• National Seminar on Centenary of Tranformation of Bihar 2011
  • National Seminar on Developmen Challenges of Exclusion in Backward States 2012
  • National Seminar on Issues and Challenges of Food Security in Backward States 2013

The 14th Annual Conference on Regional Pattern of Indian Development (March 7-8, 2014) and Registration Form

Democratic Upheaval of North Africa and its International Implications


ANSISS organized seminar on "Democratic Upheaval of North Africa and its International Implications", which was delivered by Professor S N Malakar, Professor of International Politics (Africa), School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi, on April 8, 2011. Professor D M Diwakar, Director, ANSISS welcomed the guests and introduced the subject. He said that India is being deeply affected by International affairs and movements. We have to identify the area of development. We have to do better in terms of economy, polity, social values, etc. Chief Speaker of the occassion Professor S N Malakar said that There are two parts of North Africa one is situated on the northern part of Sahara desert and another is situated near southern part of Sahara desert. Politics of North Africa has always been influenced by the politics of West Asia and vice versa. United States and Western countries have influenced their politics and economy in their own favour. Various countries in the region had a history of long time dictatorship. They were not influenced by democratic values. Even military was not structured by post colonial African government in their own way but it was created by colonial power. In the era of neo-economic liberalism people of these countries are facing more drastic situation. The main feature of neo-liberalism is that the State doesn't intervene in free market activities. Due to this, these countries is facing serious problem of unemployment. This scenario became more dangerous with the growth of youth below 30 years. Oil is the most important for the development of any economy. Libya has 46 billion dollar oil reserves as well reach water resources. Other North African countries have also oil reserves which was the most important for developing countries. World monetary organisations like WTO, IMF and World Bank imposed liberalisation in these countries thus creating various problems like food inflation, unemployment, which drastically hit the people of these countries. Tunisia, Egypt and Libya revolts have taken place due to liberalisation. Since all the objective conditions is present in these countries which combined with the subjective condition creating factors for revolt. This is the reason why North Africa is facing social conflict. Unemployed youth has spearheaded the upheavals. So it became more dangerous than structured army. India is also deeply affected by these movements. It can't live in isolation. Professor Nil Ratan, Convener, Seminar Committee, coordinated over the session and gave vote of thanks. Among those who participated in the seminar were Prof. Sachchidananda, Dr. Suresh Yadav, Prof. Ajay Kumar Jha, Dr. Anuja, Dr. Awadhesh, Dr. Ajit Hasnda, Dr. Ghanshyam Singh.

Consultation on Food Security and Malnutrition
ANSISS organised a two days seminar on "Consultation on Food Security and Malnutrition" on April 16-17, 2011 in collaboration with Advisor (Bihar) to the Commissioners of the Supreme Court and Oxfam India.

Globalisation, Agrarian Crisis and Farmers Suicides in India
ANSISS organized a seminar on "Globalisation, Agrarian Crisis and Farmers Suicides in India" on May 11, 2011 by Professor K. Gopal Iyer, Professor of Sociology (Retd), Punjab University, Punjab.

Population and Development in Bihar
Seminar on Population and Development in Bihar was organized by the State Health Society at ANSISS on July 11, 2011. Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey was the chief guest of the ocassuion. State Govt. launched a Statewide Population Stabilization Fortnight which aimed at lowering total fertility rates and creating a healthy human resource base with development as its pivot. During the seminar it was also decided that Bihar cannot progress if women continue to suffer from anaemia, malnutrition and girls marry at a young age. Branding burgeoning population a curse, Shri Amarjit Sinha, Principal Secretary, health, GoB, said population stabilization would provide an opportunity to children to grow in a healthy environment. Director of ANSISS Prof. D M Diwakar, cited examples from various studies and countries, he said development is the only means to counter population growth. He also stated that maximum focus would have to be on literacy and education.

Understanding Tamil Nadu's Commitment to Public Services: How far can the Insights be Extended to other parts of India
Dr. Vivek S., Ph.D. from Syracus University, works with the Liberation Technology Programme at Standford University, gave a talk on "Understanding Tamil Nadu's Commitment to Public Services: How far can the Insights be Extended to other parts of India" at ANSISS on July 23, 2011

Bihari Identity and Global Indian Diaspora
 
ANSISS organized a Seminar on "Bihari Identity and Global Indian Diaspora" by Professor S N Malakar, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on August 27, 2011. The seminar was the part of the institute's contribution to the centenary year celebration of Bihar. The chief speaker addressed during the seminar that over 2.7 crore people of Indian Origin are spread across 138 countries. They speak different languages and have a commonality of identity as they have not forgotten the consciousness of their origin and attachment to India. Professor Ranjan Kumar of School of International Studies, JNU spoke on Indian strategy needed in the scenario of rising China and Declining America. ANSISS, Director Prof. D M Diwakar also spoke on the occasion.

Global trends in Education: Review and Options
A three- day International Conference on "Global trends in Education: Review and Options" organized by the Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi and ANSISS, Patna on September 16- 18, 2011. Margaret Alva, Governor, Uttarakhand, inaugurated the function and stressed on education reforms. She also said that with liberalization, privatization and globalization the economy of many developing countries are bouncing back and in such a scenario education has a major role to play. The function had eminent participants including senior adjunct, Tindakan Strategi Sdn Bhd, Malaysia, Mohammed Jamil Bin Ali Al Khjayat, from Umm Al- Qura University, Mecca; John Arul Phillips, Dean School Of Education and Cognitive Science Asia- e- University Malaysia, Eminent Economist and Member Sachar Committee Prof. Abu Saleh Shariff, Dr. Mohammed Alauddin, Former Vice- Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard University and others.

Past Present and Future of Khadi and Village Industry in India
 
National Convention was held on "Past Present and Future of Khadi and Village Industry in India" at ANSISS in collaboration with Akhil Bhartiya Charkha Samiti from September 24- 25, 2011. Chief Minister Shri Nitish Kumar inaugurated the function to mark the 87th anniversary of the All India Charkha Samiti which was set up by Mahatama Gandhai on September 24, 1925. During the function he announced that government would give grant of Rs. 50 crore for the revival of 82 institutions attached with the state khadi board and it had already decided to enhance the discount from 10% to 20% at all Khadi outlets from October 2, to mark Gandhi Jayanti. The chief minister concurred with the view, urging the president of the state Khadi Board to draw up a plan to bring in new technology to improvise the charkha model and also bring in new designs of khadi as per new fashion tastes of people. Speaker of the state assembly, Uday Narayan Chaoudhary, Industry Minister Smt. Renu Kumari, President of State Khadi Gramodyog Board Shri Tripurari Sharan, Convener of All India Khadi Mission Shri Bal Vijay Bhaijee and Director of ANSISS Prof. D M Diwakar also spoke at the function.

Socially Inclusive Policy
ANSISS organised Foundation Day Lecture on "Socially Inclusive Policy" delivered by Professor Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman, ICSSR, New Delhi on October 8, 2011.
Prof. D M Diwakar, Director, A.N.Sinha Institute of Social Studies welcomed the Guests assembled from various parts of the state. He highlighted the academic activities of the Institute and its significant contribution in the areas of social research and Bihar's developmet. Sri Prashant Kumar Shahi, Chairman, ANSISS said that public policies play a fundamental role in steering destiny of a nation. It is the role of the state to enact such public policies which benefits the common people. In his highly incisive and articulate talk, Prof. Thorat explored the diverse frontiers of 'inclusive growth', the current catchphrase of any discussion on India's political economy. With a brief reference to the literature on inclusive growth, Prof Thorat submitted his version of the story behind the country's endeavor to alleviate poverty. At the outset, he reminded the audience of the distinction between 'growth per se' and 'growth with redistributive justice' and asserted that a distribution neutral growth does not and cannot address the issues afflicting the poor. He set out with the agenda of 11th Plan of India, the watershed of the country's development planning on poverty reduction and traversed along the growth trajectory of the plan period. Emphasizing on the various facets of poverty across education, health, gender, caste etc., the distinguished economist lamented at the exclusion of the marginalized sections of the society from the so called growth in the country's GDP. He argued that reduction in absolute poverty is not enough, what we ought to achieve is a reduction in relative poverty. Thus our plans and programmes must not only aim at increase in income of all, but also ensure a relatively faster growth of income for the poor than others. He further stressed that such an income growth of the poor must exceed the rate at which their population grows.
Prof. Thorat aptly argued that our policy of poverty reduction must not only aim at sectors which offer the maximum livelihood to the poor but also to the regions with the highest incidence of poverty. He lamented at the unequal socio political and economic exclusion even amongst the poor with the women, SC / ST and the minorities mostly bearing the brunt of hunger and deprivation. He agreed with other scholars claiming that growth in non farm income tend to be more poverty reducing in those States with high literacy, high farm productivity, low landlessness and fairly good access to health care.
Finally, as policy prescription, Prof. Thorat offered that farm sector must take care of wage labourers since this group is the most vulnerable one as far as their elasticity of poverty reduction to MPCE is concerned although he argues an opposite remedy for the non farm sector where he advocates a policy more supportive of poor self employed household engaged in non farm activities.
Vote of Thanks was given By Dr. Sudhir Kumar, Registrar, A.N.Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna. The foundation Day programme was coordinated by Professor Nil Ratan, Convener, Seminar Committee, A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna. Among those who participated in the deliberation were Prof. Sachchidananda, Prof. Nil Ratan, Prof. A K Jha, Dr. S M A Yousuf, , Dr. Anuja, Dr. Awadhesh, Dr. Ajit Hansda, Prof. Binayak Chaudhary, Prof. N K Chaudhary, Sri Manoj Sriwastawa.

A National Seminar on "A Century of Transformation and Road Ahead

ANSISS organised a National Seminar on "A Century of Transformation and Road Ahead" on November 5-6, 2011. The seminar was inaugurated by Sri Uday Narayan Chowdhary, Hon Speaker, Bihar Legislative Assembly, chaired by Professor Asgar Ali Engineer, and Shri B G Verghese, Dr K B Saxena and Dr D N Gautam were the guests of Honour. The seminar was divided in five technical sessions. 1. Emergence of Bihar chaired by, Professor Hetukar Jha 2. Structural Transformation chaired by professor K B Saxena 3. Flood, Water Management, and Irrigation chaired by Professor T Prasad 4. Labour Employment and Poverty chaired by Professor Praveen Jha 5. Education and Development and chaired by Professor Vinay Kanth and 6. Social and urban Development, Chaired by Professor Ramashray Roy besides valedictory address.
Sponsored by Government of Bihar and hosted by ANSISS, this seminar was a cerebral tribute from ANSISS to the State of Bihar on its celebrating the one hundredth birthday as a federating unit of the union of India. The inaugural session of the seminar chaired by Sri Asgar Ali Engineer was formally inaugurated by Sri Uday Narayan Choudhary, Hon'ble Speaker, Bihar Legislative Assembly in the presence of host of luminaries and an august audience comprising of academics, scholars and members of media. The inaugural session began with a welcome note from Prof. D.M. Diwakar, Director, ANSISS who submitted that the main purpose behind the seminar is to consolidate informed inputs emanating from the debates and discourses on the civilizational crisis, paradigm shift in growth and socio cultural and politico economic milieu being experienced by Bihar over the years.
To sum up, during these two days we got to see Bihar in retrospect and prospect. We listened to Bihar's travelogue of one hundred year's arduous journey. Bihar has had tonnes of tribulations from where it gained the pledge to go forward. There was sighs of pessimism as there was euphoric optimism. But Bihar moves on since Bihar knows the vedic mantra 'Charaibeti'

2nd National Conference on Nai Talim
The two - day second national conference on 'Nai Talim' jointly hosted by National Council of Rural Institutes, Hyderabad; Department of Human Resource Development, Govt. of Bihar and A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna at A. N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna on December 1-2, 2011. A marathon deliberation on various issues circumventing the Nai Talim philosophy and its practitioners by eminent academics, principals of Nai Talim institutions, Nail Talim ideologues, activists and enthusiasts from across the country, from Gujarat to Manipur, from Punjab to Kerala.


The conference was blessed by the august presence of the Hon'ble Chief Minister, Bihar, Sri Nitish Kumar, his cabinet colleague in charge of education and Chairman of A N Sinha Institute Governing Council, Sri P. K. Shahi, Director, NCRI, Dr. S.V. Prabhat, Sri Anjani Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary to Govt. of Bihar, HRD, eminent academics, activists associated with Nai Talim institutions, students from different academia and members from media, print as well as electronics.
After the floral reception of the guests with memento, the inaugural session took off with the ceremonial release of two books, written by Sri Mansukbhai Salla and Dr. T. Karunakran respectively
 
(Director, ANSISS presenting Momento to Chief Minister of Bihar) (Book Release)

The inaugural session took off with the Welcome Address by Prof. D.M. Diwakar, Director, ANSISS and the co host of the conference. While welcoming the guests, Prof. Diwakar expressed his profound ecstasy at the mammoth response to the resurgence of Nai Talim after its prolonged hibernation.
To sum up, the conference examined the problems being encountered by the handful of Nai Talim institutions, listened to the success stories of a few institutions, analysed the inescapable impact of modern education on the Buniadi System and evaluated the propositions put forward and finally resolved to carry forward the consolidated agenda towards the making of a self reliant society. Bihar had been the epi centre of Nai Talim movement and given its committed polity and rich legacy, Bihar could still be the centre stage of Nai Talim resurrection.

Development, Democracy and People's Movement
ANSISS organised a one day National Seminar on Development, Democracy and People's Movement on 27th January, 2012 in which Sushri Medha Patkar, Dr D N Gautam, Dr Arvind Sinha, Professor Naval Kishore Choudhary and Professor D M Diwakar spoke as penalist followed by a lively Interaction.

Pre Primary and Primary Education in India

(From L- R) Prof. S. P. Verma, Prof. Roop Rekha Verma, Prof K. S. Sharma, Dr. Hasan Waris and on the dais Prof. Nil Ratan

A three day national symposium hosted by A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna in collaboration with State Council of Education Research and Training, Bihar, Peoples Council of Education, Allahabad, and Science for Society, Bihar got underway at A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna on February 7, 2012 under the theme 'Pre – Primary and Primary School Education' The inaugural session was Chaired by Dr. K.S. Sharma. The session took off with the floral reception of distinguished guests and the lighting of the knowledge lamp by the dignitaries in the presence of host of academics, scholars, education experts and members from the media.
 

The inaugural session began with a welcome note from Sri Hassan Waris, Director, SCERT who extended heartfelt gratitude to the members of the audience for their participation in the symposium and hoped that the three - day interaction between the speakers and audience shall chart out the road map towards a democratic, scientific and inclusive pre primary and primary education system in our country. He called upon the audience to ensure that aptitude of the child be the determinant of his /her choice of subjects in this fast exploding domain of the knowledge.
Sri N.P. Choubey of Peoples Council of Education described the day as the red letter day for its being the oath taking day to set out for the search for an alternative approach to pre primary and primary education. He urged upon the audience to join hands in the movement for formulating and popularizing a democratic, pragmatic and passionate approach to pre primary and primary education based on our traditional values taking into considerations the normative needs of the changing world. Sri Chaubey further asserted that no new system shall work until it receives popular acknowledgement and acceptance and emphasized on the sustained collaboration amongst the institutions and other stakeholders for the movement's success.
Sri S.P. Verma, President, Science for Society, while underscoring the creative and joyful treatment of science for the pre primary and primary school pupil in a very informal way reminded the academics and educational administrators that the technology ingrained in our land should be unearthed, recognized, and disseminated. Sri Verma however asked the audience to stay vigilant against the pseudo enthusiasts and suggested to replicate the best practices by taking into consideration the different criticalities.
Dr. K.S. Sharma in his Presidential Address reminded the audience of the monstrous design of neo imperialist masters and urged upon all to unite to fight against the decolonization of education in our country that was thrust upon us by the British Raj in early eighteenth century which still rules the aegis of our own people at the helm of affairs. Traversing along the history of education movements in our country which started 125 years back by Mahatma Jyotibao Phule, Dr. Sharma called upon the audience to learn from the mistakes of the past, assess the need of the present and try foresee challenges of the future to resituate the pre primary and primary education based on our traditional values.


Prof. Roop Rekha Verma in her address advocated for giving more attention on the kind of education being imparted rather than only the access to education. Expressing her shock at the age old stereotypical system of primary education even today, Prof Verma emphasized on several issues to set right the pre primary and primary education system which inter alia include, -
• effective teaching of language to increase the child's expressive power;
• making a child knowledge seeker by raising his her curiosity instead training a teacher to be knowledge imparter;
• giving more attention to the teaching – learning process at school rather than only on the school infrastructure;
The inaugural session was anchored by Prof. Nil Ratan, A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna. The three day symposium was divided in to eight technical sessions where a number of scholars, academics and education planners deliberated upon various issues afflicting pre primary and primary education.

Minorities in Secular India
A special lecture on "Minorities in Secular India" by Asghar Ali Engineer was delivered at A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies (ANSISS), Patna on April 11, 2010. He said that concept of minorities is a contribution of colonial period. Engineer demanded reservation for the Dalit and OBC Muslims, who form 80- 85 percent of the minority community's population, in the light of Sachar Committee report and Ranganath Misra Commission recommendations. Drawing a comparison between majoritarianism and minoritarianism and their ills, he observed, "Majoritarianism is reinforced to capture power again and again." He also sought to dispel the notion that the Muslims are monolithic bloc, contending, "Indian Muslims are as divergent as Hindus." ANSISS Chairman Shri Harikishore Singh presided the seminar and ANSISS Director Prof D M Diwakar gave welcome address.

Problems of Regional inequalities in the era of globalization in India
The gap between urban rural societies in India is ever on the increase. The disparity in urban life itself was also rising and the issue warranted serious attention, said Prof. Amitabh Kundu, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in a seminar on 'Problems of Regional inequalities in the era of globalization in India' organized by A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna, on April 21, 2010. Prof. Kundu also said that India was currently facing exclusionary growth where entry of poor migrants was being protested and prevented at many places. Agreeing with the Tendulkar report on poverty, he said that new poverty estimates would facilitate states, like Bihar. Institute Director, Prof. D M Diwakar, Presided over the function while Prof. Nil Ratan proposed the vote of thanks.

Communalism, Democracy and Youths
Dr. Ram Puniani, a well known secular intellectual from Mumbai delivered a lecture on "Communalism, Democracy and Youths" at A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna, on June 30, 2010.

Post Independent Social Conditions in India: Progress and Problems
Professor Anand Kumar, Professor of Sociology, Centre for the Study of Social System, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi delivered a talk on "Post Independent Social Conditions in India: Progress and Problems" at A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna, on August 21, 2010.

Challenges of Marxism in the Era of Globalisation
Dr. Sharad Kumar, University of Lucknow, delivered seminar on "Challenges of Marxism in the
Era of Globalisation" at A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna on September 14, 2010.

Voluntary Sector Child Protection and Child Rights
Professor Mahaveer Jain, Head, Child Protection, V.V.Giri National Labour Institute, Noida, Delivered seminar on "Voluntary Sector Child Protection and Child Rights" at A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna on October 3, 2010.

Development of Participatory Democracy and Challenges of Party less Democracy
A Seminar on "Development of Participatory Democracy and Challenges of Party Less Democracy" was organized by A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna, on the occasion of JP Birth Day. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Razi Ahmed, Director of Gandhi Sanghrahalaya, Patna. While welcoming the guests and participants Professor D M Diwakar introduced the subject and underlined JP's thought process from Marxist to Democratic Socialism, Sarvoday and Sampoorn Kranti. JP was ignored by his fellow colleague and the then Prime Minister Morarji Desai. In the era of Globalisation challenges of democracy have been compounded. J P argued for Right to Recall, and gave a call fight against caste discrimination, corruption, inflation, unemployment. These issues are at the higher scale today. A book – JP: As I Saw edited by Shri Amlesh Raju was released on this occasion. Dr Raji Ahmad emphasized that it is not fair to judge JP's thought on the basis of the performance of his followers. He advised to distinguish between desire and deserving and stress on the need of redefining democracy. Professor N K Chowdhary symbolizes JP as an icon of democratic values against dictatorial fascism. Shri Madanji has intervened to clarify that party less democracy is closer to Marxist concept of Stateless and Classless Society. Smt Kanchan Bala pointed at gender discrimination. Shri Pushparaj emphasized that reformist agenda and action cannot lead us long. JP was a reformist hence we need to recast social political process. Sri Gangaji emphasized on inter caste marriage and Sri Prem Kumar Mani reiterated JP's ideals and values for social change. At the end Professor Diwakar concluded the debate with his presidential remarks. In his remarks he reiterated that challenges of substantial democracy have increased but globalization of decent is the ray of hopes in the arena of political and economic democracy. Now even official reports have seized to realize that socio-economic inequality has been increasing that needs to be addressed on priority basis. Solution lies in social mobilization. Dr Sudhir Kumar, Registrar of the Institute proposed vote of thanks. Dr Suresh Prasad, Sri Vivek, Dr. S M A Yousuf, Dr. Ajit Kumar Hansda, Dr Awadhesh Kumar and citizens from cross section of society from Patna participated on the occasion.

Democracy of Today and its Alternative
Shri Babu Rao Chandavar, delivered seminar on "Democracy of Today and its Alternative" at A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna on December 07, 2010. Chandavar an associate of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narain, said that Jai Prakash Narain had insisted on participatory democracy, which to him meant true democracy. During this seminar Director of ANSISS, Prof. D M Diwakar, Prof. A K Jha was also present.

Management of Urbanisation in Bihar: Problems and Prospects, August, 28, 2010
Dr. Gangadhar Jha, delivered a lecture on "M anagement of Urbanisation in Bihar: Problems and Prospects" at ANSISS on August 28, 2010.

Madhulimay Memorial Seminar
A seminar was organized at ANSISS on January 8, 2011 and was chaired by Director of ANSISS, Prof. D M Diwakar. Other dignitaries present in the seminar were Professor Ramchandra Purvey, Prof. Bharati S. Kumar, Mundrika Singh Yadav, Dr B L Mandal.

Schedule Caste sub- plan and Schedule Tribe sub- plan
National Seminar on "Schedule Caste sub- plan and Schedule Tribe sub- plan" was organized at ANSISS on February 6, 2011. Honourable Governor Shri Devanand Konwar inaugurated the session with lightening the lamp.

Future of India and Ayodhya Decision
Seminar on "Future of India and Ayodhya Decision" by Mr. Anupam Gupta was organized at ANSISS on February 13, 2011.

Idea of Unique Identification (UID) Number/ Aadhaar Project
National Seminar on "Idea of Unique Identification (UID) Number/ Aadhaar Project" was jointly organized by Citizens Forum for Civil Libereties, New Delhi and A N Sinha Institue of Social Studies at ANSISS on February 21, 2011.

Nexus of Politics and Business and Gandhian Ethics
Bihar Divas Seminar on "Nexus of Politics and Business and Gandhian Ethics" by Prof. Sudarshan Iyanger, Vice- Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapeeth, was organized at ANSISS on February 22, 2011

India's Crying Need for Change of the System of Governance: Call for Action
Seminar on "India's Crying Need for Change of the System of Governance: Call for Action" by Professor T. Prasad was organized at ANSISS on February 26, 2011

A Tale of Two Nations
Seminar on "A Tale of Two Nations" by Dr. B. D. Sharma, eminent scholar and activist was organized at ANSISS on March 11, 2011

Envisioning a New Bihar
A seminar on "Envisioning a New Bihar' by Shri B G Vergheese on March 12, 2011 at ANSISS

Bihar's Contribution in Freedom Struggle and in Strengthening of Democratic Institutions Thereafter
Seminar on "Bihar's Contribution in Freedom Struggle and in Strengthening of Democratic Institutions Thereafter" by Sri Vidya Charan Shukla, former Union Minister was organized at ANSISS on March 24, 2011