Exploring the Gender Participation in Higher Education: Study of a Distance Education Centre
AbstractNow, consider or not to ignore the 49% of our population has become the popular saying of the day. That 49% population has been constituted by women. Historically they have been deprived from many of their basic rights, denied from many basic things and from participating in various social processes. Social advancements brought many changes at various levels regarding women. Women stood for equality, participation and for empowerment. But it all became possible, along with other factors, through education. In the said context an attempt has been made to explore the female participation in higher education. A university, which has been given a unique mandate by the Parliament itself to educate women, has been chosen to study. Data has been taken from the statistical cell of the university, and classified course, stream, year and level wise. All the classified data have been presented in tabular form. It is found that their participation is near to equal and even more than their male counterpart in some courses. The study also reveals that their participation also varies from course top course.
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