EQUAL OPPORTUNITY CENTER
Equal Opportunity Centre, NIFTEM Kundli
To create and sustain the environment in the NIFTEM Campus which promotes equal human values while respecting the distinct cultural identities, caste, creed, and different social status.
To pursue and realise social inclusion and integration of marginalized sections including SC, ST, OBC, women and persons with disabilities (PwD) of the Indian society by identifying and dissuadinging the different types of discrimination that exist in both conscious and unconscious social behaviour. It also aims to contribute to the creation of a society that is free of discrimination and prejudice, and to promote good relations and foster a vibrant human rights culture.
Aim and Objectives
To oversee the effective implementation of policies and programmes for disadvantaged groups, to provide guidance and counselling with respect to academic, financial, social and other matters and to enhance the diversity within the campus. Some of the specific main objectives of the Centre are:
To work out suitable programs/ schemes, including Remedial Courses, for improving the academic performance of students from SC, ST, OBC, women and persons with disabilities (whether at undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD or other levels) and/ or to monitor the implementation of such programs/ schemes.
To coordinate with government and other funding agencies (including Public Sector Undertakings/ Public Sector Banks) with a view to mobilise financial and other resources required for educational empowerment of the students from marginalized sections.
To disseminate the information and act as a counselling-cum-guidance centre for students belonging to the marginalized sections, especially with regard to academic, financial and social matters.
To help and develop a cordial inter-personal relationship among students and between teachers and the students from marginalized sections for academic interaction and extra-curricular activities; by sensitising the teaching and other staff.
To assist in smooth and efficient running of a Resource Centre which specializes in addressing the needs of PwD in all categories including visual, hearing, orthopaedic, and neurological disabilities.
To promote a social and psychological environment to raise awareness on sexual harassment and gender based discrimination against women.
To organize or conduct seminars/ symposia/ workshops/ conferences/ exhibitions/training program, etc. from time-to-time on issues of contemporary significance for empowering, educationally and culturally, students belonging to the marginalized sections.
To promote diversity and inclusive practices on the campus & provide the disadvantaged groups with adequate opportunities.
To ensure a barrier free access to all buildings of NIFTEM Campus, Departments, Libraries, Hostels and offices.
To provide counselling for psychological support and fulfil the needs of PWDs in all categories including Visual, Hearing, Orthopedic, Neurological etc.
To examine all possible ways in which the SC/ ST, OBC and minority groups & PWD could be helped.
To ensure that there is no discrimination in the NIFTEM Campus on grounds of caste, religion, regional feeling, gender based, language based, disability or minority status.
Functions and Activities
Specific activities envisaged for the Center at NIFTEM shall include
To ensure equity and equal opportunity to the community at large in the NIFTEM Campus and bring about social inclusion.
To enhance the diversity among the students, teaching and non-teaching staff population and at the same time eliminate the perception of discrimination.
To create a socially congenial atmosphere for academic interaction and for the growth of healthy interpersonal relationships among the students coming from various social backgrounds.
To make efforts to sensitize the academic community regarding the problems associated with social exclusion as well as aspirations of the marginalized communities.
To help individuals or a group of students belonging to the disadvantaged section of society to contain the problems related to discrimination.
To look into the grievances of the weaker sectionof society and suggest amicable solution to their problems.
To disseminate the information related to schemes and programmes for the welfare of the socially weaker section as well as notifications/memoranda, office orders of the Government, or other related agencies/organizations issued from time to time.
To prepare barrier free formalities/procedures for admission/ registration of students belonging to the disadvantaged groups of society.
To establish coordination with the Government and other agencies/organizations to mobilize academic and financial resources to provide assistance to students of the disadvantaged groups.
To organize periodic meetings to monitor the progress of different schemes. 28
To adopt measures to ensure due share of utilization by SC/ST in admissions, recruitments (teaching and non-teaching posts) and to improve their performances.
To sensitize the NIFTEM Campus on the problems of SC/ST and other disadvantaged groups.
Organising expert lectures on awareness regarding Equal Opportunity Centre in NIFTEM Kundli
Organizing lectures, Seminars, workshops on relevant topics to promote awareness on such issues among students and teaching staff
Assisting students from deprived sections, financially for participation in national International Academic Events
Organising Remedial Classes, for improving the academic performance of students from deprived sections.
Providing help or assistance in mid and end semester examination like writer, additional invigilator etc
Counselling and training the deprived section of students to boost their morale, confidence, self-respect and inculcate values
Publicity of Equal Opportunity Centre through website, notice board, posters etc.
Remedial classes for the deprived students will be held throughout the semester, as and when required.
E-learning support to students
Ramps and lifts for physically disabled staffs, check whether provided or not.
The Adviser in the NIFTEM shall:
oversee/monitor various welfare schemes/ programmes sponsored by the Government of India/State Government, UGC or any agency/ organization as well as those devised by the NIFTEM/Ministry for the disadvantaged groups for their effective implementation
be responsible for the effective functioning of SC/ST Cell and other such Cells/Centres dealing with the problems of different socially disadvantaged groups.
Convene the meetings of incharge of other Committees/Programmes dealing with social issues such as Gender Sensitization Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH), National Service Schemes (NSS) etc. to review their activities.
The Advisor shall submit the progress/review report to the Principal. The Coordinators of SC/ST Cell, Remedial Coaching and other schemes/ Women’s Study Centre, Population Education Cell etc. shall be closely associated with the Equal Opportunity Centre.
Dr Bhim Pratap Singh, Advisor
Dr Murlidhar Meghwal, Member
Dr Rekha Meena, Member
Dr Sarika Yadav, Member