Lagacy of Ambedkar: Analysis and Appraisal

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This collection of essays examines the legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar with regard to his ideas of social democracy, eradication of caste system, formation and strengthening of constitutional institutions, and the role of religion and caste in a democracy. This volume is not a eulogy for Ambedkar, but an analytical attempt to look at his contributions and failures. The primary objective of the volume is to assess Ambedkar from a detached, unbiased and objective view in the light of changing contemporary India.

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ગુજરાતના શાળાકીય શિક્ષણનો એકસ રે

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કેન્દ્ર સરકાર દ્વારા નવી શિક્ષણ નીતિનો ડ્રાફ્ટ પ્રસિદ્ધ કરવામાં આવ્યો છે તેવા સમયે આજે સેન્ટર ફોર કલ્ચર એન્ડ ડેવલપમેન્ટના જયેશ શાહ અને લેન્સી લોબો દ્વારા વધુ એક પુસ્તક "ગુજરાતના શાળાકીય શિક્ષણનો એક્સ રે" બુક સેલ્ફ (નવભારત સાહિત્ય મંદિર - મુંબઈ) દ્વારા પ્રસિદ્ધ થયું. સંશોધન અભ્યાસ આધારિત તારણો ઉપરથી આ પુસ્તકમાં અમે ગુજરાતમાં શાળાકીય શિક્ષણની ગુણવત્તા સુધારવા અંગે વ્યાપક ક્રાંતિકારી ભલામણો કરી છે અને તે આજના સમયની માંગ છે એવું અમારું સ્પષ્ટ માનવું છે. જે વ્યાપક ક્રાંતિકારી ભલામણો કરી છે તેમાં (01) “નો ડિટેન્શન” નીતિની પુનર્સમીક્ષા (02) લોકબોલીમાં ધોરણ એકથી ત્રણનો અભ્યાસક્રમ (03) ધોરણ આઠ પછી બોર્ડની પરીક્ષા (04) ધોરણ દસની બોર્ડની પરીક્ષા રદ કરવામાં આવે (05) શાળાના શિક્ષકોની ક્ષમતા વધારવા માટે તાલીમ અને તેની વ્યવસ્થા (06) વિદ્યાર્થીઓની ક્ષમતા વધારવા માટે મૂલ્યાંકન અને તેની વ્યવસ્થા (07) ઇન્ડિયન એજ્યુકેશન સર્વિસ (આઈઈએસ)ની અલગ કેડર ઊભી કરવી (08) વોકેશનલ શિક્ષણ અને વોકેશનલ સ્કૂલની સ્થાપના-નો સમાવેશ થાય છે.

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HOW PEOPLE VOTE? : Civic Literacy and Political Participation

By |May 4th, 2019|Books|0 Comments

How people vote in a liberal, open, competitive democracy is a big question in two senses. First, as Indian voters make up one-sixth of the world’s total electorate, their voting behavior considerably matters to the future of representative democracy everywhere. Second, as India faces so many challenges to its social, ideological and political cohesion, what people think about voting is significant to how India will evolve in the future. Political participation is central to the democratic system and civic literacy plays an instrumental role in it. This volume examines the impact of civic literacy on political participation, by studying voting behaviour in local, assembly and parliament elections in rural, semi-urban and urban areas of Gujarat.

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Marriage and Divorce: Changing Concepts and Practices

By |January 5th, 2019|Books|0 Comments

This volume explores the nature of social change in the fundamental institution of marriage in Indian society. It documents the churning going on in the conjugal bond with reference to gender inequality, patriarchy, domestic violence, divorce, separation, and remarriage under the impact of urbanization, modernization and globalization.The work includes fourteen papers divided into three parts. 

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Comments on Research Study of Status of Failed Students in Class X and XII Board Examinations in Gujarat

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Summary:-National Seminar on “Suicide and Self-harm: Issues and Challenges”

By |December 20th, 2018|Seminar:-Summary|0 Comments

 Brief Summary
 By Kanchan Bharati and Dhananjay Kumar
Global and national scenario of suicide locate it as an important public health problem that needs attention and prevention. The problem is however difficult as the reasons for suicide are multidimensional. Moreover, the phenomenon is not confined to a particular region or community or to any given period, but its appearance varies from region to region and from time to time. Hence, there is a need to understand patterns and underlying courses that make people to end their life and to provide solutions such tendencies. With this in view, the Centre for Culture and Development (Vadodara) organized a two day National Seminar on “Suicide and Self-harm: Issues and Challenges”.

National Seminar on Suicide and Self-harm: Issues and Challenges

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Interview with Electronic Media on the occasion of Seminar on National Seminar on Suicide and Self-harm: Issues and Challenges

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Faculty Positions

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The Centre for Culture and Development, Vadodara (Gujarat) conducts social research mainly on Gujarat society. Researchers having Ph.D. in any of the Social Sciences, sharp analytical skills, proficiency in English, Gujarati and Hindi languages, proven record of working on field work based research with relevant experience and robust publications may apply with (a) full CV and (b) two of their best publications  by 31st December 2018 to:
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Summary:- National Seminar on Procedural and Substantive Democracy in India

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Procedural and Substantive Democracy in India (September 07, 2018)

By Dr. Dhananjay Kumar


Political scientists differentiate many types of democracies: representative, deliberative, participative, procedural, and substantive. This seminar took up the procedural and substantive types for deliberation: one related to the institutional, minimal, electoral democracy, and second, to the substantive or effective democracy. The former is viewed in terms of institutions of democracy, political parties and other associations or organizations, periodic elections, universal adult franchise, leadership, etc. It is rarely concerned with what happens beyond elections in the social space. Alternatively, substantive democracy is viewed in the light of its diffusions in various sectors of society, redistributive justice, human capabilities and entitlements (education, health, infrastructure, etc), social capital, associated factors of trust, values, and norms, civil society, human rights, and governance. However, in the Indian context, both types of democracy are complementary and interdependent. The successful functioning of the procedural dimension of democracy requires substantive democracy also.

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