College has established WOMEN DEVELOPMENT CELL as per the directions issued by Vice-Chancellor under section 14(8) of Maharashtra Universities Act 1944.
The formation of WDC at University level has been in compliance with the guidelines laid down by the Honorable Supreme Court of India in the case of Vishaka and other Vs. State of Rajasthan and other and also subsequently reinforced by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
The prime role of WDC is to deal with the cases of sexual harassment moreover implementation of the Women’s policy in general to promote the wellbeing of the female students, teaching and non-teaching women staff of the college is an added feature of the WDC.
The Directions issued by University Woman Development Cell (henceforth referred as UWDC) will apply to all cases and/or complaints or allegations of sexual harassment:
By a student against a co-student, an employee or any member of the management
By an employee against a student, another employee or member of the management
By a member of the management against a student or an employee.
The Directions issued by UWDC will also apply in respect of all cases and/or allegations of sexual harassment:
By a student, employee or member of the management against a third party or an outsider.
By a third party or an outsider against a student, employee or member of the management.
Composition of the WOMEN DEVELOPMENT CELL at college level
The WOMEN DEVELOPMENT CELL at college level consists of:
The Principal of the college is ex-officio President of the Cell.
Two woman staff members and one male staff member from the teaching staff of the college are nominated by the Principal.
One of the woman teaching staff members nominated by the Principal is the Convener of the WDC.
One woman representative from an NGO nominated by the Principal.
One of the members is a person representing from SC/ST/DT/NT/SBC/OBC nominated by the Principal.
One girl student representing the Students nominated by the Principal.
More than 50% of the members are women.
One woman member of the non-teaching staff nominated by the Principal.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE WOMEN DEVELOPMENT CELL
To prevent sexual harassment and to promote the general well-being of female students, teaching and non-teaching women staff of the University and affiliated colleges/institutions.
To provide appropriate working conditions in respect of work, leisure, health and hygiene to further ensure that there is no hostile environment towards women at work places and that no women employee has reasonable grounds to believe that she is disadvantaged in connection with her employment.
To create social awareness about the problems of women and in particular regarding gender discrimination.
To arrange gender sensitization workshop for First Year students.
POWERS AND DUTIES OF WOMEN DEVELOPMENT CELL
To ensure implementation of the Directions issued by UWDC in the college.
To process all the individual complaints concerning sexual harassment that may be received from any person and take suitable action thereon in the manner and mode more particularly set out hereinafter. In case of the complaint against the Principal/member of the Management the CWDC shall direct the complainant to approach the UWDC for redressal of grievances.
To depute members of the CWDC to attend and participate in the workshops and training programs that may be arranged by the University Cell for members of CWDC of colleges/institutions in connection with these Directions.
To implement the programs for the spread of awareness of these Directions as may be formulated by the University Women Development Cell.
To arrange to distribute all the publications of the University Cell concerning these Directions amongst the teachers, non-teaching employees and students.
To exercise such powers and perform such other functions as may be conferred or imposed on it by/under these Directions.
To do all such acts and things as may become necessary to carry out the purpose of these Directions.
*For further information regarding procedure for investigation of complaints and penalties and punishments for sexual harassment refer the following link: