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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.

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