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Jorhat drive to initiate equality

- Rs 93000 for JB College’s equal opportunity centre

Jorhat, March 21: The equal opportunity centre at JB College will initiate programmes aimed at decreasing disparities in society after the University Grants Commission (UGC) released funds recently.

Of the Rs 3.5 lakh allotted to the centre, it received Rs 93,000 in February, more than a year after it received Rs 75,000 in the 2010-2011 fiscal.

As part of the programme, the director of B.R. Ambedkar Institute under Utkal University, Odisha, B.K. Mullick, will deliver a lecture on Ambedkar at the college auditorium on Saturday.

Next week, the centre will hold a workshop on food preservation and an awareness camp onmedical and social rights in a village.

The centre’s co-ordinator, Sumitra Purkayastha, said they planned to hold the lecture was because it was Ambedkar who had worked to uplift the disadvantaged. “His life and work is of relevance to today’s generation, especially those who still face discrimination,” she said.

Purkayastha said the centre could not undertake any activity because of lack of funds from April 2012. “After the UGC released Rs 93,000, we began working to get things done within this fiscal.”

She said students andvillagers would attend the food preservation workshop. Another awareness camp will be held at Baligaon onmedical and social rights.

The centre’s adviser, Panchami Bhattacharyya, said students should attend these camps, as it was they who could spread the message.

“We tell all the departments (of JB College) to send their disadvantaged students to such meets and workshops, maintain a register and give them participation certificates,” she said.

Purkayastha said the centre would request the college authorities to build ramps to make the college disabled friendly.

“There is a wheelchair-bound student in mathematics department for whom two ramps were constructed in the department and the department of statistics to help him attend classes. But we would like more such ramps to be built in the college,” she said.

Established in the college in 2010-2011, the centre used the Rs 75,000 it got in the first phase to procure books for the disadvantaged and held awareness camps on social, medical and small savings facilities in many villages

The UGC had asked colleges and universities to set up such centres to ensure equal opportunity and bring about social inclusion as well as create a socially congenial atmosphere for academic interaction and for the growth of healthy interpersonal relationships among students who come from various social backgrounds.

The centre will disseminate information related to government schemes and programmes for the welfare of the socially weaker sections.