Department of ICSSR / WRIC

Seminar on “Reading Ambedkar’s Preamble”
Panel Discussion on Understanding Pluralism and Mutual Coexistence
Research Methodology Workshop from 23rd to 28th March, 2020



The Indian Council of Social Science Research, an autonomous organisation, was established by the Government of India in 1969 and ever since, its role and functions have constantly been growing. The Council functions through a system of programme divisions at its headquarters in New Delhi and a network of six Regional Centres at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Shillong.


The Council has set up, in collaboration with respective state governments, six Regional Centres as part of its programme of decentralizing
administration and broad-basing social science research.

The Western Regional Centre was established with the approval of the Government of Maharashtra in January 1973 in collaboration with the University of Mumbai on the new campus of the University at Vidyanagari. It consists of three buildings – a wing of the Jawaharlal Nehru Library (1976), the ICSSR Hostel building (1976) and the J P Naik Bhavan (1983). The ICSSR Conference Hall is located on the ground floor of the J P Naik Bhavan.

The major objectives of the Centre are – the promotion of research in social sciences, the imparting of training in research methodology to those aspiring to undertake research and the exposure of young social scientists and researchers to the benefit of the expert knowledge of specialists not only from the western region but also from the rest of India and abroad.

Courses / Seminar / workshops


The Department of Political Science, SNDT College of Arts & SCB College of Commerce & Economics for Women, Mumbai organized a two day state level seminar on “Politics in Maharashtra: Contemporary Issues & Trends” on 18th & 19th April, 2006 in order to trace the changed socio economic and political dimensions of the political process in Maharashtra.

The Centre organized a four-day workshop on RESEARCH METHODOLOGY IN SOCIAL SCIENCES from 24th to 27th April, 2006 for teachers from colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai from Mumbai and Thane district.

The Hakara silver jubilee conference on Tribal Issues was organized on 27-28 May, 2006 by the Maharashtra Association of Anthropological Sciences, Pune.

The Centre for Social Studies, South Gujarat University, Surat organized a national seminar on “Condition of Marginal Groups In Contemporary India” from 5th to 7th July, 2006.

The S S Dempo College of Commerce & Economics organized a one day state level seminar on “An introduction to cyber crimes and cyber laws” on 9th Sept in the college premises.

The Department of Political Science of MES College of Arts & Commerce, Zuarinagar, Goa organized a state level seminar on “Gandhi in its Contemporary World” on 7th October, 2006.

A two day international to organize a conference on “Accumulation, Dispossession claims and counter claims” was organized by the Dept of Geography, Mumbai University on 12-13 October, 2006.

The Centre in collaboration with the Zulal Bhilajirao Patil College (earlier Jai Hind College), Deopur, Dhule organized a four-day workshop on Research Methodology course in Social Science at Dhule in Oct 12-15, 2006

23rd Annual conference of the Maharashtra Tattvajnyan Parishad was held at Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli on 28, 29, & 30 October, 2006.

Dr B A Gomes, Principal, Government College, Pernem, Goa organized a seminar on “Mental Health – No more in shadows” on 18th November, 2006 with an emphasis on suicides in Goa that being the theme this year of World Mental health observance by the WHO.

Mandangad College, Mandangad, Ratnagiri organized a two day state level seminar on “Sustainable Coastal Resource Development in Maharashtra” on 10-11 Nov, 2006 on the occasion of sesqui centennial year celebration of the University of Mumbai.

The national seminar on “Vocational Rehabilitation of Physically & Mentally Challenged” was organized by Prof Gautam Gawali and colleagues from the Dept of Applied Psychology, University of Mumbai on 20th November, 2006

The two day national seminar “Challenges before Dairy Cooperatives in Maharashtra” was organized by the Dept of Economics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur on 15-16 December, 2006.

Dr Harsha Merchant, PVDT College of Education, SNDT University, Mumbai organized a seminar on “Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar’s philosophy on education” on 22nd December, 2006.

Dr Shrikant Paranjpe, Dept of Defence & Strategic studies, University of Pune, Pune organized a seminar on Internal Security and the role of the state in India on 22-23 January, 2007.

Principal K Rege, Sathaye College, Mumbai hosted the XIV annual conference of the Bombay Geographical Association on Space Society Interface in Social Science Research on 24th January, 2007.

Dr Suguna Pathy, Organising Secretary, IASSH & Professor, Dept of Sociology, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat hosted the fourth All Indian conference of Indian Association of Social Sciences and Health at the Dept of Sociology from 26th to 28th February, 2007.

Dr V A Patil, Principal, Gogate College, Banda, Panval, Sawantwadi organized a two day national seminar on “Globalisation and its impact on Agriculture and Allied Industries in Konkan region” on 9th and 10th February, 2006.

The 24th Maharashtra Political Science Conference on Human Rights was hosted by Shri Shivaji Prasarak Sanstha’s Bhausaheb N S Patil Arts & Commerce College, Dhule from 16-18 February, 2007.

Dr N Y Kalyankar, Principal, Yeshwant Mahavidyalaya, Nanded had requested the Centre to organize a Research Methodology course at Nanded but due to some reasons, it was not possible during the year. Hence, he organized a workshop on “Training to aspiring Researchers in Research Methodology in Social Sciences” at Nanded on 21st February, 2007.

Prof Ashok Chousalkar, Head, Shivaji University, Kolhapur organized a national seminar on “Nation, Civil Society & State in Western India” in March, 2007.

Dr B G Nayak, Principal, Government College, Quepem, Goa organized a seminar on Replicating Best Practices in Higher Education for HRD in the month of March, 2007.

Dr Ms Harshada Rathod, Principal, Maniben Nanavati Women’s College, (SNDT Women’s University), Vile Parle, Mumbai organized a two day national level inter-disciplinary seminar on “Disaster Management – Psychological and sociological perspective” on 16-17 March, 2007.

Dr Ram Kale, Director, NYSS Institute of Management & Research, Nagpur conducted a week-long workshop on Research Methodology from 12-17 March, 2007

Name :- Dr. Dolly Sunny
Designation :- Hon. Director
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