CfP: Conference on Rural India Towards inclusion of the marginalized at Pune [Nov 7-9]: Submit by Sep 25: Expired


VikasAnvesh Foundation (VAF) is an initiative of the Tata Trusts. Mounted in 2016, the initiative was hived off into a separate legal entity in 2017.

VAF is organizing its second annual conference “Rural India: Towards inclusion of the marginalized” on 7th – 9th November 2019, in Pune.

The conference aims to bring together researchers, policymakers, representatives of the civil society and media to discuss the important yet unattended issues facing the development sector.

  • Scaling up of Sustainable Agriculture
    Many civil society organisations as well as state have been promoting sustainable agriculture and the use of organic inputs through different schemes and programmes. This research theme aims to identify the challenges affecting the spread of sustainable farming practices and to characterise promising interventions for scaling up of sustainable farming practices.
  • Commons Property Resources and Rural Livelihoods
    Common Property Resources (CPR) play a crucial role in the rural economy. The focus of the theme is to explore the linkages between CPR and livelihoods in the context of changing rural landscape along with the factors affecting the dependence of rural people on CPR. This session aims to discuss the relevance of CPRs in the current context with the experience derived from multi-location studies.
  • Under-Representation of Muslims in Higher Education
    Muslims are often under-represented in higher education in India due to various socio-economic factors. This session aims at discussing the research findings on the causes of under-representation of Muslims in higher education and perspectives of the youth, professionals and civil society organisation leaders among the Muslim community on this issue.
  • Challenges faced by the Government in serving Scattered & Disenfranchised Groups
    In rural India, the government finds it very challenging to reach out to Scattered & Disenfranchised Groups (S&DGs). This session aims to discuss various administrative challenges faced by the administration in providing benefits of welfare schemes to S & DGs.
  • Welfare and Healthcare of Rural Elderly
    The elderly population is one of the most vulnerable sections of our society. High burden of illness and compromised access to welfare schemes is added by neglect at the family level. This session aims to understand various problems of the elderly through evidence from different studies and discuss possible solutions.
Important dates
  • Last date for submission of abstract: 25 Sept 2019
  • Communication of acceptance: 5 Oct 2019

Interested candidates can register themselves via this page.

Registration fee: Rs 1500/- (This Registration Fee Covers Conference Materials, Lunch And Tea).


6th Floor, Galore Tech Park, LMD Chowk, Bavdhan, Pune- 411021, Maharashtra, India
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