Equal opportunity Cell (EOC)

Equal opportunity Cell (EOC)

About the Cell:

The Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC), at the Central University of Tamil Nadu (CUTN) has been constituted at the behest of the UGC guidelines with a view to ensuring a level platform with regard to opportunities for all the stakeholders of the institution. The EOC has been functional from 1916-17 with the then Hon’ble Vice Chancellor on its chair. That the cell is chaired by the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor personally is an indication of the pivotal role the EOC is envisaged to fulfil in the scheme of things. EOC functions as a friendly reminder to everyone that equity among the citizens of the country remains an important goal to be accomplished with the help and support from one and all. Rather than a rule to be imposed on a society that is unequal in opportunities, it stresses the need to assume equity as a given or as a taken for granted state which in turn would be the stepping stone for a life of dignity for all. The Equal Opportunity Cell with an eye towards making higher education inclusive with the vital element of social consciousness and responsibility is an integral part of a public university. It is our considered belief that a sustainable and healthy development of any social fabric can be achieved only by a society deeply informed by the spirit of equity through equal access to the available resources.

Aims and Objectives:
  • To oversee the effective implementation of policies and programmes for disadvantaged groups

  • To provide guidance and counselling with respect to academic, financial, social and other matters

  • To enhance the diversity within the campus

Functions and Duties:
  • To sensitise the university fraternity about the problems of the marginalised/disadvantaged sections of the society so that they are able to improve their performance not only in education but also in other spheres of life

  • To sensitise the mainstream sections of the society towards the problems of the marginalised sections of society

  • To monitor the various schemes/policies of the Government of India and State Governments relating to marginalised/disadvantaged sections

  • To ensure that there is an effective and functional SC/ST Cell as has been mandated in the DoPT Brochure on Reservation

  • To become an effective tool for gender sensitisation and ensure participation in all socially relevant activities of the University and the National Service Scheme (NSS)

  • Organising periodic meetings to monitor the progress of different schemes and cells

  • Establishing coordination with the government and other agencies/organisations to mobilize academic and financial resources to provide assistance to students from the disadvantaged groups

  • Adopting measures to ensure due share of utilization by SC/ST in admissions, recruitments (teaching and non-teaching posts) and to improve their performance


Position Name Designation Email
Coordinator Dr. T. J. Abraham Professor eoc@acad.cutn.ac.in

Contact Us: 
EOC Cell Advisor cum Coordinator 
Central University of Tamiulnadu
Thiruvarur – 610 005 

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