To strengthen the role of universities in the formulation of public policies, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) will establish as many as 10 chairs in the name of eminent women who have contributed to the fields of academics, art, science, environment and social development.
“Usually, the chairs are established to promote scholarships, but these chairs will help the younger generation learn about various distinguished women achievers and get inspired. The move will allow the universities to recognise women’s contributions and promote female role models in respective fields, be it academic or social reforms,” says Bhushan Patwardhan, vice chairman, UGC.
The names and academic functions of the chairs have been finalised by the ministry, which will also fund the chairs, adds Patwardhan.
All the universities that are eligible to receive grant-in-aid from the UGC are eligible to apply for the establishment of the chairs. However, the universities will have to set up a three-member committee, consisting of two members suggested by the vice chancellor and one by the UGC, to recommend a candidate. The universities desirous of setting up the chairs will have to send a detailed proposal with the planned activities, functions of the chair and annual budget to the UGC by the end of December 2019.
Any scholar or academician in the age group of 55-70 years, with specialisation in their fields, will be eligible for the chair. The selected academicians will be appointed for a period of five years, which can be extended to another five years.