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IJIET 2017 Vol.7(2): 135-139 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2017.7.2.855

Resolving the Systemic Bias against Students from Disadvantaged Classes in Higher Education in India: The Case of Indian Institutes of Technology

Digvijay S. Sujlana

Abstract—Purpose of this paper is to present an idea that may be retrofitted into present day education policies in India, in order to mitigate the effect of the bias against students from disadvantaged classes. Taking the case of higher education in general and the Indian Institutes of Technology in particular, the paper first presents the effects of globalization on policies followed by the government’s short sightedness in policymaking (like infusing reservations without required amendments) leading to the persistence of the bias that makes gaining admission and performing during the course of studies difficult for students from disadvantaged classes. The paper rounds up policies surrounding the issue and their inefficacies, and concludes with a retrofit that could be employed in the short term, whilst stating why it will help in negating the effects of the bias.

Index Terms—Systemic bias, higher education in India, students from disadvantaged classes, Indian Institutes of Technology.

D. S. Sujlana is with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore (e-mail: digvijay.sujlana@u.nus.edu).

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Cite: Digvijay S. Sujlana, "Resolving the Systemic Bias against Students from Disadvantaged Classes in Higher Education in India: The Case of Indian Institutes of Technology," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 135-139, 2017.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
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