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Transforming India 2030 Strategies for Sustainable Development Goals.

Transforming India 2030: Strategies for Sustainable Development Goals.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FoHSS), Symbiosis International University (SIU) is organising a two-and-a-half-day international conference titled, “Transforming India 2030: Strategies for Sustainable Development Goals”, scheduled for the 15th, 16th and 17th February, 2017 at the Symbiosis International University, Pune, Maharashtra, India. 

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets were adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Summit in September 2015. The conference will focus on seven select goals, the associated targets and the issues & challenges that need to be addressed in to put our world on an inclusive, equitable and sustainable path.

If India is to achieve the SDGs, the next 15 years are going to be decisive. There is a need for a constructive approach to fortify both development and democracy, engaging citizen bodies, research institutes and varying levels of governance, allowing development to work its way from bottom up. As an educational institute of high repute and prestige, through this conference we hope to come out with definitional tools and measures to prepare India for this journey towards optimising the lives of Indian citizens.

We invite papers across the following themes:

Poverty and Inequality: (including but not limited to) 

  • Strategies for poverty alleviation
  • Reduction in vulnerability via access to basic services viz. housing, sanitation, safe drinking water and healthcare
  • Financial inclusion – Microfinance and financial services
  • Social protection policies (minimum wages, old age pensions)

Education and Gender: (including but not limited to) 

  • Education policy and legislation
  • Inclusive Education- (gender parity, affordability, disabilities)
  • Models of economic inclusivity
  • Quality of Education (teacher quality & training etc.) 
  • Gender equality of labour and work 
  • Vocational Education & Skill development

Sustainable Cities: (including but not limited to) 

  • Urban Governance and Policies 
  • Urban Finance and Infrastructure
  • Strategies to address vulnerability (ecology, environment, disaster management and climate change)
  • Civic Innovation and citizenry
  • Institutional capacity and capabilities for addressing the urban woes 

Jobs and Economic Growth: (including but not limited to) 

  • Strategies for broad based employment oriented economic growth – entrepreneurship, SMEs, renewed role of Public Sector Undertakings, etc.
  • Strategies to enhance productivity– R&D, innovations and formalisation of informal employment 
  • Targeting sectors and policies with potential for job creation

Partnership for the Goals: (including but not limited to) 

  • Resource mobilization – domestic and through enhanced international support (toachieve the target of 0.7 per cent of ODA/GNI to developing countries, including debt financing and investment promotion)
  • Technology sharing and capacity building- enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional cooperation (with respect to science, technology and innovation and enhanced knowledge sharing – ensuring environmentally sound technology dissemination and diffusion) 
  • Rule based Trade Promotion (enhancing share of LDC’s exports by 2020)
  • Systemic issues (Policy and institutional coherence, Multi-stakeholder partnerships, Data, monitoring and accountability)

Extended abstracts of not more than 1500 words are welcome from prospective contributors highlighting purpose/objective(s), data and design/methodology/approach, and findings (if any). The contributors are to mention the sub-theme of the conference to which their paper belongs. After a thorough evaluation of the abstract decision about its acceptance will be notified following which the contributors are to submit full length papers.

The authors are requested to abide by the following deadlines.

Deadline for Submission of abstracts   

31st October,2016

Communication of acceptance of abstracts

20th November,2016

Deadline of submission of full paper

16th January, 2017

Commencement of Registration

21st  November, 2016

Registration Fee and Other Details:





INR 6000



INR 7000


Doctoral Fellows /Students

INR 1500


All communications related to the seminar are to be made at the following e-mail:

Template for Extended Abstract:

[Tile of the Paper]
[Name of Author(s), Designation and Affiliation] (the corresponding author must be mentioned)
[Data and Design/methodology/approach]
[Findings, if any]

  • The entire abstract should be in Times New Roman.
  • The title of the abstract should be of 14 pt size and bold. The rest of the abstract should be in 12 pt size.
  • Name(s) of author(s) should be in bold and the designation(s) in italics (unbold) with a clear mention of corresponding author in bracket.
  • Heading of the sections like Purpose/Objective(s), Data and Design/methodology/approach, and Findings (if any) should be in bold.  

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