[Cancelled – CSH Seminar] What Does My IITian Tag Actually Mean? The Relationship between Academic Titles and Job Positions (O. Henry)

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Dear all,

We are extremely sorry to announce that the CSH seminar planned today (15 May 2023 @ 17h00) has ben cancelled. Prof Odile Henry has to leave for France on an immediate basis due to personal reasons and will unfortunately not be able to present her work. We would like to assure you that we will re-schedule this seminar next year in our calendar.

All our apologies again for this last minute cancellation.

Best regards,

The Centre de Sciences Humaines is pleased to invite you to the CSH Seminar



(Paris 8 University and Director of the CSH)


What Does My IITian Tag Actually Mean?

The Relationship between Academic Titles and Job Positions

Followed by discussion with Satish DESHPANDE (Delhi University)


Monday, 15 May 2023, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm IST

Centre de Sciences Humaines
IFI-CSH conference room (ground floor)
2 Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi – 110011


The Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), founded from the early 1950s onwards, were exempted from reservation policies until 1973. While their access has been opened up to members of marginalised groups, this formal opening up is far from sufficient to abolish the huge gaps between the academic and social opportunities of students from marginalised groups and those from the upper castes. While the reservation policy claims to combat the effects of discrimination, it tends to reify the low social status of the stigmatised groups and does not guarantee equal access to IIT degrees, nor equal opportunities to use these degrees in the labour market. Thus, at the highest level of technical elite training institutions, caste, captured here through reservation groups, continues to influence educational and social trajectories.


Odile Henry is a professor at Paris 8 University and Directress of the CSH in New-Delhi. Her recent publications on the subject include (with M. Ferry) When Cracking the JEE is not Enough. Processes of Elimination and Differentiation, from Entry to Placement, in the Indian Institutes of Technology”, SAMAJ ( 2017).                                               

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CSH Seminars are in hybrid mode. We request you to pre-register before Monday, 15 May, 2:00 p.m. IST for both offline and online registration.

To attend at venue: Please note that the room capacity is limited. Seats will be reserved on a first come first basis. Kindly carry an ID proof to be granted access to the venue.

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