Indian society has a rich diversity in terms of religion, caste and culture that is characterised by different social practices and this may sometimes lead to inequalities and create barriers to access the important resources for disadvantaged sections of the society. These sections especially include the scheduled caste, scheduled tribes, other backward classes, women, minorities and differently-abled.
To cater to these groups, an Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) is set up under the aegis of Nirma University to make the education system inclusive and responsive to their needs.
The main objective of the Cell is to identify the issues amongst the disadvantaged sections on the campus and provide an enabling and non-discriminative environment and ensure equality and equal opportunities for them through proper implementation of inclusive policies and programmes.
For the smooth functioning of the Cell, an Advisory Committee is constituted, which is headed by Director General. It has other members, including the Executive Registrar, all Institute Directors, and the Coordinator of the Students Welfare Board.
Among the varied functions carried out by the Advisory Committee, one of the prime functions is to review the grievance received and action taken by the concerned institute level committee as per the mechanism developed to deal with such grievance.