National Seminar on Sustainable Development Goals: The Indian Story

St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangaluru is organising a two-day National Seminar on Sustainable Development Goals: The Indian Story in association with Indian Social Institute, Bengaluru and Indian Social Institute, Delhi on 13th & 14th February 2019 in the College.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, adopted by United Nations (UN) Member States in 2015, were a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. The SDGs recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability. Through the pledge to Leave No One Behind, countries have committed to fast-track progress for those furthest behind first. That is why the SDGs are designed to bring the world to several life-changing 'zeros', including zero poverty, hunger, AIDS and discrimination against women and girls-(UNDP).
India played a prominent role in the formulation of SDGs. The UN in partnership with NITI Aayog prepared SDG India index - Baseline Report 2018. This report while highlighting the growth trajectory, after studying 62 indicators, cannot be considered as a comprehensive representation, given the constraints posed by limited data. In 2015, it was claimed that extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990. However, one in five people live on less than $1.90 a day, while many people risk slipping back into poverty.
The Center for Budget and Governance Accountability reports suggests changes in the policy design, creating new institutions and development programmes, strengthening the institutions run by the State and local governments, ensuring monitoring and accountability in fulfilling and tracking the progress of SDGs.
Prof. Abhijit Banerjee, the Nobel laureate has questioned the growth agenda pursued by India. India’s dream of becoming a global superpower does not find coexistence with its poor social indicators. In this background, the organizers of this seminar deem it necessary to revisit and examine India’s commitment to realizing SDGs.
This national seminar is planned to bring together researchers providing collective space to discuss and look for diverse ways through high quality academic discourses, which might provide new impetus for better realization of SDGs and thus usher in changes to improve the quality of life of the poor.


  • To develop deeper understanding of SDGs in India from the perspective of the poor and the marginalized
  • To bring out experience-based and data-based analysis of progress and gaps in the realization of SDGs
  • To critically examine the relevance of various policies and programmes of government at different levels associated with SDGs
  • To analyze the impact of these policies and programmes on the marginalized communities
  • To develop indicators for measuring reach and realization of SDGs and promote alternative thinking and strategies
  • Paper Presentation & Publication
  • Interested scholars / Activists/students/ are welcome to present their papers.
  • Abstract on any SDG/s should be emailed in not more than 250 to 300 words.
  • Full paper to be only emailed in 2,500 to 4,000 words using Times New Roman 12 font size and one and half space.
  • Use American Psychological Association (APA) for reference and Bibliography.
  • Seminar proceedings will be published with ISBN.
  • Only two papers under each SDG or particular thematic area will be selected.

Important Dates

  • Last date for submission of abstracts: 18 December 2019
  • Decision on selection of abstracts: 31 December 2019
  • Last date for submission of full paper: 25 January 2020

Registration & Accommodation

  • Travelling allowance will not be provided for paper presenters
  • Shared Accommodation from 13 Feb morning break-fast to 14 Feb evening tea (for those who need)
  • Participants should send the duly filled in Registration Form, along with the registration fees.

(Bank Details: Account Name- INDIAN SOCIAL INSTITUTE, Bank - Canara Bank, Branch-Benson Town, Bangalore, Account Number- 0429101001302, IFSC Code- CNRB0000429, Swift Code- CNRBINBBLFD, MIRC- 560015007)
Nature of Participants    Registration Fee    Accommodation (For those who need)

  • Academicians     1000/-    1000/-
  • Activists/NGOs/CSOs/CBOs    750/-    1000/-
  • Research Scholars/Students    500/-    1000/-

Note: Limited scholarships are available to support board and lodge for needy selected paper presenters.

Organizing Committee
Dr. Joseph Xavier SJ, Director, ISI, Bengaluru
Rev. Dr. Praveen Martis, SJ, Principal, St Aloysius College, (Autonomous) Mangaluru
Dr. Denzil Fernandes SJ, Ex. Director, ISI Delhi

Contact persons for inquiries, sending abstracts & papers
Mr. Shujayathulla - / 9620865888
Dr Joyce Sabina Lobo - / 8105863050
Ms Shwetha Joyse Rasquinha - / 9448215481

About the Organizing Committee

St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangaluru was established in 1880. Despite its status as a minority institution, the college has imparted high quality education to all sections of society regardless of caste, color or creed. The motto of the college, “Lucet et Ardet” which means “shine to enkindle” has inspired countless students to become men and women for and with others and thus bring light and joy into the lives of people. It is for this reason that Jesuit education has become a touchstone for evolving new paradigms in higher education.


Indian Social Institute, Bengaluru, (ISI-B) was established in 1963 to contribute to nation building from a bottom-up and rights-based approach, through context-based social interventions and empowering actions. Over the last 56 years, ISI-B has been engaged in interdisciplinary action research and training of leaders among the dalit, adivasi, minority, migrant, OBC, women and other marginalized communities. It intentionally links social activism, academic discourse and practical praxis, leading to grassroots advocacy and policy changes, in partnership with like-minded organizations.


Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, (ISI-D) was established in 1951 in response to the challenges of nation-building and a new emerging social order in independent India. Over the last 69 years ISI-D has committed itself in brining social transformation through research, training and action, publication and advocacy works aimed at integral development of the marginalized communities, particularly the dalits, adivasis, women, minorities, unorganized and landless labourers in partnership with academicians, people’s movements, human rights organizations and ecological movements nationally and internationally.


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