Sonapur College to host seminar on indigenous communities of Northeast

Sonapur College is organizing a seminar on indigenous communities of Northeast India on October 13-14. The ICSSR-NERC sponsored two-day seminar on the topic ‘Indigenous communities of North East India: Issues and challenges towards sustainability’ will be organized in partnership with Don Bosco University. The News Mill is the exclusive online media partner for the event.

“The purpose of the seminar would be to initiate a discourse on the sustainability of the indigenous communities of the region. This, we believe, would go a long way towards disseminating the ideas generate during the academic deliberations,” said a communiqué issued by the college and signed by principal Devabrot Khonikar.

Interested candidates can participate in a variety of sub themes which includes indigenous tribal groups of Northeast, land rights, folklore and literature, religious practices, gender issues, customary laws, demography and other relevant issues concerning the indigenous communities of Northeast India. The last date of abstract submission is September 20 and the last date for full paper submission is September 30.

Interested candidates can contact IQAC coordinator Biman Patowary at [email protected] for further details.

It was informed that the selected papers of the seminar will be published in a book form with ISBN and the same will be released on the inaugural session of the seminar.

Dipjyoti Deka and Mridusmita Mahanta of the English department of Sonapur College are the conveners for the event.

“Indigenous communities all over the world are facing multi dimensional intimidation and grossly deprived of participation in local, national and international processes that directly or indirectly affect their communities. Their economy, identity and cultural and spiritual values are closely linked to biological diversity and natural ecosystems. However securing their basic human rights, their rights to their lands and their access to the natural resources are increasingly affected by external factors,” the communiqué further added highlighting the grievances of the indigenous communities.

Sonapur College, established in 1991, is a general degree college situated at Sonapur, in Kamrup district, Assam. This college is affiliated with the Gauhati University. The college offers different bachelor degree courses in arts and science.

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