UGC data on caste discrimination: BHU tops the list, Gujarat university close 2nd

Banaras Hindu University (BHU) tops the list of Central universities that witnessed caste-based discrimination against Dalits in 2015-16.

UGC data on caste discrimination: BHU tops the list, Gujarat university close 2nd

Banaras Hindu University (BHU) tops the list of Central universities that witnessed caste-based discrimination against Dalits in 2015-16.

The university registered 19 such cases, followed by Gujarat University with 18 complaints, according to the University Grants Commission (UGC).

As many as 102 complaints had been received related to discrimination against Scheduled Castes (SCs) while 40 such complaints had been received related to Scheduled Tribes (STs) by the University Grants Commission (UGC) from various universities for the year 2015-16, the government said on Monday in the parliament.


Of the 102 complaints related to SCs, 81 have been settled while of the 40 related to STs, 33 have been settled, says the UGC data presented in the Parliament. This information was provided to the Lok Sabha in a written reply by Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey.

"The UGC has intimated that it has compiled information on cases related to caste discrimination in universities only for the year 2015-16. As per the information provided by UGC, 102 and 40 complaints, respectively on SC and ST, caste discrimination have been received by it from various universities," the minister said, as reported by Press Trust of India.

The issue of caste discrimination on campuses had come to light after Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide at the University of Hyderabad last year. After his death, a number of SC/ST students from across the country had came forward and expressed their insecurity in higher educational institutions.

BHU vice-chancellor Prof Girish Chandra Tripathi, however, claimed there was no caste-based discrimination in BHU.

A maximum of 10 complaints related to discrimination against STs were received from Gujarat University and all the 10 have been settled, the minister said.