Dr. Sheela Suryanarayanan, Associate Professor, Centre for Women’s Studies at University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been awarded a research grant from GIZ (The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – the German Corporation for International Cooperation) for a project titled ‘Transforming Educational Landscape towards Women’s Empowerment’.

Dr. Sheela Suryanarayanan

The project aims to examine the gender awareness and life-course decision-making among under-graduate students studying Humanities and the Sciences and their teachers in 3 Universities in Hyderabad City (UoH, Maulana Azad National Urdu University and Osmania University).

The Project examines whether the participation of women in higher education has necessarily led to an overall improved  women’s agency, if education serves as a powerful empowering tool. The National Education Policy (NEP) has also noted gender disparities in education and has called for gender empowerment strategies to bridge this gap. The findings of this project, which has a strong empirical base in terms of the student and teacher population of the HEIs, will provide policy inputs to the NEP’s implementation on gender sensitisation and teaching frameworks that can be applied at under-graduate level. It also has a broader aim to transform the present Edu-scape towards gender empowerment.