Welcome to the Department

The Centre for Study Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy was established in Utkal University in February 2008 as a part of the UGC scheme to establish such centres all across the country facilitating a deeper understanding of the multiple spheres in society that eventually result in the inability of the socially and economically marginalised groups from participating in the basic social, political, economic and social functioning of the society.

Since its inception, the CSSEIP has been organising several workshops, conferences, seminars and extramural lectures on very relevant and integral issues of national and international importance pertaining to social exclusion and inclusive policies and related concerns. Apart from various academic discourses, the Centre, in the past few years has also organised Spoken English classes, NET coaching programs, Research Scholar’s Conclave, Research Methodology classes etc. for students from the socially deprived sections. Important days of national relevance are also observed meticulously by the Centre every year like the Gandhi Jayanti and AmbedkarJayanti with a view to disseminate and spread information about the relevance of their ideas and values. Besides, the Centre has also sponsored several individual faculty projects resulting in quality publications in several reputed journals and magazines including Mainstream, The Fourth World, Seminar and so on.

The Centre has also successfully guided the completion of Ph.D. and M.Phil courses with one scholar awarded Ph.D. degree and nearly 6 scholars awarded M.Phil. degrees in the last 10 years. One scholar pursuing Ph.D. and four are pursuing M.Phil courses presently.

Thrust Areas of Research:

Caste system in India, minorities and social exclusion, disability and social exclusion, marginalization and scheduled tribes, poverty and public policy, gender studies, linguistic minorities and exclusion; and Language Policy.

Year of Establishment: 2008           Programmes Offered: M.Phil. and Ph.D courses

Vision& Mission:
  • To be a centre of excellence for taking efforts towards a more socially inclusive and just society;
  • Developing strategies and policy advocacy for groups denied of basic healthcare, education and housing;
  • Encouraging a social change to ensure the right of participation of all sections of the society in social, economic, political and cultural life;
  • Developing policy recommendations for safeguarding and upholding human rights and human dignity.
  • Conceptualising discrimination, exclusion and inclusion based on caste, ethnicity or religion;
  • Developing and understanding the nature and dynamics of discrimination and exclusion in Indian society.
Core Functions of the Centre:
  • Collecting information on Social Exclusion and building up a data base and carrying out detailed analysis based on the socio-economic data generated by government agencies;
  • Organizing special events, conferences, seminars, talks and special lectures on the theme Social Exclusion;
  • Establishing links with Civil Society Organizations engaged in combating Social Exclusion and organising short-term courses;
  • Disseminate information on issues relating to social exclusion and inclusive policies and programs through publications of journals, books, research papers and reports and strengthen critical public discourses in India.

A panel discussion ‘Economic Empowerment in Odisha: Strategies and Policy Interventions’ organised for students and teachers on 17th August, 2017.

A panel discussion on ‘Social Exclusion and Social Justice: Prospects and Challenges’ organised on 26th September 2017.

Celebrated Gandhi Jayanti to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, 2018 and a talk was organised on a topic titled “Gandhi and the Inclusive Programs in India”.

Organised a World Bank-OHEPEE sponsored one-day National Seminar on “Inclusive Programs in India: Issues and Challenges” on 16th February 2019.