ADRI Silver Jubilee 2016-17
Call for paper
Bihar and Jharkhand: Shared History to Shared Vision
March 24-27, 2017/ Patna
Research Institute (ADRI), an ICSSR-recognized institute, invites scholars to
present a research paper at the International
Conference on ‘Bihar and Jharkhand: Shared History to Shared Vision'.
200-word abstract and your brief CV (maximum 1-page) can be e-mailed to: email@example.com
by August 31, 2016.
Please write ‘Abstract/Conference-3'
in the subject line of your email and send your files as attachment. We will
inform you of the outcome by September 30. We shall not be in a position to
reply to your queries in case your abstract is not selected.
1. Bihar and Jharkhand: What Transcends Political Separation; 2. Impact of
Colonialism on Bihar and Jharkhand; 3. Ecology, Environment and Natural
Disasters; 4. Challenge of Governance: Growth, Development and Social Justice; 5.
Tribal Scenario: Status Quo and New Directions; 6. Protest, Resistance and
Extremism; 7. Mobility in the Region over Time; 8. Heroes and Unsung Heroes; 9.
Hindi Heartland: The Cultural Construct.
We will publish the selected papers and would be
happy to sponsor participants' travel and local hospitality for attending the
Bihar and Jharkhand, right from ancient times, have attracted
scholars' attention for various reasons. The region that presently
encompasses these two states holds histories that shape them even today.
The region is remembered for its numerous achievements in ancient
period, like the establishment of the first democracy of the world in
Lichhavi, or the place where Buddhism first emerged, or the great centre
of learning in Nalanda. Even during the colonial period, the two states
played a stellar role in India's independence struggle, starting with
the Champaran struggle of Mahatma Gandhi. But this image of the two
states, a land of glorious past, has now been overtaken by another one -
underlying its serious social and economic disadvantages and the
complex socio-political forces that guide its destiny. Admittedly, the
two states have experienced some positive changes in the recent past,
but both have a long way to go before they can emerge as regions of
prosperity and enlightenment.
Some of the socio-economic and cultural differences within the region
cumulated in the partition of the region in the year 2000 and the
formation of the two separate federal states. However, shared histories
of development and decline continue to impact the region in the present
time. The borders have separated the region politically but have not
disunited the states socio-economically and/or culturally. As
neighbouring states with shared pasts, the borders are porous, both
literally and symbolically.
Bihar is one of the regions that have very limited natural
endowments, thus, making the task of development demand extraordinary
human effort. Before its partition in 2000, the state had enormous
mineral wealth in its southern part, now Jharkhand; but even after the
division, the present Bihar has large tracts of fertile land in its
Gangetic plain. But, thanks to its agrarian history, dictated largely by
the infamous ‘Permanent Settlement' regime introduced by the colonial
administration, the growth potential of its land resources is far from
being fully realised. Educational backwardness and infrastructural
poverty - the result of state's indifference during pre- as well as
post-independence period - are the two crucial needs that have turned
the agenda of development even more challenging in present Bihar.
The story of Jharkhand is not much different, as its natural
abundances have been unable to meet its people's aspirations. No
reassuring answers have appeared on the way out of this dismay. Its
industries are churning out wealth that is revitalizing the capital, but
it has left much of labour unattended. Such an opaque vision of
development will only reinforce frictions in society. The state
seriously needs to mull what would satisfy its people, and create a
model of its own, if necessary. It also needs to ask how it's preparing
to cope with identities.
The polity of both Bihar and Jharkhand is sharply divided along
class, caste and tribal identities. Unlike some other states, the
political process here has deep roots that had started parallel to
India's independence struggle and various radical mobilisations. And,
there were also caste-based mobilisations that probably started with
certain social objectives but later acquired strong political
implications. Some have witnessed an element of political
democratisation in recent socio-political trends, while others
underlined disconnect between democracy and development in that very
Jharkhand and Bihar are now at a crossroad and one wonders which path
they would tread in the near future. In their conference presentations,
scholars will be invited to deliberate on above-mentioned shared
histories of development, agitation, decline and divergences, muse on
the present and speculate about the future of the region, based on
recent state-specific experiences.
Call for paper
Statistics in India
June 24-27, 2016
Development Research Institute (ADRI), an ICSSR-recognised institute, is
celebrating its 25 years in 2016. As part of the year-long celebrations, a
series of seminars and conferences have been planned.
organisation has produced some of the high quality research in the field of
development economics and political economy since its inception in 1991,
particularly in the context of Bihar. Some of the luminaries in the field of
economics and social sciences, including Professor Amartya Sen, Professor
Joseph Stiglitz, Professor Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Professor Barbara Harris-White,
Professor Prabhat Patnaik, Professor Francine R Frankel, have delivered the
institute's Foundation Day Lecture in the past.
We invite scholars
to present a paper in the International Conference on Social Statistics in
India. Abstract and your brief CV (1-page) can be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
by October 31, 2015. Please write ‘Abstract/Conference-2' in the subject line
and send your file as an attachment in the MS-Word (1997/2003) format. Please
use Times New Roman in 12 point size, with 1.5 spacing while typing. We discourage
hard copy submissions.
selection, you would be required to send the complete paper by December 31, 2015.
Sub-themes of the conference are
as follows: Conceptual
Base of Social Statistics; Institutional Base of Statistical System in India; Issues
in Professional Competence; New Benchmarking in Social Statistics in India
publish all the selected papers.
will be happy to sponsor participants' travel and local hospitality for attending
India is fortunate to have a statistical system that has a long history.
'Statistical Abstract of British India' was published as early as 1862, and the
first population census was conducted in 1881. Several initiatives were taken
thereafter, and when India became independent in 1947 it had a statistical
system that was much more informative than those in other developing countries.
Later, to strengthen state planning (the core of India's development strategy
then), the country's statistical system was expanded and professionally
strengthened through various steps. However, over the years, certain
limitations of the system have increasingly become serious, thereby limiting not
only its contributions to the decision-making in administration, but also its
role as the most important source of data for research.
An important initiative in strengthening the existing statistical system
in India was the creation of National Statistical Commission in 2006 with an
expansive mandate- one of which is to ‘evolve measures for improving public
trust in official statistics'. This issue of the lack of adequate trust in
official statistics is particularly serious for social statistics that relates
to the status and progress in human development in the country. The
dissatisfaction arises from several angles. For one, the quality of data is
sometimes unreliable, with the method of collection being improper. In the face
of resource constraints or inadequate supervision, the field personnel
sometimes replace observation with judgments to generate unreliable data.
Secondly, social statistics are generally available at the national or state
level butthe information on sub-state/district level is very limited. This
stands in the way of analyzing intra-state variations in development, a wide
phenomenon in many states of India. Finally, there have also recently emerged
new areas whose link to development is substantial, but they do not fall within
the country's social statistics system parameterized long ago. The status of
environment is one such area, as is focused data on gender disparities. Indeed,
in the wake of an already visible information explosion and increasing role of
knowledge capital in many societal actions, the ambit of social statistics
needs to be extended further.
Unfortunately, opportunities where users and collectors of social
statistics could discuss these limitations are very limited. The proposed conference
is expected to create one such opportunity, where the participants would
identify the limitations of social statistics in India, explore the sources of these limitations and, finally, suggest pathways to