Chetna Dr. Ambedkar Awards Recipients 2018

Chetna Association of Canada is a community-based society registered under the Societies Act of BC. It was established in 1999 with a  primary objective of raising awareness about the caste-based issues globally. Chetna regularly promotes the benefits of creating casteless, respectful and inclusive communities through dialogues, discussions, presentations and seminars.

The members of Chetna take inspiration from Baba Saheb Dr. B R Ambedkar, the champion of human rights in India. Chetna currently has a strong partnership with Dr. Hari Sharma foundation, Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University (SFU), and various departments of University of British Columbia (UBC). The partnership has planned and delivered Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Lectures since 2016.

Chetna Association of Canada

Dr. Ambedkar Awards Night 2018

Dr. Ambedkar Awards Night 2019

Chetna Dr. Ambedkar Awards Recipients 2019

International Day of Yoga

International Day of Yoga was proclaimed in 2014 by the United Nations General Assembly and has since then been observed annually on June 21.

Yoga is an ancient technique and has many benefits. It helps with giving physical and mental strength. When yoga along with other techniques are applied, it also helps to bring balance at the personal and collective level.

As we observe the International Day of Yoga, let us reflect on benefits of our ancient techniques and adapt it into our daily lives.
Happy International Day of Yoga and congratulations to all.
Chetna Association of Canada

Recipient of S. Tara Singh Hayer Award of Journalism: Navjot Dhillon

Recipient of Dr. Ambedkar Art and Literature Award: Mohan Karimpuri

Recipient of Dr. Ambedkar Life Time Achievement Award: Dr. Sanja Boskovic

Recipient of Dr. Ambedkar Social Justice Award: Dr. Suraj Yengde

Recipient of S. Tara Singh Hayer Award of Journalism: Parmod Puri

Recipient of Dr. Ambedkar Art and Literature Award: Bhagwant Rasulpuri

Recipient of Dr. Ambedkar Life Time Achievement Award: Jay Manhas

Recipient of Dr. Ambedkar Social Justice Award: Santosh Das UK

Student Directed Seminar Courses (UBC)

Experiencing Ambedkar (POLI 341C 001)

Coordinator: Riya Samuel

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Sunera Thobani

Dr Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar is most well-known for his critical role in writing India’s constitution. As one of the most prominent Dalit freedom fighters, his socio-cultural and historical significance, is undeniable but how much is known about him as a thinker and writer?

Ambedkar was a prolific and extremely well-educated political theorist, but his intellectual contributions are seldom studied with the weight they deserve. The importance of studying Ambedkarite thought is that it circumvents the traditional historiographies and hegemony of the Indian elite that tend to dominate academic spaces.

This course aims to study Indian political theory beyond the Nehrus and Gandhis, as well as to challenge casteist and government-mandated assumptions. The first half of the course will dip into Ambedkar’s writings on law, citizenship, minority rights, nationalism, economics, labour laws, as well as his views on the systemic problems in ’Indian’ culture, society, and institutions. After this more localised foundation, the second half of the course will explore his larger significance in social justice frameworks, and his enduring legacy. Additionally, this seminar will provide a basic understanding of the caste-system, as well as the ways in which it pervades society, culture, and politics in the Indian subcontinent even into the present.

This seminar is a unique opportunity for students to delve deeply into Ambedkar’s intellectual contributions and living legacy, as well as to help create an environment where caste and casteism can be critically explored head-on. Evaluation is based on participation, written essays, journal entries and presentations, as well as innovative open education assignments.



Prerequisite(s): None

Registration: Registration by application only. Please send a statement of interest between 500 to 800 words to, briefly explaining why you would like to take the course and how you can contribute to this seminar. For more information, visit UBC Student Service Centre.

United we stand,
Divided we fall