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Sau Dhuni Teen is a collaborative project between CIS-A2K and the following Higher Education Institutions—

  • Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women's Studies Centre (KSPWSC), University of Pune
  • Centre for Indian Languages in Higher Education (CILHE),Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

They are going to collaborate on a Wikipedia-based project to increase resource material in Marathi and Hindi for Women's Studies and interdisciplinary social sciences—

The KSPWSC is a reputed centre of teaching and research in Women’s Studies in India ( It has been especially commended for its work in bilingual teaching (Marathi and English) at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. It has nearly two decades of experience of experimenting with bilingual classrooms, and of producing pioneering pedagogic materials in Marathi. The MA in Gender and Development is one of the flagship courses offered by the KSPWSC. The Centre also offers courses at the Certificate level, and does some teaching in the University's affiliated colleges.

The CILHE is a relatively new centre at TISS Mumbai which aims to create national networks for production and dissemination of resource material in Indian languages for the entire spectrum of higher education curricula.

Project scope[edit]

Under the Sau Dhuni Teen project, student and faculty volunteers will write digital content on one hundred notable persons, one hundred key books, and one hundred key concepts relating to women's studies, gender studies, and more broadly, interdisciplinary social sciences, between January 2015 and March 2016. Marathi and Hindi will be the two focus languages, with the potential of adding other languages and other institutional partnerships in future. The content contributors will be the very students who are undergoing the courses at WSC, and the research staff and faculty of the WSC who can volunteer some time.

The project's goals include:

  1. Increase access to information regarding key concepts relating to women's studies, gender studies, and more broadly, interdisciplinary social sciences in Marathi and Hindi on a digital platform.
  2. Editing, enhancing and creating new articles or content related to women's studies, gender studies, and more broadly, interdisciplinary social sciences
  3. Increase total number of editors on Hindi and Marathi Wikipedia.
  4. Increase the number of photos on Wikimedia Commons related to the above mentioned themes.


Building on the collaborative knowledge production model pioneered by the Wikipedia, our project draws on the very people who will use the resources and turn them also into knowledge producers. It is a strong part of our pedagogic philosophy that instead of top-down lecturing or conventional class expositions the students should strengthen their competences in their field of study by grappling with primary texts and concepts, and learning how to annotate them by picking out the most important issues raised by the authors. They will learn the basics of content generation and Wikipedia editing through two special workshops conducted by KSPWSC faculty, the first to be conducted in March 2015 and the second in August 2015.

Outreach programs[edit]