Director of Mangalore University’s Centre for Women Studies Kishori Nayak K. said the diploma courses on women and gender studies are getting a lukewarm response from students.

Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, Ms. Nayak said there were not many takers for the add-on diploma courses offered by the Centre. “We have advertised the courses thrice. But there are not many takers for the courses.” Ms. Nayak said colleges should come forward to offer courses on women and gender studies as an optional subject.Inaugurating the Centre for Women and Gender Studies in the Canara First Grade College on Wednesday, Ms. Nayak said the work done by women had been highly devalued. Due weightage was not being given to the household work done by women. Ms. Nayak said there was a need for gender awareness and sensitivity among boys. Courses on women studies should be open for men too, she said.

Seema Prabhu S, the Director of the Centre for Women and Gender Studies, said the Centre would be involved in research on gender issues and women. A workgroup of the Centre would be conducting a research audit on gender issues and women’s roles in India. The Centre would start a course on gender and development, which would be open to all students, she said.

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