Empowering Academic Leadership: Gender Equality Training at Integral University Lucknow

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One Week Training Program on “Gender Equality in Academic Leadership”(July 6th–12th, 2017)

Integral University, a regional Centre for Academic Leadership and Education Management (CALEM) AMU, Aligarh successfully completed the One Week Training Program on “Gender Equality in Academic Leadership” (July 6-12, 2017). In the inaugural session, the Director HRDC Integral University warmly welcomed the participants and said that “in the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery but in the twentieth century, the paramount moral challenge is the struggle for gender equality or gender justice around the world.". Gender sensitization appears to be a major issue in Indian society; therefore, the course is to ensure the professional development of the teachers in order to broaden their mental horizon and to sensitize them to the mission of quality, education and nation building through gender justice.

Mrs. Azra Waseem, Director, Techno Academic School, Lucknow, the Chief Guest of the Inaugural Session stated that men and women need to be sensitized towards gender issues, the boundaries that exist between colleagues and how such boundaries are crossed. Dr. Faiza Abbasi, Assistant Director, UGC Human Resource Development Centre, AMU, Aligarh, the Guest of Honor of the Session said to help men and women be aware of gender biases, to help them resolve interpersonal conflicts arising from gender issues and enable them to act assertively and respond to challenges in the workplaces equally. Mr. Mohd. Nasir from the Department of Law, AMU, Aligarh held the first session on the topic “Women Empowerment in CSR & ISR, that is Corporate/ Institutional and Social Responsibility for Academic Leadership. He said that at large women are good for business specially executive-level and the importance of corporate sustainability lies individual and corporate social responsibility. In the world order, there is more pressure from various affairs to pursue more socially responsible behavior of the individuals. Mr. Nasir shared the data that women have been making big waves in the world of business.

The lectures were held on issues i. e. women in higher education, women in nature conservation, women in education, and perspectives on gender, gender justice, and governance issues. Dr. Faiza Abbasi spoke on women in nature conservation and explained the term ‘Eco-criticism as the study of the relationship between literature and the physical environment. Eco-criticism is the study of literature and the environment from an interdisciplinary point of view, where literature scholars analyze texts that illustrate environmental concerns and examine the various ways literature treats the subject of nature. It is an intentionally broad approach that is known by a number of other designations, including green (cultural) studies, ecopoetics, and environmental literary criticism. Earth has seen ages, civilizations emerging and dying, bombings and disasters—it still stays and the same has been the case with women.

In the Valedictory Session, Prof. Syed Aqeel Ahmad, Director HRDC, Integral University congratulated the participants and wished them good luck for their ad infinitum success for future endeavors. Dr. Syed Nadeem Akhtar, Director Planning and Research distinguished between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and said that leaders must not wait to have an official designation, he stressed on demonstration of excellence in academics. Prof. AP Vijapur, Chairperson Department of Political Science, AMU described the traits of effective leadership and also gave expert opinion on teaching and learning process, especially the e-ways of knowledge hunting. Prof. Aqil Ahmad, Controller of Examinations, Integral University mesmerized the audience by his poetic, jovial and short interaction. The training program was hosted by Dr. Tariq Faraz and at the end Mr. Zeeshan Raza Khan, Dy. Director, HRDC proposed the vote of thanks.

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