GU constitutes committee to tackle caste based discrimination
GUWAHATI: Amid sporadic incidents of assaults on dalits in several parts of the country, the Gauhati University (GU) has constituted a seven-member committee, headed by university vice-chancellor PJ Handique, to look into the discrimination complaints to be received from SC, ST, OBC students, teachers and non-teaching staff.
In a latest notification issued recently, GU authority has advised its faculty members and officials to be more sensitive while dealing with incidents of caste discrimination. “All officials and faculty members are requested not to indulge in any kind of discrimination against any community or category of students,” said the notification issued by the university registrar.
GU vice-chancellor Handique said that, though, any untoward incident related to caste discrimination has not yet been reported in GU campus, the committee has been formed as a requirement to thwart the possibility of occurring any such discriminatory abuse. He said that the committee has been made functional based on UGC guidelines.
Apart from the vice-chancellor being the chairperson of the committee, the university registrar has been named as a member of the committee. Secretary, University Classes at GU is also a member and the convener of the committee. The other members of the seven-member committee are- professor Bhaben Tanti (Botany department), professor Anjali Daimari (English department), professor Bhupen Narzary (Bodo department) and professor Jagat Swargiary (Disabilities studies department).
The notification stated that for any complaints regarding caste based discrimination at any level, especially with reference to SC, ST, and OBC castes, a separate link has been provided on the official website of GU for lodging such complaints of caste discrimination by SC and ST students.