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
Buddha, Basava and Ambedkar
Dalit leadership in Indian politics
Panchayat Raj InstitutionsDalit literature
Socio-economic & Historical dimensions in Ambedkar`s philosophy
Women and Child Labour
Research Projects Completed
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
Extension Lectures – at Social Welfare Department Hostels.
Social Welfare Department, Government of Karnataka Bangalore (Rs. 30,000/-)
July 2005-March 2006
Survey on the Socio-economic background of the life convicts at Mysore Central Prison
Department of Prisons, Government of Karnataka.
Survey on the availability of the Burial Ground for Scheduled Castes in Mysore District
University Grants Commission – Rs. 75,000/-
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
Dalit Empowerment through Land Purchase Scheme in Dr. Ambedkar Development Corporation
University Grants Commission
Ambedkar Centre Activities
Social Welfare Department, Government of Karnataka – Rs. 50,00,000/-
EPOCH Making Social Thinkers of India
University Grants Commission Rs. 8,20,000/- (Rupees Eight Lakh Twenty Thousand Only)
UGC XI Plan
EPOCH Making Social Thinkers of India
University Grants Commission Rs. 10,50,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakhs Fifty Thousand Only
UGC XI Plan
XI Plan Grants
Rs. 2,00,000/- for Books and Journals and Rs. 2,00,000/- for Equipments for the year 2010-11
Ambedkar Centre’s Activities
University of Mysore Rs. 1,50,000/- every year
Books and Journals
University of Mysore Rs. 30,000/- every year
University of Mysore Rs. 25,000/- every year