The University Grants Commission (UGC) has requested that all universities and associated institutions nominate ‘Gender Champions’ from among students who would lead efforts to make campus more inclusive and spread gender awareness as early as possible.
In addition, the main regulatory authority for higher education in India has requested that schools complete the online compliance data.
“In order to increase the outreach for creating an environment that fosters equal treatment, the government envisages gender champions in all educational institutions across the country as responsible leaders,” UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said in a letter to Vice Chancellors and college principals.
According to him, Gender Champions can include both boys and girls over the age of 16. Those who enroll in educational institutions will work to create the highest quality standards. This includes in their schools, colleges, and academic institutions. This will be where girls are treated with dignity and respect.
“‘You are, therefore, once again requested to ensure swift implementation of the ‘Guidelines for Gender Champions in Educational Institutions’ in your university and also in the affiliated colleges in the best interest of students so as to achieve long-term sustainable change,” he added.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development has created a Gender Champion badge. This is available on its website as well as the MyGov portal, according to the statement.
According to the requirements, Gender Champions are need to mainstream gender equality through group discussions, poster contests, and debates. As well as detect and resolve gender gaps in the classrooms and organise awareness programmes such as seminars and films.
They will also be responsible for popularising women’s helpline numbers, police, and medical helplines throughout institutions. As well as organising gender equality awareness tours to villages, blocks, districts, and cities.
The UGC published the guidelines for the first time in 2015.
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Source– The Week