Mother Teresa Women's University
Directorate of Distance Education
About the University
Mother Teresa Women’s University is situated in Kodaikanal, a hill station set at the edge of a mountain lake, tucked away in the Palani Hills of South India. “Kodaikanal” means “gift of forest”. Thick patches of tropical mountain forests known as “Sholas” drape its valleys. This undulating mountain range with eucalyptus, wattle and pines grown extensively breathe an inner harmony unobtainable in other hill stations. Situated at 2,100 metres above sea level and only ten degrees North of the Equator, Kodaikanal has an ideal climate. People resort to this hill station lured by its exquisite scenic beauty and pleasant weather. Kodaikanal is accessible by road from Batlagundu and Palani. Its nearest Railway Station is Kodai Road and nearest Air Port is Madurai.
Origin of the University.
Mother Teresa Women’s University earns a distinctive place in the higher educational system as the only University exclusively devoted to women’s issues. The University was established in 1984, by the enactment of Tamil Nadu Act, 15. As enunciated in the Act, it is given the responsibility of monitoring, offering consultancy services, and research in the area of Women’s Studies. The renowned Late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Thiru.M.G.Ramachandran envisaged the University to grow in the long run as an Institute of International standing, facilitating staff exchanges, guest lecturing and collaborative researches with other Universities of India and abroad in the area of Women’s Studies. Rightly it is named after Mother Teresa, a saint of our times and a woman of infinite humanity. Mother Teresa, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, was hailed by Jawaharlal Nehru as ‘the refuge of the disabled’. Her selfless compassion and simple clarity stretching beyond the frontiers of language, culture and nationality, have translated her life into a vocabulary of love for the poor and the downtrodden. Hence the very naming after Mother Teresa lays special emphasis on the University’s commitment to the welfare of the rural women folk, destitute women and women in impoverished state besides furthering the advancement of learning and prosecution of research in Women’s Studies.
Motto and Monogram.
Mother Teresa Women’s University has adopted as its motto, “Towards Equal Status” an English version of Poet Bharathi’s clarion call for “சரிநிகர் சமானம்”. It was during the Bharathi Centenary Celebrations that the Government of Tamil Nadu announced its decision to establish a Women’s University. To Mahakavi Subrahamania Bharathi, belongs the distinction of inspiring and celebrating Women’s equality at a time when the national struggle for independence was as its height. He challenged the society, ‘Would we hurt one of the eyes to spoil the vision thereby?’ His firm conviction was that given suitable opportunity, women will be the avant-garde force undertaking all tasks on par with men. This concept of equality is manifested by the University’s monogram in the form of a balance, with the figures of a man and woman placed on equal level, supported by a vertical beam of books, topped by a lamp to denote the acquired wisdom which will dispel that darkness of ignorance.
Aims and Objectives
The University is invested with the following functions.
1.Furthering advancement of learning and prosecution of research in different areas of Women’s Studies in multidisciplinary field.
2.Monitoring women’s education at all levels in the State.
3.Offering consultancy services in the area of women’s development and,
4.To serve as a change agent through its outreach programmes in empowering and transforming women’s life.
About 50 per cent of the world populations are women. Informatively their contribution to the society has been unacknowledged. Women have been rendered mute, invisible, subordinated and marginalized. This is reflected in the epistemology being generated every where. The University has drawn up curriculum of social sciences and humanities in such a way as to bring in the richness and complexity of social experience a new gender perspective. Mother Teresa Women’s University recognizes the inter-multi- trans-disciplinary nature of Women’s Studies. Women’s Studies comprehending all the faculties of the University has a pivotal role in employing a unique undivided, integrated approach in analyzing the issues, problems and concerns of women as these are also global issues.
Directorate of Distance Education
The Directorate of Distance Education of Mother Teresa Women’s University was started in 1988 at Kodaikanal. Its mission is to empower women through education, especially women who for some reason are deprived of studying through the regular mode. The Directorate of Distance Education seeks to break the boundaries which block women from pursuing higher education by taking education to the homes of women who cannot go to regular college. Our goal is higher education for every woman who desires it. We aim to extend not only equal but equitable opportunities of education to women who desire the privilege of higher education, to be pursued at their own place and time, simultaneously with the demand of a job or domestic commitments. The Directorate of Distance Education is a boon to career women who aspire to enhance their personal and professional competence-to home bound women who wish to profitably use their time and resources to satisfy their deferred academic aspirations-to the rural girls who have no access to the mainline educational system. The Directorate of Distance Education now functions from Kodaikanal and has also many study centres in major cities and town to reach out to more women and to offer more academic support to them. Keeping in mind the changing needs of our society the Directorate of Distance Education offers courses to equip women to enter new areas in the world of Management, Business Administration, Information Technology in addition to offering add-on programmes in traditional disciplines. It has also extended its frontiers by offering Diploma and Certificate courses to those who work among the women at the grass root level in NGO management, Self Help Groups, Community Health Workers, Women Leaders in Political and Civic Administration. Thus the Directorate of Distance Education is committed to provide access to affordable, supportive and flexible but quality education to all women seekers of knowledge from all walks of life.
Objectives of the Directorate of Distance Education
The objectives of Directorate of Distance Education has formulated for itself for:
1.Fulfilling educational gender gap
2.Provision of equal educational opportunity
3.Expansion of higher education for women
4.Life long and need based education
5.Provision of opportunity for Higher Education to all sects of women
6.Moldings the candidates for gainful employment
7.Special focus on profitable self employment
8.Individual personality development
• Students friendly fees
•Opportunity to all eligible women
•Programmes designed to meet social and career needs Parallel and Add on courses
•Regular programmes in selected Off-Campus centres