Introduction

The Centre was established in the year 2008 under the XI plan. It is with pride to state that this Centre has been one of the few Centers in the country that defended itself in UGC and was approved for the continuation of its grant (recently held meeting in the UGC, New Delhi) The centre distinct emphasis has been to comprehended the different types of social, cultural and economic exclusions and link them with the borderer parameters of social exclusions accepted the social sciences. In way, the centre has objective of studying and researching the various types of conventional and fresh one, both in theoretical understanding and in empirical expositions.

The socially excluded groups in social sciences by and large have been treated merely a category or an identity that refers to a group of people, a cluster of castes, religions, gender or ethnic groups who identify themselves as weaker sections of society. It has been found that social exclusion is not a singular experience. What holds the socially excluded group together is the structural fact that they have all been historically socially excluded, that is, subjected to exclusion of varying degrees and the rejection of their identity. For example, Dalit is related to identity and at the same time is anti-identity (The rejection of ascriptive identity). However, with the passage of time and across the space, the modern academia, with the spurt in ontological and epistemological perspectives on identity formation and historical facts, views that social exclusion is not a permanent state of being but a temporary one; a state determined by the politics of the contemporary times. In the humanities and social'sciences and the academic in general, the exclusion of socially depressed groups in state funded institutions despite the policy of positive discrimination continues and remains inadequately addressed. The subaltern studies enterprise has yet to admit a dalit historian in its charmed circle. Such structured exclusion leads to a significant number of scholars making dalit, minorities, women and disabled the subject of their research and documentation. However, there are a lot of limitations in the theoretical claims that have been made on behalf of the socially excluded groups by such scholars and the concretized people. Once, that is, Social Exclusion Studies would emerge as an academic discipline, a social exclusion perspective would become a space that the mainstream can seek to occupy and social exclusion would settle into becoming yet another approach for an understanding of the world around us. Thus, in the backdrop of this emerging field for a historical and scientific exploration, those keen on a purposive, progressive politics must be especially alive to this scenario since it threatens to replicate structures of discrimination and exclusion. The Centre is currently running M. Phil. and Ph.D. in subaltern Studies course.

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