The department of English of SD College, Sector 32, on Friday organised a University Grants Commission (UGC)-funded national seminar on representation of the marginalised in contemporary literature.
On this occasion, as many as 63 papers were presented by lecturers from various colleges across the country.
Keynote speaker Anupama Vohra, department of English, Jammu University, expressed concern, saying "despite several efforts, we have not been able to eradicate disparity and marginalisation of people".
She quoted various writers to explain the meaning and concept of marginalisation. Reading out excerpts from different literary works, she highlighted how literature gives voice to the marginalised.
Speaker Gurupdesh Singh, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, said, "The term marginalised is relative. Different criteria determine which strata of people are termed as marginalised."
Principal Bhushan Kumar Sharma said such seminars helped in healthy exchange of ideas.
"Intellectual debates create awareness about the issues and solutions of a particular problem," he said.