In an effort to help women in the workplace, government colleges in Kerala have set up the government postgraduate college for females (GPCC) for the first time in 2017.
The GPCC is the first of its kind in India and was launched at a function organised by the state government, where senior government officials presented the project to the students, and the project was subsequently implemented in colleges across the state.
The government has now also opened a recruitment campaign to lure more women into the GPCC.
“Women are in high demand for all kinds of jobs.
They are a crucial factor in creating job opportunities in Kerala.
It is a time when we need to attract more women to join the workforce,” said Vidyasagar Rao, minister of state for women.
The first women-run GPCC in the countryThe GPcc in Madras has enrolled about 300 women students who have come from various parts of Kerala and the state has over 15,000 colleges with over 500,000 students enrolled.
According to Dr Ramanna Rao, the GPcc is the best option for female students in Kerala because of its proximity to colleges and universities and the lack of male-dominated societies in the state which make it difficult for women to enter.
“In Kerala, only two universities are open to female students.
We want to create a GPCC where women can study together.
Our goal is to have about 200 students in the GP.
We are also looking at expanding to the rest of the state for future recruitment,” said Rao.
The initiative was also welcomed by senior Kerala Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
“It is a great step for women, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds who want to study.
There is a lot of work to be done but we are optimistic that this will be the start of a change in Kerala,” he said.
In the first two years of the GP, women make up more than 70 per cent of the students.
The students are from poor families and have less than an undergraduate degree.