Centre of Studies for Gender Ecology and Dalit Studies
The Department of Gender Ecology and Dalit Studies is established in 2009 and belongs to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The programme offered, M.A. Gender, Ecology and Dalit Studies, is a unique interdisciplinary Innovative Programme sanctioned by the UGC which is the first of its kind in India. All three major thrust areas of Gender, Ecology and Dalit Studies merge into the theoretical framework of New Social Movements, aiming at social transformation, which is one of highlights of the current academic scenario across disciplines. The curriculum and syllabi of the programme are well grounded in theoretical understanding and provide students an opportunity to build up knowledge through applying theoretical understandings of the classroom to the experience of ground realities acquired through rigorous fieldwork. Such fieldwork is an integral part of the Programme.
The Programme in Gender, Ecology and Dalit Studies has been conceived as an interdisciplinary forum for thinking, reading and imagining critical possibilities around the frame of New Social Movements. It seeks to challenge the process of education giving way to the demands of neo liberal capital and attempts to make it socially responsible. While introducing the conceptual spectrum of theoretical positions, it endeavours to produce a critique on knowledge production, practices of the state and culture, patriarchy and power relations, notions of development and the frame of New Social Movements itself. Where modern disciplines failed to address the realities of gender, ecology and dalit life, this Programme intends to link knowledge and learning with movements for equitable social transformation. Classroom lectures are based at a minimum and students are encouraged to read, explore and innovate. Expressions and presentations are opened towards audio visual forms, theatre or oral narration in a group. Field exposure is a crucial component of the Programme and students are required to problematise the idea of fieldwork and evolve critical methods of understanding.
About Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit
The University was established two decades ago in the name of the illustrious Indian philosopher Jagad Guru Adi Sankara in his place of birth at Kalady. The basic objective of the University is to impart knowledge in various branches of Sanskrit, Indology, Indian culture, Indian and Foreign languages, Indian philosophy, Fine Arts and Social Sciences and to promote the study and research in Sanskrit and other systems of Indian knowledge. As a centre of cultural heritage and a house for indigenous art forms, the University is envisioned to harmonize the society through educational excellence.