Centre for Women Development (CWD)

Center for Women Development was Inaugurated on January 22nd, 2014. The Chief Guest for the function was Dr.Suvarna, , Special Commissioner (watersheds) Government of Andhra Pradesh. The Guest of Honor for the Program was MsVanithaDatla, CFO & Executive Director, Elico Ltd. and Mr.& Mrs. P.Sanjay Ram. . Prof.J.Mahender Reddy, Vice-Chancellor, presided over the event, in the presence of Smt.Shobha, our co-founder.

The function a precursor to another important milestone in the history of Icfai Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE), a deemed-to-be University under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956, was celebrated with pomp. The Center for Women Development initiative aims to take a proactive role towards empowering women both at home and at work place. The center aims to address issues confronted by women and go beyond on a positive note.

At IBS, Hyderabad the ratio of female students is more than 50%. A more or less similar ratio also exists among the Faculties and Research Scholars at IBS. These numbers by themselves reflect of a significant mark in terms of policy of our institutions in women development.

It can be said that on the level of Human development, education and knowledge being an important variable in the Human Development Index (HDI), our University is already contributing its share. Also, our law school at University is held by Prof.Hemalatha, our co-ordinator finance is held by Prof.Vijayalakshmi, our Associate Dean (MDP) is held by Prof.Maleshwari and our Research Scholars Program co-ordinator is Prof.Sindhuja – all women in high positions in our University.

Dermatology and Cosmetology Camp

January 09, 2015

Center for Women Development, IFHE organized a Dermatology and Cosmetology Camp at IFHE Campus on the 9th January, 2015. Dr. V. Swetha, M.B.B.S., D.D.V.L., Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetologist at Sankhya Hospitals, Hyderabad, Trained in cosmetology under Dr Madhavilatha Vemula ,IACD , with her team of 5 members led the camp. The objective of the camp was to advice students and faculty on healthy skin, how to take care of skin and hair, and the scientific procedures that are currently available to resolve certain problems connected with skin and hair. The Services provided in the camp included:

  • Free Consultation
  • Skin imaging
  • Hair Analysis Report
  • Cosmetological advices

The camp was a thumping success with the doctor and her staff continuously engaged in consulting and solving queries that clouded the minds of students and faculty. Team Aaina was also a part of this wonderful and knowledgeable Dermatology and Cosmetology Camp. It was truly a very enthralling experience for all. Thank you Dr.Swetha.

Guest Lecture on December 19, 2014

Conducted by : CWD

Speaker : Prof.Susheela Kaushik

With the objective of sensitizing the need for gender studies in Higher education, Prof.Susheela Kaushik, former Joint Secretary and General Secretary of Indian Association of Women's Studies was invited for guest lecture on December 19, 2014. Prof.Susheela Kaushik is also former Member and Co- Chairperson of the Committee on UGC scheme on Capacity Building for Women Managers in Higher Education in India and a member and Chairperson on many Committees of UGC and NAAC.

Prior to delivering her lecture on 'Gender Mainstreaming Higher Education, with special reference to Management Education', she interacted with the members of Center for Women Development on varied research areas/ projects that can be undertaken, and also emphasized the need to create sustainable livelihood for women in rural areas.

Members of Center for Women Development with Prof.Susheela Kaushik

Workshop on 'Gender Sensitization in Management Education'

Center for Women Development, IFHE, organized a five-day Workshop Titled ‘Gender Sensitization in Management Training’ from March 30th to April 03, 2015. The resource persons of the Workshop were : Prof.Susheela Kaushik, Former Director of Women’s Studies at Delhi University, Prof.Reicha Tanwar, Director, Center for Women Studies, Kurukshetra University, Prof.Usha Rani, Director, Center for Women Studies, Sri Venkateswara University and other experts in this field.

With increasing number of women entering professional life, growing issues concerning women and gender relations, sensitizing men and women, towards achieving better, deeper understanding and empathy towards each other had been the aim of this Workshop. The recent developments and laws on Women harassment in workplaces, how women need to manage professional and personal lives, the support systems that help women excel, the flexibility work models that benefit women, importance of leadership, mentoring and networking, concerns over gender inequity in academic governance, are some of the topics that were discussed in the Workshop.

The Workshop was attended by faculty from Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Open University, Global Education Center, and Faculty from IFHE. The Workshop was very informative, interactive, and fruitful, provided a platform for experience sharing and learning for the participants.

Celebration of International Yoga Day

On the occasion of International YOGA DAY, 21st June, 2015, Center for Women Development, IFHE organized a Guest Lecture title 'YOGA AND LIFE', by Prof.Kulpreet Singh, Faculty from Art of Living. Prof.Kulpreet Singh highlighted the importance of Yoga and the

The lecture was followed by 'YOGA ASANAS' by Prof.Kulpreet Singh and Prof.Anita Acharya, faculty from IFHE. The event was attended by more than 25 students who enthusiastically performed YOGA ASANAS.

Health and Nutrition Awareness

12th September, 2014 CENTRE FOR WOMEN DEVELOPMENT (CWD) along with Team Sankalp went to one of the neighbouring village Maharajapet for the awareness programme about Health and Nutrition. The Team of 10 CWD members and 12 Club Sankalp members reached out the village at 9:45AM in the institute’s bus. The agenda was to make the women aware about the values of health & nutrition and to become aware about the standing of the village. The members of CWD created awareness on hygiene and sanitation among the women. Proper hand wash techniques were demonstrated by the members to inculcate good hygiene habit. Samples of the Healthy and Nutritious food were distributed among the women of the village who attended the programme. The samples included bananas and sprouts and also soaps.

A survey was conducted to get acquainted with the current state of affairs and prevailing status of the people in village, so as to plan future drives accordingly. The survey that was conducted through verbal Q&A/interactions with the available villagers revealed that the population of the village is estimated to be around 3500 with around 1200 houses. The health care facility is at its abject and there were lack of medical representatives and health care centres to take care of even the basic requirements arising out of day to day errands. There is even lack of awareness among the villagers regarding agricultural practices, including the knowledge about the apt ways to use the fertilizers. The interactions with the villagers also suggested that at least 50% of the women in village are employed, of which a majority is employed at IBS Campus only. Also, people are keen on sending their kids for higher education but due to insufficient funds they are unable to do so. The awareness drive took a halt for the day only to come back on a future date and serve the solutions to varied needs with the intellects available at the "Management School" and the within spectrum of the Team.