News on various kinds of bigotry on campuses appears regularly in the media. This year several incidents began with a small but significant issue that could have been tackled before it became serious. But why was that not done? Moreover, the way each of these cases was tackled by the state and the administration begs the question, why did they treat the victims as villains?
Titled “Inclusive Universities: Linking Diversity, Equity and Excellence for the 21st Century”, the report, an outcome of the Inclusive Universities research project, may be able to throw light on some of these concerns. Conducted by researchers from College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule (KSP) Women’s Studies Centre, Pune University, the project aims to probe the psychosocial aspects of caste in India’s higher education sector. The study was conducted by, among others, Sangeeta Kamat, Swati Dyhadroy, Sylvia Hurtado and Ximena Zuniga and was dedicated to Sharmila Rege, a former head of the KSP Women’s Studies Centre who passed away in 2013.