Sponsoring Seminars/Conferences in India is a major strategy of ICSSR to promote social science subjects. They provide opportunities to researchers and academicians to exchange views and opinions, address and debate research questions on policy relevant issues and generate academic research output on important social problems. While the Council itself organises a few seminars, most of its support is responsive in nature where partial financial assistance is provided to academic institutions for organising national and international seminars in all social science subjects.
1.1 The broad disciplines of study, within the domain of social sciences, are:
(i) Sociology and Social Anthropology;
(ii) Political Science / Public Administration;
(iv) International Studies;
(v) Social Geography and Population Studies;
(vi) Commerce and Management;
(vii) Social Psychology;
(ix) Social Linguistics / Socio-Cultural Studies
(x) Law / International Law
(xi) National Security & Strategic Studies;
(xii) Other allied Social Science disciplines (Library Science, Social Work, Media Studies, Modern Social History, Health Studies, Gender Studies and Environmental Studies, Energy Studies, Diaspora Studies, Area Studies, Sanskrit-Society & Culture, etc.) to promote interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research.
Seminar proposals may fall under the following three categories:
1.2.1 National Seminar: The proposals should be well-conceived on themes of significant social science concerns inviting broad, interdisciplinary and national level participation. Such seminars should involve participation of scholars from within India. Preference will be given to the themes of current national and international importance with significant policy implications.
1.2.2 International Conference: The proposal should be well-planned and justify the need for the international conference on research priorities and issues with an international perspective. It should involve confirmed participation of significant number of foreign scholars as resource persons and/or paper contributors. 1.2.3 Collaborative Seminar: ICSSR also considers proposals or pro-actively seeks collaborations for joint seminars on policy-oriented/socially relevant issues with government departments or reputed research organisations with social science research orientation.
2.1 The organizing institution, to which the grant shall be released, should be from either from ICSSR research institute/institution of national importance as defined by the HRD Ministry/ University/deemed university/college recognized by the UGC. And Social Science Associations who fulfils the conditions such as (a) proper registration, (b) audited statement of accounts for last three years, and (c) life membership of minimum 100.
2.2 Regular faculty members having a Ph.D degree can apply as Convener/Co-Convener of the seminar/conference. Ph D/PDF scholars are not eligible to apply as Convener/Co-Convener. However, they can be permitted to be part of the organizing committee.
2.3 An individual applicant who had been given grant to organize National/International Seminars can apply only after a gap of one financial year.
3. HOW TO APPLY
3.1 Applications are received online throughout the year.
3.2 The applications should be submitted at least three months before the due date of the Seminar/Conference.
3.3 After submitting online application, a hard copy of the same, along with all enclosures, must be sent to: In-charge, IC Division, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067.
3.4 Seminar proposals and the final proceedings should be either in English or Hindi.
4. PROCEDURE FOR AWARD
4.1 Applications are initially scrutinised by the ICSSR Secretariat.
4.2 Thereafter the Expert Committee will select the meritorious proposals.
4.3 The recommendations of the Expert Committee are then placed before the Research Committee/Council for its final approval.
5. DURATION AND VALUE
5.1. National Seminar: Maximum upto Rs. 5 lakhs
5.2. International Conference: Upto Rs.10 Lakhs.
5.3. Collaborative Seminar: Rs. 5 to 10 Lakhs
5.4 The actual sanctioned amount will, however, depend on the quality of the proposal, importance of the theme, seminar location and number of participants as decided by the Expert Committee.
5.5 Financial Allocation The seminar organizers should send budget estimates under the following permissible heads:
( full, details can be availed at : https://icssr.org/seminarsconferencesworkshops-india )
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