Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP)

Founded in 2008 through an initiative of the University Grants Commission, Government of India, the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy(CSSEIP) promotes interdisciplinary research on the varied forms of social marginality and exclusion in India. Besides offering courses for B.A. LL.B (Hons) and LL.M students at NLSIU, CSSEIP undertakes academic, legal and policy research with a special focus on caste, tribal and religious minorities with an active commitment to furthering democratic practices.

The Objectives of CSSEIP

  • Encourage interdisciplinary research on the dynamics of social exclusion and contribute to academic debates in social science and legal scholarship.
  • Develop conceptual frameworks that are reflexive of India ‘s socio-cultural realities and expand the space of intellectual discourse.
  • Assist law and policy makers in the preparation and critical evaluation of legislations and policies pertaining to the socially excluded communities.
  • Disseminate information on social exclusion issues through publication of journals, books, research papers and reports and strengthen critical public discourses in India.
  • Build ties with social movements, organizations and agencies working to build an inclusive and just society.


  • Conduct original research and make available the findings in both academic and popular fora
  • Provide training, research and advisory services to government, non-government and other agencies, both national and international in policy formulation and implementation.
  • Organize workshops and conferences that provide a forum for state legislators, bureaucrats and judges to interact with scholars, activists, film-makers, journalists, among others, and reflect collectively on issues related to social exclusion.
  • Collaborate with local and international research and activist organizations committed to strengthening democratic ideals.
  • Encourage strategic litigation to provide legal assistance to the vulnerable sections of society and explore legal remedies in their favour.
  • Build an archive of print, digital and visual texts on issues pertaining to social exclusion, especially as it relates to the realms of law and state policy.
  • Undertake translation projects to make important writings done in Kannada available to a non-Kannada audience and, likewise, make available in Kannada important work done in other languages.

Centre Co-ordinator : Prof. Babu Mathew
Tel. No. : 080-23160535/532/533
Email : babumathew@nls.ac.in

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