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Year: 2022



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Women education in India evolves through the ages – ancient to modern.  Despite the varied attempts, the statistics for women's education leaves a lot to be desired. This book covers various issues related to women education – developmental discourse, gender equality through curriculum transaction, women empowerment, and leadership of women in nation building, women participation in science and research, role of Indian thinkers in promoting women education, women leadership in higher legal education etc. With its wide coverage, in-depth narration and reader’s friendly presentation, it should be a highly beneficial reference tool for education administrators, policy makers, teachers and students of education and women studies and stake holders in the subject. It has also essentials of serving the curricular needs of the students at UG and PG levels in Education under CBCS spread over the country.

About Author

Dr. Ajit Mondal is Assistant Professor, at the Department of Education, West Bengal State University, Kolkata. He has published more than 32 research papers, authored three books and edited twelve books on different aspects of education.

Prof. Neeru Snehi is with Department of Higher and Professional Education at National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi. Her areas of specialisation are Planning and Management of Higher Education.



Foreword by Professor Najma Akhtar



1. Women Education: Meaning, Nature, Scope and Necessities / Ajit Mondal

Meaning of Women Education; Objectives of Women Education; Nature of Women Education; Scope of Women Education; Necessities of Women Education; The Way Forward; Concluding Remarks


2. Women Education through the Ages: Vedic, Brahmanic and Medieval Periods / Shampa Sarkar and Sourav Kumar Roy

Fundamentals of Ancient Indian Education; Education of Women in Pre-Vedic and Early Vedic Period; Vedic Period; Brahmanic Period; Buddhist Period; Medieval Period; Concluding Remarks


3. Women Education in India since Independence: A Policy Discourse in Retrospect and Prospect / Ajit Mondal

Literacy Rate – Trends since Independence; Government Policy and Interventions; Draft National Policy on Education, 1979; An Appraisal on Policy Discourse; Policy Shift: From Welfare to Development and Empowerment; The Ways Forward; Concluding Remarks


4. Universalisation of Elementary Education (UEE) for Girls / Md. Nijairul Islam

Girls’ Education: From Vedic Age till the Beginning of the British Raj; Girls’ Education during British India; Efforts for the Promotion of Girls’ Education; Concept of Elementary Education and Its Universalisation; Structure of Elementary Education in India; Importance of Girls’ Elementary Education; Policies, Committees, Commissions and the Constitution on Girls’ Elementary Education after Independence;  Girls’ Elementary Education under the Five-Year Plans / 82; Special Schemes and Programmes for Promoting UEE of Girls; Current Scenario of Girls’ Education at Elementary Level; Barriers to Girls’ Access to Elementary Education; The Way Forward

5. Universalisation of Secondary Education (USE) for Girls/ Neeti Dutta

Status of Girls’ Secondary Education Since 1947; India’s Progressing towards Universalisation of Secondary Education for Girls; Benefits of Universalisation of Girls’ Education in India; Conclusion

6. Women Education and Development in Indian Context/ Madhumita Bandyopadhyay, Vaishali and Meenakshi Khandary

Women Education and Development: An International Perspectives; Contemporary Scenario of Women Development; Women Development in India; Research on Women Issues; Education of Girls and Women — Policy Orientation; Present Status of Women Education; Inter-state Disparities in Girls’ Attendance in Schools; Drop-out and Repetition; Status of Women Employment in Relation to Education; Conclusion

7. Gender Equality and Higher Education in India / Binayak Chanda

Understanding Gender Equality and Equity; Literacy Rate – Trends since Independence; Indian Higher Education: A Profile; Gender Equality in Higher Education – Trends; Factors of Gender Inequality in
Higher Education; Ways and Means towards Gender Equality; Implications, Suggestions and Conclusion

8. Gender Equality through Curriculum and Its Transaction / Abhishek Kumar Srivastava

Role of Curriculum in Education; Gender Inequality in Education; Gender Biasness in the Textbook and the Classroom; Ways of Ensuring Gender Equality through Curriculum and Its Transaction; Role of Teachers and Teachers’ Training in Ensuring Gender Equality; Conclusion

9. Rise of Women in Higher Education in India / Bharti Prakash and Shikha Mathur

Reasons Why Girls should Get Education; Preference of Studies: Important Differences between Men and Women Changes in the Provision of Higher Education; Recommendations for Promoting Women Participation in Higher Education; Conclusion

10.  Women in Science Education and Research / Neeru Snehi

Science and Technology Education in India; Science and Technology Education at Tertiary LevelStatistics; Women’s Presence in Scientific Institutions; Science Education in Universities and Colleges—Science Policies; Other Significant Factors; Suggestions for Enhancing the Share of Women in Science

11. Education — A Catalyst for Women Empowerment/ Haseen Taj and Nandini N

Meaning of Empowerment and Women Empowerment; Need for Women Empowerment; How to Empower Women?; Empowerment and Education; Government Efforts; Government Schemes; Role of Education in Women Empowerment; Educational Equality; Education as a Solution to Empower Women; Constitutional Provisions and Policies in Supporting Women’s Empowerment; Impact of Education on Women’s Empowerment; Barriers to Women Education; Conclusion  

12. Role of Indian Thinkers in Promoting Women Education:(With Special Reference to Raja Rammohun Roy and Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar) / Sakti Mandal and Sayantan Mandal

Raja Rammohun Roy; Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar; Jyotiba Govindarao Phule; Pandita Ramabai Saraswati; Dhondo Keshav Karve; E.V. Ramasamy, Periyar; Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain; Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar; Conclusion  

13. Promoting Women Education in India: Role of Raja Rammohun Roy / Arindam Bhattacharyya

Against Indian Caste System; Research Findings on the Social and Educational Contribution of Rammohun Roy; Contribution of Raja Rammohun Roy as an Educational Reformer; Impact of Rammohun’s Socio-Religious Reform on Women Education; Conclusion  

14. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar: A Pioneer of Women Empowerment / Ujjwal Kumar Halder

Vidyasagar and Women Empowerment; Vidyasagar and Women Education; Vidyasagar and Child Marriages; Vidyasagar and Widow Marriage; Vidyasagar and Movement against Polygamy; Conclusion  

15. Women Education and the Covid-19 Pandemic / Anup Baugh

Education in India: Where We Stand; Teaching-Learning under the Regime of the Covid-19; Gendered Digital Divide during the Covid-19; Violence against Women: The Current Framework; Mapping the Women’s Violence during the Covid-19; Gendered Digital Divide and Violence against Women: Emerging Barriers; The Way Forward; Concluding Remarks  

16. Women Leadership and Higher Legal Education / Sonia B Nagarale

Scope of Legal Education; Expanding Frontlines of Higher Education for Women; Women in Higher Legal Education: An Analysis; Enrolment of Men and Women candidates at Ph.D., M.Phil & Post Graduate Level; Affirmative Action for Women in Higher Education; Trends in Legal Education of Women Post Independence to Modern Era; Backdrop of Higher Education in the Post-Independence Era; Detailed Study of Important Entries under List 1 — Union List of the Constitution of India  (Higher Education); Rights of Women under the Constitution of India; Significance of Legal Education and Awareness for Women in Other Streams/Sectors of Higher Education; Representation of Women in Indian Judiciary; Affirmative Action in Lower Judiciary; Conclusion

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