“India is a country of diversity. It is a hub of different religions, castes and cultures. However, the Indian society is characterized by a highly entrenched system of social stratification. It is these social inequalities that created the barriers of denial of access to materials, cultural and educational resources to the disadvantaged groups of society. These disadvantaged groups are SCs, STs, women, OBC (non-creamy layer), minorities and physically challenged persons. It is clear from the demographic factors that a large section of population of our country is still disadvantaged and marginalized.” “Since higher education is a tool for social and economic equality, the UGC has been addressing national concerns of access, equality, while ensuring the standard of quality and relevance of education by implementing policies of the Government of India and promoting several schemes and programmes for the disadvantaged groups that would help in eliminating social disparities”. “India is potentially rich in human resources. To harvest the same and make the present education system inclusive, the degree of democratization of higher education has to be increased to a large extent. Further colleges should become more responsive to the needs and constraints of the disadvantaged social groups. Therefore, the UGC has planned to establish Equal Opportunity Centres (EOC) in colleges/Universities”. The broad aims and objectives of EOC are: “To oversee the effective implementation of policies and programmes for disadvantaged groups, to provide guidance and counselling with respect to academic, financial, social and other matters and to enhance the diversity within the campus.” (UGC Guidelines for Scheme of Equal Opportunity Centre for Colleges, XII Plan (2012-2017), p.1).
Primary Functions of EOC:
The primary functions of the EOC, according to the UGC Guidelines, and as specified in the letter of the Secretary, UGC, dated 26th January 2016, are:
Other functions of EOC as stated in the EOC guidelines:
Equal Opportunity Centre at TISS
In response to the UGC’s XII Plan guidelines, and its subsequent reminder letter cited above, the TISS set up the Equal Opportunity Centre (EOC) on June 11, 2021 to carry out the above stated mandatory functions. Besides the above stated functions, the EOC, TISS has the following additional responsibilities:
The EOC, TISS shall function in the following manner:
Administrative Structure of EOC:
Note: In place of the present EOC established in 2021, there was Social Protection Office (SPO) established in 2012.
Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) for SC/ST Cell & OPEM Cell
Prof. Shalini Bharat
Chairperson, SAC (Director, TISS)
Prof. Surinder Jaswal
Deputy Director, TISS
Col. R. M. Joshi
Prof. Avatthi Ramaiah
Liaison Officer, SC/ST Cell
Prof. Sandhya Rani
Liaison Officer, OPEM Cell
Dr. Ritesh Khunyakari
Convenor, Special Cell, Hyderabad Campus
Dr. Sampat Kale
Convenor, Special Cell, Tulapur Campus
Ms Navaneeta Deori
Convenor, Special Cell, Guwahati Campus
Prof. P.K. Shajahan
Dr. Sandhya Limaye
Prof. Vijay Raghavan
Prof. H. Beck
Dr. Akhilesh Yadav
Standing Advisory Committee- Part of EOC
The Standing Advisory Committee is to address the issues that may arise in the process of the SC/ST Cell and OPEM Cell implementing their mandated objectives such as (a) implementation of reservation and (b) protection of the SC/ST, OBC, PWD and Minority category employees of TISS from caste/tribe/identity based discrimination, harassment and atrocities. It also suggests measures for achieving the objectives laid down by various government agencies. The Committee meets at least twice a year to take decisions on matters relating to SC/ST/OBC/PWD/Minority category employees of TISS. The Committee is chaired by the Director of the Institute, and has faculty representation, including women from SC, ST, OBC, Minority, and PWD categories.
The SC/ST Cell and OPEM Cell have a common SAC, although each Cell has its own independent and exclusive LO in Mumbai campus, and Convenors for other campuses of TISS, viz., Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad campuses.
One of the objectives of TISS’ Equal Opportunity Centre (EOC) is to see that there is an effective SC/ST Cell and OPEM Cell addressing the issues of students and employees of TISS. It is with this intent, the EOC takes lead in conducting Standing Advisory Committing (SAC) meeting.
Contact for Office of EOC
Dean, Equal Opportunity Centre.
E mail: < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Ms. Nirmala Momin
Ms. Jitkaur Golait
Mr. Vikas Gawari,
Lower Division Clerk
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