An initiative of Prof. (Dr.) Balvinder Shukla, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Amity University, UP
Course offered by Amity Institute of Social Sciences to students across Institutions at AUUP since 2014-15. They earn a credit while learning.
Students engaged in Tree Plantation
Education for underprivileged
Amity institute of social sciences conducted a seminar on the topic “Gender Social Change and Development:Challenges in Indian Society”. The speakers of the seminar were Ms. Vijikka Pandey Singh who is an Assistant Professor at Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, Delhi University and Dr. Pradip Kumar Parida who is an Assistant professor at IIPA.
Our HOI, Professor Dr. Nirupama Prakash Mam, also joined us for the seminar. She has addressed us all with her warm words. Also, Dr. Shruti Singh Mam and Dr. Rakesh Rai sir were constantly supporting us throughout the seminar. Ms. Vijikka started the seminar by showing a short clip on gender and development which highlighted about the concept of what is gender and how is it Further, Dr. Pradip Kumar Parida spoke about “an analysis of tribal movement in the context of Social Movement in India.” He stressed on the definition of tribes: A tribe is viewed, developmentally or historically, as a social group existing before the development of, or outside of, states. A tribe is a group of distinct people, dependent on their land for their livelihood, who are largely self-sufficient, and not integrated into the national society. He stressed on the problems and kinds of challenges faced by the tribal people. He pointed out that tribal people also belongs to India only. By giving example he makes us realize tribal people feel lonely when they are being migrated to other places. For instance, if one of the north eastern students is studying in Delhi, his parents will say like I have sent my son to India for study. This shows that tribal people feel excluded from India and a sense of alienation arises deep within. But in actual they are also the people of our country. State belongs to us. And hence, we are all citizens of our country. Thus, tribal people also need land every part of natural resources for their existence and survival. He very rightly said that from birth till the death people are only fighting for land, water and forest. He also mentioned about some impacts of “Displacement”. Also, he said that though there is diversification, there are developmental policies but it is not reaching to grass root level. So developmental model need to be properly implemented.
In the end, Dr. Shruti Singh delivered the Vote of Thanks at the seminar. This seminar was a great success for all the students as everyone have learned about the concept of gender and social change and development and enhancedtheir knowledge and sensitized to the human values of inclusiveness in society.
Amity Institute of Social Sciences (AISS), Amity University Noida held a seminar on 22nd March, 2018 under the theme “Emerging Challenges in Sociology and the role of Values in Contemporary India.” The seminar was conducted at A Block Auditorium from 2 o’clock onwards. It was organized, arranged and conducted by the students and the faculty of the department of Sociology. The seminar started by the lighting of the lamp by the various faculties and speakers present for the conference. The prominent people present at the seminar were Dr. Sheetal Sharma (Asst Professor, JNU), Dr. M.S. Garrimella (Asst. Professor, South Asian University), Dr. Nirupama Prakash (Director, AISS), Dr. Shruti Singh and Dr. Rakesh Rai. Dr. Sheetal Sharma and Dr. M.S. Garrimella were the speakers for the seminar.
The program was chaired by Serllyn and Tanisha. Dr. Shruti Singh and DrNirupama Prakash gave brief introductions about the theme and the subject of Sociology in general and also introduced the two speakers to the congregation. DrSheetal Sharma was the first speaker. Her speech mainly included the moral values, the changes taking place in the modern society due to technology and also talked about women empowerment. It included the way of lifestyle, the position of women in the society and views regarding empowerment of women. A brief introduction about how Sociology as a distinct discipline emerged, the causes and the reasons behind the emergence of the subject. Sociology, in her words, emerged during the dark ages of the European history in the 18th century.
Dr. M.S. Garimella was the other speaker whose speech brought into the attention of the congregation about the marginalization of the minority section of the society. She took instances and incidents about the society in relation to the law making body and the governing institutions and how the power is misused. The problems about representation of the minority in the governing bodies and why they are not given proper opportunities was also said. The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Rakesh Rai, faculty of Sociology dept. When all was said and done, both the speakers and the congregation were satisfied by the seminar which is a positive thing to see. Dr. Garimella ended the seminar by a simple question to everyone present in the seminar, ‘Right to Education’ or ‘Right to School’?