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30 May 2013

Rethinking equity in India and Québec: Towards inclusive societies

Marie Mc Andrew (Professor, Université de Montréal), Abdul Nafey (Dean of Students and Director the Canadian Studies Program, JNU), Sudha Pai (Rector, JNU) and Benoit-Jean Bernard (Director, BQM).

A special issue of Canadian Diversity/Diversité canadienne on relations between India and Québec was launched recently at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. JNU is one of India’s most prestigious social science universities.

Prepared under the supervision of professors Marie McAndrew and Émilie Parent of Université de Montréal and Priti Singh of JNU, the publication features over 20 articles by Québec and Indian authors from various universities, public and private institutes, research centres and civil society associations.

The issue explores a variety of themes, including immigration, integration, education, diversity and the economy, with articles such as the following:

  • “Balancing Diversity and Common Socialization: Comparing Educational Debates in India and Québec”
  • The School Integration of South Asian Youth in a Francophone Society: The Role of the Education System”
  • Dimensions of Social Banking and Financial Inclusion Programs in India: Lessons from Desjardins”
  • Affirmative Action in Québec and India: An Assessment of Outcomes and Unexpected Consequences”

Profitable networking

The Québec government office in Mumbai (BQM) took advantage of the launch to hold a networking activity, which drew a number of interesting contacts for Québec, including the rector of JNU, representatives of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Shaastri Indo-Canadian Institute, and professors from JNU and its Centre for French and Francophone Studies. Close to a hundred people took part in the event.

BQM Director Benoît-Jean Bernard gave an address in which he underlined the contribution of the publication to better understanding between Québec and India.

Québec government office in Mumbai (BQM)
Table of contents of Canadian Diversity/Diversité canadienne
Université de Montréal (in French)
Jawaharlal Nehru University

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