Women in higher education: Aspirations and expectation
Author(s): Anjali Tiwari
Abstract: The vistas of gender as a discipline is enormous. When we talk about relation between the disciple of education and its relation with gender, then this terrain is equally heterogeneous. If we scan/explore through the rich literature on gender and education worldwide, it become apparent that the majority of the existing literature pertains to primary education, and there is dearth of literature in the field of higher education among women. Most of the studies which are done in these areas specifically discuss about the problems faced by women in access and excel in the higher education. There are very few studies who talk about the aspiration and expectation of society from these educated women and vice versa, i.e., the expectation and aspiration of women who are pursuing higher education. In this research paper, the researcher has tried to understand this arena of higher education of women. In the first section of the paper, the researcher has tried to create an overview of higher education and the major trends related to gender in this arena worldwide and in specific context of India. In the next section, the researcher tried to elaborate upon the varied expectations of society from the educated females and how it has changed over the course of development of India. For this purpose, the researcher tried to trace the development of higher education of females in India and the ideology which was governing these developmental initiatives.