The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched five new courses on gender and development commencing July, an official said on Tuesday.
Of the five courses launched by IGNOU's School of Gender and Development Studies (SOGDS), two are on-campus programme while three are distance-mode programmes, she said.
According to IGNOU, admissions are open for masters in gender and development studies and women's and gender studies and postgraduate diploma as well as a certificate in gender and development studies and postgraduate diploma in women's empowerment and development.
"The master's programmes will equip students with the ability to deconstruct the complex power hierarchies and relationships operating in society, from the perspective of women and gender," said SOGDS director Savita Singh.
According to Savita Singh, the focal areas for the courses include concepts and theories in women's and gender studies, queer studies, gender through film and visual arts, history of women's movements, women and social sectors among others.
"The postgraduate certificate in gender and development studies is likely to be of interest to academics and researchers, trainers, facilitators, supervisors, government personnel," she added.
To apply for the programme, graduation in any discipline with a minimum 50 percent aggregate is required.
With a total of 50 seats on offer, the last date for submitting application forms is July 15 for the full-time course and July 29 for the distance-learning course.