Thou art light, fill me with thy light

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Institutional Distinctiveness

Women Centric Founding Mission and Vision

In 1968, Jesus and Mary College was founded on the precepts of providing education to young women. It has been five decades and JMC has stood true to its founding mission. Last year we celebrated our Golden Jubilee marking 50 years of ‘Empowering Women through Transformative Education’.

Our vision has been to provide the transformative education that will enable our students

  • in creating a just, humane and inclusive society
  • develop as women of competence, compassion and conscience
  • pursue the goal of transformation of our society as empowered individuals
  • realize their potential and self-worth so that they evolve as leaders and transforming agents who make a significant contribution in all spheres of national and global life

Gender Sensitization within and outside the Classroom

  • As a leading women’s liberal arts College, our priority in vision rests on creating a safe space for our students and providing a gender sensitive and empowering education.
  • Within the classrooms, all courses at JMC offer papers that are gender oriented. The pedagogy of gender sensitization is not limited to classrooms alone. At JMC, we pride ourselves in having created a vibrant out-of-the-classroom environment that allows students to think critically, and question, act and resist creatively.
  • The vast and open amphitheater, the Common Room, and the various lawns at JMC provide spaces to students to hold public discussions and interactive sessions. The Jesus and Mary College Women’s Study Centre has often used these spaces to hold jan sunwais (public hearings).

The Women’s Study Centre (WSC) and its Specialized Role in the Institution

  • The Women’s Study Centre (WSC) at JMC plays a critical role in fostering gender sensitivity on campus. Programmes in the form of lectures, conferences, and workshops are organised throughout the year that provide an intersectional approach to creating awareness amongst undergraduate students about the inequalities confronting different genders.
  • From 2015-19, the focus of the WSC has been to provide adequate space for students to engage in open discussions and think critically on various issues such as: 1. women and labour 2. gender and sexuality 3. violence at home 4. influence of media 5. laws and rights 6. health and hygiene

Sensitivity to Mental Health Issues and Provision of Counsellors on Campus

  1. Special attention has been paid to issues relevant to women in the 21st century, especially those of mental health, sexual identities, and sexual harassment in the workplace.
  2. For more personal and individual help, the WSC has provided counsellors to be available to students. The counsellors not only meet students for individual sessions but also meet with teachers to further enable them to create a gender sensitive and friendly classroom environment.

Internal Complaints Committee

  • Jesus and Mary College has an active and functional Internal Complaints Committee, a statutory body formed to register complaints of harassment and to undertake formal proceedings to resolve them.
  • ICC Elections are held every year and it comprises of members from student, teaching and administrative community.
  • The ICC and WSC have also organised various awareness orientation programmes and workshops for all the students, teaching and non-teaching staff at JMC on the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace.

Engagement with the Local Community

  • The JMC WSC and ICC have been committed to include and engage with the local community. They have been cognizant of the view that gender sensitization and messages of gender equality cannot be imparted in isolation from the larger community.
  • Each year, the WSC undertakes projects that further the goal of community inclusion vis-a-vis issues of women’s safety, such as:
    1. Survey and research projects on PG safety and Safety Audits conducted in the neighbouring areas.
    2. The results of the same have been submitted to the office of Delhi Commission of Women.
    3. Results from the former have helped create a dossier of good and safe PGs for outstation students.
  • The ICC too has conducted surveys.

International Conference on “Empowering Women through Transformative Education”

  • Jesus and Mary College’s year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations culminated in a two day International Conference on October 3 and 4, 2018.
  • The theme of the Conference was “Empowering Women through Transformative Education”.
  • This Conference created a dialogue on the issues of gender empowerment, its meanings, importance and role of various agencies, in general, and higher education, in particular.
  • The Conference received an overwhelming response from researchers from all parts of India (from University of Kashmir to Calicut University in Kerala).
  • Around 40 delegates, whose papers were accepted by the reviewers, presented their papers in 4 Thematic Technical Sessions.
  • Speaking at the Inaugural, the Chief Guest Prof. Yogesh K. Tyagi, Vice Chancellor of University of Delhi highlighted the need for education to be truly transformational in the sense of enlightening students and bringing behavioural and attitudinal changes in order for it to be empowering.
  • Prof. (Retd.) Karuna Chanana in her Keynote speech shed light on the state of the art research on Gender and Education in India. She highlighted the heartening statistics that the gender gap in higher education enrolments in India is on the decline in recent years.

College-Level Gender Based Events

  • From 2015-16, twenty-five formal events related to gender were organised at JMC; in 2016-17, twenty-nine; 2017-18, twenty-eight; 2018-19, twenty-nine and 2019-2020, six.
  • Each department in college has in one way or another organised events and programmes related to gender and has shown commitment to issues that are relevant to the student population. These events work in tandem with and reinforce the institution’s larger vision as aforementioned.