Women’s Studies of Bharathiar University is the most unconventional and a new entrant into the academia. The Centre for Women’s Studies of Bharathiar University was started in December 2004 and it was upgraded to Department of Women’s Studies in May 2008. It has been funded by the University Grants Commission. It aims to develop socio- economic empowerment of women of all categories in order to create a society of gender equality and social justice. Women’s studies is a scholarly enquiry into social reality from women's perspective and tries to find explanations and remedies for the unequal position of women in the society.
The discipline is unique in that it emerges from activism and experience and therefore underlines the connections between knowledge, experience and social transformation. Knowledge must initiate action at individual and collective levels.
Women's Studies is not to be misunderstood as some overarching critique of male perspectives. It is a discipline that seeks to assess and challenge the interlinked oppression in society viz. Class, Race, Caste and Gender. It seeks to re discover the experiences and knowledge of the marginalized sections in history and in contemporary societies. It seeks an understanding of the material and ideological structures of women's oppression. This requires an understanding of the social, cultural, historical, political and economic milieu. Thus, Women's Studies is by definition interdisciplinary.
As per the U.G.C. guidelines the activities of the department revolve around the following
Department of Women's Studies,
Coimbatore – 641 046.