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Manohar Parrikar School of Law, Governance & Public Policy

Erstwhile Centre for Women's Studies/Department of Women’s Studies


Rajendra S. Gad
Senior Professor of Electronics

Year of Establishment : 2021

Office Phone : +91-8669609165

Email : [email protected]


The Manohar Parrikar School of Law, Governance and Public Policy encompasses the disciplines of Law, Public Administration, Women's Studies, Social Work, Tribal Studies and Disability Studies. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Chair in Leadership and Governance is associated with this School.

There are two distinct reasons for the establishment of the Manohar Parrikar School of Law, Governance and Public Policy in the Goa University. The first is to create within the only public University of the State a living memorial of Shri Manohar Parrikar, our late Chief Minister whose immense contributions to the people-centric public policies are widely recognised and celebrated. The School is named in the memory of a national leader who was widely recognised for his commitment to good and effective governance and popular public outreach. The second reason is to create an academic entity within Goa University that will conduct policy-relevant research and offer advanced programmes in applied social sciences, thereby contributing to the creation of a well-trained cadre of public policy professionals in the State.

Goa stands at a very interesting intersection with multiple claims on development, local aspirations and public policies. The state needs well designed research on environmental development for which effective formulation and implementation of public policies are the most important to make public administration and governance more effective and adaptive to the new demands and challenges. Goa University seeks to contribute by establishing an academic entity for research and training in the areas of public policy, administration and governance which can assist legislators, officials and public servants at all levels in the performance of their duties. The Manohar Parrikar School shall act as a knowledge hub, where public policy experts, practitioners and members of the wider public will get a chance to deliberate on ideas of good governance and to carry out research.

Currently the Manohar Parrikar School offers programmes that lead to both M.A. and Ph.D. in Women's Studies as well as MSW with specializations in i) Health and Development, ii) Community Organization and Community Development Practice, iii) Social work Practice with Children, Family and Youth, iv) Gender and Development, v) Tribal Development and, vi) Working with People with Disabilities. Both the M.A. Women’s Studies and the MSW Programmes are designed to facilitate critical thinking, develop new knowledge, with a commitment to social change. We strive to use new and inclusive methods of knowledge production in our efforts to bridge theory and practice. The programmes aim at developing the research capacities in students to engage academically and practically with social realities. The pedagogy includes extension activities, hands on training, research, documentation, advocacy and field action within the wider community, while networking with organizations committed to social empowerment at the state, national and international arenas.

Other programmes that will soon be offered in the Manohar Parrikar School include: 1) LLM, 2) MA Public Administration, 3) MA Rural Development 4) BSW, and 5) BA Women’s Studies

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  • Academic programmes leading to a Degree / Diploma / Certificate :

    Programme Programme Director Intake
    L.L.M.Time Table | Syllabus 2023-24 --
    M.A. Public AdministrationTime Table | Syllabus 2022-23 --
    M.A. Women's StudiesTime Table | Syllabus | Syllabus 2022-23 Aparna Prasad Lolayekar19
    Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)Time Table | Syllabus | Syllabus 2022-23 Rajendra S. Gad-
    Ph.D. Women's Studies--


    Name Designation Areas of Interest
    Sanskruti AyirAssistant Professor (Contract)Study of Exclusion and positive discrimination policy analysis through feminist ethnography and subaltern theories focusing on marginalized community women.
    Shaila DesouzaProfessorGender, Health, Development, Law and Violence
    Alisha Gracy Fatima DiasAssistant Professor (Contract)Community Health, Mental Health, Human Development and Environment
    Sunil FrancisAssistant Professor (Contract)Violence Against Women and Ethical issues
    Vijay M. GawasAssistant ProfessorHuman Rights and Constitutional Law, Tribal Rights, Child and Disabilities Rights, Women Rights, Labour Rights, Legal aid, Consumer protection and environmental aspects.
    Sara Mahima GeorgeAssistant Professor (Contract)Creation of New/Small States in India
    Aparna Prasad LolayekarAssociate ProfessorGrowth and Development Economics, Gender and Development, Spatial Econometrics and Spatial Data analysis
    Joycy ManlunAssistant Professor (Contract)Problems of Tribal in Frontier India
    Ruchika K. NaikAssistant Professor (Contract)Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence and Administrative Law
    Divya ParmarAssistant Professor (Contract)Constitutional Law and Public Policy, Postmodern Discourses, Feminist Thought, Power and Sexuality
    Sulochana Suresh PednekarAssistant ProfessorGlobal Health with special emphasis on Reproductive health of Women, Education, Sanitation and Environment
    Prachi PrabhuAssistant ProfessorGender, Feminist history, Sexuality
    Vaibhavi RaneAssistant Professor (Contract)International Law, Human Right, Investment and Trade Law
    Kajal RivankarAssistant Professor (Contract)Gender & Health, Gender & Environment, Family and Child Welfare
    Siya SangodkarAssistant Professor (Contract)Phenomenology, Philosophy of Social Sciences, Gender and Community
    Vasudha SawaikerAssistant Professor (Contract)Higher Education, Ethics, Pedagogy, Exclusion, Caste
    Vithai ZaraunkerAssistant ProfessorGender, Caste and Tribe

    Superannuated Faculty:

    Name Designation Areas of Interest
    Nishtha DesaiAssistant ProfessorWomen's Studies, Feminist literature, Laws and policies relating to children's rights