Understanding Discrimination In Higher Education



The incidence of discrimination in education, especially higher education is reported almost every day in covert or overt form all round India. Discrimination follows a particular pattern i.e it is by and large aimed against dalits and linguistic minorities. The resultant of discrimination is suicides, drop-outs, low enrollment ratio of some particular groups of society and, preventing dalit children from full participation in their classrooms, thereby barring them from accessing the most important tool for social mobility. The percentage of atrocities against dalits in campus is rising every year. According to NCRB data the atrocities have been rising from 17.1% in 2013 to 19.4% in 2014. The government tries to address the issue through commission and omission but it always fails to develop any faith among dalit student and their organizations. The atrocities are such that like suicide is termed as institutional murder which ultimately results in waste of talent. Only benefit out of the whole mess is that dalits are united and through various forums they are coming up with some serious questions and attacking the basic foundations which have made one caste dominant over other. In Indian scenario discrimination has a long history of almost 3000 years which make the fight against discrimination long and persistent as it is still carried out explicitly and implicitly. In this paper I have tried to address the sociological reason behind discrimination followed by some empirical evidences and commentary by dalit scholar.


dalit and linguistic minorities, NCRB, discrimination

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