A constituent institute of the University of Allahabad


Two days National Conference

Social Sciences in 21st Century: Indian Intellectual Traditions

in collaboiration with

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi

March 24-25, 2018

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Two days National Seminar

Social Empowerment and Inclusion through Education: Role of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan

March 10-11, 2018

(Sponsored by Indian Council for Social Science Research, New Delhi)


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Education has always been perceived as one of the most important and critical inputs that has the capability for bringing about substantial transformation in the socio-economic and cultural aspects of the people, region and the nation. Eve r since the launching of first five year plan in the early fifties of twentieth century, greater emphasis has been placed on enhancing its coverage and scope. The launching of plethora of educational programmes in the subsequent plan periods bear testimony to the face how serious the government has been towards its commitment.

The impact of these endeavours could be summed up as a mixed one. It could be summarised as the saga of success and failures, triumph and disappointments and integration and marginalization. While success, triumph and integration were achieved in the field of enhancement of physical infrastructure, teachers’ and students enrolment, over all literacy rates; disappointment, failure, and marginalization were witnessed in the form of high levels of dropout rates of the students at the primary and secondary levels, heightening of the gender disparities, marginalization of deprived community students, dilution in the quality of education etc.

Concern of these developments, the government, on her part, appointed various committees and expert groups to look into the overall working of educational sector and suggest appropriate suggestions and interventions. Based on their recommendations, the government finally launched a very ambitious programme that is known as Sarva Siksh Abhiyaan (SSA) in the year 2001.

It is relevant to recall that prior to SSA, the country had witnessed a plethora of educational programmes that had been launched in various plan period. However, in the absence of a proper and effective guideline, these programmes often tended to criss-cross each other domain, often blunting the thrust, focus and scope. In SSA, these inconsistencies and anomalies have been adequately addressed. The programme not only aims at expediting the process of universaliation of elementary programme, but also tend to empower the principal stake holders through a host of relevant social intervention and make the people socially accountable. What has been unique about this programme has been its complete compatibility with earlier educational programmes that operated independently. Under SSA, the entire spectra of educational programmes that start with early childhood care and carry through the elementary and post elementary phase has been brought under its umbrella.

Sarva Siksha Abhiyan has now been in operation for now more than one a decade and a half. It will be interesting to see to what extent the programme has succeeded to address the issues of univerasalisation of education, gender empowerment, social equity and inclusion, social accountability, access etc. How have the interventions envisaged under SSA have performed not only in streamlining the programme but also in promoting the concept of social empowerment, social inclusion and social harmony! The sub themes of the seminar have been summarised as follows


Sub Themes

Session –I

Whether the access of vulnerable section has enhanced.

Session –II

How the implementation of MDM has promoted the concept of harmony and retention of children in the schools

Session - III

Has the empowerment of socially disadvantaged group enhanced through their participation in MDM.

Session –IV

How the functionality of SMCs has promoted the concept of social accountability.

Venue: G B Pant Social Science Institute, Jhunsi, Allahabad

Last date for the submission of Abstract: February 1, 2018

Last date for the submission of full paper: February 25, 2018

Interested participants are requested to send the abstract and later the full length paper on the seminarssa2018@gmail.com account.

Seminar Coordinator: Prof. S.K. Pant, Contact No.: 9450094811

Seminar Assistant: Sri Jai Prakash Tripathi, Contact No.: 9453461006



Lecture Series

Challenges before Indian Society

17th, 20th, 23rd and 24th January 2017

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National Seminar 

Creativity, Criticality and Social Sciences

December 10-11, 2016

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Seminar on 23-September-2016

Professor Rajen Harshe
Eminent Social Scientist
President, Board of Governors, G B Pant Social Science Institute
will give a Seminar on

Contemporary Themes in Social Sciences

In the auditorium of the Institute on September 23, 2016 at 11 am.


31st Govind ballabh Pant Memorial Lecture

Professor Nandini Sundar, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi shall deliver the 31st Govind Balllabh Pant Memorial Lecture on

The Propaganda Wars

on the Foundation Day of the Institute on September 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm in the Institute Auditorium.

This talk will look at the media coverage of the state-Maoist conflict between 2005 and 2016 and the way in which it affects the functioning of Indian democracy.


Utsav "Azaadi 70"

Institute is celebrating “Independence 70” from August 9-23, 2016. Following events shall be organized during this period.

Visit to slums of Allahabad by M. Phil. students.
Patriotic songs by MBARD students
Patriotic group song competition
Poster competition on “Yaad karo kurbani” View images
Extempore competition
Speech competition
Essay writing competiton
Quiz competition


Symposium on Premchand (31 July - 01 August 2016)




Most Marginalised Dalits: Mobilizations and Struggles for Justice

Most Marginalised Dalits: Mobilizations and Struggles for Justice
Call for Research Papers for a ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar
29-30 March, 2016

There are series of democratic struggles within Dalits by most marginalized Dalits for greater recognition and redistribution from mid of the 1990s in India. These struggles critically interrogate categories like Scheduled Caste, Dalit and Dalit Bahujans

Uttar Pradesh: An Idea

Uttar Pradesh: An Idea
Call for Research Papers
February 29 - March 1, 2016 (Postponed till further notice)

G B Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad is organizing a two day colloquium 'Uttar Pradesh: An Idea' on February 29 & March 1,2016 to understand the different undercurrents of UP. Researchers working on UP with new perspective are requested to partic

Orientation Programme for Schedule Tribe and Other Marginalized Groups

Orientation Programme for Schedule Tribe and Other Marginalized Groups
Sponsored by ICSSR-NRC, New Delhi
March 31–April 3, 2016 (Last date: March 15, 2016)

The G B Pant Social Science Institute (A Constituent Institute of the Central University of Allahabad), Allahabad is organising a Four-Day Orientation Programme on March 31–April 3, 2016 for the Research Scholars and Faculty Members belonging to ST and