Prof. B. Panda

Sociology Department

Designation: Professor

Qualifications:

  • M. A.  M.Phil. (University of Hyderabad)
  • Ph.D. (Indian Institute of Technology, IIT, Kanpur)

Areas of Interest:

Sociology of Development, Third Sector Organisations, Civil Society, Social Movements, Migration

Experience: 17 Years

Award:

Awarded Professor Radha Kamal Mukherjee Memorial Award for Young Social Scientists for the presentation of paper at the XXI Conference of the Indian Social Science Association, held on October 28-30, 2001.

Research Projects

  1. Role of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in Promoting Socio-Economic Development: A Study of SHGs in Meghalaya (UGC-SAP-DRS III)
  2. Role of International NGOs in promoting Development: A case study of two International NGOs (UGC-SAP-DRS III)
  3. Aged and Their Problems: A Sociological Study (UGC-SAP-DRS III)
  4. The Lives of Older People and Changing Social Roles (UGC-SAP-DRS-III)
  5. Socio-Economic Importance of Village Markets: An Empirical Exploration (UGC-SAP-DSA I)
  6. Problems and Prospects of Handicrafts in the Era of Globalisation: A study of Handicrafts in Odisha (UGC-SAP-DSA I)
  7. The Role and Significance of Social Capital for Entrepreneurship: An Empirical Exploration (UGC-SAP-DSA I)

Publications

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Book:

  • Civil Society, Voluntary sector and Social Transformation in India (ed.) 2014 Eastern Book House, Guwahati

In Journals and Edited Books:

  • Socio-Cultural Consequences of Tribal Migration: The Banjara in Hyderabad City, The Eastern Anthropologist, Vol.55, No.4, 2002, 337-349.
  • Review of Human Rights and Poverty Eradication: A Talisman for the Commonwealth, a report by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Delhi, Seminar, 512, April, 2002, 69-70.
  • Role of Grassroots NGOs: A Social Activist’s Perspective with Binay Kumar Pattnaik, Journal of Rural Development, Vol. 22, No.1, 2003, 21-44.
  • Review of Fowler A, The Virtuous Spiral, A Guide to Sustainability for NGOs in International Development, Earthscan, 2002, in Voluntas, International Journal of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations, Vol. 14, No.2, 2003, 250-251.
  • Effectiveness of Grassroots NGOs: An Empirical Exploration with Binay Kumar Pattnaik, Man & Development, Vol. XXVII, No. 2,  2005, 39-66.
  • Perceiving the role of grassroots NGOs: From the new social movement perspective with Binay Kumar Pattnaik, Social Change, Vol.35, No.3, 2005, 1-24.
  • Review of the book Pawar, S.N., J. B. Ambekar and D Shrikant (eds.): NGOs and Development: The Indian Scenario, Rawat Publications, 2004, in Sociological Bulletin, Vol. 54, No.2, May-August, 2005, pp. 292-294.
  • Top-Down or Bottom-Up? A study of Grassroots NGOs’ Approach, Journal of Health Management, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2007, 257-273.
  • Review of the book Mohanty, Ranjita and Rajesh Tandon (eds.) Participatory Citizenship: Identity, Exclusion, Inclusion, Sage, 2006, Sociological Bulletin, Vol.56, No.2, 2007, pp. 324-326.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations and Participatory Development in  P. Nayak (ed.) (2010),  Growth and Human Development in North-East India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations and Social Change in D.V. Kumar (ed.) (2012), Social Change and Development, Rawat Publications, Jaipur,
  • Role of Self-Help Groups in Promoting Development: An Empirical Exploration, The Eastern Anthropologist, Vol. 66, No.4, 2013, 485-500.
  • Review of the book Sujit Kumar Choudhary: NGOs, education and social capital: A micro study of tribals. New Delhi: Satyam Books, 2012, xxvii + 207 pp., Rs. 795(hb) ISBN 978-81-902883-8-5 Sociological Bulletin, 2013,Vol 62 No. 3  pp.521-522.
  • Review of the book Malcom Harper, Lalitha Iyer and Jane Rosser: Whose sustainability counts? BASIX’s long march from microfinance to livelihoods. New Delhi: SAGE Vistar, 2012, x+286 pp., Rs 495 (pb) ISBN 978-81-321-1008-8 in Sociological Bulletin Vol 62 No. 3 2013 pp. 501-503.
  • Tradition, Modernity, and Traditional Institutions in R. K. Satapathy (ed.) (2014), Globalisation and Traditional Institutions in North-East India, Lakshi Publisher, New Delhi.
  • Review of the book Ishwar Modi (ed.): Polity, civil society and development: Essays in honour of Professor Yogendra Singh (Vol. 3). 2014, Sociological Bulletin, 2015, Vol. 64. (2): 262-265.
  • Social Capital Formation and Community Development: Role of Third Sector Organizations, The Eastern Anthropologist Vol.69, No. 3-4, 2016, 263-278.
  • Community and Identity Formation in the Era of Globalization: Some Sociological Reflections in Vergese Saji (ed.) (2016), Globalisation and Cultural Pluralism: Challenges and Possibilities: Akansha: New Delhi 50-61.
  • Sociological Perspectives. Echoes From The Hills. Vol. 1, 2017, 11-23.
  • Review of Walter Fernades and Bhaswati Borgohain, Rethinking Autonomy, Self Determination and Sovereignty: Search for Peace in Northeast India. Guwahati: North-Eastern Social Research Centre & New Delhi: Indian Social Institute, 2017, Sociological Bulletin 2018, Vol. 67 (2) 1-2.
  • Migrants and Their Social Networks: A Study of Kuki Migrants in Delhi with T. Kipgen, Sociological Bulletin (forthcoming)
  • Issues and Prospects of Environmental Movements: The Context of North-East India in R. Shangpliang (ed.) forthcoming
  • Identity, Culture and Livelihood: Perceiving Baliapal Movement from New Social Movement Perspective in B. K Pattnaik (ed.) forthcoming

Paper presentation in Seminar/ Conference: (Five years)

  • Presented a paper entitled “Participatory Community Development and Formation of Social Capital: Role of Third Sector Organizations” on 30th November, 2015 at XL All India Sociological Conference organised by the Department of Sociology Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi held during 29th  November -1st  December, 2014.
  • Presented a paper entitled “Nature, Culture and Environmental Crisis: The Context of North-East India” at a national seminar on “Social Ecology & Environmental Movements in India” held at Lucknow University, 13-14 October, 2015.
  • Presented a paper entitled “Role of Non-Governmental Organisations towards Promoting Sustainable Rural Livelihoods: An Exploration”, at XXXXI All India Sociological Conference held at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, 27-29 December, 2015.
  • Presented a paper entitled “The Elderly in Meghalaya: Issues and Concerns” in National Seminar on “State Level Public Policy for Senior Citizens in the North-Eastern States” jointly organised by Department of Adult and Continuing Education, NEHU and All India Senior Citizens Confederation, Navi Mumbai held at North-Eastern Hill University, 25-26 February, 2016.
  • Presented a paper entitled “Development-Induced Displacement, Identity Assertion and Resistance Movements:  A Sociological Exploration” at the International Seminar on “Governance, Development and the State in Contemporary Times” organized by Department of Sociology, Tezpur University, Tezpur in partnership with UNICEF, Guwahati and MACRONEI-MAKAIAS, Kolkata held at Tezpur University, 9-12 March, 2016.
  • Presented a paper entitled “Environmental Movements in North- East India: An Analysis” in National Seminar on “Environment and Society: The Context of North-East India” organised by Department of Sociology, North-Eastern Hill University, 14-15 March, 2016.
  • Presented a paper entitled “Sustained Growth and Human Development in North-East India with Special Reference to Meghalaya”, in UGC-SAP, DRS II National Seminar on “Interrogating Democracy and Development in North-East India”, organised by Department of Political Science, North-Eastern Hill University, 17-18 March, 2016.
  • Presented a paper entitled “Philanthropy, Philanthropic Initiatives of Voluntary Organizations: An Appraisal” at National Seminar organised by the Department of Philosophy, Lady Keane College, Shillong in collaboration with ICPR, New Delhi, ICSSR, NERC Shillong during 16 -18 May 2017.
  • Presented a paper entitled “Identity, Culture and Livelihood: Perceiving Baliapal Movement from New Social Movement Perspective” at International Seminar organised at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, during 21-23 February, 2018.
  • Presented a paper “Rurbanization and the Growing Importance of Small Towns” in National Seminar on Urbanization in India: Issues and Predicaments organised by UGC-SAP (DSA-I) Department of Sociology NEHU, Shillong during 14th-15th February, 2019.
  • Presented a paper entitled “Identity, Citizenship Participation and Inclusive Development” in First Annual Social Science Congress of Indian Council of Social Science Research – North Eastern Regional Centre in Collaboration with Department of Sociology, Tezpur University on Citizenship, Ethnicity and Inclusive Development held in Tezpur University during 24th-26th March, 2019.

Lectures/Talks: (Five years)

  • Delivered a lecture on Relationship between Empirical Research and Theory in Social Science Researches in the Department of Sociology, Utkal University, Vanivihar, Bhubaneswar on 31st January, 2014.
  • Delivered a lecture on Sampling Design on 6th March 2014 in a workshop on Capacity Building Programme for Social Science Faculty members organized by ICSSR-NERC Shillong held during 6th-19th March, 2014.
  • Delivered a lecture at Inauguration of Orientation Programme for 2014 Batch of USTM at University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya on 23rd August, 2014.
  • Delivered one lecture on “Role of NGOs in Community Development” 12th November, 2014 in Refresher course on “Community Education” organised by the Department of Adult and Continuing Education, NEHU in collaboration with UGC-Academic Staff College, NEHU, during 27th October -16th November 2014. 
  • Delivered one lecture on “Voluntary Sector: Theoretical Aspects” on 6th December, 2014 in Refresher course on State, Civil Society & Globalization organised by Political Science Department, NEHU in collaboration with UGC –Academic Staff College, NEHU, during  20th November – 10th December 2014.
  • Delivered a lecture on 13th February, 2015 in a workshop on Capacity Building Programme for Social Science Faculty members organized by ICSSR-NERC Shillong held during, 9-21 February, 2015.
  • Delivered a lecture “On Interview” on 17th March 2016 at the workshop on “Research Methodology Course for Ph.D. Students in Social Sciences” at ICSSR- NERC Complex, NEHU Campus, Shillong. 
  • Delivered two lectures at Refresher Course in Economics at Academic Staff College, NEHU on Social Inequality and Economic Development on “Social Inequality and Economic Development” on 10th September, 2016.
  • Delivered a lecture on 9th June, 2017 on Bibliography/Reference at National Workshop on Research Methodology organised by Research, Innovation & Publication Cell and IQAC Shillong College from 7th-13th June 2017.
  • Delivered a lecture on 26th October 2018 on “Dimensions of Social Change in North-East India with Special Reference to Khasi Society in Meghalaya” in Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee.
  • Delivered a lecture on 2nd November, 2018 on “Importance of Sociology in Contemporary Times” in the Department of Sociology, Maharaja Bir Bikram College, Agartala, Tripura.
  • Delivered a lecture on 6th November, 2018 on “Conceptual and Theoretical Aspects of Social Entrepreneurship” in the Department of Sociology, Tripura University.
  • Delivered a lecture on 8th November, 2018 on “Identity Formation in Era of Globalization” at Refresher Course in Political Science, NEHU, Shillong.
  • Delivered a lecture on “Problems and Challenges of Elderly in Contemporary Society” organised by Department of Sociology, Ekamra College, Bhubaneswar on 12th January, 2019.

Keynote Address:

  • Delivered Keynote address in National Seminar on “Tribal Youth in Tripura: Issues, Challenges and Perspectives” at Women’s College, Agartala, Tripura on 7th April, 2018, jointly organised by Department of Sociology, Women’s College, Agartala and Tribal Research and Cultural Institute, Government of Tripura, 7-8 April, 2018.

Chairing Sessions:

  • Chaired a session in the National Symposium on “Tribal Development in North-East India organized by the Department of Sociology, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong and sponsored by UGC-New Delhi under SAP-DRS, (Phase III) on 14th March, 2014.
  • Chaired a session (I- B) in RC 15 of All India Sociological Conference on 29th November, 2014 at XL All India Sociological Conference organized by the Department of Sociology Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi held during 29th November- 1st December, 2014.
  • Chaired a session in RC 15 at XXXXI All India Sociological Conference at KIIT, Bhubaneswar, 27-29 December, 2015.
  • Moderated a technical session at a national seminar on “State Level Public Policy for Senior Citizens in the North-Eastern States” organised by Department of Adult and Continuing Education and All India Senior Citizens Confederation, Navi Mumbai held at North-Eastern Hill University, 25-26 February, 2016.
  • Chaired an academic session at the international seminar on “Governance, Development and the State in Contemporary Times”, organised by Department of Sociology, Tezpur University in Partnership with UNICEF, Guwahati and MACRONEI-MAKAIAS, Kolkata held at Tezpur University, 9-12 March, 2016.

Convener/Coordinator of Seminar, Refresher Course:

  • Convener, National Seminar “Voluntary Sector, Civil Society and Social Transformation in India” 18-19 November, 2009.
  • Convener National Seminar “Development and Ecology: Issues and Perspectives” March, 21- 22, 2011.
  • Coordinator of UGC Refresher Course in Sociology 24 February -16 March 2011.
  • Convener, National Seminar “Urbanization in India: Issues and Predicaments” February, 14-15, 2019.