Jawaharlal Nehru Avenue, Durgapur - 713214, Paschim Bardhaman, West Bengal, India

Affiliated to Kazi Nazrul University , Asansol

DST-FIST Sponsored & NAAC Accredited College with A Grade in 2017 (2nd Cycle) with UGC 12(B) and 2(f) status

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The Committee for Gender Sensitization and Prevention against Sexual Harassment at Workplace came into being in Durgapur Government College a decade ago, on November, 2006, in compliance with the guidelines on sexual harassment prevention in the workplace, issued by the Honourable Supreme Court of India in 1997. It was then called the Cell for Gender Sensitization and Sexual Harassment Protection. Its primary objective was sensitization and creation of awareness about gender justice among the academic and non-academic community in this educational institution. From the day of its inception, the cell was very active in its stated purpose. The members emphasised upon conducting regular campaigns and workshops among students to make them aware of the evils of gender discrimination and the ways to alleviate them so as to create a balanced and equitable working environment for all. Along with this, the cell had often organized seminars, and interactive sessions with eminent speakers and activists in the past. While such programmes saw a large number of attendees both from the teaching and student community, sometimes students became active participants when they made posters for competition or for exhibition, or worked as student volunteers. The members of the said cell had also propagated their ideas through the Notice Board of the said cell.


Women volunteers of the Gender Sensitization subcommittee interacting with visitors in the Annual Exhibition of 2012.

This subcommittee is entrusted with spreading awareness about gender equality and prevention of sexual harassment at workplace following the VISHAKHA guideline of Supreme Court and endorsed in SAKSHAM report of the University Grants Commission. Presently, the cell has been going through a phase of reconstitution necessitated by the guidelines called Saksham, issued by the UGC as measures for ensuring the safety of women and programmes for gender sensitization on campuses. Plans for gender sensitization through more workshops, and interactive sessions, putting up a wall magazine by students and organizing self-defence workshops for girl students are already underway.


The activities of the cell are given below:

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The cell publicized the policy of Zero Tolerance against Sexual Harassment adopted by the college by putting it up on the notice board at the entrance of the main college building. 


Aug. 2007

Workshop organized in the college campus for creating awareness among the students about gender discrimination and sexual harassment. 


Nov.and Dec. 2007

Several members of the teaching faculty who were members of the cell participated in gender sensitization and implementation of supreme court guidelines workshops outside, like in Jadavpur University or in Durgapur Women’s College.


Feb. 2008

State level seminar on ‘BiponnoNari: Pratibaad O Protirodh’ ( Endangered Women: Protests & Preventions) was organized by the cell in the college premises.


August, 2008

State level UGC sponsored workshop on ‘Equality-Inequality in India: Through the lens of Gender’ was organized by the cell members.


Nov. 2008

The cell took an initiative to organize an interactive session with the students by SANHITA, an NGO, on the topic of ‘Reproductive Health of Women’


Nov. & Dec. 2008

Members of cell participated in seminar on ‘Women and Law’ at Jadavpur University and in conference on ‘Renegotiating Intimacies: Marriage, Sexualities and Living Practices’ organized in Rabindra Bharati University.


October, 2012

Cell members along with student volunteers participated in the Annual Exhibition of the College by organizing a display of awareness literatures. The Cell also conducted a survey among its visitors on sexual harassment


Dec, 2012 & Jan. 2013

a)     Postering in campus protesting and condemning the brutal gang rape and murder of Nirbhaya at New Delhi in December, 2012.

b)      Special gathering was organized on 08.01.2013 in view of the rising atrocities against women throughout the country


Jan. 2013

A lecture cum interactive session on “Gendering and its Remedies” with eminent  social activist Prof. Saswati Ghosh was organized on 16.01.2013 within the college premises which was attended by representatives of various high schools and colleges along with the teachers, students and staffs of the college.


March, 2013

a)     Postering was done to commemorate 8th March, the International Women’s Day.

b)      Poster competition among students of the college to mark the International Women’s Day.


Sept. 2013

a.     A lecture cum interactive programme by members of the cell on the topic of Gender Sensitization among B.A. & B.Sc. students was conducted.

b.      Cell members conducted a small survey on women empowerment at the NGO, P.C. Roy Institute of Entrepreneurship Development and published their findings on the college journal COMMUNIQUE, on its March, 2014 issue.


Dec. 2013

An awareness programme on Female Foeticide was organized by the cell in collaboration with a Government registered NGO SPEED, Burdwan.


Nov. 2013 to March 2014

Displays on the Notice Board regarding the objectives of the cell and the Vishakha Guidelines, Gender Equality and International Women’s Day.


Jan. 2015 to Oct. 2015

Displays on the Notice Board featured an obituary on Prof. Jasodhara Bagchi, one of the pioneers on women’s rights in Bengal, the salient features of the Saksham Report of UGC and on International Women’s Day.


Dec. 2015

A poster exhibition by primarily student volunteers from the department of Chemistry on Acid Attack on women and its Remedies was put up as part of the Annual Exhibition in the college premises.


March. 2016

A seminar widely participated by the students, teachers and staffs of the college was organized by the members of the cell to uphold the rights of women on the International Women’s Day.


May 2016 to Nov. 2016

The members of the cell carried on a class campaign building awareness on gender sensitization among students of different departments.



The committee has done a survey among the students on ‘sexual harassments’ at the college level during the annual exhibition on 2 and 3 January, 2017. It plans to start a campaign on the same issue shortly. Besides, the committee members have started class campaigning on gender equality from 31st of January, 2017


Teachers and student volunteers in the stall put up by Cell for Gender Sensitization in the annual exhibition in 2012


Resource persons of the NGO SPEED Burdwan in the awareness programme against female foeticide, organized by the Cell for Gender Sensitization and Sexual Harassment (Protection) in 2013


Obituary to Prof. Jasodhara Bagchi on the Display Board of Cell for Gender Sensitization and Sexual Harassment (Protection) in 2015



Member of subcommittee and Student Volunteer for Cell for Gender Sensitization addressing the audience on 8 March, 2016 to commemorate International Women’s Day