Prof Thorat Committee Report on Caste Discrimination in AIIMS, New Delhi (2007)
Towards our efforts in exposing rampant caste-discrimination that is prevalent against Dalit and Adivasi students, in country’s premier institutions, we are uploading Prof Thorat committee’s report on AIIMS, New Delhi.
The committee was set up by Government of India, in September 2006, to enquire into allegations of differential treatment of SC and ST students in the above campus.
It is probably the first effort in Independent India to probe into the kind of caste discrimination suffered by our students in any institution of higher learning and therefore its report is a very important document for us to understand the nature of caste-discrimination and its impact, not only in AIIMS but in other institutions of higher learning too.
The committee came with a report, on 5th May, 2007, that brought out the horrors of caste-discrimination suffered at every level not only by the students but also by handful of SC and ST faculties in the Institute that is considered to be one of the country’s premier educational institutions.
It is very unfortunate that despite its scathing report with ample evidences on caste discrimination against our students by much hostile ‘upper’ caste faculty members, students and AIIMS administrators, the government did nothing.
For last four years the Government of India has singularly failed to initiate any action on its part to punish the perpetrators or implement any of the recommendations given by Prof Thorat committee – a committee that was instituted by the Government of India itself.