Archive for January, 2011


Re: Inviting application for financial grant for procurement of philosophy books

Keeping in view the objects of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (lCPR) to promote research and teaching in Philosophy and allied disciplines, the ICPR has decided to provide financial grant for its publications to various educational institutions including professional institutions where Philosophy is being taught or proposed to be taught and is not having philosophy books for the reference of the student/researchers.


Applications are, therefore, invited from various educational institutions falling in the above category for library grant in the prescribed format before February I! 2011.

The grant will be released either in. the .form of finance or by providing philosophy books as per the discretion of the Council.


Application in the prescribed format duly completed may be sent by post as well as by e.mail [icpr@del2.vsnl.net.in] to the Member-Secretary, Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Darshan Bhawan, 36 Tughlakabad Institutional Area, M.B. Road, New Delhi 110062 on or before 15.2.2011.






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Challenges of Inclusive Development in North-West India:Sites, Strategies and Possibilities

(28-29 January, 2011, ICSSR Complex, Panjab University, Chandigarh)

North-West India, which till few decades ago, promised to lead the rest of India in the areas of rural infrastructure, agriculture and social capital formation, has suffered serious reversals. As the juggernaut of development rolls by, a series of contradictions confront us. While the big landlords continue to multiply their gains made during the heydays of Green Revolution partly due to heavy state-subsidies, and partly due to their own entrepreneurial skills, the small farmers are burdened with heavy debt. The sudden levels of prosperity seen earlier are difficult to sustain as the land exposed to mindless doses of pesticides and weedicides does not yield enough. The small farmer fails to reconcile with the tragic aftermaths of Green Revolution – either he is driven to commit suicide, or he seeks to indulge in drug-induced bouts of self-forgetfulness, or still worse, he relapses into the feudal past in moments of vainglory. The journey backwards in the age of modernity generates worst kind of social aberrations such as female foeticide, honour killings, the occasional rise of militancy, caste-clashes, kabootarbazi, etc. The project of modernity seems to have consolidated the forces of obscurantism, partly because it was imported from above, and partly because it did not include everyone within its promising sweep. While it might be difficult to go back to ground zero and restart the process of development all over again, it is time that we think about negotiating with it in ways that bring about possibilities of ‘inclusive development’.  Assigning the responsibility of inclusive development singularly to the ruling elite, entrenched as it is in the stale structures of the State, would be unimaginative. Global flows have disrupted easy, predictable and linear ways of coming to terms with paradigms, processes and possibilites of progress. The proposed seminar is divided into three segments: sites, strategies and possibilities.
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Christian Educational Institutions: The Making Of Modern Democratic India

Organized by: Indian Institute of Advanced Study; Assam Don Bosco University;Salesian College Sonada & Siliguri
27-29 April 2011

Towards this goal the themes would come within the purview of the seminar:

  1. CEI and Nationalism
  2. CEI and Access to education
  3. CEI and Urban/Rural Locations
  4. CEI and Marginal Groups
  5. CEI and Technical skill training
  6. CEI and Management Institutes
  7. CEI and the Missionary as Visionary
  8. CEI and Oppressed Castes/Dalits
  9. CEI and Social and Interreligious harmony
  10. CEI, Churches and Religious Orders
  11. CEI and School Education/College education
  12. CEI and Regional representation
  13. CEI and Boarding/Day Schools
  14. CEI and Gender Dimensions in Education
  15. CEI and Research Contributions
  16. CEI and Contributions to Higher Education and Policy Making
  17. CEI and Democracy in India

Guidelines for the Presentation of Papers
1. Presentations should be original and is to be delivered in English.
2. The title of the Paper will appear on the opening page of the text together with the author’s name, the name of the Institution to which he or she belongs, professional title, postal address, telephone and email address. Footnotes will be at the end of each page and Reference lists or bibliographies will be kept to the end of the piece. APA style is to be adhered to.
3. A summary of between 150-200 words to be given.
4. Tables, figures and illustrations will be numbered and ordered within the actual text.
5. Papers will be sent in Word format (Windows or Macintosh).

Deadlines for Presentation
Concerning the presentation of Papers to the National Seminar on “Christian Educational Institutions: The Making of Modern Democratic India” there are two important dates that have to be borne in mind in order to ensure your participation and the eventual publication of your paper.
15th March 2011 is the deadline for the presentation of the summary of the Paper (together with an obligatory abstract). This should also be accompanied by an indication of the core theme toward which the proposal would best contribute.
Authors who propose Papers that are subsequently selected by the Organizing Committee have the right to their public presentation and publication as a text document in the Seminar Proceedings, a compilation of all academic contributions.
Presentations will be vetted by two referees, chosen from both the Organizing committee itself as well as from external collaborators, experts in the relevant fields of knowledge.
The Organizing Committee’s decision to either accept or reject the proposed Papers and the thematic session into which they will be placed will be made by the 30 March 2011.
15th April 2011 is the deadline for the presentation of the complete text of the Paper, in strict adherence to the aforementioned norms.
The completed Paper should be sent by email, in Word format, to the following address: directoriias@gmail.com ; principal@salesiancollege.net
Dr George Thadathil sdb
Principal, SCS & Organizing secretary,
National Seminar Partners: IIAS, ADBU, SCS.

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UGC Sponsored International Conference on

Promoting Social Cohesion through Peace Education

25-27 March,2011

Organized by

Lokmanya Tilak Teachers Training College,

Janardan Rai Nagar, Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University,



Call for papers:

Abstract (300 words) and full paper latest by 15 Feb 2011on the email at: peacelmtt10@gmail.com


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3rd Conference of the Internation Congress of Yoga and Spiritual Science (ICYS)

12-13 March, 2011

At International Siddharudha Dharshana Peetha,

Chikkananadi Gokak,Belgaum, Karnataka,India



Registration and Call of Papers

Registration Fee:1000/- (National),500 (Local)

Last Date for fee and paper submission by email or post :25-02-2011



General Secretary,


Cell No.099643-05134

Email: prof.b.krishna@gmail.com


Organising Secretary,

Sri Shamananda B.Pujari, Secretary,

International Siddharudha Darshan Peetha,


Cell No.096206-93060

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National Workshop on Social Science

Sponsored by Higher Education Commissioner, Haryana

at Tika Ram PG Girls College, Sonepat

on 12th to 14th Feb.,2011



Dr. Anita Singh

Associate Professor,

Department of Geography




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Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana



UGC Sponsored National Seminar on

Aggression and Violence in Youth :

A Psycho-Social Perspective of Reasons and Remedies

29th Jan,2011


Seminar Director

Principal (Dr.) Mrs. Varinder Kaur Thind,

Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ldh.


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Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar

(Established by the State Legislature Act No.21 of 1969)

Advertisement No.1/2011

Applications are invited for the following posts on the prescribed application form so as to reach this office latest by 18-2-2011. Cost of application form will be Rs. 500/- for Class ‘A’ posts and Rs. 400/-, for Class ‘B’ posts. Application form, Academic Performance Indicator (API) based Performance Based Appraisal System (PBAS) Proforma are available only at the University Website: http://www.gndu.ac.in. Candidates are required to submit the downloaded application form, duly filled-in all respects alongwith the crossed A/c Payee Bank Draft of Rs.500/- for posts at Sr.Nos. 1 to 22 and Rs. 400/- for others in favour of the REGISTRAR, GURU NANAK DEV UNIVERSITY, AMRITSAR payable at Amritsar.

Link: http://gndu.ac.in/DOWNLOAD/ADVT.1_2011%20QUALIFICATIONS%20etc.pdf

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22-23 February 2011

Organized by …


Arul Anandar (Autonomous) College

(Reaccredited with ‘A’ Grade-CGPA of 3.52)

Karumathur – Madurai – 625 514

Seminar Premise

Arul Anandar College (Autonomous) is one of the constituent colleges under the jurisdiction of the Jesuit Madurai Province of the Society of Jesus. The Department of Philosophy, an integral unit of the College envisions INTEGRAL FORMATION AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION THROUGH PHILOSOPHY & RESEARCH COMMUNICATION. Instituted in 1970, upgraded to PG level, and PhD Research Guidance, the department enlivens 40 years educational service to students from diverse linguistic cultural traditions with a multi-cultural learning atmosphere.

Call for Papers

Dear Friends,

You are cordially invited to present research papers regarding Theoretical and Practical Conflicts that arise in various fields of research/experience. As a universal phenomenon and as a part of human society, conflict exists in every sphere of human life. Response to conflicting grounds is the way human Knowledge/Society is contested for Progress and Development.

Conflicts do take place in areas such as: Ideology/Perspectives, Morals/Ethics, Individual/Social Relations, Power/Authority, Tradition/Modernity, Caste/Class/Communal, Civil /Technological Society, Linguistics, Race, Social Roles, Communication, Classical/Modern Approaches to Society etc. Academic disciplines are fertile with Conflict Theories such as: Critical theory, Feminist theory, Postmodern theory, Functional/System theory, Post-Structural theory, Post colonial theory, etc. The task of philosophy and related social sciences in this regard, is to cognize the nature and types of Ideological/Social conflict and find out the ways and methods of its resolution.  Hence this National Seminar attempts a systematic exposition of ideological/social conflicts, functions of conflict, its control and resolution as our meaningful contribution to our being in human society.

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary re-constitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes”.               —- Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

contact details

Closing Date for sending papers: 15th February 2011. Please contact any of these mails/call numbers for sending Abstracts/Papers: philo.aac@gmail.com (or) nathanlourdu1960@gmail.com

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Changes in Caste Hierarchies in
Rural India and Their Political Implications

Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla, in collaboration with the University of London ‘s School of Advanced Study and South Asian Studies Council, MacMillan Centre, Yale University , is planning to organize an interdisciplinary conference on the changing nature of caste in rural India and its political implication. The proposed dates are 1-3 June 2011 and venue of the conference is IIAS, Shimla. Its purpose is to discuss the changes which have occurred in caste hierarchies in rural India and their implications for democratic politics.

Some analysts believe that caste hierarchies have lost much of their power over the thoughts and actions of Indian villagers, and that caste is increasingly coming to denote ‘difference’ more than ‘hierarchy’. Some even see this as one of the two most important changes to occur in India since Independence – alongside the consolidation of a socially rooted democracy. Others are more sceptical about the scale of this change, and argue that the most vulnerable members of rural society have experienced little or no benefit from it. The proposed conference would reflect and welcome this diversity of views, and promote dialogue between analysts with different perceptions and from different disciplines. It would also pay special attention to something which has been inadequately discussed: the implications for the democratic process of however much change has taken place.

Some studies suggest that the decline in the power of caste hierarchies has made India an even more genuine democracy by providing disadvantaged castes in villages with greater opportunities, capacities and leverage in the political system. Others call this into question, or stress that the main beneficiaries are found in the middle strata of the old hierarchies. Some studies emphasise the positive implications of declining hierarchies, while others point to the increase in violence between castes in certain regions – including, ironically, some (for example, southern Karnataka) in which the old hierarchies were less oppressive than elsewhere.

Some analyses have shown that in certain localities, the formerly dominant castes no longer exercise enough influence at the village level to persuade or compel people to undertake collective action which once made it possible to get important things done. This implies that to get things done, it is increasingly necessary for local-level political entrepreneurs to reach up to higher levels for assistance from government actors and programmes. Other analyses indicate that India has generated far more such local entrepreneurs than have other countries, and that many of them come not from formerly dominant castes but from disadvantaged groups. But sceptics have asked just how extensive these changes have actually been.

Certain studies have argued that a new middle class has emerged in India that includes many rural dwellers and many people from the lower strata in the old hierarchies. They see this as partly the result of reservations, but also as a consequence of the decline in the influence of the old hierarchies – and they argue that this change further undermines that influence. Other commentators argue that the main impact of this trend is to alienate members of the middle class who come from the lower strata from their caste fellows who remain outside the middle class.

These and other key issues have not been adequately discussed by the kind of formidable group of analysts which this conference would bring together. The implications for Indian democracy of whatever change has occurred in caste hierarchies cries out for serious examination.


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