“Higher Education in India: Challenges of Access, Diversity and Discrimination” and Reception after lecture
Sukhadeo Thorat heads the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), the national body responsible for advancing social science research in the country. Prior to leading the ICSSR, Professor Thorat was Chairperson of the University Grants Commission (UGC) from 2006-2011. He holds a professorship in Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. He has published extensively on the economics of discrimination and on food policy and poverty in India. He is a consultant with the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington D.C. Sukhadeo Thorat received the Padmashree in 2008 one of the highest civilian awards for public service awarded by the Indian government.
Dr. Thorat is involved with the Obama Singh 21st Century Knowledge initiative, a bilateral program to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education. UMass Amherst Professor Sangeeta Kamat is a recent recipient of an Obama Singh award to research access and diversity in Indian higher education. Dr. Thorat will participate in a diversity roundtable during his visit to discuss policy and programs to promote diversity and access at UMass Amherst. Dr. Thorat’s visit is being hosted by the International Programs Office, the Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor for Diversity and Excellence, and the College of Education.