Ambedkar Research Centre

Bharatha Rathna Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar was a man of versatile genius, great economist, constitutionalist, social reformist, a political thinker, a champion of downtrodden and above all a great humanist. 

 

He had taken utmost care to draft the liberal Constitution. His notion of democracy made him to stand unique among the modern thinkers of democracy.  For him, democracy is `a way of life wherein revolutionary changes in the socio-economic code of life of the people are brought about without bloodshed`.  This itself is a testimony for his conviction in the establishment of liberal democratic system.  This system to him should bring an end to all sorts of discrimination and thereby establishing a casteless society because he believed caste is an hindrance to the growth of individual and the democratic system. 

 

As a first step University of Mysore to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee Celebration had constituted Dr. Ambedkar Chair in 1994 to carry out the tenets of this great leader. In 2000, the University expanded the Research and Extension activities on Bharatha Rathna Dr. Babasaheb  Ambedkar,  which   resulted in the establishment  of this  centre.  

 

Sri.V.Srinivasa Prasad, Member of Legislative Assembly and former Union Minister a committed Ambedkarist made a whole-hearted contribution in the  construction   of   a   separate   building   for   this   centre.    The   centre   got   Rs.  30  lakhs  from Dr. Beatrix D` Souza an Anglo Indian MP from MP Local Area Development Fund Chennai, upon the request of Sri. V. Srinivasa Prasad.  The centre is housed in this new magnificiant building near the University Prasaranga  Directorate facing towards Mysore - Hunsur main road.     

 

Legacy of the Centre

Year of Establishment: 2000

First in the Nation to have an Independent building constructed out of Rs.  30 lakhs from MPLAD fund of Dr. Beatrix D`Souza an Anglo-Indian M.P. from Chennai. 

First in the Nation to offer M.Phil in Ambedkar Studies under fully SFS

First in the Nation to have organised a mammoth Conference on “March of Dalit Youths Towards Equality” in association with Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Dhamma Deeksha

   Golden Jubliee Celebration Committee on November 26th, 2006.

First in the nation to felicitate Doctorate Degree Holders belonging to SC/ST on the Birth Anniversary Day of Ambedkar in collaboration with SC/ST Cell, UOM

First in the nation to invite School children every year on Ambedkar’s Mahaparinirvan day to witness  exhibition on Ambedkar 

 

Distinction  achieved by Students

1.    NET Qualified - 01 (2003) – Research Scholar

2.     SLET- 01 (2012) – Research Scholar,  01 (2012) – M.Phil Student

3.     One Research Scholar got selected as High School Teacher through Common Entrance Test – Government of Karnataka (2003)

4.     02 M.Phil degree holders were appointed as Lecturers in Govt. First Grade Colleges through Karnataka Public Service Commission  (2007-08)

5.      One Research Scholar got selected as SDC through competitive examination conducted by Karnataka Public Service Examination.

6.      Two candidate has been selected to UGC sponsored Post Doctoral Fellowship 2011-12 & 2013-14

 

M.Phil Degree Awarded :       

2005-06 - 02,   2006-07- 10,   2007-08 – 10,   2008-09 – 09,    2009-10 – 09,      2010-11 – 08,      2011-12 – 07,     2012-13 - 10 .

 Doctoral Programmes – Completed (06)

 DOCTORAL PROGRAMMES ONGOING (19)

 

Research Activities of the Centre

Centre aims to carry out major research activities on Ambedkar and related areas like women, minorities, tribal studies, culture, labour etc., At present the centre is having following on going research activities. 

Ambedkar and Democracy

Good Governance

Buddha, Basava and Ambedkar 

Dalit leadership in Indian politics

Panchayat Raj InstitutionsDalit literature

Socio-economic & Historical dimensions in Ambedkar`s philosophy

Tribal Studies

Culture

Women and Child Labour 

 

 Research Projects Completed

 

Sl. No.

Project Title

Funding Agency

Duration

From

To

1

Ethnographical Documentation of Soliga Tribes of B.R.Hills

Govt of India in collaboration with Karnataka Forest Department, (Rs. 1,00,000/-)

April 2005-July 2005
Completed & Submitted

2.

Extension Lectures – at Social Welfare Department Hostels.

Social Welfare Department,  Government of Karnataka Bangalore (Rs. 30,000/-)

July 2005-March 2006
Completed & Submitted

3

Survey on the Socio-economic background of the life convicts at Mysore Central Prison

Department of Prisons, Government of Karnataka.

Completed

4

Survey on the availability of the Burial Ground for Scheduled Castes in Mysore District

University Grants Commission – Rs. 75,000/-

Completed

5.

A Socio Cultural Study of Kappe Holeya Community

University of Mysore – Rs. 40,000/- Minor Research Project – Dr. S. Narendrakumar, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, AREC

Completed

6.

Dalit Empowerment through Land Purchase Scheme in Dr. Ambedkar Development Corporation

University Grants Commission
Rs. 1,50,000/-

2011-12
(Completed)

7.

Ambedkar Centre Activities

Social Welfare Department, Government of Karnataka – Rs. 50,00,000/-

2013-14

Funds Sanctioned

 

Sl. No.

 

Project Title

 

Funding Agency

Duration

From

To

1

EPOCH Making Social Thinkers of India

University Grants Commission Rs. 8,20,000/- (Rupees Eight Lakh Twenty Thousand Only)

UGC XI Plan
2008-09

 

2

EPOCH Making Social Thinkers of India

University Grants Commission      Rs. 10,50,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakhs Fifty Thousand Only

UGC XI Plan
2009-12

3

XI Plan Grants

Rs. 2,00,000/- for Books and Journals and  Rs. 2,00,000/- for Equipments for the year 2010-11

 

4

Ambedkar Centre’s Activities

University of Mysore Rs. 1,50,000/- every year

5

Books and Journals

University of Mysore Rs. 30,000/- every year

6

Contingencies

University of Mysore Rs. 25,000/- every year