Annual Activities During 2015-16

The Northern Regional Centre diversified its range of activities. During the financial year 2015-16, the ICSSR Northern Regional Centre besides providing partial financial assistance to organize seminar/conferences and study grant embarked upon some following new programmes.

The Centre provided partial financial assistance to organize the following seminar/conferences-

I. Seminars/Conferences/Workshops


Seminar Title: Performance of BRICS: An Economic Analysis
Convenor: Prof. Praveen Jha
Institution: Centre for Economic Studies & Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Dates: 27th -28th April 2015

  • Methodological and Conceptual Issues
  • Recent Global Trends: Mapping Participation/Employment/Unemployment of Women.
  • Labour Rights and Women’s Movement
  • Public Programmes and Policy Issues.
  • Common Property Resources and Women.
  • The Prospects and Challenges of Organizing Domestic Workers.
  • Unpaid and Care Work.
  • Home Based Work and Global Value Chains.

Amount sanctioned Rs. 1,00,000/-.


Seminar Title: Higher Education in India: Role Playing Parameters of Excellence
Convenor: Dr. V.K. Gupta
Institute: Institute of Business Management & Fashion Technology, Bulanshahr (U.P.)
Dates: 5th -6th June 2015
Section & Panels:

  • Best practices in curriculum development.
  • Innovations and technological advancement in teaching learning process.
  • Students outreach and extension activities.
  • Best ways for executing research oriented courses and programmes.
  • Role of big corporate houses and industries in India in acquiring excellence in Higher Education.
  • Acquiring sustained levels of quality assurance.
  • Spiritual Development of students through education.

Amount sanctioned Rs. 75,000/-.


Seminar Title: Human Development in India: Emerging Issue and Paradigms
Convenor: Mr. Girjesh Kumar, President
Institute: Bharati Bal Vidhya Mandir Shikshan Samiti, Jaipur
Dates: 16th June 2015
Section & Panels:

  • Food Security.
  • Health and Nutrition.
  • Education.
  • Employment and skills and the cross cutting elements.
  • Inequality and disparity.

Amount sanctioned Rs. 1,00,000/-.


Workshop Title: Input-Output Research Association
Convenor: Prof. Shri Prakash
Institute: Birla Institute of Management Technology, Noida, U.P.
Dates: 30th April-1st May 2015
Section & Panels:

  • Introducing participants to the basics of input-output, linear programming and game theory.
  • Enabling participants to apply these models &methods to the areas of their research.
  • Helping participants to use appropriate software in application to data. Research scholars, faculty, employees of industry engaged in data analysis and people working in the area of (i) supply chain management (ii) sales and distribution management (SDM) (iii) logistics (iv) inventories (v) environment (vi) growth (vii) socioeconomic restructuring and so on.

Amount sanctioned Rs. 1,00,000/-.


Seminar Title: Gender Equality and Women Empowerment”
Convenor: Dr. Sanjula Thanvi
Institute: Suraj Sansthan, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Dates: 12th September 2015
Section & Panels:

  • Legal Inclination: Domestic Violence, Sexual Harassment, Role of Police etc.
  • Social Inclination: Gender Jurisprudence, Women and Panchayat Raj, Feminism and Female Feticide etc.
  • Emerging Inclination: Surrogacy Political Participation of women, Needs to revision or reinforce the law related to women etc.
  • Economic Inclination: Women Participation in the process of Development, Corporate leadership & women, Right to Employment: Problems and Prospect etc.

Amount sanctioned Rs. 1,00,000/-.


Seminar Title: Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Development in India
Convenor: Prof. M.K. Agarwal
University: Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma Institute of Democracy, University of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Dates: 22nd - 23rd August 2015
Section & Panels:

  • Growing role of the private sector in the Indian economy.
  • Companies Act 2013 and Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Resource mobilization for social development through CSR.
  • Awareness about the scope of Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Identifying the Area of support with the CSR.
  • Identifying Stakeholders and Area of Action for Social Development.
  • Mechanism of Social Development through the CSR.

Amount sanctioned Rs. 1,00,000/-.


Seminar Title: Democracy in India: Challenges and Prospects
Convenor: Dr. Sucharita Sengupta
University: Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia, N.D
Dates: 22nd September 2015
Section & Panels:

  • Democracy in India: Issues and Challenges.
  • Political Institutions and Consolidation of Democracy in India.
  • Social Movements & Civil Society.
  • Media and Its Role in India’s Democracy.

Amount sanctioned Rs. 1,00,000/-.


Seminar Title: Right to Education: Equal Rights and Opportunities for Social Participation of Students from Marginalized Sections of Society
Convenor: Dr. Ranjana Bhatia
Institute: Amity Institute of Education, N.Delhi
Dates: 7th October 2015
Section & Panels:

  • Understanding Poverty, Gender Inequality and Social Inclusion.
  • Strategies for equity and social inclusion.
  • Role of Government, NGO’s and other agencies for equity and social inclusion.
  • Education for all-Promoting equity and social inclusion.

Amount sanctioned Rs. 1,00,000/-.


Seminar Title: Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Farming
Convenor: Dr. Surjeet Singh
Institute: Department of Economics, B.S.M. (P.G.) College, Roorkee (Uttarakhand)
Dates: 14th - 15th October 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Organic Farming: Issues & Challenges.
  • Organic Farming: Status and Scope.
  • Organic Farming: Cropping Practices and Inputs in Organic Agriculture.
  • Organic Farming: Market for Organic Foods.
  • Organic Farming: Agriculture Future Sustainable food security and organic farming.
  • Organic Farming: Soil quality and fertility scenario.
  • Organic Farming: an era of climate change.
  • Organic Farming: Trade, marketing, safety quality and certification of organic farm.
  • Organic Farming: Supporting Policies.
  • Organic Farming: Other related topics.

Amount sanctioned Rs. 75,000/-.


Workshop Title: Multiple Publics: Sites, Boundaries and Contestations in India
Convenor: Dr. Naveen K. Thayyil
Institute: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Delhi
Dates: 9th-10th October 2015
Section & Panels:

  • Boundary making amongst Feminist Publics.
  • Expert rationalities in green and technological publics sites of sustainability.
  • Rationalities and contestations in Religious publics.
  • Political mobilizations and publics.

Amount sanctioned Rs. 90,000/-.


Seminar Title: Electoral Process, Social Mobilization and Emerging Party System: Bihar 2015
Convenor: Dr. Tanweer Fazal
Institute: Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, JNU, New Delhi
Dates: 13th or 20th November 2015
Section & Panels:

  • Elections and voting behavior: Analysis of trends.
  • Social Groups, Political participation and the process of transformation.
  • Globalization, development discourse and political economy.
  • Political Parties, Interest groups and social alliances.
  • Elections and voting behavior: Analysis of trends.

Amount sanctioned Rs. 1,00,000/-
Report: Received


Workshop Title: Ronald Barthes: Today, Here
Convenor: Dr. Angelie Multani
Institute: Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT, New Delhi
Dates: 10th - 11th December 2015
Section & Panels:

  • Commemorating Barthes contribution.
  • To Humanities and Social Science Disciplines.
  • Contemporary relevance of Barthes in Indian Academia.
  • Barthes concepts in Sociology, Linguistics, Media Studies, Literature &Philosophy.
  • Barthes influence on emerging disciplines of urban studies, digital humanities.
  • Thinking interdisciplinarity through Barthes.

Amount sanctioned Rs. 1,00,000/-


Seminar Title: Health, Medicine and Law: Growing Concerns and Challenges
Convenor: Prof. Rajni Malhotra Dhingra
Institute: Vivekanada Law School, GGSIP University, Delhi
Dates: 11th - 12th December 2015
Section & Panels:

  • Public Health and Medicine: International obligations and Impact on India.
  • Mental Health and Disability: Law and Policy Emotional and Behavioural Health.
  • Investigation of crimes: Forensic Science.
  • Public Health and Medicine: National Law and Policy.

Amount sanctioned Rs. 75,000/-


Seminar Title: Emerging Trends of State Politics in India: Retrospect and Prospect
Convenor: Prof. Yatindra Singh Sisodia
Institute: M.P. Institute of Social Science Research, Ujjain
Dates: 11th - 12th December 2015
Section & Panels:

  • Theoretical and Methodological format of State Politics in India.
  • Historical and Traditional form of State Politics in India.
  • Mobility of Party Politics in State and Regional Parties.
  • New Determination of State Politics: Politics of Good Governance, Development and Economic Change.
  • State and Electoral Politics: with Reference to Parliamentary and Assembly Election.
  • Impact of State Politics on National Politics and its Assessment.

Amount sanctioned Rs. 1,00,000/-


Seminar Title: Diaspora and International Migration in Development: Comparative Global Experiences
Convenor: Prof. Ajay Kumar Dubey
Organization: Organization for Diaspora Initiatives, New Delhi on
Dates: 10th - 11th January 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Diaspora and Globalization
  • Diaspora and Development
  • Diaspora as a Resource
  • Diaspora as an Economic Driver
  • Migration as a Catalyst Group

Amount sanctioned Rs. 1,00,000/-


Seminar Title: Digital India: Power, Politics and Poverty of Information
Convenor: Dr. Manoj Kumar Jena
University: Department of Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Dates: 10th - 11th January 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Technology and Inequality.
  • Digital Divide.
  • Marginal and Digital Technology.
  • Digital Media and Democracy.
  • New Economy and Labour.
  • Technology Education in India.

Amount sanctioned Rs. 1,00,000/-


Seminar Title: Transparency, Accountability: Step Towards Good Governance
Convenor: Dr. Ajay Gujjar
University: T.T. Govindam College, Alwar, Rajasthan
Dates: 11th January 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Good Governance, Features, Rules and Qualities.
  • How to achieve Good Governance.
  • Good Governance and Civil Society in India.
  • Good Governance and citizen charter/
  • Capacity building in good governance.
  • Good governance, accountability & transparency

Amount sanctioned Rs. 1,00,000/-


Seminar Title: Social Inclusion of the Marginalized
Convenor: Prof. Rashmi Kumar
University: Department of Psychology, University of Allahabad, Allahabad
Dates: 3rd February 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Develop parameters of social inclusion.
  • Understanding Marginalisation of different groups
  • How to listen the voices of the marginalized.
  • Consider need based approaches to inclusion instead of identity based.

Financial assistance provided Rs. 1,00,000/-.


Seminar Title: Vocational Education: Issues and Scope
Convenor: Prof. Dr. Shalu Ahlawat
University: P.G. Bansur Mahavidhyalaya, Bansur, Rajasthan
Dates: 9th February 2016
Section & Panels:

  • National Skills Qualifications Framework.
  • Skill based education: college and career readiness
  • Innovations in tutoring.
  • Competency and skill development: curriculum, teacher preparation, assessment and certification.
  • Recognition and accreditation of courses, programmes and institutions.
  • Vocational teacher preparation and professional development curriculum and courseware.
  • Innovations best practices tracer studies.
  • Assessment and certification.
  • Open vocational education system and delivery.
  • The transformative nature of language and communication in futuristic employability.
  • Global needs and Indian education.

Financial assistance provided Rs. 1,00,000/-.


Seminar Title: The Journey from Victim to Survivor Challenges for Justice
Convenor: Prof. Mary E. John
University: Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi
Dates: 12th - 13th February 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Compensation
  • Shelter Homes
  • Counselling
  • Livelihood, Education, Skill Development
  • Community Intervention and Support
  • One Stop Crisis Centres.

Financial assistance provided Rs. 1,20,000/-.


Seminar Title: Another Marx: The Indiscrete Charm of incompleteness
Convenor: Prof. Kamal Mitra Chenoy
University: Centre for Comparative Politics & Political Theory, SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Dates: 15th February 2016
Section & Panels:

Financial assistance provided Rs. 80,000/-.


Seminar Title: Constructing the Past: Disciplines, Sources, Methods
Convenor: Prof. Janaki Nair
University: Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Dates: 18th - 19th March 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Polity and Power.
  • Production and Exchange.
  • Spaces and Geographics.
  • Significations of time.
  • Selves, Identities, Bodies.
  • Aesthetics and Media.

Financial assistance provided Rs. 1,00,000/-.


Seminar Title: Democracy in India: Strengths and Weaknesses
Convenor: Dr. Rajan Sharma
University: Manak Research Foundation, U.P.
Dates: 1st - 2nd March 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Democracy: Theory and Practice.
  • Democracy in India: Issues and Challenges
  • Political Institutions and Consolidation of Democracy in India.
  • Judiciary and Democracy in India.
  • Media and its role in Indian Democracy
  • Social Movements, Civil Society, Democracy and Development in India.
  • Democracy at Crossroads: Cases from States and Regions of India.

Financial assistance provided Rs. 75,000/-.


Seminar Title: Democracy and the process of Marginalization
Convenor: Dr. Amir Ali
University: Centre for Political Studies, SIS, JNU, New Delhi
Dates: 3rd - 4th March 2016
Section & Panels:

  • The highs and lows in Indian Democracy.
  • Democracy’s Discontents.
  • The Success of Indian Democracy.
  • The Equipoise of institutions.
  • The Advancement and Enhancement of Democracy.

Financial assistance provided Rs. 90,000/-.


Seminar Title: Education and Public Sphere: Exploring the Structures of Mediation In Post-Colonial India
Convenor: Dr. Suresh Babu
University: Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Dates: 17th - 18th March 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Matrix of Education network: Regimes of Knowledge, Governance and Politics.
  • Mobility pattern of agencies in academics: students, teachers and researchers.
  • Education and language of justice: beyond the frames on access and inclusion.
  • Alternative pedagogy: reflexive process and critical engagement in education.
  • Border lines on the public and the private: negotiations in education as public good
  • Mediations in education: the communities, the state and the market.
  • Epistemic violence, dissenting voices and protest knowledge.

Financial assistance provided Rs. 1,20,000/-.


Seminar Title: Social Harmony and Well Being: Issues and Challenges
Convenor: Dr. Mahesh Kumar Darolia
University: Department of Applied Psychology, Sri Aurobindo College (Evening), New Delhi
Dates: 18th - 19th March 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Social Harmony as a predictor of minimizing social exclusion, deprivation and marginalization.
  • Social Harmony and Social-Economic Development.
  • Bhagvad Geeta, Quran Shareef, Bible, Guru Granth Sahib and Psychotherapy: Retrospect and Prospect of Well-being.
  • Role of Media in Promoting Compassion, Social harmony, Forgiveness, Gratitude and Trust.
  • Social Networking of Spiritual Organizations in Building Social Cohesion
  • Role of sports in nation building activity, social harmony and well-being.

Financial assistance provided Rs. 1,00,000/-.


Seminar Title: Dalit Assertion and Empowerment: Reflections on Uttar Pradesh
Convenor: Prof. Ram Ganesh Yadav
University: Department of Sociology, Lucknow University, Lucknow
Dates: 19th - 20th March 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Dalit Identity: Historical Perspective.
  • Formation of Dalit Identity through various movements.
  • Empowerment of the Dalits.
  • Exploitation, Untouchability social defamation of Dalits.
  • Dalit Cultural view about the Contemporary Society.

Financial assistance provided Rs. 1,00,000/-.


Seminar Title: Resurgence of Nuclear Power: Challenges and Opportunities for Asia
Convenor: Dr. Nanda Kumar Janardhanan
University: Energy Studies Programme, SIS, JNU, New Delhi
Dates: 25th -26th March 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Changing Dynamics of Global Nuclear Energy Sector
  • Nuclear Energy in Asia: Domestic Policies and Challenges
  • Nuclear Energy in Asia: Geopolitics and International Collaboration.
  • Nuclear Power in India’s Energy Mix: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Nuclear Energy Technologies and Public Perception in India.
  • Can Nuclear be a promising energy alternative for India?

Financial assistance provided Rs. 1,20,000/-.


Seminar Title: Status of Dalit’s Children in Education
Convenor: Mr. Taqdeer Singh Bairwa
Organization: Bhartiya Shiksha Samiti, Mehandwas, Tonk, Rajasthan
Dates: 29th March 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Statutory mechanisms in existing institutions.
  • Way to begun dialogue between members of descent-based communities.
  • Private education systems.
  • Role of Civil Society to educate.
  • Hurdles of language in textbooks.

Financial assistance provided Rs. 75,000/-.


Seminar Title: Premchand and Our Composite Culture: Its Contemporary Relevance
Convenor: Dr. Sudhir Singh
Organization: Society for Social Empowerment, New Delhi
Dates: 30th - 31st March 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Secularism and Premchand Ideas
  • Composite Culture as India’s Indigenous Character
  • Premchand as spokesperson of Composite Culture
  • Plurism and Composite Culture
  • European & Indian Interpretation of Composite Culture
  • Composite Culture as Basics of Indian Civilization
  • Civil Society & Composite Culture
  • Media & Composite Culture

Financial assistance provided Rs. 80,000/-.


Workshop Title: Methodology in Biosocial Research
Convenor: Prof. Roumi Deb
University: Amity Institute of Anthropology, Amity University, Noida
Dates: 16th February 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Develop and understanding on statistical concepts used in study.
  • Advance statistical analysis
  • How to use the appropriate statistical tests in study
  • Describe a report and presentations

Financial assistance provided Rs. 25,000/-.


Workshop Title: Dalit Experiences: Everyday Lives, Literature and Politics
Convenor: Dr. Mukul Mangalik
University: Dept. of History, Ramjas College, University of Delhi, Delhi
Dates: 17th February 2016
Section & Panels:

  • On the everyday lives of Dalit and their experience-at work and otherwise of the persistent and deep inequalities, discrimination indignities, humiliation, degradation and brutalization, as also on question of Dalit resistance and protest and rebellion.
  • The autobiographies of eminent Dalit leaders and their political practices were also discussed at a great length.
  • To understand the social relations that embed dalit experiences, while also opening up discussion on multiple strands in political practices. The seminar is also followed by special lecture by Prof. Romila Thapar on Secularism and Indian Society.

Financial assistance provided Rs. 1,00,000/-.


Graduate Seminar Title: National Young Researchers Conferences
Convenor: Prof. Ranjana Banerjee
University: Centre of Russian Studies, SLL&CS, JNU, New Delhi
Dates: 19th- 20th November 2015
Section & Panels:

  • Russian Linguistics
  • Russian Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Culture
  • Translation.

Financial assistance provided Rs. 1,00,000/-.


Graduate Seminar Title: Culture, Identity and Mutli-Cultural Dilemmas
Convenor: Dr. Nazia Khan
University: Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delh
Dates: 23rd - 24th March 2016
Section & Panels:

  • Influence of politics on culture and identity.
  • Role of culture in the struggle for recognition.
  • Multiculturalism and Nationalism.
  • Contestation between Individual and Group Claims.
  • Shrinking Cultural Spaces.
  • Legal Sanctions and Cultural Expressions.

Financial assistance provided Rs. 1,20,000/-.

II. SC/ST Programmes


Course: Research Methodology Course in Social Science under Special Component Plan for SC/ST Ph.D. Students
Convenor: Dr. Archana Singh
Institute: G. B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad
Dates: 31st March -3rd April 2016
Section & Panels:

  • How to do research of the past and present society.
  • How to choose a good research methodology.
  • How to write research papers for good peer reviewed journals.
  • How to conceptualize and write good research.
  • Updating them with modern literature of social science.
  • How to share research: wider dissemination of research, research exposure, information about fellowship, visitorship from all over the world.

Financial assistance provided Rs. 3,00,000/-.

III. Completed Research Project (approved by NRC)


Title of the Project: A Study of Migrant Women in the Informal Sector of Delhi Region
Project Director: Prof. Roumi Deb
Institution: Amity Institute of Anthropology, Amity University, Noida
Amount sanctioned: Rs. 99,975/-.
Date of commencement: 1st July 2015
Duration of the Project: 6 months
Status of the Project: Final report received


Title of the Project: Growth of Medical Tourism in India- Implications for the Tourism and Health Sectors
Project Director: Prof. Manoj Kumar Agarwal
Institution: Dr. G.L. Gupta Institute of Public Health, Lucknow
Amount sanctioned: Rs. 99,975/- ( Rs. 50,000/- first instalment released).
Date of commencement: 15th January 2016
Duration of the Project: 12 months
Status of the Project: On going


Title of the Project: Humanitarian Logistic Model for Disaster Relief Operation Considering NetworkFailure and Standard Relief Time: A Case Study on Uttarakhand
Project Director: Dr. Sudhanshu Joshi
Institution: School of Management, Doon University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Amount sanctioned: Rs. 99,932/- (Rs. 50,000/- first instalment released).
Duration of the Project: 6 months
Status of the Project: On going

IV. Study Grant Proposal


Name of the scholar: Ms. Richa Rai
Institution: Department of Economics, University of Allahabad
Places visited: Libraries at Lucknow, Varanasi and New Delhi
Purpose of visit: To collect data for Doctoral research on “A Comparative Analysis of India’s Trade Performance in Pre and Post Perform Period: With Special Reference to Service Sector”
Duration of Visit: 30 days
Amount released: Rs. 23,863/-
Status of Report: Report received


Name of the scholar: Ms. Tran Thi Ngoc Thu
Institution: Department of Education, University of Allahabad
Places visited: Libraries at Varanasi and New Delhi
Purpose of visit: To collect data for Doctoral research on “A Comparative Study of Buddhist Studies Programmes of Indian and Vietnamese University”
Duration of Visit: 40 days
Amount released: Rs. 20,330/-
Status of Report: Report received


Name of the scholar: Mhd. Irfan
Institution: Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Places visited: Libraries at Patna, Darbhanga and Bhagalpur
Purpose of visit: To visit libraries to collect data for doctoral research on Rise and Fall of a Regional Party in North India: A Case Study of Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) in Bihar 1997-2002 and also to interview political leaders in connection with his research.
Duration of Visit: 45 days
Amount released: Rs. 20,330/-
Status of Report: Report received


Name of the scholar: Mhd. Irfan
Institution: Department of Library and information Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
Places visited: Libraries at New Delhi
Purpose of visit: To visit libraries to collect data for Doctoral research on Developments and Services in the Libraries of Supreme Court, High Court Libraries: An Evaluative Study
Duration of Visit: 15 days
Amount released: Rs. 9,840/-
Status of Report: Report received