- Research/Scholar Paper name – “Inclusion Of North-East Indian Students in Higher Education Institutions: A Case Study On Gujarat National Law University”
- Author: Hrishikesh Goswami
- Institution: Gujarat National Law University
- Affiliation: Centre for Study of Contemporary Legal Issues
- Date of Publication: 26/05/2022
Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) is the only National Law University in the country that has 5 supernumerary seats reserved for students from the North-Eastern parts of India, thus ensuring that a few students from that region, based on their CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) ranks, make it to one of the top Law Universities of the country. GNLU presents these students with an inclusive environment to acquire legal knowledge and enjoy facilities at par with students from other parts of the country. This also ensures a sizable representation of these students in various activities and societies. However, their ethnic background, social circumstances and unique cultural backdrop presents them with unique challenges. Thus, it becomes essential to study and understand the challenges, concerns and unique social circumstances these students encounter.
In many premier institutions of the country, students from the NE face major linguistic, cultural and racism-related challenges. In the past, disturbing news has often surfaced from various cities of the country, where north-eastern students have faced violence, racism and social stigma.
This paper intends to understand the challenges faced by North-East Indian (NE/NEI) students, their perspective on these issues and explore the unique environment provided by Gujarat National Law University in this regard. This paper further intends to explore the unique policy of the University and identify its merits and possible application in other institutions and organizations.