Equal Opportunity Cells (EOC)

1. Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC): Delhi University

The Equal Opportunity Cell was established by the University of Delhi on 27th June, 2006 to address the issues related to students belonging to Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribe, Other Backward Caste and minorities and the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) on a continual basis. The main objective of the Equal Opportunity Cell is to help and empower the persons with disabilities students to participate fully in the academic, intellectual, social and cultural life of University on an equal basis.

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2. Equal Opportunities Office (EOO): Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

The Jawaharlal Nehru University has an Equal Opportunity Office (EOO), which was set up, perhaps, as the first of its kind in the country to aid and advise the students belonging to marginalized sections including the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, other backward communities, minority communities, persons with disabilities, etc. pursuing various programs of studies at the University.

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3. Equal Opportunity Cell: Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Delhi

The main problems faced by people viewed as disabled, or 'with disabilities', or of minority status, stems from disabling environmental, economic and cultural barriers. Disability and minority are therefore equal rights issues on a par with other forms of unjustifiable discrimination and prejudices. The Equal Opportunity Cell was set up by the University of Delhi to address these and other urgent issues concerning SC, ST, OBC and persons with disabilities (PwD) on 27th June, 2006.

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4. Mizoram University

The Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) is established by renaming the existing SC/ST Cell. The Cell supervises and oversees the effective implementation of policies and programmes for the disadvantaged groups of SCs/STs/OBCs (Non-Creamy Layer)/Persons with Disabilities. The Cell also looks after the welfare of Minority/Women. The Cell undertake measures to ensure due share of utilization by the disadvantaged groups in admissions, recruitments (teaching and non-teaching posts). To improve their performances and provide guidance and counseling with respect to academic, financial, social and other matters. The Cell also ensures representation of SC/ST in various Selection Committees/Boards of the University.

The EOC is manned by Deputy Registrar (Adm-I)-cum-Liaison Officer supported by 1(one) Research-cum-Statistical Officer, 1(one) Stenographer and 1(one) Peon. The entire operation is headed by the Chief Liaison Officer-cum- Registrar of Mizoram University.

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5. Tezpur University, Assam

The Indian Society is singular in terms of the multifarious hues it has absorbed in its fabric. Living within its clinch are numerous groups that are segregated on the basis of language, ethnicity, class, caste, religion etc. The existence of these groups has resulted in a highly entrenched system of social stratification wherein some groups are placed at the upper end of the spectrum and others at the nether end. To augment this system of inequality the variable of gender also plays an important role. This pecking order of things has brought about the hegemonic domination of a few to the detriment of others. Owing to the same, barriers of denial have been erected which limit and restrict the opportunities (educational, economic, health etc.) of the less privileged members of the society.

This inequitable situation warrants a redemption which is possible through Equal Opportunity measures and policies.

The Equal Opportunity Cell, Tezpur University was created by a mandate of the UGC specifying the need of a functionary within the university set up which would facilitate affirmative action in order to ensure equal opportunity for all within its folds.

The Equal Opportunity Cell primarily orients its activities around training and development programs for the students which provide them with supplementary academic support in the form of remedial coaching. Furthermore, the Cell conducts sensitization and awareness programmes on a wide array of subjects ranging from Gender Issues, Human Rights, and Inclusion of Marginalized Groups to Peace and Conflict.

The objectives of the Cell are:

  • To create an atmosphere of Equal Opportunity through awareness generation programmes.
  • To provide auxiliary support towards skill development and enhancing employability of students.
  • To tailor development and sensitization programmes to meet the distinct needs of the students.
  • To expedite legal redressal in matters of violation of equal opportunity.

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6. Goa University

An Equal opportunity Cell is established vide order No. GU/Admn/EOC/549/2013/127 dated 03/05/2013 to promote equal pportunities for marginalized social groups, minorities, and physically challenged students at the University. Following are the members:

  1. Dr. I. K. Pai, Department of Zoology - Convener
  2. Dr. Shaila Desouza, Centre for Women's Studies - Member
  3. Dr. R. Nirmala, Department of Management Studies - Member
  4. Finance Officer - Member
  5. Asst. Registrar (Admn. NT), Member Secretary

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7. IIS University, Jaipur (Rajasthan)

The IIS University has introduced this Cell in order to curb down the deprivations that the marginalized groups, identified as SCs, STs, OBC (non-creamy layer), minorities, physically challenged, face barriers of denial of access to materials, cultural and educational resources and to promote the deserving, yet socially disadvantaged students. The Institution has been conferred with grants and scholarships, during its Autonomous status, for students to give them an opportunity to excel in preferred fields. These scholarships have been a huge motivation to introduce a separate unit which will work specifically towards the promotion of female students coming from these social groups. Currently, the Cell is catering to the needs of almost 400 students of The IIS University.

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8. Karnataka University, Dharwad (Karnataka)

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9. Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Adarsha Mahavidalaya, Tulungia, Bongaigaon, Assam

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10. Tripura University

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11. Sri Aurobindo College, New Delhi

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