Women-only institutions provide a conducive atmosphere for all-round developmentWalk into any women’s college. It’s a different experience altogether. Those who are studying there take their learning experiences beyond mere course work. Most of the women-only institutions have been able to give a strong platform of self-awareness to their students.
Universities and colleges in remote areas played an important role in uplifting the status of women, especially those from a conservative society. For those families who have restricted the access of their girls in co-ed set up, women universities and colleges have opened doors for their academic nourishment. The women-friendly walls of the institutions speak volumes about the overall development of their personality.
There are several reasons why students opt for women’s-only college – high academic ranking, freedom of being on your own and a natural sense of security. Some of them are not only popular for academic achievements but value the importance of extracurricular involvement – a tool for personal development.
Undoubtedly, you experience a liberal ambience in women colleges. It doesn’t limit students’ participation in any sphere of learning process. There is freedom to wear clothes without becoming conscious of someone staring at you. Colleges empower students to think critically, communicate effectively, solve problems and take risks. Girls get prepared to engage with culturally diverse students that certainly impact their outlook.
After reading horrific tales about sexual assault, parents are all perpetually worried about safety. An all-women set-up gives sound sleep to parents. Mostly families with a conventional mindset send their children to women’s colleges. In India, despite the overall development, some of the male dominated societies are not open to co-eduational studies.
Women still occupy only a small fraction of the top leadership in various fields. Women’s colleges allow them to develop their qualities and push them to newer directions. The ecosystem of most universities/colleges is largely driven by social, physical and cultural activities. Joining an extracurricular team or club will surely enhance your overall academic experience.
Healthy and interactive colleges give girls essential life skills through sports, singing, music, debate, dance, drama and social services. The participation in these clubs, departmental societies help them to learn new skills, raise awareness on current events, art, global issues and charitable work for the development of the society.
A lot of universities focus on improving communication skills of rural students. Since most of the village girls suffer from a lot of psychological problems, personality programmes play a vital role. Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya (BPS) in Sonepat, Haryana, encourages students to attend the language lab – it has substantially improved the accent of girls coming from regional language medium schools.
Pick the best college
Sri Avinashilingam Home Science College for Women at Coimbatore is a popular university imparting home science education at all levels. Banasthali University in Rajasthan is the largest residential university for women in the world – granted the status of deemed university in 1983 by the UGC. A special women’s university offering exclusively technical education at undergraduate and postgraduate level is Mody Institute of Technology and Science, MITS, at Jaipur. Today Lady Shri Ram (LSR) college, Miranda college, Jesus & Mary, Kamla Nehru college in Delhi; Sophia college in Mumbai are some of the premier colleges for women students.
The approach of these academic institutes focuses on instilling girls with good education and how to cope with the existing social system. In short, women are being empowered with education, breaking the glass ceilings - recognizing their individual potential to excel in various spheres, and to outshine men!
Dr Vishwanath Prasad,
President, Mody University of Science and Technology, Lakshmangarh
Integrate remote women colleges
The ratio of Women’s universities in India is not the same as the universities, which are co-ed in nature. This shows there aren’t many choices for those who want to study in same-gender institutions at the university level.
In the broader perspective, you need more universities than colleges. For instance, some exclusive women engineering colleges in isolated zones are deprived of wider environment, which a university could bestow. In universities, students get to terms with multiple aspects of education combining Liberal Arts, Science, Commerce and Management. In remote colleges the education provided is not so focused – it is quite distant from cultural, societal issues and other debates. I feel students are unable to recognize other aspects of the society. Without moving beyond the disciplinary boundaries, these students will become just an ordinary engineers or doctors.
India needs these isolated colleges to be integrated into broader universities for providing holistic education. I can vouch that women universities will proportionately produce more women leaders in the next fifty years than co-ed universities. The reason is that there will be less hesitation, upbringing will be different – it will help them excel and rise. Women universities could do well if they produce good women leaders in all aspects of life. If they are only producing the workforce then they will not do well in the long run. Women universities must inculcate in students communication skills, confidence and leadership qualities; and impart “can do attitude” with relevance to society, environment and the world.
Alumnus, Lady Shri Ram College,
Additional DCP, Delhi
Fostering critical thinking
Learning environment at LSR was robust. There was a healthy and constructive interaction between the students and faculty, which encouraged continuous engagement of students in both academic as well as extracurricular activities. By the end of three years it made me comfortable in expressing my views across a wide audience and taking initiatives, which enable me to perform my present role of policing efficiently. â¨
Furthermore, the open, liberal and interactive environment of the college along with several seminars/workshops on national and international issues; regular interaction with eminent personalities from all walks of life enabled a wider perspective on various socio-economic and political issues. It certainly played a crucial role in the direction towards choosing one’s vocation. It also helped in framing my views on need for a gender-just society in our country.
The three years of grooming at LSR taught me that we have an important role to play in society. The first and direct impact of an educated woman is on her family. She is capable of taking informed and independent decisions; she is more sensitive to the basic amenities that directly impact daily life in case she chooses to lead an active public life; she is honest, straight forward and methodical in her public dealings; she is slightly more sensitive towards her co-workers and subordinates at work.
I believe that the high emotional quotient in women helps in increasing the total output and improving the working environment if she is also well equipped, educationally and technically.
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