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Encouraging Diversity

Student diversity is integral to equity in education and learning with a broader perspective.

The University is deeply committed to having a diverse student profile and the admissions process is designed to attract applicants who show evidence of:

  • A deep desire to contribute towards education and development in India
  • Demonstrated independence of thought
  • Orientation that is geared towards creating a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society

There is strong evidence that social background and origins are connected with poor representation in institutions of higher education. The University recognises the disadvantages caused by socially created inequalities like a student’s gender, their family’s caste, religion, occupation, income, education and so on. As part of its commitment to equity and justice, the University admission process attempts to address these inequalities. Points are assigned to various aspects of the socio-economic background of every applicant, which will be added up, to arrive at an overall socio-economic ‘disadvantage score’ and this score is added to the score secured by them in the entrance test and interview.

The information on socio-economic background is sought in the application form, only for purposes of estimating the score and compensating for social disadvantage.

25% of seats are reserved for students domiciled in Karnataka and are offered to candidates who have met all the selection criteria.



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