Department of Women's Studies

Akkamahadevi Women’s University started the department of Women’s Studies in the year 2003. The main aim of establishing this postgraduate department was to empower the young Women of Northern Karnataka through learning.  The department offers two year Masters Degree, M.Phil and Ph.D. program in Women’s Studies. The courses offered in the Department provides a theoretical understanding of the gender unequal society; creates an awareness  in legal rights; helps in identifying the potentialities & strengthens confidence;  prepares them to lead a self sufficient & meaningful life by sharing responsibilities & claiming rights. A major objective of the Department has been to promote a dialogue between academics and activists, social work and policy making. By facilitating research and extension work, the aim is to enhance the visibility of women and gender issues within the academic community of the University and indeed in wider society. The Department has also worked towards creating a platform for sensitizing government agencies, members of the academy and activists. The activities carried out at the Department are multi-faceted. Besides being involved in various fields of research on women, seminars and workshops are conducted regularly on different topics, sometimes in collaboration with other organizations. Research publications are an important aspect of the Women’ Studies Department. The Department has also conducted lot of extension programmes at grassroots level.

The Department of Women’s Studies has highly qualified and Multifaceted and experienced faculty and academic staff. The faculty is committed to empower students with clear theoretical perspective and practical knowledge; give awareness about the legal rights and responsibilities; to identify potentialities and build confidence and self respect; equip them with skills and knowledge to work in different sectors and to be economically self sufficient. Prof. Laxmidevi Y , Chairperson, Department of Women’s Studies is responsible for overall development of the Department.

Contact Details: 
Chairperson & Professor, Ahalyabai Post Graduate Centre for Women's Studies Research & Extension
Ph.No: 9902234469
Women’s  empowerment  through  learning.
  • Achieve gender Justice, overcome gender bias,
  • Accomplish equality among rural& urban Women.

01. To understand the status of women in India.

02.To give Conceptual  understanding of women’s issues.

03.To adopt feminist  perspective and use research methods.

04.To examine the factors that affect physical, internal and social well being of women.

05. To evaluate women’s participation in decision making in formal and informal political processes .

06.To create  an awareness on environment  issues.

07.To study the  environmental  degradation on environment degradation on women’s lives

08. To undertake study on women’s role and their status in  society and identity issues and problems of deprivation.

09.To provide academic support for those who take up research and extension activates  on gender related issues

Sl.No Course Duration Eligibility Intake Career Options Syllabus
1 M.A,  Ph.D

M.A 4 Semesters (2 Years)

PG. Diploma 2 Semster (1 Year)
Candidate Should Posses any Bachelor’s degree With minimum of  50% of Marks in aggregate (40% for SC/ST/Cat -1 and 45% for OBC candidates Obtained from ant recognized university )   30+10(Payment )    


Sl.No   Name & Designation Qualification Specialization Contact Details Resume

Prof. Hemalatha H. M 

Designation: Professor

M. A Ph.D Women’s Studies


Ph.No: 9449662032


Prof. Laxmidevi Y

Designation: Professor & Chairperson

M.A  Ph.D Women’s Studies


Ph.No: 9902234469



Sl.No Project Title Principal Investigator Sponsoring Agency Sanctioned Year Budget Status
1 Comprehensive District Human Development - Report Prof. R. Sunandamma Zilla panchayat, Bijapur - 2009 2009   Completed
2 Kunchi Korva Women’s Culture Prof. R. Sunandamma Dept. of Kannada and Culture -2006 2006   Completed
3 Women’s Culture of Kuruba community Prof. R. Sunandamma Kuruba sansukruti parishat, Bangalore-2010 2010   Completed
4 Evaluation of New Literates in Hunagund Taluk of Bagalkot District Prof. R. Sunandamma Lokshikhsna Samstha, Balngalore-2010 2010   Completed
5 Encyclopedia of Women’s Culture in Karnataka  Prof. R. Sunandamma Govt. of Karnataka, Kannada and Culture, Bangalore.     Completed


Sl.No Title  Author Name Journal Name Year Impact Factor
1 Social Implications of HIV Prof. R. Sunandamma Innovative Thoughts, International Research Journal 2017  
2 Implications of Abortion: Women’s experience from the study of married women at Vijayapura District Karnataka Prof. R. Sunandamma Cognitive Discourses, International Multidisciplinary Journal 2017  
3 Women working in unorganised sector a conceptual study Prof. R. Sunandamma Economic empowerment of women 2020  
4 Socio- Economic and Cultural Study of Devadasis Prof. R. Sunandamma Journal of Research and Development 2021  
5 Social Issues Related to Muslims in Newspaper – A Comparative Study of Kannada and Urdu Dailies,   Social Sciences International Research Journal, Vol 2, Spl issue 2016, ISSN 2395-0544, PP: 47-50. 2016 5.13


  • Computer Lab
  • LCD Projector
  • Library
  • Centre has adopted 5 villages for research and Helping people regarding Govt schemes labourers to get their Labour Identity Card in Karnataka Building and other Construction workers welfare Board. Specially in Torvi, Atalatti, Tajpur, Aliyabad and Ukumnal.
  • Centre is regularly helping to adopted village (Torvi, Atalatti, Tajpur, Aliyabad and Ukumnal) people to get “Swasthya Beema Yojana” card, Widow Pension, Old Age Pension, Physically and mentally Challenged Pensions.
  • The Centre staff has created awareness about Govt programmes, Schemes and Policies related to women and kids and helped them to apply for Sukanya Samaruddhi Yojane, Bhagyalakshmi scheme and shadi bhagya scheme.
  • The Staff of the Centre are also engaged in teaching of Women’s Studies department papers as well as Transfer Credit papers i.e “Feminist Jurisprudence” and “Women’s Health” to the PG students of other disciplines in the University (16 Hours).
  • The centre provides counselling and Legal awareness for marginalized groups and needy women.
  • Linkages: State Level network with all Women Studies Centres and Departments. By interacting and organizing workshops. Establishing relationship with NGO’s coming under University’s Jurisdiction. Gender orientation programmes for affiliated college teachers.
  • Every week Centre staff visits Anganwadi, Govt. Depts., Court, NGOs, Banks, Gram Panchayats, Taluk Panchayat, Zilla Panchayat etc….
  • Centre staff working at remote villages of Vijayapura District like Tajpur, Sarawad, Toravi, Aliyabad and Ukumnal