The Department of Social Work, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus, in collaboration with the School of Social Work, State University of New York at Buffalo organized the First Annual International Conference on Society, Technology and Sustainable Development during June 3-5, 2011 at the Health Sciences campus in Kochi.

The conference focused on the crucial interfaces and dynamics of sustainable development with respect to indigenous practices and technology. It envisaged exploring the opportunities and challenges in addressing sustainability through the integration of indigenous culture with present day policies, practices, and technology.

The interdisciplinary conference has knowledge partnership with UNESCO India, the Center for Sustainable and Responsible Organizations, Deakin University and the Society for Energy, Engineers and Managers (SEEM).

A total of 17 invited talks and 35 research paper presentations covered different dimensions of sustainable development with implication for policy making, research, planning and grassroots level implementation.

A number of international participants represented Deakin University (Australia), University of Asia-Pacific (Bangladesh), University of Johannesburg (South Africa), Swineburne University of Technology (Australia), Saint Ambrose University (United States), and State University of New York, University at Buffalo (United States). In addition, national level participants came from many institutes of excellence which included IITs, NITs, TISS, JNU, etc.

Authors and speakers representing all sectors of society elaborated on pressing issues like renewable energy, global warming and waste management.

Friday, June 3, 2011 - 09:30
ICSTSD ‘11 was inaugurated by Dr. M. K. Muneer, Honorable Minister for Panchayats and Social Welfare, Govt of Kerala. In his inaugural address, Chief Guest, Dr. M. K. Muneer mentioned Amrita’s initiative to develop a new generation of high quality and low-cost insulin pumps. Dr. Shantikumar Nair, Dean-Research, Amrita University, and recipient of the prestigious National Research Award 2011, in his key-note speech, provided an overview of the potential of nanotechnology in helping solve the most pressing problems of humanity, as defined by the UN Millennium Development Goals. A soul-...
Friday, June 3, 2011 - 11:30
Explaining the sustainable significance of India’s ancient knowledge in the modern world, A.V. Balasubramanian, Director, Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems, spoke onRevitalizing Traditional Indian Science and Technology for Sustainable Development. Balasubramanian detailed India’s medical traditions which include Shastriya Parampara (classical knowledge) and Lok Parampara (folk knowledge). Analyzing India’s traditional medicine and modern science, he emphasized that the traditional system is constant and unchanging, whereas contemporary medicine is continuously revised. ...
Friday, June 3, 2011 - 11:30
Traditional knowledge of tribal people living in different parts of India was a key theme in several paper presentations at the conference. Dr. Rajesh Bowmik from Tripura University, in his presentation titled Tribal Artisans and Indigenous Practices with Special Reference to North Eastern Regionexplored the timeless arts and crafts of tribal people, especially basket weaving. In another paper titled, Thinking Beyond Participatory Tribal Development in Kerala: An Experience of Kadar Community presented by Maya M., Department of Sociology, Loyolla College of Arts and...
Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 12:30
The valedictory session discussed the scope of future conferences, building multi-stake holder partnerships, and also taking up projects in the respective partner institutes to better understand and share best practices in sustainable development. Dr. S. Krishnamoorthy, Registrar, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham addressed the audience and highlighted the importance of such a conference and acknowledged the role of partner institutions in sustainable development. The follow up thoughts were summarised and shared by Prof. Pravin Patkar, Dr. Paul Harrison and Dr. David Patterson.
Event Details
2011-06-03 09:30 to 2011-06-05 16:00