UGC `sends advisories to HEIs to constitute Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), to send Annual Return on cases of Sexual Harassment and for Gender Champions.
Gender Audit (Annual Return on Sexual Harassment)
Annual Return on Sexual Harassment is a compliance which is mandatory to be filled by the Universities and their affiliated colleges/institutions. Cases of sexual harassment
Establishment of Chairs on Eminent Women Personalities
In order to enrich the academic resources of the university system for a deeper reflection on critical issues, University Grants Commission in association with Ministry of Women and Child Development has decided to establish ten (10) Chairs in different universities in the name of Eminent Women Academicians / Administrators / Artists / Scientists / Environmentalists / Social Reformers etc. for their outstanding contributions:
Name of Chair
Lal Ded (Lalleshwari)
Poetry & Mysticism
Amrita Devi (Beniwal)
Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar
Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi
Medicine and Health
Freedom Fighter (North-East)
Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshami
Music and Performing Arts
Fellowship & Scholarship Schemes
While all the scholarship/fellowship schemes of UGC are open to Girl/Women students and
research scholars, there are three specific schemes for Girl students/research scholars. The
following schemes are being implementing by UGC under DBT mode:
Swami Vivekananda Fellowship for Single Child for Research in Social Sciences
The scheme of ‘Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Fellowship for Research in Social Sciences’ which was started in 2014-15 to encourage women to pursue Ph.D. in Social Sciences including Humanities and Languages. Since the number of slots has not been limited/fixed, all the applicants, who are found eligible, are given fellowship to pursue research leading to award to Ph.D. For the selection year 2018-19, UGC has awarded the fellowship to 269 women. Also, to cover more women scholars, UGC has decided to extend the ambit of this scheme for all the streams beginning 2019-20.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Women Candidates
Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Women Candidates is provided to the unemployed candidates holding Ph.D degree in their respective subject areas with an aim to accelerate the talented instincts of the candidates to carry out the advanced studies and research.
During 2017-18, 89 women candidates were selected under this schemes and the grant released is Rs 43.66 crore, Rs 32.72 crore and Rs. 20.60 crore during 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 respectively
P.G. Indira Gandhi Scholarship for single Girl Child
This scheme is in inception since 2006-07 and envisages to provide financial assistance to selected candidates being Single Girl Child for pursuing Post-graduation on full time/regular basis in Higher Educational Institutions in India. Since this is also an incentive scheme, there is no cap on the number of selections. Therefore, all the eligible applicants receive scholarship under this scheme. During 2018-19, UGC has selected 2445 girls under the scheme
Development Of Women’s Studies In Indian Universities & Colleges
The UGC programme for promotion of women’s studies envisages financial assistance to universities and colleges for setting up centres and cells for Women’s Studies. At present, 159 (84 Universities & 75 Colleges) Women’s Studies Centres have been established in various Universities and Colleges. The Centres/Cells are required to undertake research, develop, curricula and organize training and extension work in the areas of gender equity, economic self-reliance of women, girls’ education, population issues, issues of human rights, social exploitation etc.