Archive for July, 2014

The International Conference of JK Lakshmipat University on Growth, Globalization & Governance, Promises and Challenges 2025 and Beyond, organized by the JK Lakshmipat University will take place from 19th December to the 21st December 2014 in Jaipur, India. The conference will cover areas like Demographic Promises and Challenges, Sustainability Issues and Challenges ,Inventions, Innovations and Breakthroughs.



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National Seminar On Social Transformation among Schedule Caste & Tribal Communities of Mountain Regions: Myth or Reality”

10-11th October, 2014

Dear Colleague,

We are happy to inform you that Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Uttarakhand Open University

is organizing a two days National Seminar Sponsored by ICSSR on 10-11th October, 2014 at Nainital. It gives us

immense pleasure in inviting you to participate in the academic event and share your valuable research findings with

other scholars to enrich their existing knowledge in the aforesaid theme of the National seminar.



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Research Methodolog​y Course in Social Sciences

Date :9th to 18th October, 2014

Venue : Government Post Graduate College, Nahan, District Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh

Eligibility of the Participants and Application Procedure:

The following are eligible to apply for the course:
Research Scholars: Registered Ph.D. scholars from Faculty of Social Sciences, Commerce,Management and Law from Himachal Pradesh University and Affiliated Colleges and other Universities in the region and from all over India.

University/ College Teachers: Social Science Faculty, including commerce and management, from Himachal Pradesh University and affiliated colleges and other Universities and colleges in the region and from all over India.

Social Scientists: Members of recognised research institutions who are engaged in doctoral work or engaged in or planning to engage in research work. The interested candidates should apply for the course on the prescribed format which is enclosed herewith.

Application will be entertained only if it is recommended by the Supervisor/ Head of the Department/ Institution.
Registration form can also be downloaded from the College Website http://www.gcnahan.in

Registration forms can be sent to:
Dr. Prem Raj Bhardwaj, Government Post Graduate College, Nahan, District Sirmaur,
Himachal Pradesh, PIN 173001

Applicants must also send the scanned copy of their application, as attachment, to the given Email ID: rmc.gcn@gmail.com




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Nayi Dishayein: Buniyaad ; A 2 month foundation course for activism and change

October 1 – December 7, 2014

The process of engagement in social change and transformative politics throws up numerous questions and contradictions. It is the engagement with these questions and concerns that gives depth to our efforts, helps creates new experiments and chart alternative paths. However, the hectic schedules of those involved in the efforts for social change, often prevent the depth of reflection that needed to incorporate their experiences. Buniyad is designed as a program for young social activists – who have been working on the ground for a year or two – to bring together theory and practice. On the one hand it would help them place their learning and experiences in a larger socio-political context; on the other hand it would look to providing an exposure to a wide range of perspectives and skills.
The socio-economic and political realities of our times are highly interconnected. Issues of development, livelihood, ecology, democracy, economy, education or human rights cannot be seen as independent of each other. Therefore, any effective socio political – intervention requires an understanding of these issues, as well their linkages to each other. And it is with this premise in mind that Sambhaavnaa Institute is organising a 2 month program, for young activists, to provide this wide-ranging exposure to lay the foundation for political and social activism.
The 2-month program would be divided into three parts. The first 3 – weeks would be spent at Sambhaavnaa Institute where a diverse faculty of social and political activists, academicians and practitioners would interact with the participants. The next 4 weeks would be spent by the participant in fieldwork working on an issue or in a geographical location different from their previous experiences. Participants would be sent to a diverse range of organisations. The last 2-weeks would be spent in Sambhaavnaa where we would attempt to integrate theoretical approaches to on – the – ground experiences. The varied inputs of the participants from a range of organisations and social initiatives will also help the group evolve a deeper understanding of different approaches to social change.


Economic Justice

· History of Industrialisation: Capitalism; Globalisation and Neoliberalisation
· Agriculture and rural economy
· Forest and Natural resources: Ecology, Environment and development
· Services, Infrastructure: Health, Education, Transportation
· Urban development issues

Social Justice

Caste, Communalism, Gender, Ethnicity and regional identities etc

Political Justice

Evolution of Indian Democracy .The Electoral System

Four Pillars of Democracy:

· Executive, Judiciary, Legislative and Media
· Deepening Democracy and Decentralisation
· State Repression

Fifth Pillar of Democracy: Civil Society, Movements and Citizens Initiatives; Different ideologies of Change – A Historical Perspective

Skill Building:

Use of Theatre and Art for Social Change

Organisation Building and Interpersonal Relationships

Raising resources and Sustenance of Livelihoods of Activists

Issues would be discussed through lectures, interactive sessions, film screenings, reading material and field visits. In addition, the program would attempt to provide the participants with skills that are essential for social activists such as documentation, using RTI, writing press releases, using media and social media, presentations and public speaking and campaign building. Field Study.

Program Fees: Rs. 13,500/- This includes : Your training cost, food and stay at Sambhaavnaa Institute. You have to take care of your travel expenditure to and from Sambhaavnaa and during your field visits.

Need-based financial assistance is available. Do not let your inability to pay, be the reason for not applying!( You can select options for full or partial fee waiver in the online application form.) In case you opt fee waiver, you have to give reference of a known social activist who knows about your work.

Eligibility: This program is intended for young activists who have preferably at least two years experience of working with a political organisation, social movement, sangathan or NGO; we would prefer participants with a minimum age of 25 years. However, there is no strict upper or lower age limit for applicants.
The course would mainly be conducted in Hindi.

How to Apply: The application form for the program is available on our website link:


The last date for receiving applications is 31st August 2014


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Free Online Certificate Course on RTI’

he Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India (GoI) has launched an ‘Online Certificate Course on RTI’ for various stakeholders.

This Online Certificate Course on RTI is launched in association with the Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad.

With a view to make the earlier 15-day course more interesting and practical, now the course has been bifurcated into two versions, namely – 7-Day Online Certificate Course (English) and 15-Day Online Certificate Course (English).

While the 7-day course will be introductory in nature, the 15-day course will be extensive and with a hands-on orientation whereby candidates will have to practically apply the RTI Act during the course. In other words, the 15-day course will be based on the principle of “learning while doing”. Therefore, it is requested that those who take the 7-day course should also go for the 15-day course for experiencing the practical utility of the RTI Act.

The primary objective of the course(s) is to make both information providers and information seekers aware on the salient features of the RTI Act, 2005. Thus, the course(s) is/are useful to both government employees and common citizens.

for more visit: http://rtiocc.cgg.gov.in/home.do


  • Public Information Officers (PIOs)
  • Assistant Public Information Officers (APIOs)
  • Appellate Authorities
  • Officials assisting the above designated officers or other public officials Citizens
  • Representative of Civil Society Organisations (including Media Organisations)
  • Any other person(s) who could be a direct / indirect stakeholder

Successful completion of the 7-day course will be mandatory in order to be eligible to take the 15-day version of the course. Besides, for registering in the 15-day course a candidate will be required to file an RTI application with any public service delivery public authority. At the time of registration the candidate has to give the reference to the RTI application filed along with the response s/he has received. The 15 day course can only be taken after 6 weeks to enable the RTI application to be filed and a response to be received.

The second aspect of this 15-day hands-on version of the course mandates a candidate to conduct a proactive disclosure (Section 4 (1) (b) of the RTI Act) study of any public service delivery public authority. This will be a desk study based on which the candidate will submit a report at the end of the course. This report on the proactive disclosures study will be evaluated on set criteria and accordingly an online certificate will be issued to each successful candidate.


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2nd South Asian Conference on Relocating the Cultural linkages in South Asia: A Historical Perspectiv​e

17th to 19th October 2014
Patiala, Punjab, India

Website: http://punjabiuniversity.ac.in/pbiuniweb/pages/departments/2nd%20international.htm
Contact person: Dr. Jaspal Kaur Dhanju

This three day conference aims to bring together historians, academicians, research scholars working on the countries of South Asia.

Organized by: Department of History Punjabi University Patiala
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 10th August 2014

Link : http://www.conferencealerts.com/show-event?id=137254


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Rationale: The purpose of this training course is to highlight the basic human rights of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribal groups under the legal frame work of India and Indian Constitution in particular. While the focus is mainly on the members of the SC/ST community, this training aims to sensitize and motivate social activists and volunteers who are working for the empowerment of SCs/STs.

Programme Details:
Participants are generally chosen from NGOs, CBOs, activists and individuals who are working for the upliftment of these marginalized sections of the society.

Dates February 20 – 26, 2015
No. of seats 30
Medium Hindi
Registration fee Rs. 500/- (non-refundable)
Board & lodge Rs. 2000/-
Venue ISI, Delhi

Objectives: The main objectives of the programme are:
•Creating leadership among the social activists
•Create a greater focus towards the welfare and development of the people belonging to SC/ST and other backward classes.

Methodology: The training programme will be conducted by qualified and eminent persons in the field of law and legal practice. The emphasis is on imparting knowledge through discussion, case study, documentary films, interactions and meetings with advocates, social activists, and visits to National Commission for Women, National Human Rights Commission, Family Courts, Consumer Courts, and Parliament House etc.

Topics: This course will cover the following topics:
•Constitutional provisions
•SC/ST issues & Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, Civil Liberties Act, 1988
•Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, Composition and functioning of NHRC/SHRCs and Other National/State Commissions.
•Criminal Procedure system in India including human rights and police
•Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009
•Violence against women and related laws
•Central Government schemes towards the welfare and development of the SC/ST community.

Expected Outcome:

Empowerment and Leadership among the members of the marginalized sections of the society.

Link : http://www.isidelhi.org.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18:training-programmes-workshops-seminars-consultations-&catid=22:training-programmes–workshops&Itemid=4


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