THREE DAY UTKAL UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT ENDS WITH A PROMISE TO PROMOTE REGIONAL DIALOGUE IN SOUTH ASIA
Bhubaneswar,05/10/19Utkal University organised a three day international conference (2-4 October 2019) on rural development and social transformation in South Asia. Dedicating the conference to the Mahatma Gandhi's150th Birth Anniversary, the Vice Chancellor Prof Soumendra Mohan Patnaik, in inauguration, gave a call to participants and student to study Hind Swaraj. Scholars from Nepal, Bangladesh and the United States submitted research papers under different sub-themes like globalisation, technology, women empowerment and marginalised communities etc.
Prof Triloki Nath Pandey and Prof Annapurna Pandey both from Univeristy of California, Prof Indira and Deepti Ranjan Sahu both from Indian Sociological Society, Prof Nilika Mehrotra from JNU, Prof Sukant Chaudhury from Lucknow University shared their sociological and anthropological understanding of Gandhi and how Gandhi as a man and as an idea is relevant today.
In the valedictory Dr. Basanta Kumar Mallik, HoD of the Department of History, Dr. Mary Gabriela Bage, HoD of Department of Sociology, Dr. Rabindra Garada, the Organising Secretary of the conference and Dr. Navaneeta Rath from the Department of Sociology shared their happiness that young scholars are increasingly combining the theory and practice in their research. They were hopeful that a regional diaolgue on rural development and social transformation need to continue in the region of South Asia.
The conference was organised by the Department of Sociology and Global Centre for Rural Studies of the university in collaboration with Indian Sociological Society and Indian Anthropological Association.