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National Seminar on "Society, Governance and Police - India in the Post Millennium Period"

It is strange that the citizens of the world's largest democracy harbour a very poor opinion about the Police - a very important institution of governance in India. The Police in India have played a pronominal role in the process of governance since independence. Yet the ruling elite and middle class citizens see them as political decoys and blame them for not playing their rightful roles in the process of governance. It follows that there is a grim lack of trust in and understanding of the nature and functions of the police in India.

The problems of the Indian police which run as deep as the design, structure, culture and leadership therefore needs to be examined. Moreover in the wake of globalization the Indian police as an organization have undergone sea-change in itsstyle of functioning. There has been a paradigm shift in the role of police from a Law and Order maintaining coercive organization to a welfare organization designed to cater to the needs of the community at large. Today the Indian Police is trying to constantly engage itself with the civil society. Globalization has also thrown up new threats and challenges to the Police in India.

Urban criminality, organized crime, women & drug trafficking, human rights violation, cyber crimes, disaster management and above all the threat of Global terrorism are some of the burning issues which need a critical deliberation. There is a need to confabulate on how the Indian Policeis constantly evolving itself to face these new challenges. Moreover, the time has come to audit and evaluate police performance in India so that it can be re-organized and re-structured to ensure good governance. With this end in mind a 2 day National Seminar on "Society, Governance and Police: India in the Post Millennium Period", is being organized by the Department of Political Science, University of Kalyani in collaboration with Maulana Azad Institute of Asian Studies

Date: 18th - 19th November, 2013
Venue: Vidyasagar Sabhagriha, University of Kalyani, Nadia, West Bengal

It is primarily an academic event that provides interactive platform to the academics/researchers, civil servants, journalists, advocates, rights' groups & activists, trade union leaders, etc. to share their views, research findings and provide alternative policy options with a view to making the Police more effective in the process of governance in India.

Original contributions are solicited on topics covered under broad areas such as:

  • Police and Human Rights in India
  • Police Reforms
  • Community Policing
  • Crime Prevention - New Dimensions
  • Terrorism and Policing
  • Role of Police in Disaster Management
  • Cyber Terrorism and Police
  • Police Training in the New Millennium
  • Police Personnel Management
  • Law and Order Administration and Police
  • Police Image
  • Changing nature of Crime and Policing in India.
  • Women Police in India.
  • Politicization of Police in India.
  • Police Corruption

Any other topic related to the issue of Police and Society in India which has not been mentioned in the above list is also welcomed. English is the official language of the conference.

Call for Papers:
Prospective authors are invited to submit full (and original research) papers (which are NOT submitted/published/under consideration anywhere in other conferences/journal) in electronic (PDF only) format via email:,,

Registration fees for participants and paper presenters are Rs 1500. It may be kindly noted that No TA/DA will be provided to any paper presenter or participant from the organizers or University of Kalyani. Registration fees payment to be made in Demand Draft in favour of Finance Officer, University of Kalyani payable at Kalyani.

The last date of abstract submission is 30th August, 2013.

Dr. Sumit Mukherjee
Phone: +91-9831441665.

Dr. Shiladitya Chakraborty
Phone: +91-9830092925.

Dr. Md. Ayub Mallick
Phone: +91-9474151538


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