Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy

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The Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP) was established in Goa University in May, 2008 under the XIth Plan of the University Grants Commission. 

The CSSEIP, Goa University promotes interdisciplinary research on the varied forms of social marginality and exclusion in India. The aim of CSSEIP is to study the various aspects of social exclusion by creating awareness about the theme in various communities as well as creating a cadre of scholars and activists in the area of social exclusion. The objective is to create ideas and knowledge to facilitate an inclusive society.

Centre is primarily involved in research in the area of exclusion and discrimination experienced by marginalized communities, namely, Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Castes, religious minorities and other socially excluded groups like physically and mentally disabled, AIDS patients, etc.
The Centre has been involving in activities of empowering these groups by providing platform for advocacy and articulating their voices and concerns through organising seminars, workshops, symposia, lectures, etc. on related topics.

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 I. The Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP) was established in Goa University in May, 2008 under the XIth Plan of the University Grants Commission.

II. The UGC has approved continuation of the Centre during the XII Plan period. (F.No.1-12/2006 (SCT) dated March 30, 2012).and has further requested the Centre to fill the approved posts. (The details of the various Posts are given below).

III. Aims and Objectives of the Centre:
The UGC has identified the following objectives:

• Conceptualizing discrimination, exclusion and inclusion based on caste/ethnicity and religion.
• Developing understanding of the nature and dynamics of discrimination and exclusion.
• Contextualizing and problematizing discrimination, exclusion and inclusion.
• Developing an understanding of discrimination at an empirical level.
• Formulating policies for protecting the rights of these groups and eradicating the problem of exclusion and discrimination.

IV. Functions:
The UGC has identified the following objectives:

• Collecting information on Social Exclusion and building up a data base
• Carrying out detailed analyses based on the socio-economic data generated by government agencies
• Organizing regular conferences, seminars and symposia on the theme of social exclusion
• Publishing regularly the research findings of the faculty and students
• Organizing public lectures on the subject by eminent scholars
• Reaching out to scholars, especially young scholars, in other universities and colleges through an active programme of inviting visiting faculty
• Establishing links with Civil Society Organizations engaged in combating Social Exclusion
• Undertaking M.Phil and Ph.D. supervision.
• Teaching courses at M.A. and M.Phil. levels, leading eventually to full- fledged M.Phil. & M.A. Programmes in Social Exclusion studies.
• Short-term Orientation courses for political leaders, parliamentarians, government officials, trade unionists and media personalities.

V. Posts approved by the UGC in 2008:
Under Teaching and Research Faculty:
Professor cum Director - (one post); Reader cum Deputy Director (two posts); Lecturer cum Assistant Director (three posts); and Research Associate (two posts).
Under Non-teaching Staff:
Research Assistants (two posts); Professional Assistant (one post); Data Entry Operator (two posts); Library Attendant (one post); Attendant (one post).

VI. Presently the Centre has the following staff:
Faculty and Staff:
Sl.No. Designation Date of joining
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences is the
Coordinator of the Centre(Additional Charge) From the inception of the centre onwards.

1 Assistant Professor-cum-Assistant Director (one) From 24/05/2010 onwards
2 Research Assistant (one) From 01/06/2010 onwards
3 Professional Assistant (one) From 14/12/2009 onwards
4 Data Entry Operator From 14/11/2009 onwards
5 Data Entry Operator From 16/11/2009 onwards
6 Attendant (one) From 02/09/2010 onwards

Note:
(a) Prof.A.V.Afonso, former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences was the Coordinator of the Centre (Additional Charge) from its inception in Mar-April 2008 to 31st Dec.2012.
(b) Dr.Ishwar Singh, Assistant Professor cum Assistant Director was relieved on 19th Jan.2013, and Dr.Sadanand B. Sugandhi, Assistant Professor cum Assistant Director was relieved on 30th April 2013.
(c) Appointments of Staff Members at serial nos. 1 to 6 above are until March 2017.

VII. Activities of the Centre
Ever since its inception, the Centre has undertaken the following activities:
Programmes organised:

Programmes organised:
1) Workshop on ‘Caring for the Mentally Challenged' on 16th May 2008.
2) National Seminar on ‘Including the Tribal communities in the Developmental Processes: Contemporary Concerns of an Old Debate' on 15-16th Jan. 2009.
3) National Seminar on `Inclusive Growth and the Marginalised' on 24 March, 2009.
4) Lecture on ‘Tackling Social Exclusion in Health, Education, Food Security: Learning from Venezuelan Experience' by Dr. Abhay Shukla on 9th March, 2010.
5) Lecture on ‘Inter-caste and Inter-faith Marriages: Aspects of Citizenship and Social Exclusion' by Dr. Megha Pansare on 13th March, 2010.
6) Workshop on ‘Social Exclusion of Tribals: Emerging Issues of Livelihood, Governance and Identity' on 18th March 2010
7) Symposium on ‘Globalization and the Grassroots: Issues of Development and Equity' on 23rd March, 2010.
8) Symposium on ‘Impressions of Goa: Mainstream, Margins and Media' on 31st March, 2010
9) A Lecture on ‘Social Exclusion Discourse in Medieval India' by Prof D. Sundaram on 12th April, 2010.
10) A Debate on ‘Should Caste be included in the Census?' on 13th July, 2010.
11) A presentation on ‘A Critical Study of Constitutional, Human and other Rights of Tribes in Goa' by Mr. Vijay M. Gawas, Lecturer-cum-Assistant Director, CSSEIP, GU on 21 July, 2010.
12) A symposium on ‘The Marginalized Voices in the Literature of Western Coastal India' on 7th September, 2010.
13) A Seminar on ‘Democracy and Social Exclusion: Some Paradoxes' by Dr. Ishwar Singh, Lecturer, CSSEIP, Goa University on 23rd December, 2010.
14) A lecture on ‘Religion and social responsibility' by Prof. M.D. Thomas on, 14th January, 2011 in association with Department of Philosophy, Goa University.
15) A seminar on ‘Dalit Movement in India: an Appraisal' by Dr. Sadanand B. Sugandhi, Lecturer-cum-Asst. Director, CSSEIP, Goa University on 19th Jan. 2011.
16) A workshop on ‘Socio-Economic Exclusion of Vendors: An Emerging Issue of Livelihood and Rights' on 31st March, 2011.
17) A Symposium on ‘Civil Society versus the State: Does it contribute to inclusive growth?' on 23rd August, 2011.
18) A Symposium on ‘Whose News, Whose Views?: Democratic Aspirations & Challenges before Media' on 21st September, 2011.
19) A National Seminar on "Social Exclusion Discourse in the Thought of Phule, Ambedkar, Gandhi and Nehru" on 12 & 13th March, 2012.
20) Workshop on ‘Caring for the Mentally Challenged' on 16th May 2008.
21) National Seminar on ‘Including the Tribal communities in the Developmental Processes: Contemporary Concerns of an Old Debate' on 15-16th Jan. 2009.
22) National Seminar on `Inclusive Growth and the Marginalised' on 24 March, 2009.
23) Lecture on ‘Tackling Social Exclusion in Health, Education, Food Security: Learning from Venezuelan Experience' by Dr. Abhay Shukla on 9th March, 2010.
24) Lecture on ‘Inter-caste and Inter-faith Marriages: Aspects of Citizenship and Social Exclusion' by Dr. Megha Pansare on 13th March, 2010.
25) Workshop on ‘Social Exclusion of Tribals: Emerging Issues of Livelihood, Governance and Identity' on 18th March 2010
26) Symposium on ‘Globalization and the Grassroots: Issues of Development and Equity' on 23rd March, 2010.
27) Symposium on ‘Impressions of Goa: Mainstream, Margins and Media' on 31st March, 2010
28) A Lecture on ‘Social Exclusion Discourse in Medieval India' by Prof D. Sundaram on 12th April, 2010.
29) A Debate on ‘Should Caste be included in the Census?' on 13th July, 2010.
30) A presentation on ‘A Critical Study of Constitutional, Human and other Rights of Tribes in Goa' by Mr. Vijay M. Gawas, Lecturer-cum-Assistant Director, CSSEIP, GU on 21 July, 2010.
31) A symposium on ‘The Marginalized Voices in the Literature of Western Coastal India' on 7th September, 2010.
32) A Seminar on ‘Democracy and Social Exclusion: Some Paradoxes' by Dr. Ishwar Singh, Lecturer, CSSEIP, Goa University on 23rd December, 2010.
33) A lecture on ‘Religion and social responsibility' by Prof. M.D. Thomas on, 14th January, 2011 in association with Department of Philosophy, Goa University.
34) A seminar on ‘Dalit Movement in India: an Appraisal' by Dr. Sadanand B. Sugandhi, Lecturer-cum-Asst. Director, CSSEIP, Goa University on 19th Jan. 2011.
35) A workshop on ‘Socio-Economic Exclusion of Vendors: An Emerging Issue of Livelihood and Rights' on 31st March, 2011.
36) A Symposium on ‘Civil Society versus the State: Does it contribute to inclusive growth?' on 23rd August, 2011.
37) A Symposium on ‘Whose News, Whose Views?: Democratic Aspirations & Challenges before Media' on 21st September, 2011.
38) A National Seminar on "Social Exclusion Discourse in the Thought of Phule, Ambedkar, Gandhi and Nehru" on 12 & 13th March, 2012.

VIII. Publications: (Book)
Centre has published an anthology entitled Tribal Communities and the Exclusion-Inclusion Debate in India edited by Prof. Ganesha Somayaji, Head, Dept. of Sociology, Goa University (September, 2010).

Publications by Faculty Members
 Dr. Ishwar Singh:
1) ‘Forests, Adivasi Rights and the State' in Ganesh Somayaji (ed.), Tribal Communities and the Exclusion-Inclusion Debate in India, Academic Excellence, Delhi, 2010.
2) ‘Forests, the State and Adivasi Rights' in Justice A. S. Anand and A. V. Afonso (eds.), Human Rights in India: Theory and Practice, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 2011.
3) ‘Ekkesween Sadee aur Samkaleen Hindi Kavita' in Vrunda Kelkar (ed.), Goem Mukti Uprantichi Kavita: Ekvisavya Shekdyachya Sandarbhat, published by St. Xavier's College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mapusa, 2012.

IX. Lectures delivered and papers presented by the Faculty Members of CSSEIP:
Dr. Ishwar Singh, Dr. Sadanand B. Sugandhi and Mr. Vijay M. Gawas delivered several public/invited lectures, presented research papers in various local, national and international seminars, workshops and symposia.

X. Library Collections:
The Centre has purchased books worth Rs. 1.50 Lakhs (Approx.)
Number of Books: 318.

It is planned to execute research projects, organise seminars, etc. and publish their  proceedings. The objectives of the centre could be achieved only with financial support  and dedicated faculty to carry out research, teaching and related activities relevant to the Centre.

 

(Prof. N.Shyam Bhat) Coordinator,

CSSEIP Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences.

 



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