SEPTEMBER 4-5, 2015 

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Concept Note

India is a country of rich diversity in terms of culture, religion and ethnicity. This is reflected in the complex heterogeneous Indian society where there are wide ranging differences in context to one’s individual social affiliations. Though the tribes are not part of the discriminatory social order based on the caste system, yet they can be termed as groups of people who have undergone deprivation, exploitation and oppression from the non-tribals. There are 67.8 million tribal people with above 500 tribal communities which constitute 8.6 percent of India’s population and in the State of Jharkhand Schedules Tribes constitute about 26.21 percent of the total population (Census 2011). To safeguard the rights and interests of the tribal people in India, the ‘scheduled areas’ were formulated under the Indian Constitution. There are also government reservations in educational and employment opportunities. The Indian Constitution envisaged bringing about development and progress among the tribal communities and further assimilation of these groups with mainstream Indian society. However in reality such accomplishments are very limited. Even larger tribal population has been victimized due to development induced displacement, modern economic forces and other socio-cultural factors.

Despite amounting to more than a quarter (26.3 %) of Jharkhand’s total population (Census 2011), the tribals are scrambled in between maladministration and want of implementation of government policies. Be it education, health, nutrition or sanitation, statistics are way behind as compared to the general population of Jharkhand. The tribals face the problems related to tribal land alienation, infiltration of the non-tribals in the region, threat to the cultural identity of the tribals and involuntary migration and resettlement due to development projects. Even though they have a favourable sex ratio as compared to rest of the population and a significant amount of growth in their education, they still lack the basic facilities such as that of clean drinking water or sanitation or health facility for that matter. After 15 years of its operation as full-fledged state, the aim to stop exploitation of the tribal and providing them with adivasi ethnic distinctiveness, success still stands far away.

In this backdrop a two-day national seminar will be organized by the Centre for Study & Research in Tribal Rights at National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi on 4th & 5th September, 2015.

The objectives of the seminar are to enhance understanding of the tribal and developmental issues, social and institutional dimensions of delivering development programs in tribal areas with special reference to Jharkhand, and to identify practical approaches and methods to enhance the delivery, governance and social inclusiveness of services that are the highest priority for tribal people.

Call for Papers                         

Papers are invited from the academicians, practitioners, researchers, scholars, activists, and  Ph.D students on the issues related relevant areas of study. Abstracts would be reviewed by the organizing committee review group. It is also proposed that the selected papers by the Centre will be published in a special volume on the seminar in the form of an edited book with ISBN.


  1. Tribal Governance
    1.1. Constitutional, & Administrative Framework
    1.2. Autonomous Councils, Local Governance & PESA (including Panchayati Raj Institutions)
    1.3. Tribal Rights in Land & Forest
  2. Tribal Livelihood
    2.1. Agrarian Structure
    2.2. Working of Livelihood Structure/Sustenance
    2.3. Food Insecurity
  3. Socio-Political Issues
    3.1. Education among Tribals – Problems, Policy and Perspectives
    3.2. Malnutrition & Health status among Tribals
  4. Other Tribal related Issues
    4.1. Customary Law; Rituals and Custom
    4.2. Development of Tribal Language, Literature and Art
    4.3. Role of Private Sector & NGOs and their impact in Tribal Areas
    4.4. Public Space & Journalism in Tribal Areas 

Procedure for Participation

Interested participants are required to submit the abstract (not more than 500 words) by 30th July to email id: All abstract shall contain following informations: Name of the Author, Designation, Email id and Contact no., full corresponding address and sub – themes under which they wish to present the paper. 

Guidelines for Paper Submission

Shortlisted abstract’s author will be requested to submit full paper. Paper should not be of more than 5000 words and must be accompanied by a brief profile of the author indicating his email ID, contact number and official address. It must be typed in Times New Roman Font Size 12 on A4 size paper with 1” margin on all sides with 1.5 line spacing using MS Word. A Uniform Style of Citation must be strictly adhered to while submitting the abstracts and full paper. All the abstracts and full length papers shall be sent on email id: 

  • Last Date for Submission of Abstract: 30th July, 2015
  • Intimation for the acceptance of Abstract: 1st August, 2015
  • Last Date for Submission of Full Papers: 20th August, 2015 


After notification of acceptance for selected papers on our website or through E-mail, those willing to present their papers should submit their Registration Form along with their detailed travel plan. There is no registration fee whatsoever.

The Organizing Committee  provide  travelling allowances and hospitality including breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner (on the days of the seminar). Accommodation will be arranged by the committee for which prior information must be provided well in time in the format given in the Registration form. 

Event Organizing Committee

  • Patron:   Prof. (Dr.) B.C. Nirmal, Vice-Chancellor, NUSRL,   Ranchi.
  • Convenor: Dr. Jisuketan Pattanaik
    Mobile – +91-9437019202
  • Coordinator:  Dr. Narottam Bal
    Mobile -91-7091770097
  • Treasurer: Mr. Krishna Kumar
  • Member: Dr. Debasis Poddar
  • Member: Dr. Arabinda Sahoo
  • Member: Mr. Utkarsh Verma
  • Member: Mr. Ankur
  • Member: Ms. Sreemoyee Sarkar 
For further details or any enquiry contact:
  • Mr. Sadish Ujwal Beck, Mobile : +91-7631206675
  • Mr. Piyush Priyadarshi, Mobile : +91-9570866943