UGC sanctions proposal to set up research centre

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Bangalore, Apr 8 (UNI) The University Grants Commission (UGC) has given its approval for setting up an independent Centre for Study of Social Exclusive and Inclusive Policy at the Bangalore University in the context of globalisation onslaught.

Varsity Vice-Chancellor H A Ranganath told reporters here today that the UGC had sanctioned its proposal for setting up the Centre with an annual fund of Rs 40 lakh during the eleventh five-year plan period to take up research works on the social phenomenon.

Social exclusion was a contested term and literature on social policy had identified 15 kinds of exclusion, he said, adding that they include social marginalisation, legal or political exclusion, material or non-material exclusion from economic life and labour market in the context of globalisation.

The Bangalore University region was one of the most suited to carry out studies on the theme as it had urban, rural, developed and deprived sections, Prof Ranganath said.

The new Centre would submit its report to the UGC and the Union Human Resources Development Ministry at the end of the eleventh plan period for promoting integrationist policies to include all sections in the developmental process of the society, he said.

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