Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: The war against poverty was turning out to be a war against the poor in the recent years, S. Parsuraman, Director of the Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences, said here on Saturday.

Delivering the convocation address on `Globalisation and Issue of Higher Education' at the first convocation of the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Deemed University, Prof. Parsuraman said that globalisation was deepening marginalisation and exclusion of groups and communities that were traditionally vulnerable and excluded.

"The opportunities for dalits, tribal people, women, disabled and other vulnerable groups have shrunk and marginalisation of certain sections among these groups has been intensified," he said.

Health, education, water, work and food were core elements of fundamental human rights, but the state was increasingly undermining people's access to basic services to be able to lead a life with dignity, Prof. Parsuraman said.

Among others who spoke were Savita Mahajan of Indian School of Business, Hyderabad; A Samanta, Chancellor of KIIT Deemed University; and S.C. De Sarkar, Vice-Chancellor of the Deemed University.