A warm welcome  to Women's Studies Department

The Centre for Women’s Studies started functioning in University of Calicut on 1st October 2005. This is the only teaching department of Women’s Studies in the entire state of Kerala. The Centre has implemented more than 100 programmes, including seminars, workshops and training programmes to fulfill its objectives. The MA Women’s Studies programme is successfully run with good number of applicants. M Phil and Ph D courses were started in the year 2012. The alumni of the Centre are placed as Assistant Professors in Women’s Studies Centres, State Gender Consultants of Kudumbasree Mission and several others pursuing their Doctoral programmes in IIT’s, Central Universities and other state Universities and working with the NGOs.
As part of extension activities the Centre is regularly involved with imparting awareness classes to all its target groups and bringing about attitudinal changes in the mindsets of people. The Centre also acts as a nodal agency to coordinate the activities of Women Development Cells as a forum for self empowerment of girls in all the 370 affiliated colleges of the University. The community services taken up by the Centre is benefitting large masses of girls and women at different levels, especially belonging to the Malabar region.The UGC after performance appraisal of the Centre, has promoted it to Phase II in 2008. The major focus of the Department at present is on research and publications.

Head of the Department
 Dr Moly Kuruvilla, Associate Professor         
To act as a catalyst for the empowerment of women in Malabar region, a comparatively     backward region with regard to women’s development.
To develop a batch of young men and women to act as agents of social change.
To conduct awareness programmes so as to bring about attitudinal changes in men and women and help them get rid of patriarchal mindsets..
To develop legal awareness among women and provide assistance in legal and personal matters.
To gender sensitize   students, teachers, government and non-government officers  including  elected representatives of LSGs , police personnel, media and health officials   at various levels.
To develop consciousness raising among girls and women in colleges and panchayaths.
To collaborate with other agencies and organizations working in the field of women’s development so as to speed up the empowerment of women individually and collectively.

 Thrust  Areas         
Teaching, Research, Training & Extension Activities


Contact Us

Department of Women's Studies
University of Calicut
Thenhipalam PO
Malappuram - 673635 PIN