(A Grant-in-aid Institution under Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India)
Ganeshkhind Road, Near Pune University, Pune - 411007, Maharashtra, India

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 (Centenary Celebrations). It is collaborating with Ministry of Women & Child Development, GoI, Rastriya Mahila Kosh, Maharashtra State Commission for Women, GoM, 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 RashtriyaMahilaKosh as a National Resource Centre

3.       MaharashtraState Women Commission, Mumbai

4.       MAVIM, Mumbai

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

6.       GujaratState 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.

The Institute also has 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 :

Sr.No Name Designation Organisation
1 Dr. Medha Dubhashi Chairperson Prof.& Head, Gender Studies, VAMNICOM
2 Mrs. Lata Sonawane External Expert   
3 Shri S. Y. Deshpande  Member                  Registrar, VAMNICOM
4 Shri K.C.S.Kutty Member Assistant Professor, VAMNICOM
5 Dr. Manjusha Kadam Member Contract Faculty, CME, VAMNICOM
6 Mrs. Jaya Sivadasan, Member Sr.Stenographer, VAMNICOM
7 Mrs. Usha Kulkarni Member Hindi Typist(Jr.Clerk), VAMNICOM