24 July, 2021

A Dissonance In Saraswati’s Divine Veena

The spectre of caste prejudice lingers on even in our most prized institutions

Vivek Pateria
A Dissonance In Saraswati’s Divine Veena

UGC’s Solutions

  • Joint committee should be set up, comprising faculty and students, to examine the social atmosphere
  • Both policy and mechanisms must be developed to foster social harmony
  • A special office called ‘equal opportunity office’ should be set up to implement remedial coaching programs for SC/ST students.
  • Social justice ministry must closely monitor reservation implementation
  • SC/ST students should get adequate representation in various college committees and cultural programmes


There are no happy endings in this tale, only tragedy. A series of heartrending stories have shone the spotlight on the plight of Dalit students in some of India’s premium educational institutions. According to a recent report prepared by Insight Foundation, around 18 students belonging to the scheduled caste scheduled tribe (SC/ST) and other backward classes (OBCs) have committed suicide in...

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