Miranda House of Delhi University plans to start a three-month certificate program to train young women aspiring to join politics at the state and national levels from April. Confirming this, Principal Bijayalakshmi Nanda said that the college is planning to start the course for all interested students from the next academic session and will be the first college to do so.
Nanda said, “We are planning to start a pilot course by April and the course will be offered to all interested students from the next academic session. This course will focus on the training and capacity building of young women at all levels, from gram panchayats to urban municipal bodies”.
She said that Miranda House will work on the curriculum, She Leads, a week-long virtual leadership training program designed to support women aspiring to enter politics. The college’s resources will serve as partners and co-creators.
‘She Leads’ is a project run in collaboration with the Chevening Alumni Project Fund (CAPF) with Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Stree Shakti, the Parallel Force, and Indian School of Democracy (ISD). Training for the first group for women leaders, currently run by Stree Shakti, will be held on March 8 at the India International Center in New Delhi.
Nanda said that we are planning to give all the necessary training to young women desirous of joining politics at any level. While this program was designed for individual classes, we are now planning to offer it in a mixed (online as well as in-person) mode so that the colleges adopted by us in Rajasthan as part of the university’s Vidya Vistar Yojana To take advantage of this course. Nanda said the college is currently working with experts to finalize the course and it will be discussed in a series of meetings starting on Monday.
Vrinda Karat, leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and former alumna (alumna) of Miranda House, who graduated from college in 1966, has welcomed the move. “As an alumna, I am happy to know that my old college is taking such an initiative. She said that the entire aspect of women’s rights is linked to women’s rights in decision-making bodies. Women at various levels in India have taken important initiatives to show the relevance of women’s participation in political processes and it is good that our students should study the experience of women, especially in panchayats.”
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