A mandatory course on gender sensitisation? Telangana, you surprised us all!

By: Aishwarya Yerra

A good policy

  • Telangana becomes first state to make gender sensitisation a mandatory subject at undergraduate level
  • ‘A World of Equals’ gives a composite study of gender issues without resorting to stereotypes

More in the story

  • The book has been snapped up by JNTU for all affiliated colleges
  • But will the subject be able to remain an engaging and inclusive study?

Two women felt strongly about an issue. And their intensity led not just to a new textbook but also to a state adding a new subject in its undergraduate level curriculum. With that, Telangana has become the first state to make Gender Sensitisation a compulsory subject at the undergraduate level, with Towards a World of Equals, a bi-lingual textbook.

In May 2015, the Telangana Collegiate Commissionarate headed by IAS officer Shailaja Ramiyer and her Officer on Special Duty, Dr Padmavathi, conceptualised the idea of a textbook on gender studies and commissioned it to a group of women authors led by prolific writer on womens’ issues, Susie Tharu.

By December 2015, the writers including Rama Melkote, Duggirala Vasanta, Asma Rasheed, Deepa Sreenivas, Uma Bhrugubanda, Gogu Shyamala, Vasudha Nagaraj and A Suneetha of Anveshi Research Centre for Women’s Studies, finished writing Towards a World of Equals, in English, as well as translating it into Telugu.

Source: Catch News

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