Published On: Sun, Dec 27th, 2015

41st Indian Sociological Conference inaugurated in KISS

medhajiBhubaneswar: The 41st All-India Sociological Conference on ‘Development,
Marginalization and People’s Movements’ is being organized by Kalinga Institute of Social
Sciences (KISS), KIIT University in association of Indian Sociological Society was
inaugurated in KIIT Campus on Sunday.

Inaugurating the conference Medha Patkar, renowned social activist said, the so called development is not the real development. Development is that in which there should be each and every one’s participation, equal distribution of natural resources and utilization of natural resources in a sustainable manner. Everyone should get the positive result of development. Each and every human being from rural to urban should have participation in development. Development should be made in a manner so that, everyone can get food, shelter, health services and livelihood. In the name of development our natural resources should not be gave away to a few individuals, she said.

Giving the example of KIIT and KISS she said, KIIT transfers its profit to KISS, which is
giving free education, boarding, health services to 25 thousand tribal students from KG to
PG with professional and technical education. This is a model which is not followed by
other private institutes of the country, she added. Presiding over the inaugural session
Prof. Anand Sharma, renowned sociologist and activist, President, Indian Sociological
Society said, today we have developed in many sectors across the globe. But millions of
people till today have marginalized from development. One percent of richest people of the
world have more than 40 percent of total wealth. 3.5 billion People of the world have less
than 50 percent of wealth. Development can’t be possible if we left out the marginalized.
There should be equality in every sphere, he added. Prof. R. Indira, Secretary Indian
Sociological Society presented the annual report of the society. In his welcome address Dr.
Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, KIIT has a great privilege to organize such
kind of national and international conferences, seminars and symposiums. KIIT is proud to
organized 41st All-India Sociological Conference. Dr. Iswar Nayak, organizing secretary,
41st All-India Sociological Conference proposed vote of thanks. More than 15 hundred
delegates including foreign delegates joined the conference.

The main objective of the conference is to enable the discussion of current research
results from different perspectives and representing sociology as a discipline that builds
upon micro studies on development and marginalization leading to people’s movements. Also
to provide a platform for discussing methodological and conceptual questions of relevance
for development, marginalization and people’s movements in the light of ongoing processes
of change, diversification and mobilization.

To facilitate the development of new trans-disciplinary research and new inter-sector
networks that will provide an opportunity for theoretical and applied knowledge relocate
across different sectors in society – academic, public policy, civil society etc. and to
develop a contemporary vision of social progress and social development; Issues related to
livelihood and development of marginalized sections in the context of globalization,
liberalization and privatization are other objectives of the event.

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