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National Conference on Development, Disparity and Social Research

Christ University is organizing a National Conference on Development, Disparity and Social Research at Thiruvananthapuram.

Date: 29th - 31st January, 2013
Venue: Christ University Nodal Office, Vazhuthakkad, Thiruvananthapuram

Development the buzzword of the current times is considered to be very positive and every society in the world is striving hard to achieve a 'developed' status. But what has been practiced in the name of development today often seems to be not creating a better or equitable world. The fruits of Industrial development or economic growth are not made available to everyone in society and the marginalized and weaker sections are often victims of development. So it is high time to revisit the very idea of development' that we are practicing today and Social Science has a lead role to play in this regard.

Only a critical engagement with the current practices would be help us to find a way out. The paradigms that we are using today have to be revisited for their effectiveness in addressing the livelihood and welfare issues of the people. Production, growth, education, legislations, government, civil society organisations, market and every such institutions that deals with the idea of 'Development' has to be re-imagined in a new way.

Governments find it extremely difficult to go ahead with the development projects with the increasing resentment of the people and their movements against such projects. This makes an academic response to this issue inevitable and the present seminar is an attempt to take up this challenge. The seminar intends to bring social scientists who are working in the area of development to have an engagement of different disciplinary perspectives on the major theme of the seminar.


  • To encourage an academic exercise in Social Science Research that can effectively address the new discourses in 'Development'.
  • To focus on the development issues in society that needs different treatment of knowledge and is highly essential for social existence.
  • To foster young scholars in social research to create better knowledge about society.

The modes operandi of the conference would facilitate for rich discussions and debates with reference to the contemporary issues in the context of how there are being studied and dealt. The conference envisages involving expertise from the concerned field from all over the country to equip the young scholars with greater academic knowledge. This would be in tune with the contributions from the young scholars based on their current fields of research in the form of their paper presentations.

Call for Papers:
Papers on the following sub themes are invited for the presentation.


  • Development, Equity and Access
  • Ecology and Sustainability
  • Marginalization of weaker sections
  • New approaches in Health, Education and Social Wellbeing
  • Economy, Polity and Social Tensions
  • Democracy, Development and Good Governance
  • Legislations and Law Enforcement in development

Submission of Abstract:
An abstract of 300 words are to be emailed on the paper to be presented. The last date for the e-submission of abstracts is 5th January 2013. Abstracts to be send to the email address: or

Selected papers presented in the seminar would be published in peer-reviewed journal, Artha-Journal of Social Sciences (ISSN 0975-329X) of Christ University as per the prevailing guidelines of UGC.

The last date for registration and submission of full paper is 15th January, 2013. Full papers submitted should be not more than 5,000 - 6,000 words in length; should be typed single-spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font; and follow the APA Style.

Registration Fee:

  • Individual Registration: Rs. 700/-
  • Research Scholars: Rs. 500/-
  • Institutional Delegates: Rs. 600/- (If more than 3 from the same Institution)

Registration fees includes Lunch, Refreshment and seminar kit Accommodation would be made available on request and on payment Demand Draft is to be drawn in favour of "Christ University" payable at Bangalore

Target Group:
The conference expects Lecturers, Researchers, Doctoral & MPhil Scholars, persons engaged in research projects across the country as participants.

Prof. (Dr.) Mathew George
Research Director
Christ University Nodal Office, Vazhuthakkad,
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 014
Phone: 0471-2339959/2339960, +91-9847004734
Fax: 04712339958

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