Saturday, April 5, 2008
Caste Inequality in EFL-U (II)
Regarding the students:
The data we collected basically is from the last two academic years and data previous to that was not provided by the academic section of the administration. What are our findings? Reserved seats are at least filled up in the case of students. But that hardly is enough. Somehow there are hardly any Dalit students climbing up into the unreserved charts in the M.A. courses. This is definitely representative of the fact that at the levels previous to post graduate studies there has to be greater attention paid at the stratum of policy making to incorporate more Dalit students into the fold of education. Special attention also needs to be paid to poorer sections of the Dalit population to help them avail of certain privileges they are entitled to legally. The cases are markedly different for MPhil, PhD scholars. But reservations in these courses have started only in 1997. So we need a longer time span to judge whether the trend is a positive or a negative one.
Also there has been a specific case where a Dalit student from the worst of economic backgrounds has been denied access to a prime grant in the university on the flimsiest of grounds and the matter remained overlooked for a long time. Details are not to be published as requested by the concerned people.
Gender biases also seem to be omnipresent amongst reserved category students. The PhD list of 2007-’08 should be an indicator, also the M.A. lists over the two years we are taking into consideration. PGDTE and PGDTS reserved category populations are yet again valid in terms of reserved category seats being filled but the striking male female ratio is overtly biased in favor of males, in some cases there being no female candidates admitted.