Equal Opportunity Cell
Guidelines of EOC
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. Emphasis to the deprived groups for learning and creating space for them to mainstream themselves will be the main focus of Equal Opportunity Cell in order to enhance the employability and success. 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. Students from different socioeconomic background and with a variety of cultural diversity come to Presidency University for higher studies. To ensure equity and equal opportunity to every stakeholder of this university, Equal Opportunity Cell was established in 2015 at this university. Any stakeholder of this university may approach this cell if he or she feels any denial of equity and equal opportunity in the campus. He or she can submit a written complaint to the office of the Dean of students or mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cell has the following aims and objectives and functions.
Aims and Objectives To oversee the effective implementation of policies and programmes for disadvantaged groups, to provide guidance and counseling with respect to academic, financial, social and other matters and to enhance the diversity within the campus.
i. To ensure equity and equal opportunity to the community at large in the university and bring about social inclusion.
ii. To enhance the diversity among the students, teaching and non-teaching staff population and at the same time eliminate the perception of discrimination.
iii. To create a socially congenial atmosphere for academic interaction and for the growth of healthy interpersonal relationships among the students coming from various social backgrounds.
iv. To make efforts to sensitize the academic community regarding the problems associated with social exclusion as well as aspirations of the marginalized communities.
v. To help individuals or a group of students belonging to the disadvantaged section of society to contain the problems related to discrimination.
vi. To look into the grievances of the weaker section of society and suggest amicable solution to their problems.
vii. To disseminate the information related to schemes and programmes for the welfare of the socially weaker section as well as notifications/memoranda, office orders of the Government, or other related agencies/organizations issued from time to time.