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Conference on Rural India 2019: Towards Inclusion of the Marginalized

VAF organized its second annual conference “Rural India: Towards inclusion of the marginalized” on 7th – 9th November 2019, in Pune. The conference aims to bring together researchers, policymakers, representatives of the civil society and media to discuss the important yet unattended issues facing the development sector.

Conference Themes

Scaling up of Sustainable Agriculture

Many civil society organisations as well as state have been promoting sustainable agriculture and the use of organic inputs through different schemes and programmes. This research theme aims to identify the challenges affecting the spread of sustainable farming practices and to characterise promising interventions for scaling up of sustainable farming practices.
Lessons from Bihar
Framework for scaling up of sustainable agriculture
Exploratory fieldwork in Maharashtra and Anatapur Comp
Experience from Maharastra and Sikkim
Challenges to scaling-up of sustainable farming practices in Coastal Gujarat
Zero Budget Natural Farming – Andhra Pradesh
Synthesis presentation

Commons Property Resources and Rural Livelihoods

Common Property Resources (CPR) play a crucial role in the rural economy. The focus of the theme is to explore the linkages between CPR and livelihoods in the context of changing rural landscape along with the factors affecting the dependence of rural people on CPR. This session aims to discuss the relevance of CPRs in the current context with the experience derived from multi-location studies.


The Lodhas of Singdhui, Jhargram, West Bengal – A case study of Maladjusted livelihoods
Contribution of commons-based livelihoods to economies of rural household in diara kshetras Kosi river basin
Dependencies, vulnerabilities and changing practices of groundwater access and use in Maharashtra
Evolving a methodology for People’s Commons’ Register
Rejuvenating Forest-farm ecosystem through intergenerational exchange of knowledge
Synthesis Paper

Under-Representation of Muslims in Higher Education

Muslims are often under-represented in higher education in India due to various socio-economic factors. This session aims at discussing the research findings on the causes of under-representation of Muslims in higher education and perspectives of the youth, professionals and civil society organisation leaders among the Muslim community on this issue


Status of Muslims in Higher Education Assam

Secondary analysis of educational institutional supply for education of Muslims

Change in the Levels of Educational Backwardness of Muslim Women in India

Why is Kerala Story Different

Under-representation of Muslims in Higher Education Delhi

Under Representation of Muslims in Higher Education West Bengal

Under Representation of Muslims in Higher Education Telangana

Under Representation of Muslims in Higher Education in Maharashtra and Gujarat

Synthesis paper

Welfare and Healthcare of Rural Elderly

The elderly population is one of the most vulnerable sections of our society. High burden of illness and compromised access to welfare schemes is added by neglect at the family level. This session aims to understand various problems of the elderly through evidence from different studies and discuss possible solutions


Problems of tribal elderly in Khasi Region of Meghalaya

Problems of tribal elderly in Kamrup District of Assam

A field report on Comprehensive Elderly Care Programe

Status of rural elderly in UP An exploratory study

Perspectives of elderly from vulnurable sections of Rajasthan

Towards inclusion of the marginalised elderly

Research in development sector with connection to the grassroots is limited. In order to encourage evidence based research for development, we also welcome research papers outside aforesaid themes but with high relevance to rural development.

Conference Dates:

7th – 9th November, 2019

To cite:

<Name of the authors> (2019),  <Title of the paper>, Conference on Rural India: Towards Inclusion of the Marginalized. VikasAnvesh Foundation, Pune.


Disclaimer: All the papers shared here are working draft.

Tentative Schedule:

Conference on Rural India: Towards Inclusion of the Marginalised”

Date: 7th November 2019 – 9th November 2019

Venue: BAIF Campus, Warje, Pune


Day 1

Thursday – 7.11.2019



Day 2

Friday – 8.11.2019



Day 3

Saturday – 9.11.2019

9:30 AM -10:00 AM

Registration & Tea

9:30 AM –

12:30 PM


Under-Representation of Muslims in Higher Education

9:30 AM-

10:45 AM

Rainbow Session

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Inauguration Lamp Lighting

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Tea Break

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

 Book Launch 

Farming Futures: Emerging Social Enterprises in India

12.30 PM – 1.00 PM

Poster Presentations

11:00 AM-01:30 PM

Development and Media


By India Development Review

12:00 PM -1:00 PM

Why Research for Development Work?

By Vijay Mahajan

1:00 PM-2:00 PM


1:00 PM-

2:00 PM


1:30 PM onward


2:00 PM –

5.15 PM

Parallel 1

Common Property Resources and Rural Livelihoods

Parallel 2

Scaling up of

Sustainable Agriculture

Parallel 3

Migration, Risks & Governance- Studies on Urban Exclusion and Occupational Hazards

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Parallel 3

Welfare and Healthcare of Rural Elderly

Parallel 4

Challenges faced by the Government in serving Scattered & Disenfranchised Groups


5.30 PM – 7.30 PM

Workshop on Communications

By India Development Review




Adinath Chavan

(Editor of Sakal – Agrowon)

Anshu Bhartia

(CEO, UnLtd India)

Ashok Dalwai

Ashok Dalwai

(CEO, Rainfed Farming Authority Chairperson of Doubling Farmers Income Report)

Biksham Gujja

Biksham Gujja

(Founder CEO, Agri Sri Ex-team leader in WWF-ICRISAT)

Girish Sohani

Girish Sohani

(BAIF Development Research Foundation)

John Kurien

John Kurien

(Co-founder and Director Emeritus, Centre for Learning Resources)

Maruti Chapke

Maruti Chapke

(Director, Go4Fresh, Mumbai)

Shambu Prasad

Shambu Prasad

(Coordinator, ISEED and Professor, IRMA)

Srijit Mishra

Srijit Mishra

(Director, NCDS, Bhubaneshwar)

Usha Ganesh

Usha Ganesh


Vijay Mahajan

Vijay Mahajan

(CEO Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Director, RGICS Co-Founder, PRADAN and BASIX)

Jagdeesh Rao Puppala

Jagdeesh Rao Puppala

(Chief Executive, Foundation for Ecological Security)

Purnendu Kavoori

(Professor, Azim Premji University)

Dr Geetanjoy Sahu

Dr Geetanjoy Sahu

(Associate Professor, TISS Mumbai)

V. Vivekanandan

(CEO, South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies (SIFFS))

Supported by

International Development Enterprises (India)

Conference Venue:

Conference Venue:

BAIF Campus, Mumbai-Bangalore Highway, Warje, Dr. Manibhai Desai Nagar, Pune - 411058, Maharashtra

Media Partner

India Development Review