Archive for January, 2011

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar

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

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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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on 18th February, 2011

Sponsored by National Bank for Agriculture and
Rural Development (NABARD).

MM Institute of Management, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana is organizing
a one day NationalSeminar on the topic “Agriculture:The Backbone of
the Indian Economy” on 18th February, 2011.

Kindly  contact for  the Seminar brochure attached herewith for the details of the seminar and paper submission.

In case of any query please feel free to contact on the following numbers:

Dr. Anil Chandhok: 8059930377

Dr. Sonu Madan:8059930358

Organising Secretary

Sonu Madan <sonumadan15@live.com>



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Dear Friends,
Greetings from SPPIS, Haryana

Join the Group:


This is a group created by me on the Positive Philosophy. My object is to achieve an intellectual detachment from all philosophical systems, and not to solve specific philosophical problems, but to become sensitively aware of what it is we do when we philosophize.Join us to this effort.

SPPIS Newsletter

Those who are interested to get regular informations of work and other news. Kindly go to the following link to for membership. This is free. Next work come to you only from this account otherwise you will lost update informations.


Those who have already members,kindly update your information and profile.
with regards,

Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal

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C Rajagopalachari Essay Competition 2011



Awards ::

  1. First Prize:  40,000
  2. Second Prize:  25,000
  3. Third Prize:  15,000
  4. Six Honorable Mentions:  5,000 for each mention
  5. Top 20 essays will receive the book ‘The Beautiful Tree’ by James Tooley.

Selected winners will be invited for the residential youth seminars and international conferences organised by the Centre for Civil Society to interact with renowned celebrities and intellectuals.

How to Participate ::

  1. Each participant is required to register to participate.
  2. Upon registration the participants will be mailed ‘Ideas for a Free Society’ CD as reading material for writing the essay (Refer Participants Information Guide).
  3. All essays must be in English with a maximum limit of 2500 words and must be emailed to essay@ccs.in by February 28, 2011. The submission should be accompanied by a 250 word summary.


Eligibility :

4.      Open to all young people, students and non-students alike, between the ages of 18 and 25, from India.




Contact ::

Kanchan Singh
Centre for Civil Society
A-69, Hauz Khas, New Delhi – 110016
Phone: 011-2653 7456/2652 1882; Fax: 011-2651 2347; Email: essay@ccs.in


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UGC Sponsored National Seminar


Green Economics – A Case for Making Growth Sustainable and Equitable

Objectives of the seminar


1.     To provide a common platform for economists, environmentalists, policy makers, corporates and researchers to bring to fore the concept of green economics and its practical utility.


2.     It is expected to enhance our understanding of the relevance of green economics in achieving sustainable development.


3.     Expected to explore the need of and challenges in incorporating green strategy in our present highly profit oriented monetary economic setup.


4.     To educate the youth about the relevance of assimilation of environment protection in our everyday life.


5.     To explore and understand the nexus between green economics, poverty reduction and employment generation.


6.     To understand the role of state governments, corporate sector and WTO in adopting the ideology of green economics.




1.     Green Economics : An answer to sustainable development


2.     Does high economic growth preclude environmental protection?


3.     Need of and challenges in incorporating green economics in our present economic system.


4.     GDP should be recalibrated to measure true value generation.


5.     Is green economics a viable option for the profit oriented corporate world?


6.     Green Economics and poverty reduction share a positive nexus.

7.     Strategies like green revolution are an environmental failure. What are the policy options?


8.     Role of WTO in making trade as an engine of sustainable development.


9.     Environmental protection strategies in trade serve as non-tariff barriers for developing countries. What are the policy responses?


10.                        Green Economics is an expensive but a necessary option for developing countries.


11.                        Green Economics is more employment oriented.


12.                        Challenges in measuring environmental externalities and internalizing   their costs to measure true value generation.


The above mentioned sub-themes are indicative but not exhaustive in the area under study.




The following instructions should be followed while submitting the abstract, formatting the paper and submitting the final manuscript.


  • The size of the abstract should be between 150-200 words.


  • The size of the full length paper should be of maximum 4-5 pages of A4 size (including the references), 1.5 line spacing.


  • Kindly use standard formats of citing references.


  • Font should be Times New Roman, size 12 (size 14 for the headings), aligned justified.


  • Soft copy of the full length paper alongwith the abstract should be submitted in the .doc format to the email address pankajavashist@yahoo.in latest by _________________


  • It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that their paper has neither been published till date, nor is currently under review by any other seminar or journal.


  • A hard copy of the paper may also please be sent.


The paper and the abstract should be accompanied by a covering page which should contain the following details :-


  • Name of the author and the co-authors (not more than two).
  • Address of the institution
  • Designation of the author
  • Email address and phone numbers of the authors
  • Title of the paper.


For further enquires please contact the following :

Mrs. Pankaja Vashist (9876719934)

Mrs. Prabhjot Kaur (9876296567)

Or send an email at : pankajavashist@yahoo.in



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