The Social Protection Office (SPO) has been set up in the Institute with the aim of ensuring effective implementation of affirmative actions and operationalisation of supportive mechanisms in relation to various disadvantaged communities. Its span of engagements covers the candidates applying for various academic programmes, students admitted and the staff and faculty members of the Institute. The SPO facilitates the Institute’s resolve to implement the reservation policies for admissions and recruitments in letter and spirit. From the Student Service Cell established in the year 1986 and later SC/ST Cell, the mandate has been expanded to include various supportive services for students, staff and faculty members belonging to other disadvantaged social groups such as Other Backward Classes (OBC), Persons with Disability (PWD), Minorities, Kashmiri Migrants and Kin of Armed Forces on the basis of the directives from the Government of India and the University Grants Commission from time to time.
The SPO, along with the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) organised a Post-Admission Orientation of students in general and students from deprived communities specifically. These orientations emphasised both academic and non-academic aspects of life in the institute particularly stressing on the multicultural and multilingual environment that students encounter on campus. It also organises various need-based programmes ranging from classes on personality development, to special tutorials and developing language skills.
Scholarship management is another important function of the SPO. Under the Central Sector Scholarship Scheme of Top Class Education for SC and ST students for 2014–2015, three students from the SC community and five students from the ST community were awarded the Scholarship, which includes a laptop worth Rs. 45,000/- and Rs. 3000/- each year for books. The SPO has facilitated the process of securing Government of India Post Matric Scholarships (GoI PMS) for 128 SC students, 94 ST students, 168 OBC (NC) students, 4 from PWD and 16 from the Minority categories. These students also secured exemption from all fees including Dining Hall and Hostel charges for both the academic years. The SPO also facilitated the process of securing other scholarships for students who are not eligible for GoI PMS such as the NTPC Scholarship for SC/ST/PWD, Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme for Single Girl Child from the UGC, Scholarship for Persons with Disability sponsored by NHFDC and the Rajiv Gandhi National Scholarship for SC/ST for M.Phil./Ph.D. Scholars.
The SPO oversees the admission process and extends support to the Admission Steering Committee at the Institute level to ensure the smooth implementation of reservation policies as well as represent it in the selection panels for administrative as well as academic positions. In 2014–15, a comprehensive review document was prepared at the behest of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes to capture the processes of implementation of reservation polices by the institute. The SPO is eaded by a Senior Professor in the capacity of a Dean and is supported by an Associate Dean and other support staff.
Prof. Vijay RaghavanDean, Social Protection Office
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