Dr. Nidhi S. Sabharwal
Ph.D. from the Centre for the Study of Regional Development at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi. Dr. Sabharwal has previously served as the Director of the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies. She has conducted extensive research on the development concerns of the poor, especially the scheduled caste groups. She has studied inter-group inequalities across human development indicators, focusing on the role of caste- and gender-based discrimination in market and non-market institutions; diversity and discrimination within higher educational institutions, Mid-Day Meal and Anganwadi programmes; and social protection & affirmative action policies. She has also studied excluded groups in other countries, such as the Burakumin in Japan. She has published books and articles related to equity and discrimination and presented papers at international conferences. Her current research focuses on access and equity in Higher Education.