Hetukar Jha Memorial Lecture by Prof Roma Chatterji at TISS Patna [Feb 15]: Invitation Open

By: Gurjit Kaur | 11 Jan 2020 7:00 PM

Centre for Development Practice and Research is conducting the Third Hetukar Jha Memorial Lecture at TISS Patna on 15 Feb 2020.

Date: Feb. 15, 2020 3:30PM – 5:00PM

Venue: Jagjivan Ram Institute of Parliamentary Studies and Political Research, 10 Mangles Road (Veerchand Patel Road Area), Patna

Speaker: Roma Chatterji, Professor, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi

About the Lecture

Hetukar Jha (1944-2017) was an indefatigable academic and educationist. His achievements as a sociologist and his efforts of developing the field of historical sociology is well known in academia and much appreciated. Jha who retired as Professor from Patna University was a prolific writer.

Some of his notable works are Social Structures and Alignments: A Study of Rural Bihar (1985), Social Structures of Indian villages: A Study of Rural Bihar (1991), Historical Sociology in India (2015), etc. along with several journal articles. It is as a passionate and rigorous collector of historical documents and a builder of archives that Jha acquires even more significance and his contributions invaluable and unparalleled. His knowledge of documents on Bihar and its villages was surpassed by none.

At the time of his demise, he had collected documents, which included village notes relating to 6000 villages in Bihar. He was in the process of writing a social history of villages in colonial Bihar and had collected documents that covered the entire period from 1894-1916. It is a task that needs to be taken up from where he left.

Hetukar Jha’s association with Centre for Development Practice and Research, Patna began since its inception in 2016. He was part of the senior group of academics who provided valuable inputs to research scholars at the Centre on their respective research projects. Despite his failing health, Jha agreed to deliver the inaugural lecture at the First Orientation Programme on migration organized by the Centre in 2016-17.

As a mark of respect for Jha, the Centre has instituted a memorial lecture in his name. The first memorial lecture was delivered by Prof. Ratneshwar Mishra and the second by Prof. Savyasaachi. Full text of previous lectures may be downloaded from the Centre’s webpage.

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