Thursday, 24 July 2014

Announcement: National Young Sociologist Competition 2014-15

National Young Sociologist Competition 2014-15


The Department of Sociology, Christ University, Bangalore, organises an annual National Young Sociologist Competition for undergraduate students having Sociology as one of their subject. It aims to encourage the young generation to carry out small research projects on socially relevant subjects and issues to enhance their critical and analytical thinking. The Competition seeks to fulfill this aim by inviting the participants to write original papers on topics prescribed below to participate in the paper presentation competition which will be held on 12 December 2014.

Theme and Topics

The theme for the National Young Sociologist Competition 2014-15 is

Environment, Sustainability and Development
Social progress or development was the main agenda of societies for many decades in the past. Development was defined in terms of economic output or material progress and the ‘cost’ of development was never considered significant. Though we achieved longer life, higher income and more leisure time, it was accompanied by many adverse effects generated due to reckless developmental projects. The question of environmental degradation and sustainability were added later as significant dimensions of development.
Nowadays, progress and growth are inseparable from sustainable development and the balance between economic performance, well-being of people and the protection of environment is inevitable. Climate change, other environmental issues and the economic recession are increasingly affecting many people and the future of the planet. Therefore, the integration of sustainable development in all policies is even more important to tackle these problems. Not only is the concept of sustainable development a collective expression, it also implies a strong commitment and a new way of thinking, debating, deciding and acting
Sub themes
Development induced Displacement
Livelihood issues
Natural Resource Management
Waste Management


The competition is open to all undergraduate students studying Sociology as one their subjects in any of the institutions in India.

Submission Guidelines

1.      As a first step to participate in this competition all participants need to send a 300 word abstract of their paper by August 23, 2014 to:

National Young Sociologist Competition 2014-15
C/o Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences
 Christ University
Hosur Road, Bangalore–560029
Tel: 91-80-40129121

National Young Sociologist Competition 2014-15
C/o Dr Sudhansubala Sahu
Department of Sociology
Christ University
Hosur Road, Bangalore–560029
Tel: 91-80-4012 9436

2.  The abstracts should be accompanied by the contact details of participants including name, college/institution details, postal address, email address, and phone number.
3.      Participants need to enclose a bonafide certificate from the Head of their Institution and a copy of their college/university identity card along with the abstract.
4.      There is no limit to the number of entries from a single institution.
5.      All entries should be original works of the participant with appropriate references. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified.
6.      Co-authored papers will not be considered.
7.      Submitted abstracts will be screened and the authors of shortlisted abstracts will be notified by September 1, 2014.
8.      Authors of shortlisted abstracts have to submit two hard copies and the soft copy in of their full-length paper in word format to either of the above-mentioned addresses by October 15, 2014.
9.      Participants whose papers have been selected for the final presentation at Christ University, Bangalore on December 12, 2014 will be notified by November 1, 2014.
10.  Travel will be reimbursed (second class sleeper) for outstation paper presenters.
11.  Accommodation will be provided for outstation paper presenters.

Evaluation Process and Rewards

1        The entries will be evaluated by an eminent panel of judges and the authors of the ten best entries will be invited to Christ University to make a presentation and to defend their ideas in the presence of students of Humanities and Social Sciences.
2        Awards are given to the prize winners. The first prize carries Rs 10,000/-, the second Rs 7,000/-, and the third Rs 5,000/-. The conveyance expenditure of the finalists would be reimbursed as per Christ University guidelines and the finalists would receive hospitality from Christ University community.

Important Dates
August 23,  2014
 Last date for submission of abstract
September 1, 2014
Notification of shortlisted abstracts
October 15, 2014
Submission of full-length paper
November 1, 2014
Announcement of finalists for paper presentation
December 12, 2014
Final paper presentation at Christ University


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Workshop on 'Water Resource Management: A Sociological Perspective'

     A Workshop was held on July 7, 2014, on 'Water Resource Management: A Sociological Perspective'. It was conducted by the Department of Sociology. It was conducted in the afternoon in room number 105 in Central Block, Christ University.
Soulful rendition of Pyaasi
      This Workshop covered of areas such as the Sociological Relevance of Water Resource Management, Case Studies on lake pollution in Bangalore, Water Privatisation, Water Literacy, Public Health Issues, and Water Politics. The workshop commenced with a rendition of Pyaasi, a song composed by Swarathma, a Bangalore based band. This was performed by Prof. Thomas Daniel and III Semester students of Applied Sociology.
       The Introductory session was on Water Resource Management by Prof. Thomas Daniel who is an Assistant Professor from South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany. He is currently visiting Christ University. He spoke about the philosophical perspective of water resource management in a Global and Indian context. In the Indian context he mentioned the importance of water in Arts, Literature and Mythology. Further he discussed water tanks and water resources in Bangalore from a macro perspective to micro perspective.
The second speaker, Soumya, spoke on ‘Lakes of Bangalore: Case studies of lake pollution’. She examined case studies of Ulsoor, Sarakki, Agara and Chunchagatta Lakes and spoke about water related movements. The next speaker Rinzing elaborated on Water Privatisation in India in general, and Bangalore in specific, along with the issues of extracting ground water and water tankers.  The fourth speaker, Deki, gave an outline about Water Literacy. She focused on water harvesting and recharging of the water table. Next, Margaret presented on Public Health and how we can manage water resources in a judicious way. Final presentation by Tanarupa was on Water Politics. In this topic she spoke about water disputes of India like the Kaveri water dispute and Mullaperiyar issues. All the speakers were students of second year  MA Applied Sociology.
Keerthana offered the vote of thanks, by thanking Dr.Pritha Dasgupta Head of the Department of Sociology,  Dr.Victor Paul, co-ordinator of the Departments of Sociology and Social Work, Dr.Thomas Daniel, the guiding light for the event, Suparna Majumdar Kar, our Class tutor, Dr. Maya, Dr.Sudhansu Bala Sahu, Dr. Om Prakash, Dr. Shaji Isaac, and all the students of  MA Applied Sociology. The master of the ceremony was Ann Tresa Roby, the photographer was Varsha and this report has been prepared by Annie Chirayath.
The participants