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Forthcoming Programmes
Updated on 21 Jan, 2022

The Programmes in Design and Development stages include:
  • PG Certificate in Gender, Agriculture and Sustainable Development
  • Certificate in Gender and Science
  • Certificate in Gender in Law


The School of Gender and Development Studies (SOGDS) and School of Agriculture (SOA), IGNOU will launch a Post Graduate Certificate Programme in Gender, Agriculture and Sustainable Development in the academic year 2019. The programme structure has been developed to acknowledge the need of women’s contribution to agriculture. Sustainable development is also part of this programme. Feminization of poverty and gender biases in agriculture and rural development are the issues of concern in India now. In this context agriculture needs to look towards sustainability in the planning and policy process of the country and in women’s contribution towards sustainable agricultural development. Gender inequality is inbuilt in our society due to patriarchy. So in all spheres of our lives, including agriculture, subordination of women has become a way of life. Changing the mindset of the policy makers, government functionaries, extension workers, researchers and students is the need of the hour. This programme has been developed to address these issues.
Specific Objectives of the Programme
The programme seeks to:
  • sensitize learners on gender issues in agriculture and sustainable development;
  • explain gender relations and roles of women;
  • build gender mainstreaming capacity of learners; and
  • develop capacity for learners to understand and address/work towards addressing gender issues in agriculture and sustainable development.
The programme structure broadly covers areas like: gender, agriculture and sustainable development-Concepts and trends; gender roles and issues in agriculture and sustainable development; gender analysis and mainstreaming; policies and programmes; gender and sustainable development.
The programme aims at having potential learners from various groups like students, research professionals, scientists, extension workers, NGO personnel, human resource personnel and policy-makers. This would be an interdisciplinary programme to be offered to graduates from disciplines across the sciences and social sciences. The developed programme is a general programme and there will not be any age bar. The medium of instruction will be English. The maximum duration for the Certificate programme is two years. According to the need assessment survey, this programme will provide job opportunities in NGOs, ICAR, KVKs, social institutions, agriculture clinics, rural banks and training institutions involved in agricultural extension activities.
Programme Coordinators
Dr. Mita Sinhamahapatra mitasmp@yahoo.co.in
The School of Gender and Development Studies is in the process of designing Certificate Programme in Gender and Science.  This would be an interdisciplinary programme, to be offered to students from disciplines of natural and social sciences, humanities and allied sciences. The objective of the programme is to critically analyze the culture, content and practice of science from a gender perspective. It will sensitize the learners to engage with the institution of science to be able to increase gender visibility in areas of medicine, natural resource management, agriculture, leadership and women in science.
The thrust areas of the programme are: Gender, science & society, gender and health sciences and women and innovation. The programme is expected to be of interest to both undergraduate and graduate students ; scientists working with the government institutes; researchers; people working with corporate sectors; programme implementation officers; and activists engaged in people science movements.
Programme Coordinators
Dr. Sunita Dhal sunitadhall@ignou.ac.in
Prof. Savita Singh savitasingh@ignou.ac.in
The School of Gender and Development Studies in collaboration with School of Law, IGNOU are engaged in designing a Certificate in Gender in Law. As you know, gender is one of the prime areas which have been widely discussed at the international and national level. It deals with the discourses of societies including the multiple marginalities and multifaceted forms of exclusion of different sections of women and other categories.  India, as a developing country, is undergoing drastic changes. The Constitution of India does provide equal rights to all citizens of India.  On the other hand, when one looks at the situation of women, marginalized categories and so on, we can argue that cutting across the different social strata they face different forms of stigma and discrimination.
The feminist movements in India and internationally are critically engaging with the field of national and international law by providing a gendered critique to it. They evaluate the existing laws, newly amended and enacted laws in the context of gender to bring  justice and equality for all genders.
In this programme, we will investigate the various aspects of gender and law in the Indian context by engaging with the foundations of core themes such as understanding the Indian legal system; differences between sex and gender; multiple sexualities; patriarchy in law; heteronormativity in law; equality and discrimination in law ; gender-based violence (domestic, sexual,  communal, caste, conflict, violence against LGBTI ) and so on. 
The prospective students are expected to be from different institutions, organizations, lawyers, women’s studies /gender studies graduates, faculties of social sciences, gender and women’s studies and functionaries with NGOs working on gender and women’s issues in India.
Programme Coordinators
Dr. Smita M.Patil smitampatil@ignou.ac.in
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[Updated on 06-Dec-2022]