Dissecting caste discrimination from admissions to placements: Part 2 - IITs, IIMs and beyond | Data Point podcast

Data reveals that despite receiving hundreds of PhD applications, some elite higher education institutions hardly accepted any candidates from SC/ST/OBC PhD backgrounds. In this episode, The Hindu, speaks with those in the higher-ed system, to understand how caste bias manifests. 

November 03, 2022 12:30 pm | Updated June 30, 2023 07:35 pm IST

Last week, The Hindu released part one of our two-part series on caste discrimination in India’s elite institutions for higher education. Although IITs and IIMs really constitute a sliver of India’s higher educational institutions, they still manage to exert a disproportionate normative influence on debates surrounding higher education, because they are seen as the standard bearers.

In this episode, we expand on this to gain a better understanding of the experience students from backward classes have, while also seeing how this discrimination manifests in IIMs.


Deepak Malghan: Chemical engineer, ecological economist and faculty at IIM Bangalore, who advocates against caste discrimination.

Pranav Jeevan: currently a PhD candidate in Artificial Intelligence at IIT Bombay. He has earlier studied Quantum Computing in IIT Madras and Robotics at IIT Kanpur.

Production credit: Sonikka Loganathan

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