IITGN to hold International conference on urban transformations, youth aspirations and education in India

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New Delhi, Updated on Feb 20, 2020 09:29 IST

The conference aims to develop an inter-disciplinary arrangement on the environment of urban transformations and the youth in India while fathoming policy dynamics in these segments.

The National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi and Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) are mutually going to hold an 'International Conference on Urban Transformations, Youth Aspirations, and Education in India' on February 20-21, 2020. The conference aims to develop an inter-disciplinary arrangement on the environment of urban transformations and the youth in India while fathoming policy dynamics in these segments. It also intends to understand the obstacles to educational access and skills provision for the youth and the limitations of rural-urban migration, social caste background, and peri-urban locations.

The Vice Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi – Bhushan Patwardhan will be the Chief Guest at the inaugural program. He is a fellow of the National Academy Sciences (India) and the National Academy of Medical Sciences (India). Moreover, he is a biomedical scientist. He has worked on various policy-making organisations including task forces of Planning Commission and National Knowledge Commission. He has also been a consultant to the World Health Organization, Geneva.

The first day of the conference will consist of a short film screening named - 'Lifelines: documenting social change in the Indian Himalayas' by Jane Dyson, Professor Anthropology at the University of Melbourne. Many researchers and professionals from India and abroad have been invited as speakers during varied sessions that will cover various subjects such as; 'Peri-urban/Small Town Youth Aspirations'; and 'Urban Landscapes: Marginality and Circulation' 'Educational Conundrums of Indian Youth'; 'Youth and Political Mobilisation'; 'Studying the Youth: Methods and Approaches'.

Postgraduate and doctoral students, senior undergraduate students, faculty and researchers in Humanities and Social Sciences from all over the country are going to take part in this global conference.

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