Political Socialization of Girls through Education of an Indian University: A Case Study of Utkal University, Odisha | Abstract

Global Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
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ISSN: 2319-8834


Political Socialization of Girls through Education of an Indian University: A Case Study of Utkal University, Odisha

Smita Nayak

More than six decades after Independence, women’s education in India has remained largely neglected. Education, being a factor of modernization and empowerment, needs to receive due emphasis and attention. It is not enough that a good policy is made. It is more important to ensure that this policy is implemented. In our country, there has been a big failure in putting to policies and programmers on women’s education. Further, educational institutions help in building personality and shaping the orientations, ideas and beliefs of individuals. In this respect, institutions of higher education have a special responsibility. Healthy and innovative socialization in Colleges and Universities would better prepare women to successfully face challenges of life and play their roles in the society as well as state. The main objective of this study is to find out how much the girl students in higher educational institutions learn about the way they would have to face different challenges of life and successfully play the roles assigned to them at different steps of life. Does this socialization help them make right choices about their academic career, professional life and life partner? Does it contribute to their social and political efficacy? The study has thrown light on these aspects. The methodology applied for the study is both empirical and analytical. The study was conducted in the Utkal University, Vani Vihar, which was established in 1943. It consists of 27 post graduate departments and 16 Sponsored Courses. The student’s strength is around 3,000 out which girl students number is 1,208. Over the years, the number of girls’ students has considerably increased. This indicates increasing interest of the society in women’s education. Unlike at the lower level, the dropout rate of girls’ students in the University is quite low. This is also a positive development for women’s education. The sample consists of 120 girls selected from different Post Graduate departments of the University. Data were collected through a questionnaire.

Published Date: 2020-07-29; Received Date: 2020-06-19