Centre for Women Development (CWD)

Center for Women Development was Inaugurated on January 22nd, 2014. The Chief Guest for the function was Dr.Suvarna, , Special Commissioner (watersheds) Government of Andhra Pradesh. The Guest of Honor for the Program was MsVanithaDatla, CFO & Executive Director, Elico Ltd. and Mr.& Mrs. P.Sanjay Ram. . Prof.J.Mahender Reddy, Vice-Chancellor, presided over the event, in the presence of Smt.Shobha, our co-founder.

The function a precursor to another important milestone in the history of Icfai Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE), a deemed-to-be University under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956, was celebrated with pomp. The Center for Women Development initiative aims to take a proactive role towards empowering women both at home and at work place. The center aims to address issues confronted by women and go beyond on a positive note.

At IBS, Hyderabad the ratio of female students is more than 50%. A more or less similar ratio also exists among the Faculties and Research Scholars at IBS. These numbers by themselves reflect of a significant mark in terms of policy of our institutions in women development.

It can be said that on the level of Human development, education and knowledge being an important variable in the Human Development Index (HDI), our University is already contributing its share. Also, our law school at University is held by Prof.Hemalatha, our co-ordinator finance is held by Prof.Vijayalakshmi, our Associate Dean (MDP) is held by Prof.Maleshwari and our Research Scholars Program co-ordinator is Prof.Sindhuja – all women in high positions in our University.









Dermatology and Cosmetology Camp

January 09, 2015

Center for Women Development, IFHE organized a Dermatology and Cosmetology Camp at IFHE Campus on the 9th January, 2015. Dr. V. Swetha, M.B.B.S., D.D.V.L., Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetologist at Sankhya Hospitals, Hyderabad, Trained in cosmetology under Dr Madhavilatha Vemula ,IACD , with her team of 5 members led the camp. The objective of the camp was to advice students and faculty on healthy skin, how to take care of skin and hair, and the scientific procedures that are currently available to resolve certain problems connected with skin and hair. The Services provided in the camp included:

  • Free Consultation
  • Skin imaging
  • Hair Analysis Report
  • Cosmetological advices

The camp was a thumping success with the doctor and her staff continuously engaged in consulting and solving queries that clouded the minds of students and faculty. Team Aaina was also a part of this wonderful and knowledgeable Dermatology and Cosmetology Camp. It was truly a very enthralling experience for all. Thank you Dr.Swetha.





Guest Lecture on December 19, 2014

Conducted by : CWD

Speaker : Prof.Susheela Kaushik

With the objective of sensitizing the need for gender studies in Higher education, Prof.Susheela Kaushik, former Joint Secretary and General Secretary of Indian Association of Women's Studies was invited for guest lecture on December 19, 2014. Prof.Susheela Kaushik is also former Member and Co- Chairperson of the Committee on UGC scheme on Capacity Building for Women Managers in Higher Education in India and a member and Chairperson on many Committees of UGC and NAAC.

Prior to delivering her lecture on 'Gender Mainstreaming Higher Education, with special reference to Management Education', she interacted with the members of Center for Women Development on varied research areas/ projects that can be undertaken, and also emphasized the need to create sustainable livelihood for women in rural areas.

Members of Center for Women Development with Prof.Susheela Kaushik





Prof. G.B.Reddy, University College of Law, Osmania University and Director, UFRO delivered a talk on "post Nirbhaya initiatives", as part of Center of Women Development (CWD) activities on April 10th (Monday), at 2.50 p.m. at LT B in IBS campus. Dr.Padmavathi (IBS) along with Dr. Jayanti Reddy (FoL) and Dr. Elizabeth (FST) had coordinated the event. Prof.Pratap Reddy (FoL) introduced the Chief Guest.

From the talk of Prof. G.B.Reddy, it is understand that the government is making mandatory for all organizations and institutions, to have one internal complaints committee consists of at least 3 employees and at least one independent member who is a lawyer, social worker or NGO having the relevant expertise and experience mentioned under the Sexual Harassment Act and rules. IFHE as an institution may have to consider this.

50 students, 3 FoL Faculty and 25 male IBS Faculty had attended and actively participated in the meeting. The presence of more male faculty members is a welcoming sign of more gender sensitized IFHE Faculty

Centre for Women Development (CWD), IFHE, has joined as the Principal Sponsor for Women’s Leadership Conclave which has been designed by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) & the Indian Women Network (IWN) at Hotel Avasa, Hyderabad, on 17th March, 2017. Women’s Leadership Conclave’s objective is to enable women to see things from an empowering new vantage point, help them grow in career by enhancing physical, emotional, social and financial securities.

Ms. Sailaja Kiron, MD, Margadarsi group, Ms. Swathi Lakra, Additional Commissioner, Crimes & SIT, Hyderabad City Police and Mr. Bharani KumarAroll, Secretary, Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC) are key note speakers. Panel Discussion with Panellists Ms. Vishnu Priya, Head, Women’s Forum, Society for Cyberabad Security Council, Telangana, Dr. Didem Atahan-Fabig, LMHC, MPH, Psychologist, Ms.Rajani Seshadri, Chair Woman, IWN Tamilnadu, Executive Coach, Tata Consultancy Services, Ms.Vinutha Rallapalli, Early Stage Investment Expert, discussed on physical, emotional, social and financial aspects of women. The Program concluded with a workshop on Self Defence by Rudramadevi Self Defence Academy.

With the status of “Principal Sponsor” of the Conclave, ICFAI University Branding was done and the Branding & Communication department installed a stall in the venue, to brand ICFAI University. CII – IWN acknowledged ICFAI University as the “Principal Sponsor” in all mailers. ICFAI Logo is positioned in the Wings of the backdrop at the Conference Venue. The panel thanked the ICFAI University in Special Announcements at conference venue. A 2 min video film about ICFAI University was exhibited during break hours. One Full Page brief write-up about ICFAI University was included in the Conference documentation kit.

Around 300 delegates from working professionals, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and academia participated in this event. IFHE represented this event with 19 participants including teaching and non teaching staff (list is at the end). Prof. Geetanjali, IBS got the participation certificate in write up competition, as part of the event on challenges of women. Dr.V.Padmavathi, Convener, CWD, coordinated with the CII – IWN, Branding and Communication Department, ICFAI University, teaching and non – teaching staff of IFHE. Mr.Sudhakar Rao, in - charge Branding and Communication has arranged all the necessary branding requirements at the venue. With sizeable number of teaching and non – teaching staff participation of IFHE, along with sponsoring the event reiterates ICFAI group’s commitment to the cause of Women Empowerment.


As part of CWD Research Activities, contributions of few members of the CWD in publications are

a) Laila Memdani and Shilpam Dubey (student IBS Hyd) “Women Empowerment and Economic Development of the country: Contributions of Dr. Ambedkar” Indian Economic Journal Vol. 1, April 2017,P.152-160(ABDC-C), Centenary year Special Issue Sage Publication ABDC

b) T.Koti Reddy and I.R.S.Sarma”Dr Ambedkar Perspective on Women Empowerment-Its relevance to the present scenario in India”The Indian Economic Journal, Journal of the Indian Economic Association,Centenary year special Issue,Volume.1,Article/20,April 2017,P.152-160(ABDC-C)


As part of CWD Research Activities on women issues, seed money projects of IFHE secured by

a) Dr. S. Vijaya Lakshmi, Professor (Finance and Accounting) and Dr.Debajani Sahoo Associate Professor( Marketing & Strategy), IBS Hyderabad, "Determinant attributes of senior Citizens Staying at old age home with a special Focus on Women" secured IFHE seed money project.

b) Dr.Padmavathi.V & Dr. Sashikala IBS – Hyderabad “An empirical study on Insurance Products for Marginalised Women in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh” , secured IFHE seed money project.


CWD Convener, Dr.Padmavathi, participated in an interactive Session with Craig Preston, Managing Director, Inspirational Development Group, on Leadership Development and High Performance Teams in the VUCA World on 12 July 2017 at ISB (Indian School of Business), Hyderabad


CWD – IFHE sponsored 15 students (list is at the end) to attend work shop “Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship for a better workplace" on 11 August 2017 scheduled from 1000 to 1700 hrs at School of Management Studies, University of Hyderabad, Gachibowli, Hyderabad.

List of Participants Women’s Leadership Conclave

  1. Abdul Khader - Branding
  2. Y.Srinivasa Rao - Branding
  3. Rajendra Prasad - Branding
  4. Shireesha - Marketing
  5. Balakrishna - Marketing
  6. Rafiq - Marketing
  7. Phaninder - Marketing
  8. Prof. P. Sasi Kala
  9. Prof. Padmavathi.V
  10. Prof.Sitamma
  11. Prof.Ratnaja
  12. Prof.Madhavi
  13. Prof.Anita.C
  14. Prof. Laila Memdani
  15. Prof.Geetanjali
  16. Ms. Manorama – HR
  17. Ms. Indira – HR
  18. Ms.Sreelatha – Academics
  19. Ms. Sudha – Admin.

List of participants of CII's IWN Workshop on Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship for a better workplace":

  1. Prof. A. Chandra Sekhar (FST, IFHE)
  2. Sarvan
  3. Balkrishna
  4. Jaideep
  5. S.Viswateja
  6. Dinesh Reddy
  7. R.Santosh Kumar
  8. Ravi Kiran
  9. K.Rahul
  10. Hemang Rao
  11. Tahsin
  12. Gursikh Panesar
  13. Swaraj Mintu
  14. Abhilash
  15. Surya Jakka


Workshop on 'Gender Sensitization in Management Education'

Center for Women Development, IFHE, organized a five-day Workshop Titled ‘Gender Sensitization in Management Training’ from March 30th to April 03, 2015. The resource persons of the Workshop were : Prof.Susheela Kaushik, Former Director of Women’s Studies at Delhi University, Prof.Reicha Tanwar, Director, Center for Women Studies, Kurukshetra University, Prof.Usha Rani, Director, Center for Women Studies, Sri Venkateswara University and other experts in this field.

With increasing number of women entering professional life, growing issues concerning women and gender relations, sensitizing men and women, towards achieving better, deeper understanding and empathy towards each other had been the aim of this Workshop. The recent developments and laws on Women harassment in workplaces, how women need to manage professional and personal lives, the support systems that help women excel, the flexibility work models that benefit women, importance of leadership, mentoring and networking, concerns over gender inequity in academic governance, are some of the topics that were discussed in the Workshop.

The Workshop was attended by faculty from Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Open University, Global Education Center, and Faculty from IFHE. The Workshop was very informative, interactive, and fruitful, provided a platform for experience sharing and learning for the participants.





On the occasion of ‘International Women’s Day’ on 8th March 2017, Centre for Women Development, IFHE celebrated the International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, with the theme ‘Role of women in entrepreneurship and innovation – a bold perspective for change’. A business training program was also organized for around 50 rural women entrepreneurs from the nearby villages surrounding IFHE Campus (Janwada, Dontanapally, Gopularam, Mokila, and Kondakal) .

The program was presided by the Vice Chancellor of IFHE, Dr. J Mahender Reddy. Smt. Sobha Rani Yasaswy, President, ICFAI Society graced the occasion. The women of honor for the event were Smt. A Kalamani – Ex Officio Member – Executive Director & COO, Andhra Pradesh Mahila Abhivruddi Society (APMAS), Smt. T Ranganayaki - Retd. Sr. Manager and Head of the Women Development Cell, Andhra Pragati Grameena Bank, Kadapa, Smt. D P Vasundhara – NGO Cooperative Development Foundation and Consultant to APMAS, Ms.Sravanti, Project Manager Microsoft and Smt. Aruna – Social Entrepreneur – Bamboo House India and Recycled India.

The key note address was delivered by Smt. A Kalamani on the topic ‘Be bold for change’, where she emphasized that every household, city and nation should become bold to create an equal identity to women. She stressed that could be made possible only by providing equal rights to women, ensuring a safe and secure environment free from harassment, imparting them education, and giving them freedom to become economically independent. She conveyed that it is the right time to break the stereotype and steer the change.

Ms.D.P.Vasundhara, NGO Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) spoke on elimination of Rural Poverty through the functioning of Cooperative Finance for women entrepreneurs. Ms.Vasundhra gave them tips to save money and how to invest it for small business. Prof.G.K.Srikanth, Faculty, IBS in his session dealt about Business ideas with minimum capital. Ms. Aruna Lingam- Social Entrepreneur -BAMBOO HOUSE INDIA and RECYCLEDINDIA explained Skill development techniques on recycling from waste material through her live videos and shared her experiences and the challenges which she faced while starting her business. Ms.T. Ranganayaki – Retd.Sr. Manager and Head of the Women Development Cell, Andhra Pragati Graameena Bank, Kadapa. The techniques of Procurement of loans for women entrepreneurs were discussed. She presented the services and facilities provided by NIRD, Hyderabad in training women to start their own business. She even distributed brochures on skill development programmes offered by NIRD, Hyderabad to the participants. Ms. Harika, Faculty FST demonstrated Digital Transactions using mobile Phones. Ms.Sravanti, Sr.Software Engineer Microsoft conducted a session on Digital Marketing. Ms.Jayanthi Faculty, Law college FOL, IFHE spoke about Leadership and qualities of a good leader by giving examples of successful sarpanches of India.

The FST Diector,Prof.Srinivas Reddy, Prof.Koteshwar Rao Co-ordinator of Centre for Entrepreneur development, area co-coordinators and faculty members across all disciplines including Law, FST, administrative staff, Mr.Sudhakar from branding department, press and electronic media attended the Inaugural function. ‘Red Bull’, the health drink sponsored drinks to the participants.

The program concluded with the Valedictory Session, the participants received Certificates from Prof.Shailajan-Dean Academics and kits from Ms.S.Vijayalakshmi followed by Vote of thanks by Prof.V.Padmavathi convenor of the Program.

Celebration of International Yoga Day

On the occasion of International YOGA DAY, 21st June, 2015, Center for Women Development, IFHE organized a Guest Lecture title 'YOGA AND LIFE', by Prof.Kulpreet Singh, Faculty from Art of Living. Prof.Kulpreet Singh highlighted the importance of Yoga and the

The lecture was followed by 'YOGA ASANAS' by Prof.Kulpreet Singh and Prof.Anita Acharya, faculty from IFHE. The event was attended by more than 25 students who enthusiastically performed YOGA ASANAS.









Health and Nutrition Awareness

12th September, 2014 CENTRE FOR WOMEN DEVELOPMENT (CWD) along with Team Sankalp went to one of the neighbouring village Maharajapet for the awareness programme about Health and Nutrition. The Team of 10 CWD members and 12 Club Sankalp members reached out the village at 9:45AM in the institute’s bus. The agenda was to make the women aware about the values of health & nutrition and to become aware about the standing of the village. The members of CWD created awareness on hygiene and sanitation among the women. Proper hand wash techniques were demonstrated by the members to inculcate good hygiene habit. Samples of the Healthy and Nutritious food were distributed among the women of the village who attended the programme. The samples included bananas and sprouts and also soaps.

A survey was conducted to get acquainted with the current state of affairs and prevailing status of the people in village, so as to plan future drives accordingly. The survey that was conducted through verbal Q&A/interactions with the available villagers revealed that the population of the village is estimated to be around 3500 with around 1200 houses. The health care facility is at its abject and there were lack of medical representatives and health care centres to take care of even the basic requirements arising out of day to day errands. There is even lack of awareness among the villagers regarding agricultural practices, including the knowledge about the apt ways to use the fertilizers. The interactions with the villagers also suggested that at least 50% of the women in village are employed, of which a majority is employed at IBS Campus only. Also, people are keen on sending their kids for higher education but due to insufficient funds they are unable to do so. The awareness drive took a halt for the day only to come back on a future date and serve the solutions to varied needs with the intellects available at the "Management School" and the within spectrum of the Team.

CWD
CENTRE FOR WOMEN DEVELOPMENT