Seminar on caste enumeration

MYSORE, JULY 20. A two-day national seminar on ``Caste enumeration in 2001 census'' will begin tomorrow at the AVRC auditorium of Manasagangotri here. The seminar, being held after nearly seven decades, is expected to explore the possibilities of undertaking select case studies amid divergent opinions on the need for such an exercise.

Prof. V.K.Nataraj, Director, Madras Institute of Development Studies, told The Hinduthat the seminar intended to go beyond the framework of the national census.

He said the seminar would feature presentations from specialists in sociology, anthropology, policy studies, and sampling and data analysis. Papers would also be presented by representatives from non-governmental organisations and former chairpersons of backward class commissions from the four southern States.

The seminar, to be jointly inaugurated by the Minister of State for Information and Publicity, Prof. B.K. Chandrashekar, will be jointly organised by the University of Mysore, the Madras Institute of Developmental Studies, Chennai, the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, and the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.

Mr. P.K.Mishra, who was with the Anthropological Survey of India, and Mr. Suresh Patil, from ADI, would jointly present a paper on ``The problems of enumerating by caste''. Mr. K.Nagaraj from MIDS, Chennai, would speak on ``Difficulties experienced by earlier census.''