Thursday, November 7, 2019

VAF inaugurates conference on Rural India


PUNE: Vikas Anvesh Foundation (VAF), a Tata Trust’s initiative, organized its second annual conference on  “Rural India: Towards inclusion of the marginalized” from 7th to 9th November, in BAIF Campus at Warje, Pune.

Vijay Mahajan, Director, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Contemporary Studies, New Delhi and Founder of BASIX, a social enterprise) inaugurated the conference on 7th November followed by release of book ‘Farming Futures: Emerging Social Enterprises In India.’

Sessions on ‘Common Property Resources and Rural Livelihoods,’ Scaling up of Sustainable Agriculture,’ Migration, Risks & Governance-studies on Urban exclusion and occupational Hazards’ are organized on first day. Workshop on Communications is also organized in this conference with help of ‘India Development Review.’

Girih Sohni (President,BAIF), Shambhu Prasad (ISEED IRMAA), Anshu Bhartiya (CEO, UnLtd, Mumbai), Biksham Gujja (Promoter, AgSri, Hyderabad), Usha Ganesh (Researcher) were present on inauguration session. Vijay Mahajan talked on ‘Need for research for the developmental sector’ in his key note address.

Sanjiv Phansalkar (Director) and Ajit Kanitkar (Senior Advisor), from VAF welcomed  guests. Dignitaries like  Prof. Geetanjoy Sahu (TISS), Bishwadeep Ghosh (Arghyam), V. Vivekanandan (Ex-SIFFS), Purnendu Kavoori (APU) will participate in this conference. 

Deanna Jejeebhoy (Director- Foundation  For Equity And Wellbeing), Dr. Sharvari Shukla, (Director, Symbiosis Statistical Institute), Saraswati Padmanabhan ( Elder Spring project, Tata Trusts), Dr. Anwar Jafri and Amir Ullah Khan, Economist, Ashok Dalwai (CEO, Rainfed Agriculture Authority, Min. of Agri. & Farmers Welfare ), Prof. Srijit Mishra  (Director, NCDS, Bhubaneshwar) will participate in various sessions organized in this three days conference.

The conference is a presentation of research work done during the last one year by VAF team and associates. Conference aims to bring together researchers, policymakers, representatives of the civil society and media to discuss the important yet unattended issues facing the development sector. The research work presented in the conference has been conducted and executed in a multi-location format. Sessions in the conference includes presentations of the papers prepared by researchers; commentary by experts and views of practitioners.

The themes of research presentation sessions are Scaling up of sustainable farming practices, Common Pool Resources and rural livelihood, Under-representation of Muslims in Higher Education, Challenges faced by government in serving scattered and disenfranchised groups, Welfare and healthcare of rural elderly.


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