The Centre for Study of Social
Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP) in Gandhigram Rural Institute (GRI)-Deemed
University was started to function in June 2010 as per UGC guidelines.
The concept of Social Exclusion originated in France
in 1970s and eventually acquired wider currency in academic milieu
across the world to characterize discriminations and disadvantages of
marginalized groups. Moreover, the manifestations of Social Exclusion
vary across countries. In some countries, immigrants or racial
minorities are excluded; in others, ethnic or religious minorities.
Social Exclusion refers to the complex processes that deny certain
groups full participation in society. At GRI, we use the phrase “Social
Exclusion” to refer the processes by which entire marginal groups like
Dalits, Adivasis, and Subalterns etc. are systematically denied rights,
opportunities and resources that are ensured for all citizens to
accomplish their full participation in society. Since its
inception, the Centre is marching towards achieving the goal of a more
inclusive and just society through teaching, research, extension and
networking with the Third Sectors. Currently, the Centre is engaged in
conceptualizing and understanding the process, nature and forms of
Social Exclusion. Also, the Centre is engaged in identifying the unmet
need of policies, the challenges and prospects of inclusive policies.
To built a more
socially inclusive and a just society, in which all communities are
empowered with access to rights, equalities, opportunities, resources
endeavor to ensure the excluded segments/social groups of our society-
the rights, self-respect, dignity, integrity, judicial equity and full
participation. We espouse strategies and policy advocacy for
socio-economic, political and cultural inclusion of deprived social
groups. Together, we work to annihilate the barriers that prohibit
access to these essential rights, resources, opportunities and power by
advocating for structural change in our society.
Social Groups: Dalits, Adivasis, Women, Backward Classes, Religious,
Linguistic Minorities, Trans-genders,
People with HIV/AIDS,
Differentially-abled, Population Ageing
and other social ‘misfits’.
Sectoral Groups: Subaltern groups (Marginal farmers, Agricultural
Bonded labors, Informal and
Unorganized sector workers,
Manual scavengers etc), Child workers,
Sex workers etc.
We pursue our mission through the following areas of activities:
Teaching and Research: To impart the concepts and themes of
Social Exclusion at post graduate and research level. To bring out
broad based, multi-dimensional and innovative ideas in understanding
the nature, forms and dynamics of Social Exclusion in India. To
analyse the structural origins of Social Exclusion and to explore
the approaches towards inclusion. To study
the unmet need of policies, the challenges and prospects of
In addition to that, the Centre is working towards formulating
“Social Exclusion and Inclusion Model”. Also, the Centre is carrying
out detailed compilation of profile of excluded groups /communities
based on the socio-economic data generated by government agencies.
Documenting the articles and news reports on excluded groups.
Maintaining a Database in this regard.
Organizing conferences, seminars, symposia and public lectures on
the themes of Social Exclusion and publishing regularly the research
findings of the Centre.
Extension and Networking: To
collaborate with the Third Sectors to increase public understanding
of how disadvantages/marginalization is structured and to respond
the community-identified needs which are the imperative for policy
'One Humanity' will be published quarterly which features
articles that highlight the issues of social exclusion and inclusive
policy and bring out the ideas and discussions that seek to combat the
problem of social exclusion. The title for newsletter is inspired by
Classical Tamil Sangam poet Thirumoolar’s famous paraphrase ‘One
Humanity, One God’ (Onrae Kulam, Oruvane Devan) which implied
the universal equality of all kinds of people irrespective of their
caste, ethnicity, race, linguistic or religious backgrounds.
of Faculties, CSSEIP, GRI