TISS to host National Seminar on Governance, Socio-Economic Disparity and Social Unrest in the Scheduled Areas of India

Start Date:2012-11-22
End Date:2012-11-24
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Abstract limit: 150-200 words

Last date for receiving abstracts: July 31, 2012

Intimation regarding acceptance of abstract: August' 20, 2012

Last date of submission of full paper: October' 10, 2012

Contact at: tissghyseminar@gmail.com


India is a country of rich diversity in terms of culture, religion and people. This is reflected in the complex heterogeneous Indian society where there are wide ranging differences in context to ones individual social affiliations. Though the tribes are not part of the discriminatory social order based on the caste system, yet they can be termed as groups of people who have undergone deprivation, exploitation and oppression from the non-tribals. Tribes in India constitutes 8.19 percent of the Indian population and in contrast to its number, it has above 500 tribal communities with their distinctive ethnic identity. To safeguard the rights and interests of the tribal people in India, the scheduled areas were formulated under the Indian Constitution.


There are also government reservations in educational and employment opportunities. The Indian Constitution envisaged bringing about development and progress among the tribal communities and further assimilation of these groups with mainstream Indian society. However in reality such accomplishments are yet to achieve.


  • Making of Scheduled Areas
  1. Historical process
  2. Constitutional, Legal and Administrative framework
  3. Social change and transformation


  • Governance Issues
  1. Working of constitution and the Scheduled Acts
  2. Autonomous Councils, PESA etc.
  3. Tribal rights in land and forest iv) Forest Rights Acts


  • Economic Dimension
  1. Agrarian Structure and Change
  2. Economic Diversification
  3. Social Differentiation
  4. Working of Livelihood schemes


Social Development

  • Public Health
  • Working of Health schemes
  • Women, Children and Health


2- Education

  1. Status of School Education: enrolment, stagnation and dropouts
  2. Higher education: Problems and challenges
  3. Language, Culture and Education
  4. Tension and conflict
  • Problems of insurgency and militancy
  1. Human Rights issues
  2. Displacement and Migration
  3. Ethnic Conflicts


  • Ecology and Environment
  1. Status of Forest
  2. Working of Forest Acts
  3. Mines, dams and other infrastructure development issues



  • Media and public sphere
  1. Public space and Journalism in Scheduled Areas
  2. Role of Media in conflict
  3. National media coverage in Scheduled Areas


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