The Indian Academy of Social Sciences (ISSA) shall hold the 29th session of the Indian Social Science Congress (ISSC) between December 26 and 30, 2005 under the auspices of University of Lucknow, Lucknow with a view to building science of Nature-Man-Society through intra, inter and multidisciplinary interactive appraisal, integration, discovery, development and dissemination of current research and theory in all branches of modern science including philosophy, history and linguistics in Indian Universities, colleges, laboratories and research institutes in general and in other universities of the world, in general. Research scientists and teachers of all branches of science—Social, Historical, Philosophical, Linguistics, Physical, Chemical, Biological, Medical, Agricultural, Engineering, Biotechnological, Computer and Information Technology, Ecological and Environmental, Statistical and Mathematical doing research and teaching in India or abroad are hereby cordially invited to present their research papers at and participate in the deliberations of the XXIX Indian Social Science Congress. Policy planners, social activists, field groups and educationists having scientific understanding of problems of our people too are cordially invited to present papers and participate in it.


Facing The Challenges Of Modern Civilisation is the focal theme of the XXIX Indian Social Science Congress. A note on it by the National Academic Planning Committee is given on page 9 for the consideration of all those who wish to make substantive contribution on one or other or all aspects of “Facing The Challenges of Modern Civilisation”. The deliberations on the focal theme would involve 7 plenaries, 26 Intradisciplinary Research Committees, 34 Multidisciplinary Thematic Research Committees, 10 special symposia / seminars / colloquia/ 11 Ad Hoc Group Discussion, 7-10 special/ public lectures by eminent scientists and a Task Force. Details of all these are given below:

03 Themes of the Plenaries

Eminent scholars of diverse science disciplines / fields of knowledge are invited to deliver plenary lectures on any one of the following issues:

  1. Facing The Economic And Political Challenges Of Modern Civilisation In Historical Perspective.
  2. Facing The Challenges Of Modern Civilisation To Peoples Education And Health.
  3. Facing The Challenges Of Modern Civilisation to Science And Technology.
  4. Facing The Social And Philosophical Challenges Of Modern Civilisation.
  5. Facing The Ecological And Environmental Challenges of Modern Civilization.
  6. Facing The Cultural Challenges Of Modern Civilisation.
  7. Carving Out A New Theory And Method Of A New Civilisation.

Each plenary session is multidisciplinary in character as scholars from two to three disciplines present their analytical and theoretical studies on the given theme.

04 Intradisciplinary Research Committees

There are 26 Intradisciplinary Research Committees details of which are given below. Each of these Research Committees strive to appraise, integrate, discover, develop and disseminate current research, theory and methods within them. Research scientists of respective disciplines are welcome to submit and present papers based on research or critical review of research by others in the respective committees. Each of these Research Committee shall also hold symposia/colloquia /lectures on some aspects of the focal theme, “Facing The Challenges Of Modern Civilisation”. Some sub themes have been printed in front of each of the 26 Intradisciplinary Research Committees. These are suggestive and not exhaustive. One is also welcome to write papers on the respective theme of his /her Research Committee.

Each Research Committee has a chairman, a co-chairman, a convener/co-convener and 15-25 members who are expected to formulate and implement academic programmes, process papers, record and prepare proceedings. Each Research Committee is expected to contribute to positive improvement in quality of research and teaching by holding high order of academic deliberations and bringing out good monographs / reference books in Indian languages:

Intradisciplinary Research Committees Theme

  1. Agricultural Science: Facing The Challenges of Modern Civilisation To Agriculture; Facing The Challenges of Mass Hunger
  2. Anthropology: Facing The Challenges of Modern Civilisation To Peoples and Their Cultures; Saving The Indigenous Peoples and Their Culture from Extinction
  3. Biomedical Science, Social Medicine and Community Health: Facing The Challenges of Modern Civilisation To Peoples Health And Quality of Life; Facing The Challenges of Market Forces to Medical Science Education; Facing The Radiation Hazards To Peoples Health: Role Of Radiation Biology
  4. Biotechnology: Facing The Biotechnological Challenges of Modern Civilisation
  5. Commerce: Facing The Challenges of Market Forces And WTO of Modern Civilisation To Trade And Commerce in Third World
  6. Communication and Journalism: Facing The Challenges of Modern Civilisation To Communication Media And Democratic Journalism
  7. Computer Science And Information Technology: Facing The Challenges of Information Technology of Modern Civilisation; Facing The Multilingual Challenges Of Communication To Information Technology
  8. Defence And Strategic Studies; Facing The Challenges Of Nuclear War And Mass Destruction Weapon System of Modern Civilisation; Facing the Challenges of Global And Domestic Terrorism
  9. Ecology and Environmental Sciences: Facing The Challenges of Modern Civilisation To Ecology And Environment
  10. Economics: Facing The Global and Domestic Economic Challenges of Modern Civilisation; Growth for Whom?
  11. Education: Facing The Educational Challenges of Modern Civilisation; Facing The Challenges of Mass Illiteracy
  12. Geography: Facing The Challenges Of the Modern civilization to Land-use and Geographical Information System
  13. History, Archaeology and Culture: Facing The Historical Challenges of Modern Civilisation; Facing The Challenges of Fundamentalism; Facing The Challenges to the History Education and Research
  14. Home Science: Facing The Challenges Of Modern Civilisation To Family, Home And Human Development
  15. International Relations: Facing The International Challenges of Modern Civilisation To Democratic World Order and Democratic International Relations
  16. Law and Juridical Science: Facing The Legal And Juridical Challenges of Modern Civilisation
  17. Linguistics: Facing The Challenges of Modern Civilisation To Peoples’ Languages And Dialects
  18. Management Science: Facing The WTO-Born Challenges of Modern Civilisation To Management Of Production, Production Relations And Human Relations
  19. Philosophy: Facing The Philosophical, Moral and Ethical Challenges of Modern Civilisation
  20. Political Science: Facing The Neoliberal And Fascistic Challenges of Modern Civilisation To Democratic Nation-States And Peoples’ Democracy
  21. Population Science: Facing The Challenges of Modern Civilistion to Population, Poverty, and Migration
  22. Psychology: Facing The Psychological Challenges Of Authoritarianism, Poverty of Thought And Barbarism of Modern Civilisation
  23. Science And Technology Policy Studies: Facing The Competition-based Scientific And Technological Challenges of Modern Civilisation; Peoples Science Movement
  24. Social Work: Facing The Challenges Of Market Forces And Commodification of Modern Civilisation To Social Work And Social Service
  25. Sociology: Facing The Sociological Challenges of Modern Civilisation Family, Society, caste, Class, Gender and Ethnic Divisions
  26. Statistics and Mathematics: Facing The Challenges Of Modern Civilisaiton: To Mathematics And Statistics

05 Multidisciplinary Thematic Research Committees

Code Theme
1. The Political Economy of India
2. Peasants, Agriculture, Technology & Global Market Forces
3. Survival and Growth of Small Industries and Small Producers
4. Global Capital, MNCs And Industrial Development of Third World
5. Democratic And Human Rights in Today’s Global World
6. State, Society And Peoples In Globalised World
7. Democratic Politics, Political Parties And Democratic Political Institutions
8. Ecological And Environmental Protection Movements
9. Global Market Forces, Social Policies, Welfare Programmes And Social Justice
10. Education, Skill Formation And Utilization
11. Creativity, Innovations And Discoveries
12. Social Processes And Social Structures In Globalised World
13. Peoples' Health and Quality of Life In Globalised World
14. Peoples’ Liberation Struggles And Movements For New Democratic Discrimination- Free World Order (Dalits, Tribals, Women, Artisans, Fishermen, Peasants, etc.)
15. Socio-Economic, Linguistics, Communal Conflicts And Social Violence
16. Information Technology, Mass Media And Culture
17. Social Alienation of Modern Man
18. Development of Indian Languages, Linguistic Unity And Diversity
19. Cultural Heritage: Archaeological Excavations and Preservation of Historical Monuments
20. Population, Poverty And Migration In Globalised World
21. Labour In Organized And Unorganized Sectors of Global Economy
22. Diffusion, Propagation And Communication of Science
23. Natural Resources, Bio-diversity And Geographic Information System
24. Patent Laws And Intellectual Property Rights
25. World Organizations, World Trade and Commerce (UNO, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, G-8, G-15, Regional Groups, WTO etc.)
26. Conflicts, War, Peace And Social Security In Globalised World
27. Science, Technology And Peoples' Development
28. Nation-States And Emerging Challenges
29. Imperialism, Colonialism, Neo-colonialism And Uni-polar World
30. Unity of Knowledge (Science of Man-Society-Nature)
31. Social Theory of Change And Development
32. Evolution of Man And Society
33. Rural Technology, Social Organisation And Rural Development
34. Problematique of Democratic Governance in Globalised world.