Research Methodology Course for PhD Students in Social Sciences (Sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi)

Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur invites application from research scholars from universities/colleges/research institutions to participate in 10 days Course on Research Methodology. The programme is sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and will be held during 4-13 December, 2017. The course will consist of lectures, seminars, group discussions and practical guidance. A maximum of 30 candidates will be selected based on their suitability. The participants will get free boarding and lodging on twin-sharing basis. For outstation participants, 2nd class train fare by the shortest route will be reimbursed. Candidates may send their CVs along with a brief write-up of about 500 words of their research proposal. The CV, in addition to other particulars, must also contain the following: 1) date of birth; 2) gender; 3) social group; 4) subject(s) studied in post-graduation; 5) title of PhD thesis; and 6) whether they have attended any orientation programme on Research Methodology sponsored by ICSSR. A copy of the CV and the brief write-up may be sent by email to mohanakumar@idsj.org / mohanakumar.s@gmail.com  before 12th November 2017. Selected candidates will be intimated by 20th November 2017.  For any queries, contact mohanakumar.s@gmail.com

Course Coordinator

Dr Mohanakumar, S.
Associate Professor
Institute of Development Studies
8-B, Jhalana Institutional Area
Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302004.

The Institute in collaboration with CRY New Delhi and Mahila Jan Adhikar Samiti Ajmer (MJAS) is organising a One day consultation on ‘Child Marriage: Understanding Different Dimensions and Building Alliances’ on April 20 2017.

The consultation focuses on sharing experiences of organisations working on the different aspects of child marriage in Rajasthan. The findings of a recently completed KAP study in Ajmer district will also be shared. We also hope to arrive at a larger research agenda by building alliances across various districts in the state.

The participants to the workshop will include representatives of State governments,academia, civil society organisations and International NGOs.

The Seminar Theme and Objectives
The uphill task that the country encounters in the 21st century is not only the revival of sustainable economic growth but its inclusiveness as well. A socially justifiable distribution of the fruits of development is imperative for the sustenance of democratic fabric of the country. Drastic fall in the elasticity of employment from 0.52 during 1970s and 1980s to 0.04 in the early period of the 21st century did impact differently on the source of livelihood of different social groups. It calls for a close perusal. Although the decline in the share of workforce engaged in agriculture is an appreciable trend, the extent of the shift of Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste population from the crop production and animal husbandry sectors, the quality of their employment, traditional skill of the labour demanded, programmes and policies for the skill development of the fragile segment of the population who reproduce in the outer boundaries of the mainstream production relations and related issues demand immediate attention and redressal. Notwithstanding the much acclaimed association between reported growth in real wages and reduction in poverty, substantial rise in the rate of unemployment in rural India needs to be viewed seriously as the vulnerable social groups rely primarily on the informal sector wherein regulations on capital is seldom followed. As accessibility to health and education in the private sector is driven by the ability to pay for, the socially and economically fragile sections find their basic right to health and education at risk. The question of land distribution, land rights and state’s intervention to ensure adequate infrastructure through public investment assumes special significance in the above context. The paradigm shift to couple welfare schemes with a Universal Basic Income (UBI) will be distinctive from the present if the system ensures the right to every individual to earn for her basic needs. It is pertinent to deliberate on the implementation of the mode of assuring UBI to the socially and geographically disadvantageous groups, particularly in the context of high growth with less labour absorption compounded further by displacement of the vulnerable from their source of livelihood. Further, the discourse on environmentalism and STs and various forms of resistance of STs to air and water pollution, land encroachment and a set of associated issues need to be reviewed from the stand points of the vulnerable social groups. The debate on the livelihood of STs and SCs and its theoretical roots which traverses from isolation-integration-assimilation theory in the 1940s, isolated identities in the 1990s and further onto the shift in the focus of the state apparatus from what is to be done for Adivasis to what Advasis want to be done in the 21st century, has to be traversed and debated. It may be reviewed in the broader context of the vigorous resistance movements of the vulnerable sections in the society. Against the backdrop, the two day national seminar on SCs and STs is intended to address the issues and challenges of survival of the socially vulnerable groups from theoretical and empirical perspectives transcending disciplinary boundaries. Given the setting, the Two Day National Seminar on Livelihood Challenges of SCs and STs will focus on the following objectives: To identify major challenges of livelihood of vulnerable social groups and review the programmes and schemes implemented for SCs and STs in India and in different states from the perspectives of the target groups. Further, to suggest measures to overcome the vulnerabilities and mitigate livelihood hardships.

Sub-Themes for the seminar

  1. Employment and livelihood of SCs and STs
  2. Violence & atrocities against SCs & STs
  3. Poverty, inequality and vulnerable social groups
  4. Status of health and education of vulnerable social groups
  5. State intervention in SCs and STs & Policy responses
  6. Local self governments and empowerment of vulnerable
    Resource curse, deforestation and survival challenges of STs
    Special Session on SCs and STs in Rajasthan

Venue and Important Dates

Venue:  Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Important dates :

Abstract submission 17th March 2017

Communication on acceptance of abstract: 20th March 2017

Final Paper submission: 25th March 2017

Authors of accepted papers will be paid a token honorarium. Air fair will be reimbursed to (shortest route) to outstation candidates. Local hospitality is available on one paper-one author basis.
For any enquiry related to the seminar, write to:
mohanakumar@idsj.org ; varshajoshi@gmail.com
mobile: 9462065620; 9829067476

For any other details visit www.idsj.org

A two day consultation on ‘Approach to Youth Policy’ was organized on 7th – 8th November 2016 in the Institute of Development Studies seminar hall. The workshop was organized by the Ajit Foundation, Jaipur. The participants were drawn from organizations working with youth, NGOs and civil society organizations as well as academic institutions. A number of young men and women also participated. India enjoys a large ‘demographic dividend’ as nearly 60 percent of the country’s population is the age group 16-34 years. Hence, a very large productive workforce is available in the country and two proportions of non-working people in the age group 60 and above is much less. This is said to be the ‘demographic dividend’ enjoyed by the country. However, the advantages that India has are more in terms of potential. The reality is not that encouraging. The main objective of the Consultation was to discuss the dilemmas facing this large population and unravel the potential. It is evident that the present education system, apart from several other defects, does not encourage a ‘work culture’, if anything it discourages manual work. In this context recent emphasis on skill development is welcome but without a sound base of elementary and secondary education, skill development by itself is not adequate. The rate of job creation is highly inadequate and even worse for those who are illiterate, semi-literate and are unskilled. Due to unemployment a large number of youth face bleak future prospects and are driven towards drug addiction and anti social activities. The workshop explored possible approaches to sound education, enhancement of employment opportunities and to inculcate a sense of purposefulness and social responsibility among the youth.

Prof Kanchan Mathur presented a paper titled ‘Exploring Education, Employment and Citizenship: A Case Study of Youth in Rajasthan’ and Dr. Mohana Kumar presented a paper on ‘Problems and Prospects of Youth in Kerala’.

The Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur alongwith Centre for Advocacy and Research, Jaipur organized a one day Consultation on ‘Menstrual Hygiene and Management- Practices, Intervention and Challenges’ (with reference to Urban Areas) on 17 February, 2017 at Hotel Indiana Pride Jaipur.

The objective of the Consultation was to develop a better understanding of MHM practices and interventions as well as the role and impact of Government policy and initiatives with specific reference to urban areas. The consultation was presided over by Ms. Veenu Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Government of Rajasthan. The participants in the workshop were drawn from government departments, development partners, NGOs and private organizations academia as well as women and girls from various urban slums of Jaipur. The Director IDSJ Prof. S.K. Bhaumik also participated in the Consultation.

The consultation highlighted concerns regarding irregular distribution of sanitary napkins to girls in rural and urban areas, the lack of attention to urban girls in policy, mismatch between demand and supply of napkins, lack of convergence between departments of Women’s Empowerment, Education and Health. IDSJ team members Prof. Kanchan Mathur and Dr. Shobhita Rajagopal presented the findings of the study on distribution of sanitary napkins in schools and urban slums of Jaipur city supported by CFAR. Many of the girls from the slums spoke about the problems related to menstrual hygiene and accessing sanitary napkins. Some good practices were including the experience of UGER cloth pads was also shared by a representative from Jatan Sansthan , working Railmagra block, Rajsamand district.

The Principal Secretary appreciated the efforts of many organisations in bringing the issue centres stage. She stated that the discussions helped her in gaining an insight into to the field realities. She shared the various constraints in ensuring regular supply of sanitary pads. However, she assured the participants that she will make efforts to take this issue forward at the policy level and work towards convergence of various departments on this issue.