The Centre for Empowerment of Women was established in the year 2002. Anna Universitybeing the premier technical university is the most ideally suited institution for the starting of this centre. There are nearly 500 lady teaching faculty and around 600 research scholars at Anna University from various disciplines of science and technology and a lot more women in the affiliated colleges of Anna University besides the non-teaching women staff and students of Anna University. With so many women scientists and technologists this centre can be a catalyst to facilitate transfer of technology to rural areas to improve the quality of life of women.
Genesis for the Centre:
The Seminar on "Academic Challenges for Women in 21st Century" was conducted by the Anna University during November 30 - December 2nd 2000. After the Conference the conclusion arrived at was, to quote, "Use of Engineering and Technology: Universities, Colleges, and other Research Institutions may be requested to involve a few urban - rural women in technical seminar and product oriented workshops to find out what type of technological help or equipment they want. This will give an application oriented focus to research".
As a consequence, a second seminar on "Empowerment of Women through Technology and Science" was organized during August 29 - 31, 2002 at Anna University. This was designed as an outreach programme for the women from rural and urban areas belonging to the self help groups. During this occasion the Vice- Chancellor of Anna University declared that the University would start a Centre for Empowerment of Women.
Agencies involved with the Activities of the Centre:
- Tamilnadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd
- Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru
- Science City, Chennai
- Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board
- Mahalir Thittam, Project Implementation, TNCDW