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Chairs named after eminent women to be set up in universities

New Delhi, Jan 24 (UNI) The Ministry of Women and Child Development will, on the occasion of National Girl Child Day Friday, set up 10 Chairs in different fields with an aim to carry out research activities to encourage women.
The initiative called Establishment of Chairs in the Universities in the name of eminent women administrators, artists, scientists and social reformers is being launched with the assistance of University Grants Commission (UGC) aimed at inspiring women to pursue higher education and to achieve excellence in their area of work.
According to an official release here, the initiative of highlighting and celebrating women achievers of the country will motivate young girls and women towards higher studies.
The chairs proposed by UGC and approved by the Ministry are:
1. Administration - Devi Ahilyabai Holkar (proposed name of chair)
2. Literature - Mahadevi Varma
3. Freedom Fighter (North East) - 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 is Rs 50 lakh per Chair a year and the total expenditure for establishing ten Chairs will be approximately Rs 5 crore an annum. The Chairs are to be established for a period of five years initially as per 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, strengthen the role of university/academics in public policy making and to design and execute short-term capacity-building programmes for teachers in higher education focused towards the designated discipline of the Chair. The other academic functions will be to provide a forum for inter-university/inter-collegiate Post Graduate and Research level dialogues, discussion meetings, seminars/summer & winter schools, publish articles/research papers/reports/books/monograms and participate in teaching and Ph.D programme of the Department or School in which it is located.
"The University will review the progress of the Chair annually and submit a final report on the activities and outcome of the Chair to the UGC after five years. However, the UGC may undertake the exercise of reviewing the Chair for its continuance, at any stage," the release said.
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