Visit of Chinese Delegation from Tsinghua University, Beijing (10th August, 2018)

A delegation from Tsinghua University Beijing, China, visited the Women Studies and Development Centre, University of Delhi on 10th August, 2018. The delegation of twelve students, mostly of science background, was lead by their teacher Dr Lian Shidong.  The funds contributed by the University Alumnus, with the aim to learn from different sources, made it possible for the delegation to visit different Indian institutions. They were visiting educational institutions, technology giants and banking sector in different major cities of India.

The Delegation was welcomed by Dr Manjeet Bhatia, Associate Professor, WSDC.

It soon followed by a brief presentation by Dr D. Parimala, faculty CIE, on some general facts of education in India and cultural impediments towards women’s and education in particular. Dr Bhatia gave a brief outline of Women’s Studies in India. Giving a brief history of birth and growth of Women’s Studies, she enumerated the current challenges of women’s studies in India. Due to limitation of time the rest was left to discussion.

The speaker for the event, a student of Department of Civil Engineering, Liu Tianshu spoke on the existing Chinese political environment and how it shapes the policies around women’s issues. He shared that Tsinghua University is the leading University of China offering courses on Engineering, Social Sciences and Arts. Coming to women related policies of the government, he illustrated that government supports Chinese women to be progressive and working in all spheres of life. He also shared that previous policy that was made to control the population was modified as it proved regressive towards women.

The one child policy adopted in 1979 had in October 2015 been converted to two child policy, keeping in mind the declining sex ratio in China. During discussion, the Tsinghua university students added that despite the legal set up by the government, there have been cases of sex selective abortions and checks on it have been initiated.

These brief presentations were followed by a session on open house discussion.

During the discussion some questions which were raised centered on the prevention of sexual harassment policies both in China and India. Unlike the policies on the prevention of sexual harassment in institutes in India, there was no such provision in China. However, there are other legal remedies. Another visiting student inquired about the policies regarding prevention of sexual harassment in India and was informed by a student about the various existing shades of policies against Sexual Harassment in different educational institutions. Adding to it, Dr Manjeet Bhatia informed the gathering about the Internal Complaints Committee(ICC) of University of Delhi that is based on the Law, {sexual harassment of women at workplace (prevention, prohibition and redressal) Act, 2013}, that replaced the University Ordinance on the issue, on 9 January, 2014. All the sections (faculty, staff and students) are represented in the ICC. All the Colleges and Institutions of University of Delhi have constituted their own ICCs in accordance with the provisions of the 2013 Act.

It was acknowledged that both China and India have lot in common and such interactions should be a regular affair. The event came to a close with Ms Aditi Krishna’s vote of thanks.

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