JAMMU, Jan 18: The Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP), University of Jammu, organized a two- day national seminar on “Social Exclusion and Challenges of Inclusion in India: Need for Paradigm Shift”.
In the inaugural session the edited volume “Social Exclusion and Marginal Communities” and book “Distinctive Voices of Distress and Narratives of Sufferings” were released.
Prof Naresh Padha, Dean Research Studies and Coordinator RUSA, JU, who was chief guest on the occasion, called upon the intellectuals to focus on the research on issues having bearing on our understanding and policy formulations. He also called upon to take up case studies to substantiate the theoretical perspectives on social exclusion.
Prof Satish Kumar Sharma, Director, Academic & Director, Institute of Conflict Studies and Resolution Strategies, (Sanghol) Punjab, in his key note address, highlighted the present perspectives of inclusion in our society. Prof Balwinder Singh Tiwana from Punjabi University, Patiala, focused on Economic dimensions of Social Exclusion.
Prof Jasbir Singh, Director CSSEIP, gave the brief history of the Centre. Formal vote of thanks was presented by Prof Suman Jamwal. A large number of delegates from within the university and from other States were present in the inaugural session.
Inaugural session was followed by two parallel technical sessions, in which 40 papers were presented. Technical session one was chaired by Prof Shyam Narayan Lal and Prof Neeru Sharma and co-chaired by Dr Jasdeep Singh Toor and Dr Neharica Subhash. Technical sessions two and three were chaired by Prof Baljeet Singh and Prof Sucheta Pathania and co-chaired by Dr Sarika Manhas and Dr Savita Nayyar.
On the second day of the seminar, 6 parallel sessions were conducted in which total 100 papers were presented. The sessions were chaired and co-chaired by ” Prof Samridhi Arora and Dr Aroon Sharma, Dr Sunita Sharma and Hema Gandotra, Prof Anupama Vohra and Dr Meghna Dhar, Prof Suman Jamwal and Dr Sapna Sangra, Prof Sunita Sharma and Prof Sandhya Bhardwaj and Madhulika Singh and Dr Shallu Sehgal respectively.
Prof R K Mahajan from Central University of Jammu was the key note speaker at the valedictory function. He emphasized on the inclusion of the marginalized sections of the society into the main stream for overall wellbeing of the country. Prof Shyam Narayan Lal, HoD History, JU, presided over the session.