UGC asks institutes to form a committee to oversee discrimination cases against SC, ST students
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Times News Network
Aimed at curbing caste-based discrimination, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has instructed its affiliated colleges and universities to establish a committee that would look into the discrimination complaints received from SC/ST and Other Backward Classes (OBC) students, teachers and non-teaching staff. This announcement was recently made by the HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ at the Lok Sabha.
UGC reported a total number of 66 and 6 cases of discrimination for SC and ST students, respectively, in the academic session 2017-18. In addition to the SC/ST committee, UGC will also be offering financial assistance to its affiliated colleges and universities to set up ‘equal opportunity centres’. The agenda of this scheme is to oversee the effective implementation of policies and programmes for disadvantaged groups, to offer academic, financial and social guidance and counselling, and to boost diversity within each campus as well.
Provision of anti-discriminatory faculty advisors for SC/ST candidates to look into their problems and advise accordingly, and appointment of student counsellors to address personal, psychological, academic and family-related issues and providing sports and extra-curricular activities, have also been initiated. Establishing counselling centres, provision of anxiety helpline, and setting up a disciplinary action committee to take urgent action against complaints of ragging, discrimination based on caste, creed, religion and gender, etc., have also been suggested by the UGC.