National conference on Millennium Development Goals conducted
TIRUCHI: India’s success in achieving its millennium goals by 2,015 hinges on the effectiveness of its strategies to address the persisting problems of poverty, hunger, unemployment, illiteracy and hygiene.
This observation made by speakers on Friday at the inaugural of a UGC-sponsored national conference on ‘Millennium Development Goals – A Social Science Perspective’ organised by the P.G. and Research Department of Social Work, Bishop Heber College (Autonomous) set the tone for the two-day proceedings.
Inaugurating the conference, Nainaraj, General Manager – Human Resources, Dalmia Cements (Bharat) Ltd., said there has been no sensible solution to these problems .
Though the number of universities has multiplied manifold from 25 to over 425 over the decades, the gross enrolment ratio in higher education is a dismal 10 per cent compared to 55 per cent in developed countries and 35 per cent in China.
Mankind’s biggest wealth is health and education. All citizens should be part of the development process with the thoughts: Why not India if other countries could succeed, and always aiming at better than the best, said Mr. Nainaraj.
Presiding over, Principal M. Marcus Diepen Boominathan said all nations had goals to achieve and faced problems. Development would be possible if the educated class practises what it preaches. The educated class should take active part in the development process for the betterment of the society, he said, hoping that such conferences would provide solutions.
Organising secretary J. Godwin Premsingh said the conference was conceptualised to understand how social change could be brought about through collective action.
Best paper presentation and poster presentation awards would be given separately for students, academicians and research scholars, he said.
Offering felicitations, A. Relton, Reader and Department Head, said that 152 papers with an overall focus on transforming the society would be presented through simultaneous sessions.
The themes include Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger; Universal Primary Education; Gender Equality and Empowerment; Combating HIV/AIDS; Community Development Management; Disability; and Rehabilitation Social Work.
The recommendations of the conference will be routed through the district administration to the policy makers.