Women’s Studies Research Centre

Women’s Studies Research Centre, Berhampur University was established in 1988 with two fold mission i.e Research and Action Program. In both the areas , Women’s Studies Research Centre has excelled in the state .It was then one of the 22 such centers in the country established with the support of the UGC in 1988. The Government of Orissa accorded permanent status to WSRC on the 1st April 1997 taking in to consideration its dynamic activities of a decade and prospect of future.

It has successfully by incorporated Women’s Studies issues in teaching and research programmes within existing disciplines of Political Science, English, History, Economics, Home Science, LLM, IRPM etc. We have been successful in encouraging students and teachers of most of the disciplines to take up projects and independent research work on women’s issues. Women’s Studies Research Centre has taken initiative to eliminate invisibility of women both in the academics and in policy making by highlighting women’s specific problems relating to gender inequality, injustice and oppression both through research and action. In a way WSRC is busy in it’s pursuit to oppose reactionary forces and sexist attitudes among teachers and students.

1     Program

1.1     M.Phil (Women’s Studies)

1.1.1      About Course Programme

M.Phil, Women’s Studies


The M.Phil course is of one year duration(calendar year).It shall comprise of two semesters.The first semester shall be for the course work  (two theory papers) and the second semester shall be for preparation and submission of the dissertation. Dissertation must be related to women’s Studies with field work.

A candidate having a  Post-Graduate Degree from Berhampur University or from any other University recognized as equivalent thereto with Second Class  Master’s degree with a minimum 55% marks(50% marks or equivalent grade for the candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes or Schedule Tribe categories) is eligible to apply for admission.

1.1.2      How to Enter into the Course Programme

Criteria for Selection: Admission into all M.Phil course shall be done through an entrance test followed by an interview. The Test shall comprise of one paper of 100(50 marks Objective Type Questions and 50 marks for short-answer type questions) of two hour duration.The Question Paper shall cover all the papers taught at the Post-Graduate level of the concerned subject .However, for admission into M.Phil for Women’s Studies the course will cover broad areas relating to Women’s Studies. The candidates should secure minimum 50% of marks in the entrance test (40% of  marks for candidates belonging to the Scheduled  castes and Scheduled Tribes) in order to be eligible to appear at the interview.The selection for admission into M.Phil Course shall be made on the basis of the career marks and the marks secured in the interview as prescribed by Berhampur University.

1.1.3      Curriculum / Syllabi

The  Women’s studies syllabus  is comprised of three papers.Two are theory papers  for first semester. Third one is dissertation writing related to Women’s studies having field component. The students are required to appear at an examination at the end of the session. They are required to submit a dissertation. The two theory papers carry 200 marks (100 marks   each), while the dissertation carries 100marks.

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1.2.4      Class Schedule

Theory classes start in January and ends by the May of each year. Along with theory classes students are oriented about their field work and dissertation writings. Students are encouraged for exposure, study trips, seminar participation and paper presentation  during this period.

1.3     Ph.D.

1.3.1      About Course Programme


1.3.2      How to Enter into the Course Programme


A master’s Degree in any discipline with at least 55% of marks or an equivalent grade and 50% of marks or an equivalent grade for SC & ST  and Physically challenged candidates shall be considered to be the qualifying mark  to apply for  Ph.D  Women’s Studies   .

Provided further that, the candidate should have obtained the Master Degree or above from this University or the Guide should be from within the territorial jurisdiction of Berhampur

Every candidate, who qualifies the eligibility criteria as per regulation  shall make an application for appearing at the UNIVERSITY RESEARCH ELIGIBILITY TEST (URET)  in the prescribed form of the University.

The candidates who qualify the URET  have to appear an interview to be conducted by the Staff Council of the concerned Department in presence of an observer nominated by the Chairman,P.G.Council.

1.3.3      Course Schedule

2       People

2.1     Teaching Staff

2.2    Students


3       Facilities

3.1     Seminar Library

The Women’s Studies Research Centre has a library of its own. The library consists of  books, reports and journals.

3.2     Computing

Neither Computer nor Internet facilities available in WSRC

3.3     Laboratories

3.4     Student Project Work

Yes  each student  does a project work with close supervision of his/her guide

3.5     Study Tour


4       Research

4.1     Research Area in the Department

Women’s Studies Research Centre has not only generated and analysed  information relating to women but also has thrown challenges to conceptual frame works within the research work of various  disciplines which are yet to be re-defined. Approaches, methods and tools of women’s  studies research have become visibly different in comparison to general social science  research methodologies. Much innovative methods are yet to be discovered to unravel the exploitation of women in private domain and specifically relating to sexuality etc.

WSRC’S Research Area:

All Independent small Research work  done without funding

  1. Rape Violation in Orissa.
  2. Women victims of police Atrocities in Orissa.
  3. Dowry Deaths in Orissa
  4. Child Marriage in Orissa
  5. Women victims of police Atrocities in Orissa.
  6. Girl child and family in Orissa.
  7. NGOs and Development of Orissa: A Gender Perspective.
  8. Women Prisoners of Orissa.
  9. Development Induced Displacement & voices of women.
  10. Status of working widows .
  11. Women in family-A comparative study of working women and housewives.
  12. Government intervention and Development of Juang Women in Keonjhar, Orissa.
  13. Changing  perceptions of Gender norm  among adult girl of Berhampur.
  14. Prevention of AIDS- Analysis of social mobilization among wives of vulnerable group
  15. Status of Migrated Bangladesh Refugee Women, Kendrapara, Orissa.
  16. Culture, Dependence, Deprivation-Experience of widowhood .
  17. Participation of Women in PRIs.
  18. Status of Women in fishing community of Gopalpur.
  19. Development Induced Displacement: Impact on Women.
  20. Women’s participation in Gopalpur movement.
  21. A Political participation of women in Orissa.
  22. A Study of Public Health System and Health Status of Kandha Tribe Women of Tumudibandha block of Kandhamal District, Orissa.
  23. Socio economic conditions of dalit women in Berhampur: An exploratory study.
  24. Problem of Food Security and Tribal Women: A Study in Thuamalrampur Block.
  25. Women’s  participation in peasant movement of Takarada;  Ganjam District.
  26. Women’s Access  in ICDS programme-Berhampur slum Ganjam District, Orissa.
  27. Political Economy of Migration and Women.
  28. Communal Violence in Kondhamal and Women.
  29. Educational rights of Phycally Challanged Girls.

4.2     Project Execution in the Department

“The Girl Child and Family” ,sponsored by HRD, Government of India.

4.3     Publication / Achievement / Credentials



  1. 1 Dowry Deaths in Orissa, WSRC, Berhampur University.
    1. Child Marriage in Orissa, WSRC, Berhampur University.
    2. Rape Violation in Orissa,WSRC, Berhampur University.
      1. Women victims of police Atrocities in Orissa.
      2. Fact finding reports on “Anita Sahoo’s Rape and Murder”-Concerned citizens


  1. B.N.Das and L.N. Dash, The Feminine Gender (Manak Publications, New Delhi,1996).
  2. J.K.Baral and Aparajita Choudhury, Family in Transition: Power and Development (Northern Book Centre, New Delhi, 1999).
  3. 3. Research Articles
  4. Mishra, “Press and Development of Women in Orissa”, Journal of Communication Studies (Bhopal), Vol.2, April-June 2002.
  5. Mishra, “ Media Coverage of Gender-Based Violence”, Manavi (Bhubaneswar), March 2002.
  6. Snehalata Panda, “Reservation of Women: Politics and Perspectives”, South Asian Journal of Society and Politics, Vol. 1, No.3, July-December 2001.
  7. L.N.Dash, “Rural Women in Orissa in the 21st Century”, Samikhya (Bhubaneswar), 2001.
  8. U.Das, “Subaltern Consciousness of Women in Salt Satyagrah of Orissa”, in H.S. Patnaik and P.K. Mishra (eds.), Studies in Nationalist Movement in India (Bhubaneswar, 2001).
  9. U.Das, “Aetiology of Gender Gap in Political Representation in Orissa”, in Sarada Rath and Nabinita Rath (eds.), Women in India: Search for Identity (Anmol, New Delhi, 2000).
  10. L.N.Dash, “Women’s Education and Development in Orissa”, Orissa Review (Bhubaneswar), January 2000.
  11. J.K.Baral, “Family in Transition: A Theoretical Perspective”, in J.K.Baral and A. Choudhury (eds.), Family in Transition (New Delhi, 1999).
  12. J.K.Baral, U.Das and S.Dash, “Power Equation in Family”, in J.K.Baral and A. Choudhury (eds.), Family in Transition (New Delhi, 1999).
  13. L.N.Dash, “The Girl-Child and Human Rights”, Sahitya Patra (B.U), December 1999.
  14. J.K.Baral and B.K. Mishra, “Role of Tribal Women in Freedom Movement”, in P.Sahu (ed.), Freedom Movement in Orissa (Bhubaneswar, 1997).
  15. L.N.Dash, “Gender Politics: The Women’s Quota Bill”, The Newsletter, WSRC (BU), 1997.
  16. U. Das, “Women’s Movement: The Panacea to Stop Violence against Women”, Newsletter, WSRC (BU), 1997.
  17. J.K.Baral, “Beijing Summit and Women’s  Empowerment”, Guru Nanak Journal of Sociology (Amritsar), October 1996.
  18. J.K.Baral, “Women and Environment: Common Destiny with Divided Commitment”, in D. Mishra (ed.), Women Environment and Communication (Berhampur), 1996.
  19. U. Das, “Women’s Human Rights at Stake”, Studies in History and Culture (Bhubaneswar), Vol.4, No.1, 1996.
  20. D.Mishra, “Press Coverage of Violence against Women”,Communicator (New Delhi) , July-September 1995.
  21. Das, “Violence against Women”, Orissa Review (Bhubaneswar), April 1995.
  22. U.Das, “The Problems of Modern Women and Gandhiji” Gandhiji Charcha (in Oriya), (Bhubaneswar), 1995.\
  23. L.N.Dash, “Women Unemployment in Orissa”, Samikhya, 2002 9in press).
  24. J.K.Baral, “Tribal Women and Science and Technology”, Studies in Hostory and Culture (accepted).


Women’s Studies Research Centre, Berhampur University was established in 1988 with two fold mission i.e Research and Action Program. In Both the areas  Women’s Studies Research Centre  has excelled in the state .It was then one of the 22 such centers in the country established with the support of the UGC. The core staff liability of the WSRC, Berhampur University was taken over by the Government of Orissa permanently on the 1st April 1997 taking in to consideration its dynamic activities  of a decade and prospect of future.

It has been successful  by incorporating Women’s Studies issues in teaching and research  programmes within existing disciplines of Political Science, English, History, Economics, Home Science, LLM, IRPM etc.

4.3.1      National Seminar/Conference / Workshop Attended

Dasarathi Mishra

  1. Presided over the Workshop on Micro Enterprise for Women held at Bhanja Bihar on 12 February 2001.
  2. Resource Person of a Workshop on “Gender Sensitisation” for Bank Officers organisd by NABARD  on 17 February 2001 at Berhampur.
  3. Workshop on “Communication for Girl Child Education”, organisd by Institute of Women’s Development at Garabandha near Parlakhemundi on 9 March 2001.
    1. Workshop on “Child Labour and Child Abuse”, organized by Institute of Women’s Development on 7th July 2001.
    2. Workshop on “Promotion of Girl Child Education”, organized by Institute of Women’s Development at Parlakhemundi on 15 October 2001.

Snehalata Panda

  1. On 24 March 2002, she addressed the Seminar on “Women and Nation Building” at Savitri Women’s College, Bhanjanagar.
    1. On 28 March 2002, she gave a talk on “Women Empowerment” at the Meeting of the Deccan Association, Berhampur.
    2. On  30 April 2002, she delivered a lecture on “Citizenship and Gender Issues in India”, at the Lions Club (East), Berhampur.


  1. Talk delivered as a Resource person at M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chenmnai, 4-6 April 2002. Topic: “Women in the Bio-resource Management in Chilka and Coastal Regions of Orissa”.
  2. Presented a paper entitled “Economic Empowerment of Women” at the Seminar on “Empowerment  of Rural Women” held at G. Udayagiri, 18-19 March 2000.
  3. Participated in the NIPCCD Workshops on Monitoring and Evaluating held in Calcutta in 2000.\
  4. Seminar on “Police Response to Gender Issues”, held at Berhampur on 19 April 2000. the Seminar was organized by Human Rights Protection Cell and Berhampur Police District.
  5. Presented a paper entitled “Maternal Mortality in Violation of Women’s Human Rights” at the Seminar on Rights of Expectant Mothers on 10 July 1999.

Urmimala Das

  1. National Coordinator in IAWS XIth conference at Goa in Sub theme  “Development Induced Displacement, Impact on Women”.
    1. Presented a paper entitled “Contextualising Voices of Women of Kashipur against Globalisation”, in the Seminar on Globalisation: Women’s Identity and Violence against Women”, organized by School of Women’s Studies, Utkal University, Vani Vihar on 14 March 2001.
    2. Chaired a session in the Seminar on “Towards Economic Participation of Women in Rural / Tribal Orissa” organized by CYSD, Bhubaneswar on 8 May 2001.
    3. Participated in the 9th National Conference of AIWSA held at Hyderabad on 8-11 January 2001.
  2. Attended an international conference on “Feminist Theory and Research” at Vani Vihar on 27 December 2000.
    1. Presented a paper entitled “Gender and Governance: Orissa”, in the Seminar on “Gender and Governance” organized by Kalyani University at Calcutta on 23-24 October 2000.
    2. Presented a paper in the Workshop on “Research Methodology in Contraception and Reproductive Health”, organisd by M.S. University, Baroda on 5-8 January 1999.
  3. Paper entitled “Women Helath Needs in Orissa”, at the Seminar organized by S.P.V.M. University, Tirupati on 29-30 March 1999.
  4. The chief speaker of a panel in the Seminar on “Women’s Movement in Orissa”, organized by Vikalpa Bichar Manch at Vani Vihar on 1 April 1998.

10.  A paper on “Population Policy in India and Women”, presented in a seminar organized by Department of Political Science, Berhampur University on 20-21 May 1999.

11.  Addressed a meeting of Branch Managers on “Formation of Women SHGs and its Impact on Economic Development of Rural Women”, organized by NABARD, Berhampur, on 21 January 1998.

4.3.2      International Seminar/Conference / Workshop  Attended

4.3.3      National Journal Publication

Dr.Urmimala Das “Migration and Women in Odisha”, Angikara,Berhampur, year-2010

4.3.4      International  Journal Publication

Dr.Urmimala Das  “Gender Discrimination and Patriarchy:Female Foeticide in Orissa, Social Modernity,Asian Journal of Social Science, Vol,1 June-Dec,2010  No.1-2 (ISSN-2229 – 6050)


5       Event

5.1     Up Coming

  • Guest.Lecture Series
  • Study Tour
  • Student Exposure
  • Field visit
  • Senisitization programme
  • Publication of  ‘ News Letter’.

5.2     Past

Action Program

Women’s Studies Research Centre sometimes independently and  sometimes with activists and NGOs have taken steps  against Rape  and Dowry accused ,taken steps to stop child marriages,encouraged widow remarriage, settled  divorce cases, provided health and sanitation facilities to rural poor women; taken up awareness programs, developed women SHGs and women entrepreneurs .With the help of NABARD  conducted training programs to  promote SHGs. Addressed violence against dalit  women. Our academic resources have been used  in varied ways ; as an adviser, action and project planner, and also as evaluator of both Government /NGOs . Many times our initiatives have helped other activists to change policies with a pro-women stand as included in R/R policies of 2006 Orissa and joint patta system in the state  etc. Women’s studies Research Centre has its foot prints left within women’s movement starting from  female  foeticide, communal violence up to displacement issues of the state. It is a close partner of all progressive political and social organisations  for women in the state.

Seminars , Workshops & Public Hearing Organised by WSRC

  1. “Role of Women in the Freedom Movement in Orissa”, 11 March 1997.
  2. “Feminism and Women’s Rights”, 8 March 1999.
  3. Violence against Women: Causes and Remedies”, 18 July 2000.
  4. “Gandhi and Women’s Empowerment”, 20 September 2000.
  5. “Women: Post-Feminist Challenges”, 8 March 2002
  6. Empowerment of Rural women through SHG programme at Antrabatia   , 4.2.03 . .
    1. Syposium : Social Discrimination  Against Women  on 8th March , 2004.
    2. Celebration of International        Women’s Day  23rd March,2005

10.  :PublicHearing on“Violence Against Dalit Women in Orissa” sponsored by NCW, 27th Nov. 2004

  1. Workshop on “Group Entrepreneurship Training-cum-Workshop for Rural Women through SHGs”, 20 March 1999

12.  Workshop on “Health Awareness and Government programmes”, in collaboration with United Artist Association,Ganjam on 24 March 2004.

13.   State level Seminar,“Right to Be Born : Issues of Female Foeticide in Orissa”,11th&12thJuly2006

14.   State level Seminar,"Development Induced Displacement in Orissa and Women’s Rights,13th & 14th August 2008.


6      Photo Gallery

1.4     D.Sc.

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