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Ambedkar and Indian Constitution

April 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Location:2228 Richcraft Hall
Key Contact:Harry Sharma
Contact Phone:613-520-2600 x7873

Professor Thorat will reflect on Dr. B.R.Ambedkar’s role in framing the Indian constitution. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was the principal architect of India’s constitution and is a symbol of social equality. Professor Thorat will also discuss the implementation of constitutional provisions in the context of Dalits in India.

Speaker’s Bio

Prof. Thorat was a Professor in Economics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University and was the Chairman of University Grants Commission and also the Indian Council of Social Research, India.

Prof. Thorat has received awards for Public Service for Marginalized groups, Minorities and Education: 1) Padmashree Award; 2) Mother Teresa International Award; 3) Dr. Ambedakar Chetna Award; 4) Bharat Shiromani Award; 5) Purushottam Award; and 6) Vidyalankara Award.

Prof. Thorat has done extensive research, published about 20 books and more than 100 papers on issues related to: excluded groups, socially inclusive growth, poverty, agricultural growth in dry agriculture, caste and economic discrimination, labour market discrimination, impact of economic discrimination on the poverty and marginalization, economic ideas of Babasaheb Ambedkar, and higher education.