Book Online Tickets for International Conference on Society, Tec, Kochi. Aims and Scope of the ConferenceDepartment of Social Work, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus and School of Social Work, the University at Buffalo, State University of NewYork are pleased to announce the First Annual International Conferen

International Conference on Society, Technology & Sustainable Development, June 3rd to June 5th, Kochi, Kerela


About The Event

Aims and Scope of the Conference

Department of Social Work, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus and School of Social Work, the University at Buffalo, State University of NewYork are pleased to announce the First Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development. The conference will be held at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, India onJune 3-5, 2011, which also commensurate with the World Environment Day.

The conference will focus on the crucial interfaces and dynamics of sustainable development with respect to indigenous practices and technology. It envisages exploring the opportunities and challenges in addressing sustainability through the integration of indigenous culture with present day policies, practices, and technology. We invite contributions that integrate the above dimensions from academicians, practitioners, government and non-governmental organizations and research scholars from India and abroad. Contributions are invited in the form of oral presentations and poster presentations. The conference also has facilities towards virtual presentation of accepted papers, in case the presenters are unable to attend due to funding or time constraints. We also believe that virtual presentations are green and could reduce our carbon footprint.

Tentative Schedule

8.00 – 9.00 AM

On-spot Registration

9.00 – 10.15 AM

Inaugural Ceremony

10.15 – 10.30 AM

Tea Break

10. 30AM – 11.30 AM

Keynote address

11. 30 AM – 1.30 PM Venue:  Amriteswari Hall

Plenary Session – I  Indigenous Practices, Technology And Policy Implications.
Session Chair:  Dr. Nancy J. Smyth, Dean and Professor, School of Social Work, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Mr. Satprem Maini, Director, Auroville Earth Institute & UNESCO Chair Earth Architecture – Representative for Asia, “Stabilised Earth Technologies for an Endogenous Sustainable Development”

Dr. Ram Bhooj, Program Specialist, UNESCO, “Transitions In Environmental Governance: Evolving Global Partnerships For Local Action”

Dr. V.K.Damodaran, Vice-Chairman, Energy Management Centre Kerala, “Finding Enough to meet the Needs of All, through the emerging Renewable Energy Technologies and Efficient use of Energy”

Mr. A. V. Balasubramanian, Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems, “Revitalising Traditional Indian Sciences and Technology for Sustainable Development”

Dr. David A. Patterson and Dr. Catherine Dulmus, SUNY Buffalo, “Indigenous Systems In Transition: Health And Traditional Societies In The United States”

1.30 – 2.30 PM


2.30 – 4.15 PM
Venue: Amriteswari 
Venue: Karthika Hall Hall   

Parallel Session 1 : Cities, Urbanisation and Built Environment
Session Chair: Mr. Satprem Maini

Parallel Session 2 : Spirituality in Sustainable Development
Session Chair: Dr. Murali Vallabhan

4.15 – 4.30

Tea Break

4.30 – 6.00 PM 
Venue: Amriteswari Hall

Panel Discussion 1: Transition in Health Care Services and its Implication on Sustainable Development: Relevance of the Aims Model 
Facilitated by Dr. Prem Nair and AIMS team

6.15 – 7.15 PM

Cultural Event

7.15 – 9.00 PM

Banquet Dinner

Day 2: 4th June 2011 Saturday

9.00 – 11.00 AM
Venue: Amriteswari Hall

Plenary Session – II     Ethics and Education in Sustainable Development
Session Chair: Dr. Catherine Dulmus, SUNY Buffalo
Prof. Nava Subramaniam, Director, Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations, Faculty of Business & Law, Deakin University, Australia, “Strengthening Corporate Governance Through The Knowledge Systems Approach: Some Reflections On Sustainability.”

Dr. R Parthasarathy, NIMHANS, “Spirituality In Sustainable Development: Introspecting Modern Life Styles And Mental Well-Being”

Dr. L.S.Ganesh, Professor, Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras, “Re-Thinking Education For Sustainable Development: Exploring Possibilities Through Systems Thinking”.

Dr. Murali Vallabhan, NSS College Vazhoor, “Eco-spirituality and the Divine Capital”

Ms. Laura Lewis, SUNY Buffalo, “Creating Effective International Field Partnerships For Sustainable Development”.

11.00 – 11.15 AM

Tea Break


11.15 -  1.15 PM

Parallel Session 3: Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development
Venue: Karthika Hall                                         Session Chair: Dr. Ram Bhooj

Parallel Session 4: Education for Sustainable Development
Venue: Amriteswari Hall                                  Session Chair: Dr. Murali Vallabhan

1.15 – 2.15 PM



2. 15 – 4.15 PM

Parallel Session 5: Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology
Venue: Karthika Hall                        Session Chair: Dr. R. Harikumar (SEEM / CESPA Representative)

Parallel Session 6: Community Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction
Venue: Karthika Hall                                           Session Chair: Dr. Johny Augustine

4.15 – 4.30 PM

Tea Break

4.30 – 6.00 PM

Panel Discussion 2 :Reaching Out To The Unreached: Developing A Multi-Stakeholder Partnership To Address Energy Crisis In Rural India
Facilitated by Mr.Pravin Patkar and SEEM Team

Day 3: 5th June 2011, Sunday

9.00 – 11.00 AM
Venue:  Amriteswari Hall

Plenary Session III: Institutions, Actors and Practices in Sustainable Development
Session Chair: Dr. Sunil D S
Mr. Pravin Patkar, Prerana, “Food Security and Sustainable Development: From Where Do We Begin and Which Road to Choose?”

Dr. Johny Augustine, Saint Ambrose University, “Disaster Risk Reduction: Best Practices In Strengthening Community Resilience”.

Dr. Paul Harrison, Deakin University, “Living a Good Life, Living a Nice Life: The Struggle to Consume Ethically”

Mr. Mahesh Kamble, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, “Good Governance And Sustainable Development: A Narrative On Emerging Trends In Social Action”

Dr. M. Aravindakshan, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, “Sustainable Waste Management: A Case Study on the Amrita Experience of Liquid Waste Management”

11.00 – 11.15 AM

Tea Break

11.15 – 1.15 AM

Parallel Session 7: Food, Water and Sustainable Livelihoods
Session Chair: Mr. Mahesh Kamble


Parallel Session 8: Gender and Sustainable Development
Session Chair: Ms. Laura Lewis, SUNY Buffalo

1.15 – 2.00 Pm



2.00 – 4.00 PM

Parallel Session 9: Good Governance, Collective Action and Sustainable Development
Venue: Amriteswari Hall                                  Session Chair: Dr. Filomen Critelli

Parallel Session 10: Indigenous Systems in Sustainable Development
Session Chair: Dr. David A. Patterson

4.00 – 4.15 PM

Tea Break

4. 15 – 5.15 PM

Business Meeting + Discussions on the Outcomes of ICSTSD 2011: 
Venue: Amriteswari Hall

Special Session: Opportunities and Prospects for Higher Education at the University at Buffalo, SUNY
Venue: Karthika Hall        Session Coordinator: Kathryn Kendall, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment, SUNY Buffalo

5.30 – 7.00 PM


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