The Ministry of Human Resource Development will soon be reportedly stopping funds for the study of social discrimination in various universities. This decision, if implemented in the coming time, highlights how the government is straying away from its promise to support the discriminated masses.
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has already received a letter from the University Grants Commission (UGC) which states that “UGC will not provide financial support to the centre after the end of XIIth Plan as per the order received from MHRD.”
Many say that the impending decision will drastically affect study and research on social exclusion and caste discrimination in India. The Wire quoted one Delhi University professor as saying that the move was ironic considering the fact that UGC was funding Vedic studies while it was cutting the fund for social discrimination studies.
Around 35 Centres across the country will be affected by the decision.
“UGC doesn’t want to fund such Centres because studying about caste is not important for it,” said one DU professor.