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April 29, 2019

University Grants Commission (UGC), India, asks Universities and Affiliated Colleges to immediately implement Gender Champions initiative developed by the Women & Child Development Ministry.

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Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, felicitating Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, at the National Conference of Vice-Chancellors and Directors, in New Delhi on July 27, 2018. [File Photo]

New Delhi, April 29, 2019 — According to India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development, “Gender socialization of both boys and girls begins early, and it is important to initiate change processes at a young age to shape attitudes and transform behavior. Schools and colleges play a major role in this regard as students spend long hours engaged with peers in such settings.”

“Creating positive social norms in educational institutions that value girls and their rights are important to improve the well-being of girls and achieve long-term and sustainable social change. There is a need to change the mode of interaction at all levels — home, school, workplace and so on,” the HRD Ministry said.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development announced that to move towards a gender just society that treats women equally, it has joined hands with the Ministry of Women & Child Development (MWCD) to launch the initiative of Gender Champions in schools and colleges across India. Gender Champions can be both boys and girls above 16 years of age, enrolled in educational institutions.

As a first step towards the rollout of the Gender Champion initiative, University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued the Guidelines of Gender Champions developed by MWCD through a Circular, requesting all Universities and their affiliated Colleges to implement the said guidelines. Further, Universities have been asked to treat the matter as urgent and report to UGC regarding action taken.

In a letter to all Vice-Chancellors, UGC says, “You are requested to ensure swift implementation of the ‘Guidelines for Gender champions in Educational institutions’ in your university and also in the affiliated colleges, and apprise UGC of the action taken in this regard.”

The letter from UGC further asks the Vice-Chancellors to note that the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) has come out with a badge for “GENDER CHAMPIONS.”

Source: University Grants Commission, New Delhi.

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