India’s first gender university to come up in Kerala


Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government is getting ready to set up a first-of-its-kind university in the country, exclusively for research-oriented studies related to gender.


The gender varsity will be located in in Kozhikode district in the campus of Gender Park, an autonomous institution under the state’s Social Justice Department.

A top official said the proposed varsity is conceptualised on the model of similar institutions abroad and many global agencies have already expressed interest to partner with it.

The South Asian Research Centre at the Gender Park will be developed into a full-fledge varsity by next year and it will be the first such university in the country, Gender Park CEO P T M Sunish told PTI on the sidelines of the ongoing International Conference on Gender Equality at nearby Kovalam this morning.

“Gender studies have begun in our country especially in Kerala at a high time. We had focussed on industrialisation, health and other similar streams but did not show much interest in the area of gender equality earlier,” he said.

“Kerala government’s first brave step in this regard was the Gender Park. By setting up the Park, our aim was to bring changes in gender-related matters through effective policy interventions. We planned the South Asian Research Centre at the Gender Park as an extension of the plan and the Gender University plan is the latest in this regard,” he said.

Sunish, who is also the Managing Director of the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation, said the Gender University is expected to be a reality by the end of next year.

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