Universities, colleges urged to nominate gender champions

India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all universities and affiliated colleges to ensure the early nomination of ‘Gender Champions’ from among students who will lead efforts to make campuses more inclusive and spread gender sensitisation. The apex regulatory body for higher education in India has also asked the institutions to fill up the online compliance details, reports PTI.

“In order to increase the outreach for creating an environment that fosters equal treatment, the government envisages Gender Champions in all educational institutions across the country as responsible leaders,” UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said in a letter to vice-chancellors and college principals.

Gender Champions can be both boys and girls above 16 years of age enrolled in educational institutions and will facilitate an enabling environment within their schools, college and academic institutions where girls are treated with dignity and respect, he said.
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