Bethune College has always upheld the spirit of the Indian Constitution in providing equal opportunities to all sections of society in the sphere of higher education, especially to the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) and Minorities who have been identified as the most backward groups. The Backward Class and Minority Cell was established to support and empower the students of our college belonging to the backward and minority section. The Indian Constitution includes Article 340, Article 29 and Article 30 for the protection and development of the backward and minority section. The college remains committed to the spirit of the Constitution in protecting the rights of students from these sections
Backward Class Cell Members:
- Dr. Tripti Roy (Associate Professor) Convenor
- Dr. Hiroj Saha (Assistant Professor) Co Convenor
- Dr. Chhandam Chakraborty (Assistant Professor) Member
- Smt. Dipanwita Barua (Assistant Professor) Member
- Smt. Madhabi Bej (Non-Teaching Staff) Member
- To guide and support the SC, ST, OBC and Minority students of Bethune College in managing their academic and personal issues.
- To ensure a safe and healthy environment for the students.
- Immediate redressal of grievance related to issues or incidents within the college campus.
- To uphold the rights of students and follow reservation rules as stated in the Indian Constitution
- Keeping SC, ST, OBC and Minority students informed about scholarships and stipends offered by the State or Central Government, the UGC and other agencies.
- The college strictly prohibits any discriminatory behaviour within the campus. In an incident when an outgoing student of the college abused a university teacher for her ethnic identity on social media, the college publicly condemned the act of the student. The Principal of the college initiated a discussion with the Law Section of the University of Calcutta immediately which was followed by an online sensitization programme.
- The cell organized a Webinar, "An overview of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989" on 21st September 2020.
- A meeting of Bethune College teachers and the CU lawyer was organised regarding this issue involving Professor Maroona Murmu.
- The cell intends to organise awareness programmes for the new students on the subject of reservation policy and rights of the SC, ST, OBC & minority students and about the different scholarships & stipends.
Bethune College strictly follows the Reservation rules for admission according to the directives given by the Central and State Governments as well as University of Calcutta.
(Central and State Government) for Backward and Minority Class:
- Ministry of Tribal Affairs
- National Commission for Scheduled Caste
- National Commission for Scheduled Tribe
- National Commission for Backward Class
- National Commission for Minorities
- Government of West Bengal
Backward Classes Welfare Department and Tribal Development
- Backward classes Welfare Department
- Minority Affairs and Madrasa Education