Two-Day National Seminar on Sustainable Development in an Unequal World: Public Policy Paths 2024

The proposed seminar focuses on the intricate relationship between sustainable development, socio-economic inequality, and ecological sustainability. It critically examines the historical imbalances in development, particularly the disproportionate impact on marginalized communities. The seminar aims to explore innovative policy approaches, considering the challenges and trade-offs involved in achieving both ecological sustainability and equitable development. Emphasizing the role of public policy, it encourages participants to present papers on emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities, fostering a multidisciplinary discussion on creating a more equitable and resilient global society.

  • Abstract deadline
  • March 25, 2024
  • Abstract
  • 250-300 words
  • Final Submission of Papers
  • May 20, 2024
  • National Seminar Date
  • June 5-6, 2024

About Us

ISEC Bangalore

Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), is a reputed institution established in 1972 by the visionary Prof. V K R V Rao, conducting interdisciplinary research, training, and policy dissemination in social sciences, simultaneously assisting central, state and local governments by providing advice-based on policy-related studies.

The main objectives of the Institute summarily stated are to:

  • Undertake pure and applied research in social sciences encompassing all aspects of a developing society in an interdisciplinary framework.
  • Assist central, state and local governments by providing advice based on policy-related studies.
  • Undertake regular training of doctoral students and teachers in universities and colleges, and for the officials and political functionaries, particularly at local levels.
  • Maintain a documentation and data centre in social sciences.
  • Take all measures within the competence of the Institute for the promotion of pure and applied research in social and economic development and change.
  • Assist the multilateral organisations such as the World Bank,Asian Development Bank, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and ILO in undertaking research and training programmes.
  • Collaborate with universities, research institutions and the nongovernmental organisations (NGO) in the region in improving the quality of research and training.


Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), an Institution of Eminence Deemed to be University, is a self-financing higher educational institution that started its operations in 1953 by establishing the first self-financing medical college as Public Private collaboration model. Over the years various institutions have been added and finally, in June 1993, this group of institutions have been declared as a Deemed to be University by the Govt. of India. Its excellent track record in academics, infrastructure, and research contributions and its standing in the national and international rankings, culminated in it being declared as an Institution of Eminence Deemed to be University (IoE) by the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India, in October 2020.

The Bengaluru campus offers programmes in Regenerative Medicine, Engineering, Art & Design, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Law, Management and Public Policy.

The Department of Public Policy (DPP) at MAHE-BLR off-campus was established to cater to the growing educational needs of new-age courses in public administration and management Public Policy in the country. The department was established in August 2022 and began offering the programme in public policy in August 2023. The Department offers full-time postgraduate and doctoral research programs. DPP envisions to be a policy hub looking closely at the nexus between society, economy, environment, technology, and governance through policy making and advocacy. Through academic and research programs DPP hopes to influence policy decisions to bring about positive policy outcomes imbibing SDGs.

IIPA Karnataka chapter

Indian Institute of Public Administration, equips public servants with knowledge and skills for effective governance, collaborating with national and international organizations. The main objectives of the Institute summarily stated are to:

  • To promote and provide for the study of Public Administration and economic and political science with special reference to public administration and the machinery of government and educational purposes incidental thereto.
  • To undertake, organise and facilitate study courses, conferences and lectures and research in matters relating to public administration and the machinery of government.
  • To undertake and provide for the publication of journals and of research papers and books to impart training in and promote the study of public administration.
  • To establish and maintain libraries and information services to facilitate the study of public administration and spreading information in regard thereto.
  • To constitute or cause to be constituted Regional Branches at convenient centres in India to promote the objects of the society.
  • To cooperate with approved institutions and bodies for the purposes of helping the cause of public administration.
  • To create an enabling environment for the development and management of human resources of the government for social justice and economic development.

About the National Seminar


The seminar seeks to foster a collaborative environment where diverse perspectives converge to address the pressing challenges of our time. It aims to inspire actionable solutions for a more equitable and sustainable world by bridging the gap between theory and practice.

Need or scope

To explore innovative policy approaches to reconcile sustainability with socio-economic equality. Examine case studies and best practices illustrating successful integration of sustainable development and inequality reduction. Discuss the role of technological advancements, global inequalities, and socio-cultural transformations in shaping future policy directions. Encourage multidisciplinary dialogue among scholars, students, and practitioners to envision a more equitable and resilient society.

Participant List

EN1Environmental SustainabilityAgricultural Sustainability in India: Balancing Energy, Emission, and PolicyJuhi Singh
EN2Environmental SustainabilityThe Politics of Sustainable Development/GoalsAlok Aditya
EN3Environmental SustainabilityTowards Industrial Modernity or Ecological Post-Modernity: Quo Vadis India?Anil Kumar V.
EN4Environmental SustainabilityAssessing the Journey towards Sendai Framework Goals: Insights from Lower Middle Income CountriesAbina V.P
EN5Environmental SustainabilityAssessment of scale of threats to blue carbon ecosystems to achieve the goals of SDG 14Aditi Ghosh
EN6Environmental SustainabilityDoes participation in non-farm activities contribute to farm production-based environmental pollution? Insights from Semi-arid and Eastern regions of India.Anviksha Drall
EN7Environmental SustainabilityRole of glaciers in preserving the sustainability of high altitude ecosystems of Himalayas: A case study in the Baspa basin, Kinnaur district, HPArya A R
EN8Environmental SustainabilityEmbracing Eco-conscious Consumption: Exploring the Organic Food Products Purchase IntentionsAshish Ashok Uikey
EN9Environmental SustainabilityThe Role of Railways in Mitigating Climate Change: A Study of India's Railway Electrification ProgrammeChitresh Shrivastva
EN10Environmental SustainabilitySustainable Management of Urban Infrastructure and services in peri-urban areas of Indian citiesAnurima Mukherjee Basu
EN11Environmental SustainabilityBreaking Barriers: Empowering Women for Sustainable DevelopmentBasil Hans V.
EN12Environmental SustainabilityClimate Change and Sustainability: Understanding India's Coastal StatesGeethu Paul
EN13Environmental SustainabilityEnvironmental Justice In India : Fostering Inclusivity in Climate Change Policies Anuvinda Namboodiri
EN14Environmental SustainabilityCommunity-based Payments for Ecosystem Services: Fostering Agency and Resilience for Sustainable DevelopmentNaveen Isarapu
EN15Environmental SustainabilityClimate change and Societal Impact: A study of the Environmental landscape of Guwahati, AssamDarathi Kalita
EN16Environmental SustainabilitySustainable packaging startups – assessing their profile Amrin Fakih
EN17Environmental SustainabilityDeterminants of Household Water Efficient Technology Adoption and its Implication for Demand Side Management PoliciesS. Ashwin Ram
EN18Environmental SustainabilityESG and the carbon market maze :A recipe for greenwashingSoomrit Chattopadhyay
EN19Environmental SustainabilityRelationship between Industry and Environment in Indian Manufacturing Industries: An Interlinkage through Sustainable Development GoalsTiyasa Mishra
EN20Environmental SustainabilityESG Investments and Scoring of Corporates: Is it Real Investment or Window-DressedVishweswarsastry V N
EC1Economic Sustainability Inequality of Quality of Wage Employment and Decent Work Deficit among the Marginalised Communities in IndiaReimeingam Marchang
EC2Economic Sustainability An inclusive Study on Various Sustainability Challenges Faced by the Traditional Farmers in Kannur District, KeralaSajimon, P.P.
EC3Economic Sustainability Cost-Effectiveness Evaluation of Public and Private Healthcare Systems in India among Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus patientsAjit Kumar Jaiswal
EC4Economic SustainabilityBalancing Growth and Green: Harnessing Carbon Tax for Sustainable Economic Development in IndiaAsha Mary Reji
EC5Economic SustainabilityStrengthening the Green Ecosystem in Karnataka for a Green Economy: An Exploratory Study Assessing the Role of Green Skills, Employment and Entrepreneurship Amrutha Girish
EC7Economic SustainabilityLivelihoods of Baiga Tribe: An Anthropological Study from Central IndiaKasi Eswarappa
EC8Economic SustainabilityImpact of Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program on enterprise sector: a study on micro enterprises registered under DICs in Belagavi district of Karnataka.Hanumant Bhajantri
EC9Economic SustainabilityFinancial Inclusion, Gender and Inclusive Development Meenakshi Rajeev
EC10Economic SustainabilityHow Sustainable are Kerala's Redistributive Public Expenditure Policies?Megha Susan Philip
EC11Economic SustainabilityUnveiling the gender disparities in Indian agriculture: Assessing limited and extended perspectives of feminisation of agricultureMunna Rabha
EC12Economic SustainabilityRegional Disparity in Health Deprivation: A Study for major states of IndiaPriyabrata Sahoo
EC13Economic SustainabilityUnited Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Bridging the Artificial Intelligence Divide for a Less Unequal WorldShobhna Kunwar
EC14Economic SustainabilitySustainable Development and Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesProf. Jayasheela
SC1Social SustainabilityBeyond Economic Growth: Prioritising Social SustainabilitySanjay M
SC2Social SustainabilityPrecautionary Principle and Sustainable Development in India: A ReviewPavan V
SC3Social SustainabilityWomen Empowerment Initiatives and Health Progress: A comparative Analysis of States in India.Aboobacker T P
SC4Social SustainabilityRole of Gram Panchayat in the Empowerment of Santal Tribal Women: An Empirical Study from West BengalKasi Eswarappa
SC5Social SustainabilityA Gandhian Manifesto for Sustainable Development D. Jeevan Kumar
SC6Social SustainabilityNavigating challenges faced by women while commuting in an urban city: Sentiment Analysis ApproachMeghna Verma
SC7Social Sustainability IBSA Trust Fund and Sustainable Development in the SouthShraddha Naik
SC8Social SustainabilityThe 'End' of Manual Scavenging in India: Its Institutional forms and Practices Sudeep Basu
SC9Social SustainabilityLand Acquisition: A Legal Labyrinth to India's solar energy transition - The Case of Andhra Pradesh.Mahi Chandana Kuruba
SC10Social SustainabilityA gendered malady:An account of women sanitary workers at KatwaAbdul Sakil
SC11Social SustainabilityBeyond Pedagogy: Assessing the Impact of the SLATE Project on Government School StudentsMaria Anto Padinjarekara
SC12Social SustainabilityArtificial Intelligence and Sustainable Development: A Communication Rights PerspectiveSandeep Theophil
SC13Social SustainabilityAn empirical study documenting experiences of women living in slums and ensuring sustainable food security for their households during COVID-19 lockdowns in Gujarat Shabnam
SC14Social SustainabilityMiniscule Men in Family PlanningShraddha Bhatia
SC15Social SustainabilityThe Role of National Programme for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in IndiaUma Giddappa
SC16Social SustainabilityUpcycled Food: Shifting Perceptions of Waste Praveen Kumar
SC17Social SustainabilityDevelopment induced Rehabilitation of Slums in Bengaluru : tracing Gender Sensitivity and AgencyK.C. Smitha
SC18Social SustainabilityNavigating challenges faced by women while commuting in an urban city: Sentiment Analysis ApproachMeghna Verma

Core Committee

Dr. V Anil Kumar

Professor and Head, Centre for Political Institutions, Governance and Development Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru

Dr. D Jeevan Kumar

Secretary, Indian Institute of Public Administration, KRB

Dr Harini Santhanam

Associate Professor and Head, Department of Public Policy, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru

Dr. Prashant C

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru

Dr. K C Smitha

Assistant Professor, Centre for Political Institutions, Governance and Development Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru

Dr. Priyanka Saharia

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru

Advisory Committee

Dr D Rajasekhar

Institute for Social and Economic Change

T M Vijay Bhaskar

IAS (Retd.) Chairman,
Indian Institute of Public Administration, KRB

Prof. Madhu Veeraraghavan

Pro Vice Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru

Dr. Raghavendra Prabhu

Deputy Registrar, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru


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Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Bangalore Campus), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.