By Srinag MarathiBy Srinaguar Srinivasan and Gopal Gopal/ReutersAnurag Dutta, the director of the Institute for Gender Studies and Governance at the University of Delhi, said it is a common misconception that government colleges for women in Sainik Mandi are poorly run.
“A lot of government colleges have very good records,” he said.
“But they are not getting the funding for training and facilities they need.
The problem is, it’s not the government’s responsibility.”
The Indian government, Duttha said, has created a “cultural gap” in terms of gender roles in Indian education.
“There are different roles in the system.
There is a gap in terms in how you treat women,” he told IndiaSpend.
“This is a systemic problem that is not being addressed.”
He said the government should establish “a specialised institution” to train women.
A few months ago, the Supreme Court ruled that women in public service positions cannot be discriminated against on the basis of gender identity or expression.
“It has been proven that the policy of non-discrimination is discriminatory,” he added.
Duteta said he has been working on a proposal to create a government department to address the gap.
“The government needs to step up and create a new institution,” he predicted.
In April, the Delhi government decided to create the “State of Women” to identify, address and support the needs of women in government.
But in the first six months of 2017, there were only nine such institutions, said Dutaka.
The government has created two other “women’s colleges” for women students, the Chandigarh Girls’ College and the Srinivasa Ghatanami University.
“We want to create an institution to help these institutions get funding and training,” said Srinaj Kumar, the president of the Sainiks Mandi Women’s College, which started in January.
But many women students don’t have access to a government school for their education.
A government college student said she has been struggling to pay her bills since December 2017.
“I can’t afford tuition fees, so I am struggling to get an education,” said the student, who did not want to be identified for fear of repercussions from her parents.
“If I want to go to university, I have to go there from home,” she said.
The students have a simple request for the government.
“What should we do to give these institutions funding and facilities?” asked Shruti Yadav, a 23-year-old college student.
“Why are we having to go through the trouble of getting a government certificate for a diploma?”
The government’s role as a provider of education, however, is under threat.
“Our education is not just about finding scholarships for us,” said Dutt.
“How do we provide scholarships and train students in government?”
The education ministry has yet to respond to our queries.