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National Seminar on Minorities and the Law in India: Issues and Challenges

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law is pleased to organize a one day National Seminar on "Minorities and the Law in India: Issues and Challenges".

Date: 22nd March, 2015

Objectives of the Seminar:

  • To provide comprehensive knowledge to the participants regarding the rights of Minorities.
  • To evaluate the efficacy of the existing laws and policies for the development of minorities.
  • To broaden the perspective on the rights of the Minorities by interacting with persons from both law and non-law backgrounds.
  • To enable the participants to develop functional understanding of the working of the National Minority Commission.
  • To increase understanding on key issues related to National as well as International Minority Law and Policies.
  • To promote networking and sharing of experiences among participants to actively contribute towards the welfare of minorities.
  • To discuss various legal and social issues and challenges pertaining to minorities in Indian set up.
  • To suggest changes in policies and amendments in law and implementation mechanism for better protection of minority rights.

Sub Themes:

  • Secularism, Religious Freedoms and Minorities
    • Conceptualizing Secularism
    • Secularism and Religious Tolerance in India
    • Religious Freedoms of Minorities in India
    • Secularism and Right to Conversion
  • Educational and Cultural Rights of Minorities
    • Educational Rights of Minorities: Social Realities and Law
    • Cultural Rights of Minorities in a Multicultural Society
    • Right to Education and Role of Minority Educational Institutions
    • Girl Education among Minorities
  • Institutional Framework for Emancipation of Minorities
    • National Commission for Minorities: Role, Issues and Challenges
    • Communal Riots and Role of Police
    • Role of State, Governmental and Non Governmental Agencies
    • Role of Judiciary in Protecting Minority Rights
  • Inclusive Development and Minorities
    • Status of Minorities in India : Socio Economic, Political and Legal Perspectives
    • Empowerment of Minorities : Law and Policy
    • Emancipation of Minorities : Issues and Challenges
    • Impact of Governmental Initiative on the Up fitment of Minorities

Call for Papers:
Well researched papers on the themes of the Seminar are invited from academicians, research scholars, students, experts and groups involved in amelioration of the status of minorities. Abstracts of individual paper presentation proposals should be in about 300-500 words. The participants should include in the abstract, details as to the title, name of author(s), keywords, University/Institution, email ID, contact numbers and contact address. Peer review process will be followed in accepting papers for presentation and the participants shall be intimated.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Full length papers should not exceed 6000 words including endnotes/footnotes/references.
  • Full length papers should be typed in MS word using Times New Roman Font Size 12 for the text, sub heading font size 13, main heading font size 14, line spacing 1.5.
  • The Bluebook: A Uniform Style for Citation should be strictly adhered to while submitting full length papers.
  • Abstracts and full length papers shall emailed at

It is proposed to publish the selected research papers in the form of an edited book with ISBN number. Only the full papers submitted before the deadline shall be considered for publication.

Web Conference:
The Seminar shall have a web conferencing session for the selected participants. To avail of the facility, the participant should have submitted the abstract, registration fee and full length paper before the deadline and notified the intention to present the paper through web-conferencing. Details regarding web conferencing schedule and other details shall be sent separately.

Registration Fee shall be payable in the form of Demand Draft favoring "Registrar, RGNUL, Punjab". Abstracts and full length papers shall be sent by email at Hard copy of full length papers shall be submitted at the registration desk on the day of seminar.

Registration Fee:

  • Registration Fee is Rs. 750/- (separately for author and co-author).

Only one co-author is allowed. Early Bird Registration (up to 5th March 2015) is Rs. 500/- (each for author and co-author)

Limited accommodation for participants on first come first serve basis is available subject to prior intimation at the time of registration. For details, contact the seminar coordinator.

Important Dates:

Last Date for Submission of Abstracts

27th February, 2015

Intimation of Acceptance

2nd March, 2015

Early Bird Registration

5th March, 2015

Submission of Full Paper

15th March, 2015

Last Date for Registration and Payment (Rs. 750/-)

15th March, 2015

Dr. Manoj Sharma
Seminar Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Law
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab
Bhadson Road, Sidhuwal, Patiala, 147001
Phone: +91-9888016788

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