Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
24-January-2020 17:16 IST
Establishment of Chairs named after eminent Women in Universities

Initiative to motivate Young Girls and Women towards Higher Studies

On the occasion of National Girl Child Day, the Ministry of Women and Child Development is going to set up 10 Chairs in different fields with an aim to carry out research activities to encourage women. The initiative called Establishment of Chairs in the Universities in the name of eminent women administrators, artists, scientists and social reformers is being launched with the assistance of University Grants Commission (UGC). The main objective is to inspire women to pursue higher education and to achieve excellence in their area of work. This initiative of highlighting and celebrating women achievers of the country will motivate young girls and women towards higher studies.

The chairs proposed by UGC and approved by the Ministry are as under:

S. No.


Proposed name of chair



Devi Ahilyabai Holkar



Mahadevi Varma


Freedom Fighter (North East)

Rani Gaidinliu


Medicine & Health

Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi


Performing Art

Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi


Forest/Wildlife Conservation

Amrita Devi (Beniwal)






Kamala Sohonie


Poetry & Mysticism

Lal Ded


Educational Reforms

Hansa Mehta


The financial implications of the proposal is Rs. 50 lakh per Chair per year and the total expenditure for establishing ten Chairs will be approximately Rs. Rs. 5 crore per annum. The Chairs are to be established for a period of 5 years initially as per the guidelines.

Academic functions of the Chairs will be to engage in research and, in turn, contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the area of the study, strengthen the role of university/academics in public policy making and to design and execute short-term capacity-building programmes for teachers in higher education focused towards the designated discipline of the Chair. The other academic functions will be to provide a forum for inter-university/ inter- collegiate Post Graduate and Research level dialogues, discussion meetings, seminars/summer & winter schools, publish articles/research papers/reports/books/ monograms and participate in teaching and Ph.D programme of the Department or School in which it is located.

The University will review the progress of the Chair annually and submit a final report on the activities and outcome of the Chair to the UGC after five years. However, the UGC may undertake the exercise of reviewing the Chair for its continuance, at any stage.