MSW's Students (2007-2009), Christ College, Bangalore, India

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Seminar on Human Rights and Dalits in Post Liberalized Era

CHRIST COLLEGE (Autonomous), BANGALORE – 560 029


A UGC sponsored two-day seminar on

“Human Rights and Dalits in the Post-Liberalized Era”

Date: 25th & 26th September 2007 Venue: Assembly Hall, Christ College


Christ College was started in 1969 out of the educational vision of Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the founder of the first indigenous congregation in India, the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), to provide quality education. The congregation with a membership of more than 2000 renders service to humanity in educational, social, healthcare and other sectors of social action, which aims at integral development.

Our college has been re-accredited with an A+ Grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2005 and has been declared an autonomous institution from September 2005.

VISION: “Excellence and Service”

MISSION: “Christ College is a nurturing ground for an individual’s holistic development to make effective contribution to society in a dynamic environment.”



“Democracy is not a form of government, but a form of social organisation”

- Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.

The Department of Social Work of Christ College has got the UGC grants consecutively for the second time to organize a seminar. This year under the scheme of Human rights & Values, the department is organizing a seminar titled ‘Human rights and Dalits in the Post-liberalized Era’, to create awareness and sensitize its participants on the same theme.

The rights and privileges of the Dalits have become very vital and are being widely debated in the context of the most recent reservation policies initiated by the HRD Ministry of Government of India. And it is also seen that the issue of reservation has been deliberated across the judiciary, legislature, media and in academics. In the light of this issue, the seminar holds its own importance.

Sixty years of independence and Dalits are still deprived of the many basic rights namely equality rights, religious rights, right against discrimination and there is a growing need to study these aspects in co-relation with the post-liberalized era, an era where the government is moving out from its basic execution as a welfare state. These issues will be critically analyzed and presented in the seminar.

The two-day seminar will be a great opportunity and privilege to students from social work and legal fraternity, NGO representatives, social activists and officials working in various government agencies to know the actuality of human right violations of Dalits and also will bring to the limelight the core human right issue of Dalits. Having completed the 50th death anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, this UGC sponsored seminar will be homage to the Father of the Indian Constitution.


Ø To understand the importance of the recognition of Dalit rights as core and basic human rights.

Ø To recognize the role of NGO and Government agencies in realizing these human rights of Dalits.

Ø To understand the role of public policy, law enforcement agency and judiciary in protecting the human rights of Dalits.

Ø To create the technical awareness among student social workers so that they can effectively play the role of a catalyst in realizing these human rights.

Themes of the Seminar;

The main themes of the Seminar would be:

Ø Dalit and Human rights according to International Conventions.

Ø Dalit rights and Indian Constitution.

Ø Government policies (Central and State) towards human rights of Dalits.

Ø Legal issues relating to Dalits.

Ø The role of NGOs in implementing and realizing the human rights for Dalits.

Ø Awareness of Human rights among Dalits and Dalit organizations.

Ø Issues related to Dalit women.

Ø Dalit and Self-determination – A Dalit Activist’s view.

Programme Schedule

DAY I: 25th September 2007



9.30 a.m. to 10.45 a.m.

Inauguration of the seminar

v Chief Guest - Prof. Siddhalingaiah, Chairman, Kannada Development Authority

v Guest of Honour - Professor Ghandi Doss, Chairperson, Dept. of Social Work, Bangalore University

v Special Invitee – Dr. V. Nagesh, Special Officer, SCT Cell, Bangalore University

v Special Invitee – Dr. P. Krishnaswami, Dean, Social Sciences & Languages, Christ College

v Presided by - Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas C. Matthew, Principal, Christ College

10.45 a.m. to 11.15.a.m.


Session I

11.15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Dalits and Human Rights according to International Conventions

v Dr. D. Dominic, Social Activist and Writer, Bangalore

v Fr. Joseph Xavier SJ, HR & Training Unit, Indian Social Institute, Bangalore

v Discussions

Session II

12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Documentary Show

v Discussions

1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.


Session III

2.30 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.

Dalit rights and Indian Constitution

v Prof. Jeevan Kumar, Department of Political Science, Bangalore University

v Discussions

Session IV

3.15 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Legal Issues relating to Dalits

v Ms. Manoranjini, Advocate, Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore

v Discussions

4.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.


DAY II: 26th September 2007



Session V

9.30 a.m. to 10.15 a.m.

The role of NGOs in implementing and realizing the human rights for Dalits

v Mr. V. A. Ramesh Nathan, Director, Social Awareness Society for Youths, Villupuram

v Discussions

Session VI

10.15 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Awareness of Human rights among Dalits and Dalit organizations

v Ms. Samata Deshmane, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Bangalore University

v Discussions

11.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.


Session VII

11.45 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

v Cultural Performance by Booshakti Dalit Women Cultural Team, REDS, Tumkur

Venue: Quadrangle, Main Block

1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.


Session VIII

2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Issues related to Dalit women

v Ms. Assumptha, Team Leader, Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation, NESA- Pondicherry

v Discussions

Session IX

3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Dalit and Self-determination – A Dalit Activist’s view

v Mr. V.T. Rajashekar, Editor, Dalit Voice

v Discussions

4.00 P.M. to 4.30 p.m.


4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Valedictory session

v Chief Guest - Mr. V.T. Rajashekar, Editor, Dalit Voice

v Guest of Honour - Fr. Antony Sebastian, Executive Director, ECHO

v Special Invitee – Mr. Sathish Samuel, Coordinator, KNH – INDIA

v Special Invitee – Mr. Johny Joseph, Coordinator, Center for Social Action, Christ College

v Presided by Rev. Fr. Abraham V.M., Vice Principal, Christ College

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