vaikundbhai Mehta


    Gender Studies

    The "Centre for Gender Studies & Micro Finance" of Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management (VAMNICOM) is undertaking training, research and consultancy in various aspects relating to women development and micro finance. It was created to design, plan and execute programmes of training and research in various fields. It has published a manual on Gender Sensitization and Empowerment of Women in Cooperatives It is collaborating with Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India, Rastriya Mahila Kosh, Maharashtra State Commission for Women, Government of Maharashtra, Mumbai, National Commission for Empowerment of Women, New Delhi, NABARD, NAFCUB & others.

    The objectives & functions of Centre for Gender Studies are as follows:

    1.       To diagnose the status of women in terms of economic, social, political and cultural reforms in the country.

    2.       To identify the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for women in designing rational action plan.

    3.       To undertake action research at grass-root level, surveys and analysis on key problem areas.

    4.       To give recommendations to various cooperatives as well as to Central and State Governments in designing the women development policy.

    5.       To conduct/organize training programmes of women in various areas of their interest in cooperatives.

    6.       In order to achieve the above objectives, Centre for Gender Studies is concentrating on following main activities:

              (1)Training   (2) Research and (3) Consultancy


    The "Centre for Gender Studies" is collaborating with the following apex/state bodies:

    1.       Ministry of Women & Child Development, GOI

    2.       Partnering with Rashtriya Mahila Kosh as a National Resource Centre

    3.       Maharashtra State Women Commission, Mumbai

    4.       MAVIM, Mumbai

    5.       Department of Cooperation, U.T. of Lakshadweep

    6.       Gujarat State Cooperative Union

    7.       NABARD

    8.       NAFCUB 

    9.       UNDP, ILO-Coopnet, ICA



    1.       The training programmes provided a forum for the participants to share their experiences in various areas of interest in cooperatives and a SWOT analysis was prepared.

    2.       The case study on “Gender Sensitization in Cooperatives – A Case Study of a Cooperative Dairy” received the    FIRST PRIZE at the Annual Case Study Competition conducted by the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.

    3.       Preparation of Module on Gender Sensitization.

    4.       Preparation of report of Proceedings of Centenary Programme on Empowerment of Women through Cooperatives.

    5.       Documentation of the success stories of – Women Cooperatives.

    6.      Preparation of Gender disaggregated data.


    1.      Cooperative Centenary Year Seminar Publication

             Proceedings of “National Seminar on Empowerment of Women through Cooperatives” (10th to 11th March, 2005)      

    2.      Manual on Gender Sensitization

    Manual on Gender Sensitization – June, 2006 price publication Rs.100/- each.

    The Manual is a step by step guide on Gender Issues.  It comprises of cases, articles and group exercises.  It is useful for trainers, academicians, corporates & students studying Gender Issues.

    Tab 2 - Internal Complaints Committee (ICC)

    The Institute has constituted an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) which is meeting regularly and holding gender sensitization workshops and training on Sexual Harassment Act.  The Committee consists of members from the Institute and two NGO representatives as follows :











    Dr. Jyotsna Dhavle

    Presiding Officer

    Head, Gender Studies, VAMNICOM


    Dr. Ananya Rahul Bibave

    External Expert

    Vice Principal, Modern Law College, Pune


    Mrs. Lata Sonawane


    NGO Representative


    Dr. Girish Mangleek 


    Associate Professor, VAMNICOM


    Shri A. K. Tiwary


    Asstt. Registrar, VAMNICOM


    Mrs. K.M. Sonawane


    Sr.Stenographer, VAMNICOM


    Mrs. Usha Kulkarni


    Hindi Typist(Jr. Clerk), VAMNICOM


    Mrs. V. V. Kulkarni


    Jr. Clerk













    Institute Policy on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013

    1. Sexual Harassment defined – unwelcome sexually determined behaviour, whether directly or by implication, such as :

    1. Physical contact and advances

    2. Demand or request for sexual favours.

    3. Sexually coloured remarks.

    4. Showing pornography.

    5. Any other welcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature. ( as defined by Sexual Harassment Act)

    1. Unbecoming of a Government servant. – Any act of sexual harassment of women employees attracts the provisions of Rule 3(1)(iii) of Conduct Rules as an act unbecoming of a Government servant and amounts to misconduct.(as defined by Swamy – CCS Conduct rules).

    2. Criminal Proceedings. – If such an act of sexual harassment amounts to any specified offence under the Indian Penal Code or under any other law, complaint should be made to the appropriate authority, in this case the Internal Complaints Committee of N.I. for taking criminal action for such misconduct.(as defined by Swamy – CCS Conduct rules).

    3. Complaint Mechanism – The Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management, Pune has an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) as constituted by the Sexual Harassment Act.  Information board about the composition of the Complaints Committee is displayed in various locations of the Institute.  The National Institute will have “ZERO Tolerance” to Sexual Harassment of Working Women.

    4. a) The ICC will monitor to (a) ensure time bound treatment of the complaints. (b) it will ensure that victims or witness will not be victimized or discriminated against while dealing with such cases. (c) The report of the Complaints Committee shall be treated as an enquiry report. – Rule 3-C, GIDs (25) and (25 –A to 25 – D)

        The jurisdiction of the policy on Sexual Harassment will be all employees of the National Institute, including faculty, staff and contract workers. This policy will be applicable to all employees who are on the pay of the Institute and are working in the premises of the N.I.


    Tab 3 - Activities

    Sr. No.




    International Women’s Day Celebration on 8th March 2021

    Dr. Jyotsna Dhavle,

    Head CGS


    2nd ICA-MAFF (Japan) On-line Training Course on "Empowerment of Rural Women for Improvement of their Leadership and Business Management in Asia and Africa - 2021 (09th to 18th August 2021)

    Dr. Manisha Paliwal


    Mahila Kissan Diwas Celebration on 15th October 2021

    Dr. Jyotsna Dhavle,

    Head CGS


    National Girl Child Day Celebration on 24th January 2022

    Dr. Jyotsna Dhavle,

    Head CGS


    Online Program for Women Branch Managers of Cooperative Banks focus on Work Life Balance (16th to 18th February 2022)

    Dr. Jyotsna Dhavle,

    Head CGS


    State Level Training Program on Gender Budgeting and Inclusive Development (9th to 11th March 2022)

    Dr. Jyotsna Dhavle,

    Head CGS


    Exploring Gender gaps in Financial Inclusion – A study of Women Cooperative Banks in India – NCUI sponsored project


    Dr. Hema Yadav,

    Principal Investigating Authority


    Tab 4 – Online registration of ICC Grievance

    Name of employee registering complaint

    Employee code no.

    Date of registering complaint

    Nature of complaint

    Contact Mobile No.

    Email id.

    Postal address