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National Seminar on Constitutional Governance and Protection of Minorities

Faculty of Law, University of Lucknow is going to organize the National Seminar on Constitutional Governance and Protection of Minorities.

Date: 2nd April, 2017
Venue: University of Lucknow, Second Campus, Janakipuram.

About the Seminar:
The Faculty of Law, University of Lucknow is a premier institution in India. The faculty in the pursuit of academic excellence purposes to organize a National Seminar on "Constitutional Governance & Protection of Minorities" on 2nd April, 2017. India due to its geographical physiographic condition has been a refugee of almost all human races from every corner of world.

These migrants in due course of time established a plural society of India with several minorities. Minority is a Thai word which finds relative expression in Indian Constitution to religion, language, script or culture. Zorastrians, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jainis are some of the minorities. India which is a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic took due care of these minorities in its constitutional federal tandem and provided special protection to them in its Constitution. However, these minorities got marginalized from the mainstream of the society, and justice, social, economic and political remained a distant dream for them so far.

The reason is obvious as in democracy; the government is run on false assumption of majority which often may be not so right. Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee Report of 2005 is still an eye-opener regarding plight of Muslim minorities.

Problems of these minorities in a plural, federal, secular, constitutional government is unending some of them may be illustrated as participation in governance & public bodies, higher education, declining status of Urdu language, modernization of madarsas, misuse of wakf properties, harassment of Muslim youths in the name of extremism, diminishing number of jainis and Parsis, religious and organized communal violence against minorities, Uniform Civil Code, conversion, love-jihad, honour killings, exploitation of ethnic races and protection of tribes, deprivation of tribal community of their riparian rights, affirmative action for the minority, employment, religious intolerance etc.

Article 25 to 30, provisions in directive principles of state policy of Indian Constitution, establishment of National Minority Commission in 1993 and Indian Judiciary by its radical judgments have constantly protected the minorities from exploitation of majority which was done knowingly and unknowingly.

This seminar is an attempt to discuss and deliberate upon the contentious issues pertaining to minorities with a legal angle upon which people avoid to speak generally. We hope that outcome of this seminar shall be helpful in establishment of an egalitarian secular society where minorities can equally enjoy all fruits of a federal free state while maintaining their identities

Themes of the Seminar:

  • Constitutional Governance: Minorities, Social & Economic Justice
  • Constitutional Governance: Federalism, Pluralism & Minorities
  • Constitutional Governance: Minorities & Secularism
  • Constitutional Governance: Minorities & Communal Violence
  • Constitutional Governance: Minorities & Their Private Affairs

Call for Papers:
Academicians, lawyers, scholars and members of civil society are hereby invited to contribute papers for the National Seminar. The contributions shall be forwarded in soft copies according to the schedule provided hereunder.

However, prior registration would be necessary so as to ensure proper arrangement of the seminar as the whole. The prospective participants are also expected to forward their itinerary well in advance. No TA/DA shall be provided by the University and therefore the participants should obtain the same from their respective institutions. Soft copy of papers and Abstract may kindly be forwarded to the following email:


  • The registered participants only shall be allowed to present their papers in the seminar subject to submission of complete papers in due course of time. Papers received after stipulated deadline shall not be entertained for participation in seminar. All abstracts shall be published in souvenir. Selected papers shall be published in a book containing ISBN No.
  • The papers should be developed and written in a symmetrical way of responding to a theme of seminar. It should have proper research questions and should also reflect the findings. The paper should not be more than 5000 words. The abstract should not be more than 250 words. Papers are acceptable both in English and Hindi and the paper must be typed in the font: Times New Roman and Kruti Dev respectively. Font shall be in the size of 12. Footnotes shall be in the size of 10. Line spacing shall be 1.5 inches. Uniform style of citation shall be there. Personal details of the author shall be given on front page.


  • The Registration fee for the seminar is Rs. 500/- for students and Rs. 700/- for research scholars, academicians and others.
  • No TA/DA shall be provided.

Registration fees shall be deposited on spot or can be deposited through NEFT or RTGS. Cheques are not acceptable.

Important Dates:

Last date for submission of abstracts:

20th March, 2017

Last date for submission of papers:

25th March, 2017

Dr. Mohd Ahmad
Organising Secretary
Phone: +91-9415836113

Dr. Kamal Ahmad Khan
Deputy Organising Secretary
Phone: +91-9415470841

Dr. Harish Chandra Ram
Deputy Organising Secretary
Phone: +91-9936744665

Faculty of Law, University of Lucknow,
New Campus, Lucknow
Jankipuram extension,
Lucknow - 226031
Phone: +91-9415027528, 0522-2732220

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