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Association of Academic for Social Justice

Conference on

Intergroup Inequality in Indian Society: Magnitude, Nature, Sources, Policies, and the Movement

Organized by

Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru

Indian Institute of Dalit Studies (IIDS), Delhi

Association of Academic for Social Justice (AASJ), Delhi

Dates of conference:
August 23-25, 2023
ISEC, Bengaluru
Panel 2: Inter-group inequality in education, health, and housing, its sources, consequences and policies, privatisation of social need and discriminatory access
Under this theme we propose to discuss the magnitude and nature of inter-group inequality in social development, namely educational attainment, health status and housing.
In education, the papers will bring out inter-group inequality in education attainment at school and higher education level, group inequality in dropout rate, and in quality of education. The emerging issues of discrimination in schools and higher education institutions and their impact on academic performance and dropout rates will also be discussed in some detail.
The papers will examine the reasons for group inequality in education attainment and dropout rates as also access to quality education including the role of discrimination in low access and high dropout rates among the SCs and STs. The issue of unequal access to poor and the SC/ST/women/minorities due to privatization of higher education institutions (HEIs) will also be discussed. The papers will then evaluate the policies for school and higher education, including the New Education policy, 2020.
The role of reservation policy in HEIs and its impact and limitations will also be taken up. In the housing sector, the issue of intergroup inequality in the quality of housing, bad and good housing, and slum housing will be discussed. The papers will also discuss the consequences of poor housing on the health and social life of the people living in bad houses and slums. The focus of the discussion will be on reasons for inequality in access to houses across caste, tribes, and religion. Among the causative factors there will be particular focus on discrimination in allocation of land for houses and in obtaining rented accommodation. The papers will also look into the persisting problem of residential segregation of Scheduled castes in rural areas, and the policies for housing for poor and discriminated groups.
In the health sector, the papers will examine inter-group inequality in health status with respect to caste, tribes, women and religion. The discussion would cover the health dimension at overall level and for children and women with focus on food security and nutrition, mortality, anaemia, and life expectancy, and other aspects. The panelists will also examine the economic and social reasons for group inequality in health status.
The neglected issue of discrimination in accessing health services and nutrition facilities in anganwadis, mid-day meal schemes and other food security and nutrition schemes both in public and private sector will be discussed. The papers will also make an assessment of the policies to improve the health status of the marginalised groups and explore ways to ensure non-discriminatory access to health services.
This theme will also run on all the three days of the conference through parallel sessions. It is expected to have about 12 parallel sessions (three sessions each for education, health and housing) and about three Keynote addresses and special lectures pertaining to the subject.

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