The Centre for the study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSEIP), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) organized an extension lecture on “Differential job concentration and sub optimal work choices: Decoding why minorities continue to remain at the margin” on 25th January 2024.
The session started with the welcome address by Dr. Badre Afshan. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Simin Akhtar Naqvi, who is an associate Professor and Chairperson at Department of Economics, Zakir Hussain College, Delhi University. The lecture was Chaired by Prof. Mohd. Muslim Khan, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, JMI. Prof. Tanuja (Hony. Director CSSEIP, JMI) co- chaired the session and Dr. Sheikh Mujibur Rehman (Assistant Professor, CSSEIP, JMI) moderated the session.
The event began with the opening remarks from Prof. Muslim Khan followed by the lecture by Dr. Simin. With the clarifications about the population which can be recognised as minorities in India and insights on the differential economic status of Muslims and Jains from Prof. Khan, Dr. Simin presented various categories through which these differences could be understood. Some of these categories were religion, caste and gender, minorities and their settlement in urban, rural, ghettoized and non-ghettoized localities.
Dr. Simin proposed the reason for these sub-optimal work choices among minorities is the result of both deprivation from educational opportunities and labour market discrimination and the resultant adaptive learning. Differential public amenities, opportunities for capability building and impact of various social factors, prejudices, stereotypes were also discussed.
The lecture was followed with concluding remarks by Prof. Tanuja and a question-and-answer session. After this, a vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Badre Afshan, Assistant Professor, CSSEIP, JMI.