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IIT Bombay makes Gender Awareness course must for Students

For the first time in the institute’s history of 63 years, a compulsory, non-credit gender awareness course, ‘Gender in the workplace,’ will be offered to students at all levels. While many institutes offer gender sensitization workshops for students, this is likely the first time an IIT has instituted a mandatory course.

The course has been designed by IIT Bombay’s Gender Cell in accordance with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013 and IIT Bombay policy against sexual harassment in online mode in both English and Hindi. As per Rowena Robinson, convenor of the Gender Cell, and Sahana Murthy, co-convenor, the course emphasizes that it is important to understand this social and cultural context to bring about a change in attitudes and tackle gender inequalities and sexual harassment seriously.