Archive for January, 2012

Medical Ethics in India: Challenges and Prospects

9 to 10 February 2012
kumarghat, Tripura, India

It is our pleasure to extend you a warm invitation to ICPR sponsored National Seminar on �Medical Ethics in India: Challenges and Prospects� organised by Ambedkar College, Fatikroy, North Tripura on 9th and 10th February 2012.

Organized by: Ambedkar College/ICPR

Website: http://ambedkarcollege.blogspot.com
Contact name: Dr. Ravi Khangai

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International Conference on Public Policy and Governance

4 to 6 September 2012
Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Conference Announcement / Call for papers

International Conference on Public Policy and
4 to 6 September 2012
Bangalore, India

Broad Themes:
* Economy, Trade, and Agriculture
* Public Institutions and Social Accountability
* Infrastructure, Health, Education and Housing
* Energy and Environment
* Science, Technology, and Society
* Poverty and Population
* Corporate Social Responsibility

The conference offers publication opportunities
in 5 peer reviewed international journals.

The deadline for extended abstracts is 30 March

Enquiries: ppg2012@mgmt.iisc.ernet.in
Web address: http://www.mgmt.iisc.ernet.in/ppg2012

Organizers: Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore and
Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute
of Science, Bangalore

Website: http://www.mgmt.iisc.ernet.in/ppg2012
Contact name: Anjula Gurtoo


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India Youth Forum

India Youth Forum

28 March 2012 to 1 April 2012
New Delhi, India, India

Website: http://indiayouthforum.org/
Contact name: Youth Time

Welcome to the India Youth Forum 2012. We are delighted at your interest in our work and we hope you will help us create a better and more sustainable future, not only for ourselves but for our descendants.

Organized by: Youth Time Movement
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 1 February 2012

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12 to 14 March 2012
New Delhi, New Delhi, India

Website: http://www.edgex.in
Contact name: Viplav Baxi

EDGEX covers two very important themes for education � Learning X.O (the emergence of network based, social, informal and community led approaches to learning that are becoming very crucial today) & Simulations & Serious Games

Organized by: EDGE Forum

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1.Breaking the Borders: Homosexuality and Law

2.Gayism/Lesbianism in Arts – sculpture, painting etc.

3.‘Queer’ and Coalitional Politics

4. Gayism/Lesbianism and creativity

5. Gender Identity/Sexual Identity

6.Same-sex love and Family/Marriage

7.Lesbianism, Gayism, Bisexuality, Transexuality, (LGBT) – Convergences and Divergences

8.Representation of LGBT in Cinema, Media and Literature

9.LGBT and Masculinity

10.Same sex Love and Religion/Indian Scriptures

11.Lesbianism and the notion of femininity

12.Lesbianism and feminism inIndia

13.The absence of lesbian movement

14.NGOs and LGBT activism

15.Sexuality, Politics, and Society.

16.Gays/Lesbians and the issue of Human Rights.

The IIAS, Shimla will hold a two-day National Seminar on “Gay Literatures: The Indian Projections” during 3-4 April 2012. The Seminar will interrogate the cultural, social, theological, moral, ethical, psychological, and philosophical issues relating to the LGBT sexualities as projected in the Indian arts, literature, and other domains of public creativity and concern. The possible participants both writers and speakers may be asked to speak/present papers on the following and other proximal issues concerned with the LGBT

1.Homosexuality & Legality

2.Lesbianism & Creativity

3.Homosexuality/Lesbianism & Sculptures

4.Bisexuality & Morality

5.Transexuality & Marriage

6.Homosexuality/Lesbianism, Gender, Identity

7.LGBT in Indian Literatures

8.LGBT in Indian Scriptures

9.LGBT & Womanhood

10.LGBT & Manhood

The diversity of views on these subjects may indicate the viable ways and means of negotiating the queer sexual behaviors of people in our country.   The papers presented in the seminar will be published as a book by the IIAS later.

Professor Sukhbir Singh of Osmania University, Hyderabad will be the Convener of the Seminar and those willing to participate can send their paper proposals/complete papers to him by March 20, 2012 at 305, SAKET Phase 1, ECIL Post, Hyderabad 500 062. Email:ssukhbir@hotmail.com



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(Registered under societies act 1860/No.153/GHD-0903)


February 23rd  to 25th  2012





Abstracts of papers not exceeding 500 words should reach Prof. Asha Maudgil, Department of Philosophy, Panjab University, Chandigarh and the Joint Secretary of the I.P.C. on her Postal Address: F-29 Sector 25 Panjab University Residential complex, Chandigarh-160014, Panjab.  both in soft and hard copies before 30th December, 2011. Full Papers in nearly 2000 words should reach Dr.Nitish Dubey, Head, Department of Philosophy, D.A.V. College, Kanpur U.P. up to February 15, 2012.

REGISTRATION FEE: (Board and Lodging)

Students:         1000/- (per head)

Faculties:         1500/- (per head)

In order to have good accommodation, you are requested to kindly send your Registration Fee in the form of a Demand Draft (DD) in favour of “The Organizing Secretary, 85th Session, IPC”, payable at Allahabad latest by January 31, 2012. In case the fee is received after this date, an extra amount of 200/- each will be charged. Children above the age of 10 years will be charged full Registration Fee applicable to the students.

Life Membership Fee of IPC:             1500/-

Annual Membership Fee:                  200/-

Annual Membership for students:   100/-









ALLAHABAD -211 002 (UP)

E-mail: profjatashankar@gmail.com

Phone: 0 94509 61736

All details download from these files:

Circular for details and form:

Final docuemntsi

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Topic of the Seminar    : Medical Ethics in India: Challenges and Prospects.


Sub themes of main topic:


v     Modern Medical Progress and Challenges.

v     The Challenges of Modern Clinical Test.

v     Medical Practice: Ethics and Problems.

v     Medical Ethics inIndia: Ancient and Modern.

v     Buddhism and Medical Ethics.

v     Ethical issues and possible solutions in Neo-Natal care.

v     Ethical issues in Transfusion Medicine.

v      Ethical issues and possible solutions of Cloning.

v     Ethical issues and possible solutions of Genetic Screening and Testing.

v     Ethical issues and possible solutions of Amniocentesis.

v     Ethical issues and possible solutions of Organ Transplantations.

v     Ethical issues with Surrogate Mothers.

v     Ethical issues in Modern Medicine.



Call for papers:


Participants are requested to contribute papers on any of the sub themes (stated above) or any related

topics. The paper should be typed in Times New Roman Font in 12 point size, heading 14 point bold

font with 1.5 line spacing. The presenter should restrict herself/himself to one paper only, but one

can be co- author of another paper. The paper and abstract should be sent to the following address

by DTDC/ Professional courier or by speed post or by Email only.

Dr. Subrata Sharma

Principal in charge

AmbedkarCollege, Fatikroy,

North Tripura, Pin-799290



Important Dates:


Last date for submission of Abstract: 25th January 2012.


Last date for submission of full paper: 5th February 2012


Registration  :  9th February 2012 from 9:00 A.M to 9:30 A.M

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Ethnic Politics, Democracy and Regional Political Parties in North-East India

Plural character of India’s North East, with diverse socio-cultural communities, is often not taken into consideration when the region is categorised as one homogenous administrative, political and geographical entity. There are differences and differentiations on the basis of race, religion, language, political opinions and geographical features- each state having its own characteristics unique to itself. An interesting manifestation of ethnic politics in this region is the division of the country into administrative units. In spite of these differences, however, most of the states and their inhabitants have nurtured a sense of unity against policies followed by Central Government towards this region. Each ethnic community seems to have its own world-view and have always attempted to be independent from other ethnic communities, and hence urged for autonomy- within or outside the constitutional framework.

The strong urge for autonomy and independent existence has led to the formation of regional political parties for the articulation of their aspirations by a specific ethnic community or group of communities. It is believed that since the national parties have failed to represent the particular needs and aspirations of the people of the region, regional political parties have been formed with ethnic considerations. Ethnic dimension, therefore, has been one of the most important components of regionalism in India’s North-East as almost all regional outfits stand for preservation of ethnic identity of one ethnic community or the other. Formation of the All Party Hill Leaders Conference, which was the outcome of ethnic consideration against the imposition of Asamese language as the official State language, is a pointer towards the trends of ethnicisation of politics in India’s North East. Sajal Nag describes party politics in the North East as “contest for marginal space”. In other words, regional political parties in India’s North East compete within the region with very little scope of extending their scope and ideology beyond ‘regional aspirations’.

Regional parties in Arunachal Pradesh, having their own histories, can also said to have emerged out of ethnic considerations. People’s Party of Arunachal, formed in 1977, was committed to meet aspiration of the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh and to preserve distinctive culture of its varied tribes. Arunachal Congress, the second regional political party was a product of the increased ethno-political consciousness of the indigenous people over the issue of the settlement and eviction of refugees. Assam Gana Parishad is a direct product of Assam movement against settlement of foreigners and exploitation of Assam’s natural resources by the ‘outsiders’.  To counter the activities of AGP, United Minorities Front was formed.  Tribal communities of Tripura are politically united under the banner of Tripura Upajati Juba Samiti, which fights for their rights and justice.  Even parties like Federal Party of Manipur and Manipur Peoples’ Party were born out of ethnic considerations. Mizo National Front, which was initially formed as a socio-cultural organisation, Mizo National Famine Front, went on to become an illegal outfit waging war against India. In 1985, after Mizo Accord, the party was fully integrated into mainstream politics, and now the party plays a significant role in the state politics of Mizoram. Recently Nagaland Peoples’ Front got its name changed to Naga Peoples’ Front ostensibly to spread its wings beyond administrative and political boundaries- in ‘Naga’ inhabited areas of Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. Success of Sikkim Sangram Parishad as a regional party is phenomenal.

Studies have suggested that political parties create democracy by enabling the masses to participate in political life. It is also suggested that democracy in ethnically-diverse societies is likely to be strengthened by the development of broad-based, aggregative and multi-ethnic political parties, rather than fragmented, personalised or ethnically-based party systems. In India’s North East there has been rapid growth of ethnic-based political parties, which may make operation of democracy problematic as each group presses for politicization of identity issues. Scholars would rather be interested to examine whether regionalism in North East, as expressed through political parties, has reached within the range of secessionism or is simply an expression of centrifugal forces, an essential element of federal polity. Mizo National Front entered into mainstream politics and formed a government after twenty years of struggle in support of Mizoram’s independence or separation from India. Assam, a cauldron of ethnic tensions saw an interesting transformation of Hagrama Daimary’s Bodo Peoples’ Front from armed struggle to parliamentary democracy. Will political parties, as democratic instrument, ensure entry of the leaders of National Socialist Council of Nagaland and United Liberation Front of Assam in mainstream politics?

The seminar is an attempt to look into the role, structure and ideology of regional political parties inIndia’s North-East, includingSikkim and their linkages with ethnicity and democracy. Some possible themes for discussions are:

1. Theories and concepts of ethnicity, democracy, regionalism and political parties.
2. Is ethnic based political parties antithetical to democracy and democratic institutions? 3. What are the social bases of different regional political parties in India’s North-East?
4. What are their ideological foundations?
5. What are their roles in state and national politics?
6. Identification of leadership patterns.
7. Identification of origin, emergence, policies and programmes.
8. Examination of reason(s) for success or failure of regional political parties inNE India.



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Jobs at University of Hyderabad

P.O. Central University, Prof. C.R. Rao Road,

Gachibowli, Hyderabad-500 046, A.P.

Advt. No. UH/HR/Rectt-2011/01 dt. 17-12-2011

The University invites applications for various teaching positions (Professors, Associate

Professors and Assistant Professors) in various disciplines based on the minimum qualifications as prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) 2010 regulations. The last date for receipt of filled-in applications is 25th January 2012 till 5.00 pm.

The details of posts, payment of registration fee, minimum qualifications/ experience/requirements and other conditions, address and the last date for submission of filled-in applications, format of application (to be downloaded by candidate), etc. are available on the following websites of the University :

http://www.uohyd.ernet.in or www.uohyd.edu.in


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