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Abstract

Education is a fundamental human right and it is necessary, irrespective of gender, to achieve the goal of basic education for all. There is limited representation of women in many sectors of Indian society; however, women form a higher percentage of college professors in Karnataka. Women's support of one another plays an important role in higher education and they can balance both professional and personal life. Women enter the teaching profession because of the flexibility in time, which helps them manage both professional and personal lives simultaneously. Women are working in all the sectors, i.e., education, medical, engineering, transportation, etc., but they continue to face gender discrimination as most professions are dominated by men. Women have proven themselves to be mentally strong as they work hard and successfully manage both family life and professional space together. The present study focuses on the important role that women play in higher education, constraints faced by them in the teaching profession as well as problems faced while balancing professional and personal lives. For the survey, open-ended research questionnaires were framed. The study concludes that participation of women in higher education plays a vital role. The study suggests remedial measures to overcome constraints faced by females in the profession of teaching. Hence, the present paper focuses on the importance of women in higher education and what problems they are facing in higher education. It also throws light on the balance between personal and professional lives of women.

Note on the Author

Prashanth Kumar C.P. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Commerce, East West College of Management, Bangalore. He is pursuing a PhD at Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. He has more than 12 years of teaching experience in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Teaching and research are his passions. Mail id: prashanthkumar54@gmail.com

Santhosh V. is an Assistant Professor, Department of Commerce, Kristu Jayanti College. Bangalore. He is pursuing his PhD at Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. He has over 8 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level. Mail id: santhuv2@gmail.com

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