universities named after Eminent Women.

Women Chairs, Universities

Photo: The Union Minister for Women & Child Development, Smriti Irani, addressing a press conference in New Delhi on January 23, 2020.

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, January 24, 2020 — On the occasion of the National Girl Child Day, the Ministry of Women and Child Development, with the assistance of the University Grants Commission (UGC), is going to set up 10 Chairs in different fields to carry out research activities to encourage women.

The initiative is called the “Establishment of Chairs in the Universities in the Name of Eminent Women Administrators, Artists, Scientists, and Social Reformers.” The main objective is to inspire women to pursue higher education and to achieve excellence in their area of work. This initiative of highlighting and celebrating women achievers of the country will motivate young girls and women towards higher studies, the Government said.

The Chairs proposed by UGC and approved by the Ministry are as under:

Subject: Proposed Name of Chair

  1. Administration: Devi Ahilyabai Holkar
  2. Literature: Mahadevi Varma
  3. Freedom Fighter: Rani Gaidinliu
  4. Medicine & Health: Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi
  5. Performing Art: Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi
  6. Forest/Wildlife Conservation: Amrita Devi (Beniwal)
  7. Mathematics: Lilavati
  8. Science: Kamala Sohonie
  9. Poetry & Mysticism: Lal Ded
  10. Educational Reforms: Hansa Mehta

The financial implications of the proposal are Rs. 50 lakh per Chair per year and the total expenditure for establishing ten Chairs will be approximately Rupees five crore per annum. The Chairs are to be created for five years initially as per the guidelines.

Academic functions of the Chairs will be to engage in research and, in turn, contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the area of the study. The Chairs would strengthen the role of the University and the academics in public policymaking and design. Further, they would execute short-term capacity-building programs for teachers in higher education focused on the designated discipline of the Chair.

The other academic functions of the Chairs will be to provide a forum for Inter-University, Inter-College, Post Graduate and Research level dialogues and discussion meetings. The Chairs would also promote conferences seminars, summer & winter schools, and publication of articles, research papers, reports, books, and monograms. Additionally, each Chair would facilitate participation in teaching and the Ph.D. programs of the associated Department or School.

While the University Grants Commission (UGC) would, from time to time, review the Chair for its continuance, the related University would review the progress of the Chair annually and submit a final report on the activities and outcome of the Chair to the UGC.

The UGC had issued the following public notice in this connection:


UGC is going to establish Ten (10) Chairs in different Universities in the name of Eminent Women Academicians, Administrators, Artists, Scientists, Environmentalists, and Social Reformers funded by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.

The eligible Universities desirous of setting up Chairs may send the detailed proposal containing the intended activities and academic function of the Chair, including the annual budget, to:

Dr. Jitendra Kumar Tripathi
Joint Secretary (Chairs)
Room No. 323
University Grants Commission
Bahadurshah Zafar Marg
New Delhi 110002.

All the universities qualified to receive grant-in-aid from the UGC are eligible to apply for the establishment of Chairs.

The proposal submitted should be duly signed (with stamp) by the Registrar of the University.

The proposal should reach the UGC within 21 days from the date of issue of this Public Notice.

Proposals received after the last date will not be considered.

An Expert Committee would examine the proposals and select the Universities for setting up the Chairs.


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