Diploma in Gender Studies and Women Empowerment

Program Overview

Learning Efforts Mode of Learning

5-7 hrs /week


Duration Last day to Apply

6 Months

Applications accepted on Rolling basis

The Diploma Program in Gender Studies and Women Empowerment is an interdisciplinary course designed to equip you with the critical research tools and skills needed for women studies in the humanities. Gender and Women’s Studies is an emerging and growing area of academic inquiry today. There is an urgent need to address issues related to gender questions in India and beyond from an academic perspective.

The course provides a systematic introduction to feminist theory and highlights women's contribution to culture and history alongside critical analysis and theorization of the meanings assigned to the category 'woman' in philosophical, literary, socio-cultural, historical and political thought. There is an ever going focus on women empowerment which is well reflected through various schemes and programmes launched by all levels of the government. This academic program shall delve deep into the theory and practice of what it means to ‘empower’ and create a pool of skilled young individuals passionate in gender issues.

Program Structure

Course Details:

Gender studies and women empowerment is an emerging area of academic inquiry and research with the focus of the world turning towards women, the domain demands skilled professionals having an in-depth knowledge and expertise in the field. The focal areas of the program shall include: Concepts and Theories in Gender & Women’s Studies, Women and Social Institutions, Gender and Power, Gendered Bodies and Sexualities, Constructing Gender through Literature, Film, Visual Arts, International policies and programmes, Advocacy, Research Epistemology, Women and Law, Women and Politics, Government Schemes and welfare institutions.

Course Council:

The course has been conceptualized and designed under the leadership and mentorship of the stellar governing council with active support and cooperation from the Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU).

Program Delivery

The Program shall be completed over the course of 6 Months and divided into 4 papers. Each Paper is compulsory and submission shall be in form of an assignment. All papers shall have a predefined thematic area and subject specification which allow the students to track their learning progress throughout the duration of the program.

General Candidates

Paper 1 INR 3162
Paper 2 INR 3162
Paper 3 INR 3162
Paper 4 INR 3162
Total INR 12,650/- Only

Below Poverty Line (BPL) Candidates

Paper 1 INR 2530
Paper 2 INR 2530
Paper 3 INR 2530
Paper 4 INR 2530
Total INR 10,120/- Only

Students with one or more of the following qualifications shall be eligible to pursue the Diploma Programs from Indian Institute of Governance and Leadership (IIGL)

  • Students who have completed their 10+2.
  • Undergraduate Students pursuing any UG course from any university/deemed to be university/college/institute.
  • Post Graduate Students.
  • Working Professionals/Researchers.


Students completing the diploma program can go on to pursue careers in the areas of research, advocacy through national and international non-profit organizations, join government bodies like National Commission of Women and other State Women Commissions, join international organizations like UNDP, UN Women among others working in the sphere of gender equality and promoting women empowerment efforts. Other graduates of the program can also take up teaching, journalism and also join the civil service. The program combines problem solving, structural analysis, project development and management with a comprehensive theoretical and critical examination of the political, cultural, legal, and socioeconomic practices that make up our increasingly complex political process.

Students shall not only develop quantitative and qualitative analytical skills but also receive an exposure to the real world political processes and development which shall enhance their managerial skills.

The other benefits are:

  • Level of studies is much higher than a regular diploma or certificate program.
  • Programs contain subject based assignments and domain related webinars and optional workshops.
  • The student gets an in-depth knowledge in the particular field to prepare them for entry level employment.
  • The specialized knowledge and skills gained during the program equips students secure internships and various allied employment opportunities.
  • During the course get an optional opportunity to meet and interact with noted practitioners and policy makers in the field.