School of Gender Studies

Projects & Initiatives


State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW)


The SCRW aims to prepare state action plans on issues related to women, and to ensure implementation of gender sensitive programmes, laws and schemes. It is mandated to work on inter-sectoral issues affecting women by undertaking research, maintaining gender related data, and engaging in training and capacity building programmes for enhanced understanding on women’s issues and issues related to women from vulnerable and marginalized communities in particular.   Project Director: Prof. Gyanmudra, Chairperson, School of Gender Studies Status: Ongoing

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Sakhi One Stop Centre (OSC), Telangana


The One Stop Centre (OSC) Scheme provides a range of services including police facilitation, medical aid, psycho-social counseling, legal counseling and temporary shelter to women affected by violence in an integrated manner under one roof. In Telangana the Sakhi OSC Centers as an initiative of the Department of Women Development and Child Welfare, Government of Telangana in partnership with a) Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Hyderabad campus as the knowledge partner entrusted with the overall responsibility of training, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, and b) with various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as implementation/support agencies for recruitment of the staff and ...

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Conditional Cash Transfers and Child Marriages in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana: An Exploratory Study


The study deployed qualitative research methods of semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions with government officials, non-governmental organization representatives, religious leaders, families of beneficiaries, adolescent girls, and front- line workers. The field work was conducted in November-December 2018 and in all, 43 individual interviews and 6 focus group discussions with 84 individuals were done. Our findings indicate that the conditionality of minimum legal age at marriage for granting of financial assistance has led to public perception of child marriage as a detrimental practice. However, negative spin-offs such as the reinforcing of dowry and inflation of marriage expenses appears to have ...

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Study on the Effectiveness of Child Sponsorship in the Lives of Sponsored Children


The study followed a mixed method approach, involving both qualitative and quantitative data. The modes of data collection were Household Survey for the quantitative data and Key Informant Interviews with Teachers, Anganwadi workers, members of Community Based Organizations and ADP staff. FGDs were held with the sample of sponsored children and their parents. The Findings were – (a) Inclusion of communities and direct benefits to RC; (b) Perception about Sponsorship; (c) Awareness of criteria for inclusion; (d) Inclusion of the most vulnerable; Benefits to community from ADP; (e) Reasons for leaving sponsorship; (f) Expanding the inclusive nature of WVI activities; ...

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Study of the functioning of Observation Homes in Telangana


Three Observation Homes (Hyderabad, Warangal and Karimnagar) were identified for the study. The CCLs and the staff at these Observation Homes were interviewed regarding their experiences, opinions, roles and responsibilities in order to identify the challenges faced by both the staff and CCLs during their stay at the Observation Home. The Superintendents, Supervisors, Counsellors, House Mothers and Probation Officers were interviewed to gain insights about their understanding of their roles as per the JJ Act and Model Rules. The study highlighted the lack of adequate staff at the OHs as they did not have professional teachers, counsellors, vocational trainers etc. ...

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Perceptions about Child Abuse: An Exploratory Study in Two Districts of Andhra Pradesh (2018)


Two districts were chosen for this study – East Godavari and Krishna in the state of Andhra Pradesh where the operations of the international funding organization are ongoing. This study did a Purposive Maximum Variation Sampling. East Godavari district has 2 urban and 62 rural mandals while Krishna district has one urban and 49 rural mandals. In East Godavari, the two urban mandals were selected as well as three rural mandals. The rural mandals were selected based on the criteria of literacy rates – one each from the lowest quintile, from the middle quintile and from the highest quintile. Similarly, ...

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