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Webinar organized by Centre for Women's Studies, JU

JAMMU: The Centre for Women's Studies , University of Jammu on the eve of Independence Day, organized today a webinar under Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav celebration on the theme "Role of Women in Indian Freedom Movement.

"Prof. VishavRaksha, Professor of Sociology and Director, Centre for Women's Studies, University of Jammu, was the keynote speaker.

On the occasion, Prof. Arvind Jasrotia, Registrar University of Jammu was the Chief Guest, while Prof. Prakash. C. Antahal, Dean Students Welfare was the Guest of Honour.

The event began with the opening remarks of Prof.Antahal who dwelt upon the role of women in the freedom movement quoting Rani Lakshmi Bai, Sarojini Naidu and others and shared his observations about the history writing in India about the women freedom fighters. 

He also lauded the efforts of the Centre for organizing such activities and suggested that under the able guidance of Director the Centre can come up with Research and MA Program in Women's Studies.

Prof. Vishav Raksha, the key speaker for the webinar spoke about the crucial role played by women in the freedom struggle movement emphasizing on the Reform Movement, uprising of 1857, formation of Indian National Congress and Partition of Bengal in which mass women participation took place.

In her presentation, she also highlighted the role of unseen and unheard women who actually played a very important role. To name a few she narrated the struggle of Swarna Kumari Devi, Pandita Rama Bai, Jalkari Bai, Udda Devi, Putli Maya Devi etc. who acted as warriors in the freedom struggle. She further talked about two processes that were important in the entire journey of the freedom movement namely domestication of the public sphere and politicization of the domestic sphere. She gave insight into the various barriers and challenges faced by women in the form of social evils and how with those contestations and disabling structures of Patriarchy women still managed to contribute a lot to the freedom movement.

Prof Arvind Jasrotia, in his presidential remarks, gave insight into the role of various women who fought for the rights of women and played a very important role in writing the constitution of India. He emphasized that it is the persons who are given the rights and not a specific gender. He also appreciated and congratulated the Centre for taking good initiatives for conducting such types of activities.

The webinar was attended by more than 95 participants comprising of teachers, students and scholars of various disciplines across the states as well as from the different departments from within and outside the University including students from Open Course and Certificate Courses of the Centre for Women's Studies. 

Among others present were Prof Bhup Singh Gaur, Prof Mohinder Singh Salaria, Dr. Hema Gandotra, Dr Sunita Sharma,Dr. Priyanka Katoch, Dr. Sonia Aneja, Dr Pritam Singh, Dr Aubid, Sumeet Sharma, Dr. Suraj Mohani, Prof Sonika Sen and other faculty members from various colleges and departments of the University. 

The webinar was very well received by the participant and they very actively took part in the discussion which was followed by the presentation.

The webinar was conducted by Dr. Saranjit Kaur, faculty, Centre for Women's Studies and she also presented the Formal vote of Thanks.

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Gaurav Sharma
Gaurav Sharma is Managing Editor at Jammu Links News. Since joining the company in 2011, Sharma has built a reliable newsroom online, led expansion and built teams across the UT.