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Poznań, Poland -
Disability, Higher Education and Exclusion in Indian Context
Disability is an important axis of inequality in the global context. Disabled people in higher education remain at the margins, discriminated against and excluded to a large extent. Much of the understanding on the subject comes from studies in the Global North and very little has been written in the context of developing countries where disability has to centre in the development discourse because of its relationship with poverty, underdevelopment and lack of access to resources like education, health care and employment. Taking an intersectional perspective this paper tries to contexualize how exclusion of disabled persons is understood in the global south especially with reference to India. The paper tries to situate the activism, state policies, and the slow emergence of disability studies programmes through an ethnographic analysis of the lives of disabled persons in the Indian university systems in relation to assistive technology, space, pedagogy and support structures.