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Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Study Centre

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar was not only the father of the Indian Constitution; he was a great freedom fighter, political leader, philosopher, thinker, economist, editor, social reformer, revivalist of Buddhism and was the first Indian to break down the barriers in the way of advancement of women in India. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar is the chief source of inspiration to the people of India especially the vast toiling and suffering masses. His ideas, principles and actions continue to have relevance as the contradictions in social and economical life persist even today.

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar whose mission for his whole life had been to bring equality in the society and to end all discrimination based on caste, race, religion or sex, could not remain silent on the issue of equal status for women. He had very progressive thoughts for bringing equality among all humans including women. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar fight againest the knowledge exploitation and injustice which are social forms of violence of such oppressions. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar endeavored to set essential everlasting human values such as equality, liberty, fraternity and social justice in Indian society. Fundamental ideas and values of his life, have become the fountain of inspiration - self-respect, self-confidence, rationality and practical humanism. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar wanted to create a new India, a strong united India, free from the burden of history of hatred and exploitation.

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's mission in life was to challenge the ideological foundations of graded system of caste hierarchy that denied equality, freedom and human dignity to women in Hindu society. He believed that society should be based on reason, and not on atrocious tradition of caste system. Therefore, in order to reconstruct society Education should be based on modern democratic ideas of liberty, equality and fraternity.

There is a great need inculcate in teachers, students, as well as the concerned citizens of India his vision of nation. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Study Center works for involving teachers and students in research studies, field-work based on extension service, activities and orient or refresh them to contribute towards making India a healthy nation. The Centre basically focuses on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's life, legacy, literature and it's relevance, philosophy and its future vision. The centre also emphasizes Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's views on social justice and his contribution for the upliftment of depressed classes and also highlights his thoughts on social, economic and political reforms. It focuses on the relevance of Indian Constitution and Ambedkar's thoughts on human rights and constitutional reforms.

the study centre works on the following objectives

To study the vision and mission of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar in construction of Indian society with major focus on the weaker sections and to examine their impact on people and society.

Undertake comparative studies of Ambedkar's vision and mission with great visionaries of both India and world such as Jyotibha Phuley, Basveshwara, Gandhi, Booker.T.Washington, Jawaharlal Nehru, Karl Marx, Ram Manohar Lohia, Subhashchandra Bose, Jaya Prakash Narayan etc, in reconstruction of Indian society.

Critically analyze discrimination and oppressed class social movements of Dalits, tribes, feminisits, backward classes, Minorities (linguistic, religious, racial etc, ) including those led by Dr.Ambedkar in reconstruction of society in general and Indian society in particular.

Undertake M.Phil and Ph.D Programmes of studies and research in the thoughts and related aspects of Dr.B.R. Ambedkar and conduct full time Post Graduate and/or part time diploma or Certificate courses for teachers, students of the university, functionaries of non-Government organizations, corporate executives, Government officers etc focusing on particular aspect of thoughts and works of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar.

Set up a special multi user high tech Multimedia Digital Library within the Centre's premises for teachers, students and scholars to get acquainted with the thoughts and mission of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar.

Set up and maintain Museum on life and mission of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar and on related aspects and similar personalities within the multimedia library of the Centre.

Organise Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Lecture every year inviting national and international scholars/leaders who have made significant contribution connection with the objectives of the centre by organizing conferences, seminars, lectures, workshops and similar activities on selected topics at International, national and regional levels.

Bring out publications and Undertake action projects, extension activities and disseminate the concepts related to the philosophy of social justice, development, transformation, equity, empowerment of marginalized sections of the society, and other topics of development as advocated by Dr.B.R.Ambedkar.

Collaborate with other universities and research Centres in both India and abroad with regard to educational programmes, research, training and extension activities etc.

Details of the programmes conducted by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Study centre are as follows

Date Major Activities
Two day Workshop on Secularism in Jnana Sahyadri
12-01-2001 Conducted a workshop for SC/ST Women chairpersons/ vice-chairpersons training in Jnana Sahyadri.
A special lecture series on Ambedkar and Gandhi's Thoughts in Jnana Sahyadri
A Special lecture on Segregation of Dalits for the purpose of Reservations held in Jnana Sahyadri.
Two day workshop on Civil Rights held in Jnana Sahyadri.
A workshop on Human Rights
Two day workshop on Development of backward Dalits training at the level of Gram Panchayat in Shimoga.
Two day workshop on Neenasam Programme in Heggodu Hosanagara Taluk.
A Workshop on Human's Rights on Depressed Classes: The Present scenario.
Two day workshop on Development of backward Dalits training at the level.of Gram Panchayat in Chitradurga
Panchayat Level in Training on Development of Dalits
20-02-2002 Two day workshop on Feminism and Women's Movements with special reference to India.
18-07-2002 A Special Lecture on "Religion, Religious Fundamentalism and Dalits"
Two day special Lecture on Feminism in India and Challenges for Indian Feminism held in Jnanasahyadri
10-11-2002 Two days workshop on "Challenges for Socialism"
02-02-2003 Lecture Program on Ambedkar's Memory in Jnana Sahyadri.
Two day workshop on "Adopting Cultural Studies in Post Graduate Courses" in Jnana Sahyadri.
Workshop on Cultural Studies held in Jnana Sahyadri
17-08-2003 A special Lecture on Feminism and its Challenges with reference to India held in Jnana sahyadri
04-08-2004 A special Lecture series on Democracy and Culture in Jnana Sahyadri.
October - December 2003 A Competitive Training class for SC/ST Candidates in Jnana Sahyadri
08-11-2005 A Seminar on `Dalits and Problems in Education held in Applied Botany, Bio-Science Complex, Jnana Sahyadri.
A Workshop on Panchayat Raj Challenges and Problems in Jnana Sahyadri.
21-04-2006 A Seminar on Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Jayanthi in Jnana Sahyadri.
June 2006 "Project on the Status of Dalits in village Life: A Study in Karnataka"
05-10-2006 A Seminar on Folk Cultural Leaders held in Chitradurga
05-11-2006 A Special Lecture series of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and other thinkers held in Shimoga district at Karnataka Sangha
A Special Lecture on Dalits and Question of Changing Education held in Jnana Sahyadri
12-12-2006 A Seminar on Dr.B.R.Ambedkar and Social Justice held at Gurubhavana in Shikaripura
03-12-2006 A camp was held on Employment and Legal awareness in Shikaripura.
01-01-2007 Special Annual camp held in Thirthahalli
07-01-2007 One day Literary Workshop on "Representation of Dalits in Kuvempu's Literature was held in Jnana Sahyadri
12-01-2007 A Seminar on Political Thoughts of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar held in Government First Grade College, Nyamathi
27-01-2007 A Seminar on Dalits and Social Problems held in Sagara
31-01-2007 A Special Lecture Series with the coordination of Sahitya Sangha , Tunga Mahavidyalaya, Thirthahalli on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and Lohia, Dr.Ambedkar and Kuvempu
31-01-2007 A Special Lecture on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and other Thinkers held in Sahyadri Arts and Science College, Shimoga and on Dr. Ambedkar's Thoughts in Holehonnur First Grade College
11-02-2007 A Seminar on Dalit Sangarsh Samithi in the past 30 years held in Shimoga
21-02-2007 A Seminar on Dr. B.R.Ambedkar's Thoughts in development of India.
A Three days Workshop on Research Methodology held in Jnana Sahyadri
A camp on Personality Development, Mental Powers, Skill Development and Youth Leadership held in Jnana Sahyadri.
23-03-2007 Seminar on Dr. B.R.Ambedkar's Thoughts held in Chitradurga.
24-03-2007 A one day Seminar on Dr.B.R.Ambedkar and his vision for the Development of India at Kagenalli.
27-03-2007 Kannada Dalitha Bandaya Sahitya A Literatur held in Shimoga
Dr.Baba Saheb Ambedkar Jayanthi - A National Seminar held in Jnana Sahyadri.
A National Seminar on "Rethinking Caste and Social Exclusion" held in Jnana Sahyadri
17-02-2010 Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Memorial Lecture on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's perspective of economic development of India with special reference to Dalits .
06-12-2012 Dr. Ambedkar Parinirvan day was conducted in Jnana Sahyadri
20-04-2013 A Seminar was conducted on Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Jayanthi in colloboraation with SC/ST Development Cell, SC/ST Teaching and Non-Teaching Association and Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Chair in the Jnana Sahyadri campus.
Date Programme Chief Guest
14.04.2015 Special lecture on Ambedkar on the occasion of "the 125th Birth anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar" Sri. Nanjudaswamy, I.P.S officer and Sri. K. B. Siddaiah
14.10.2015 "59th Dhamma Chakra Pravartana Dinacharane" Sri. Gopal, Sociologist, Banglore
20.11.2015 "Valmiki Jayanthi" Krishnamurthi Hanur, Social Thinker
26.11.2015 "Constitution day" Sri. Nanjundaswamy I.P.S
06.12.2015 "Parinirvana Dina" Honourable Vice chancellor and Registrar, Kuvempu University
23.02.2016 One day workshop for Directors and Deputy Directors of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar study centers of Karnataka state Universities Prof. Gopalguru, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Prof. Ramesh Kamble, Phule and Ambedkar center, Mumbai University.
Sri. Venkatesh, Senior Dalith Leader.
Directors and Deputy Directors of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Study Centers of various Universities of Karnataka state
21.05.2016 Buddha Purnima Sri. A. K. Chandrappa and Sri. Shankar Naik, Shimoga.
Sri. Pradeep B Kadam, Sri. Gurunath Itagi and Prakash Pujari, Singers, Gulbarga.
14.10.2016 "Dhamma Deeksha Pravartana Dina" Sri. Mariyappa, Retaired I.P.S officer.
14.04.2016 "125th Birth anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar" Prof. Anand Teltumble, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
21.10.2016 Two day workshop for teaching and non-teaching staff Prof. Anand Teltumble, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Date Programme Chief Guest
14/04/2017 Celebration of 126th Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Sri. Subbu Holeyar
20-02-2017 Celebration of world social justice day Sri. Santhosh Hegde
Two days Seminar on "Ambedkar's Contribution to comprehensive development of India" Prof. C. G. Lakshmipathi, Smt.V.H.D. Central Institute of Home Science, Bangalore
Smt. Nirmala Elegar, Chandana Vahini, Doordarshan, Bangalore
Sri. Gurumurthy, DSS, Shimoga
Prof. Honnu Siddarth, Director, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Study Center, Bangalore University, Bangalore
Prof. Appagere Somashekhar, Kannada Department, Central University, Kalaburgi
Dr. Ramesh , Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Study Center, Tumkur University, Tumkur
10.05.2017 Drama on "Gautama Buddha" Prof. Jogan Shankar, Vice Chancellor, Kuvempu University.


The centre has also published 11 books on various issues by eminent researchers. Some of the important publications of the centre are

Dalit Women and Self-help Groups - Dr. Anjanappa. B.H.

Kannada Literature and Dalit Cultural History - Dr. Prashanth Naik

Status and Conditions of Dalits in Rural Areas - Dr. Shanmukha. A

Ambedkar as a Philosopher - Dr. Rangaraj Vanadurga.

Dr. Ambedkar and the Problem of Untouchability - Dr. Anjanappa.K.

Dr. Ambedkar and the Women's cause - Smt. Indira Krishnappa.

Representation of Dalit's in Kuvempu's Literature - Dr. Rangaraj Vanadurga.

Crisis and Problems of Dalit Graduates: A Case Study - Dr. Kariappa Mallige.J.

Dalit Students and Problems of Higher Education - Dr. Ramesh. B.

Heroes in Folk Cultural History - Dr. Rangaraj Vanadurga.

Dr. Ambedkar and Social Struggle - Dr. Ramachandra. A.B.

Social Development and Justice in India - R.G.Singh & Dr.Ravindra.D.Gadkar.

Restoration of Human Rights and Dignity to Dalits - R.G.Singh & Dr.Ravindra.D.Gadkar

List of dignitaries who visited Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Study Centre

Prof. Lord Bhiku Parekh, Honerable member, House of Lords, United Kingdom, President, British Academy of Social Science

Kancha Illaiah, Eminent Social Scientist, Osmania Uniersity

P. Sainath, Activist and journalist

Prof. V.K. Nataraj, Director, Madras Institute of Development studies

Prof. Gopal Guru, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Prof. Valerian Rodrigues, Jawaharalal Nehru University

Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana, Centre for Studies of Culture and Society

Prof. William DSilva, Heidelberg University, Germany

Prof. Rajaram Tolpadi, Mangalore University

Prof. Ravivarma Kumar, Chairman, Backward Classes Commission, Government of Karnataka

B. T. Lalitha Naik, Writer and Ex-minister

G. Aloysius, Eminent Social Scientist and Activist, New Delhi

Dr. Gurram Srinivas, Sociologist, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Dr. K. Sathyanarayana, University of English and Foreign Languages, Hydrabad

Sri. Nanjundaswamy, IPS

Prof. K. B. Siddayya

Sri. Gopal

Sri. Krishnamurthy Hanuru

Prof. Gopalaguru, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Prof. Ramesh Kamble, Phule and Ambedkar Chair, Mumbai University.

Prof. Anand Teltumble, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Karaghpur

Sri. A. K. Chandrappa

Sri. Shankar Naik

Sri Mariswamy, Retired I.P.S

Prof. Ravivarma Kumar, Famous Lawer

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