The Women’s Studies Centre at Cochin University of Science and Technology was established in 2010 as per the UGC XI plan
guidelines for development of Women’s Studies in Indian Universities and Colleges. The centre has adopted an interdisciplinary
approach to the academic engagement with gender and its intersection with science, technology, engineering, and social sciences,
supporting emeritus and post-doctoral research work. The centre has collaborated with various government and non-government agencies
and institutions in its bid to create and further the awareness on various topics of interest to women such as safety, entrepreneurship, skill
development, legal awareness, technology, health, nutrition, research methodology, well-being, etc. The centre has also engaged in research
related to the issues of tribal women, marginalized women, women in unorganized labour, women engaged as frontline health workers etc.
Apart from academic and research activities, the centre has engaged in socially responsible outreach activities as well. The centre has
collaborated with NGOs and citizens’ groups in disaster relief work and in post-disaster rehabilitation and livelihood support activities.
Harnessing its unique academic and geographic characteristics, the centre aims to position itself as an advanced centre for research and
social action in the areas of women’s and gender studies.