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1. Report of the International   Seminar On

Negotiations Between The “Local” and The “Global” in “Cultural Bengal” : Community, Society and Politics

By Seminar Organizing Committee, Arts and Humanities, 2018-19


Acharya  Brojendra Nath Seal College, a leading academic institution of West Bengal organized Two-Days International Seminar held in 13th and 14 th February,2019 on Negotiations Between The “Local” and The “Global” in “Cultural Bengal” :Community, Society and Politics.




Since the emergence of postcolonial discourse, the idea of ‘space’, ‘territory’, ‘habitus’ or ‘cultural landscape’ has been facing myriad paradigm-shifts, which found a new turn after the recognition of globalisation as a determining factor in the critical understanding of society, politics and culture. However, within the neoliberal economy, which continuously and expediently obscures the relationship of commodity with culture, community with identity, popular with the traditional, power with the structure, ownership with the corporation and the nature with the beings; the notions of ‘global’ and ‘local’ have become intertwined and often problematic. The critical understanding of history has shown us that the structures are failing the people. The nuanced enforcing of state apparatuses to manufacture a docile homogeneity within the ‘imagined nation’ has also depredated them.  Similarly, vehement stigmatisation of the ‘other’ in both political and social sphere has culminated in rapid marginalisation, leaving certain communities vulnerable and certain identities fragile. Manufacturing of truth and consent, production of knowledge through power and thus marketing that knowledge commodity, the postmodern ‘incredulity towards meta-narratives’ and the emergence of a post-truth politics: all of these has been effective in incessantly renegotiating the economic, social and political relations between the ‘global’ and the ‘local’. In this conference, we shall try to understand how such factors have redefined our epistemic and pragmatic, i.e. overall perceptual quest towards the Cultural Bengal, which is more than a geopolitical territory. We shall try to redefine the ‘local’ with its myriad social, historical, economic, and cultural elements and analyse how the ‘global’ structurally resurfaces within it. To that end, the conference will be essentially multidisciplinary, incorporating social, political and economical sciences, humanities, arts and contemporary systems of critical social thought. 


Objective of the Seminar:


The initial objective of the seminar is to understand the relationship between the ‘Global’ and the ‘Local’ in the contemporary social science research focused on cultural Bengal. Being a multidisciplinary conference, we shall have a chance to explore the topic through different methodological approaches and manifold theoretical frameworks. 

Being situated in the North Eastern corner of Bengal, as well as near the border of Bangladesh, we observe a diverse settlement of communities, assaying to survive within the political economy of the structural destruction of indigenous niches and different aspects of diasporic identity formation along with ‘reterritorialisation’. The conflict between the autochthonous and the popular needs to be understood in a broader context. It is evident that the true spirit of contemporary South-Asian studies lies at the ‘fringe’, away from the capital/mega cities (e.g., Kolkata or Dhaka), which function as the pre-established epicentre of academic matrix. It is essential that a discursive dynamics of ideas should start flowing between the ‘global’ and ‘local’/ ‘central’ and ‘marginal’ of the academia.

The conference would also provide a platform to social scientists and anthropologists working on North Eastern India to present their unique findings within this diverse social landscape. In a nutshell, the conference would propose newer dimensions of social science research based in Cultural Bengal.  


Research Questions:


  • How the local and global traits of knowledge are negotiating in the study of social science? 
  • Is there a hegemonic relationship evident, or is it a complementary one?
  • What is the role of power in this dynamics of knowledge?
  • In this neo-liberal economy, how are the notions of identity, community and society are being redefined, and broadly politicized? How are the issues of growth, development and sustainably are changing their significance from the regional to national to global level?    
  • What is nature of the representation of the society, culture and politics of ‘Cultural Bengal’ in the oeuvre of South Asian Studies in Social Science and Humanities? Can the ‘Cultural Bengal’ really speak?

To find out new dimensions of social science research in Cultural Bengal, to find out    unaddressed aspects of Religion, Language, Society and Environment visible in the periphery. 
This report aims to provide the conference guests and other interested readers with a short overview of the main issues which were discussed during the conference. 


Description of the Seminar:


On the first day of the conference the inaugural session was started with welcoming the revered guests who came from different parts of India  and world by traditional ceremonial way by our Officer-in –charge ,Dr. Bimal Kumar Saha and our IQAC Co-ordinator ,Debabrata Lahiri.After that an welcome address was given by our Officer-in-Charge. An excellent  Keynote Address was given by the Prof. Rahul Peter Das, Professor of Language and Culture of Post-Classical South Asia in South Asian Seminar of Oriental Institute of Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg,Germany. This keynote  session was chaired by Prof. Debabrata Lahiri, director, IQAC.
After this inaugural session followed by a short tea break Pleanery sessions were started. There were altogether three plenary sessions having 5 lectures each having one hour duration.


Plenary Session I


  • Lecture 1 :
    The Local and the Global in Rural Bengal: Changing Forms of Agricultural Production | Prof. Abhijit Dasgupta, Head of the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics,  University of Delhi.
  • Lecture 2:
    Commemorating the October Revolution through performances and exhibitions: Internationalism to globalism | Prof. Bishnupriya Dutt, Eminent theatre personality and Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal  Nehru University
    After plenary session we had a break for delicious lunch for everyday. The foreign delegates as well as our Indian delegates enjoyed the lunch very much. Bengali cuisine   were served to them specially the different types of fish curry and different types of Bengali sweets and different types of Bengali vegetable curry were served in both the days.
    In the post lunch session different participants from different colleges and universities presented their papers. 
    On the next day of seminar i.e. on the 14th of Feb,2019 the following  lectures were delivered in the Plenary sessions.


Plenary Session II


  • Lecture 3 :
    Gender and Society in Cultural Bengal |Prof. Dina M. Siddiqi, Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Economics and Social Sciences, BRAC University, Dhaka
  • Lecture 4 :
    Early Bengali Literature in Kathmandu Prof. Makato Kitada, Associate Professor of Urdu, Studies in Language and Society, Graduate School of Language and Culture, School of Foreign Studies, Osaka University.


Plenary Session III


  • Lecture 5:
    Academic Researches in Bengal Studies in West Bengal and Bangladesh: Understanding the two National Cultures | Prof. Carmen Brandt, Jun-Professor of Contemporary South Asian Studies, Institute for Oriental and Asian Studies, Department of South Asian Studies, University of Bonn. 

    Following the Plenary lectures, there were also academic sessions comprising of parallel oral presentation on both days. Almost 67 papers were presented by the in-house and outside participants. Even our Officer-in-Charge also presented a research paper. We also published the abstract volume. The participation  of the students was satisfactory.

In the “Valedictory Session” the certificate of appreciation and participation were given to the all participants. Our officer- in –Charge had delivered a beautiful speech summarizing the overall aspect of this two days international seminar and its importance. The dignataries shared their wonderful experiences of these two days with us. And finally the Convener, Dr. Prajnaparamita Sarkar,and the Organising Secretary, Ratul Ghosh  had delivered “Vote of Thanks” followed by the announcement of the official closing of the International Seminar.

Balance Sheet of the International Seminar titled “Negotiations Between the ‘Local’ and the ‘Global’ in Cultural Bengal: Community, Society and Politics” dated 13-14 February, 2019


Fund Expenditure
Source of Funds Amount of Funds Received Heads Amount Spend
College Fund vide Voucher Nos. 117452 dt. 12.09.2018 and 117517 dt. 07.02.19 Rs. 3,00,000/- Expenses incurred towards Domestic Flights for Delegates Rs. 44,817/-
Registration for the Seminar Rs.1,07,100/- Expenses incurred towards International Flights for delegates Rs. 1,93,730/-
Total Rs. 4,10,600/- Expenses towards Car Rent for Delegates Rs. 27,500/-
    Fooding and Lodging expenses for Delegates Rs. 47,170/-
    Kit Preparation including Delegate's Kit, Certificate, Poster and Abstract Printing Rs. 39,433/-
    Decoration and Miscellaneous Rs. 8,413/-
    Sound System and Electricity Rs. 8,200/-
    Token of Gratitude towards Prof. Ananda Gopal Ghosh and Mr. Toby Anderson Rs. 3,000/-
    Pictures and Documentation Rs. 200/-
    Refreshment Rs. 60,460/-
    Snacks for High Tea Rs. 878/-
    Total Rs. 4,39,890/-

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2. Detailed Report of the National Level Science Seminar 

Environmental Issues: Current Scenario from the View Point of Scientific Studies

by Science Seminar Organizing Committee, 2018-19




The most unique feature of Earth is the existence of life, and the most extraordinary feature of life is its diversity. For the existence of life on earth the most important is to have a clean and healthy environment. Biodiversity is important for maintaining balance of the ecosystem in the form of combating pollution, restoring nutrients, protecting water sources and stabilizing climate or we can simply say that it is crucial for the well being of life on earth. Biologists now suggest that we are now approaching to the sixth mass extinction, given the rate of biodiversity loss mostly as a consequence of anthropogenic impacts.

Article 48A of the Indian Constitution unequivocally declares that “the State shall endeavour to protect and improve the environment and to safeguard the forests and wildlife of the country”. Further, Article 51A states that it is a fundamental duty of every citizen of India “to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife and to have compassion for living creatures”. According to these constitutional provisions, the Environment Protection Act of 1986 authorizes the Government of India to protect and improve the environment, control and reduce pollution from all sources, and regulate the establishment and operation of industries on the basis of environmental hazards. India is one among many nations that have continuously sought to protect their environment through the enactment of legislation and regulations. Yet environmental degradation through indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources due to anthropogenic development activities has brought life on earth almost on the brink of extinction. 
Conventional notion of development is synonymous with the modernization of agrarian activities, rapid industrial expansion, increased investment in transport and communication, energy and other infrastructure. All these, while promoting economic growth have also engendered environmental pollution depending upon the technological choices and resource management options taken by the national policymakers and individual decision units. Large scale industrialization and rapid population growth is threatening the earth’s green wealth due to the emission of both local and global pollutants like green house gases,  sulfur dioxide, lead, non-biodegradable polymeric materials, synthetic chemicals, heavy metals, oil spills, etc. Emission of hazardous gases, aerosols, chlorofluorocarbons and particulate matters from vehicles, household appliances, power plants, etc. are polluting the earth’s atmosphere resulting in ozone depletion, increased ultraviolet radiation and global warming. The impacts of this pollution on social, economic and environmental framework of nations have been severe.  Therefore, immediate mitigation and adaptation strategies are called for to at least curb, if not reverse, this trend of environmental degradation.  
A holistic development strategy involves the simultaneous upscaling of all other economic sectors beside industry. Unsustainable development trends have increased threat of natural hazards like floods, droughts, and cyclones while simultaneously endangering nature dependent livelihood options, threatening global food security, destroying ecosystems, increasing the risk of fatal diseases like cancer, malaria, etc. and propagating poverty. Recognizing the criticality of the scenario, the first Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro in 1992 adopted the blueprint for wide ranging actions promoting environmentally sustainable development. The summit set the tone for several subsequent national and international conventions and seminars which analyze, debate and draft strategies to curb environmental degradation.




Environmental degradation is caused in a variety of ways, predominantly by human activities, however natural events can also result in the deterioration of environment. We live in a world where the natural resources are limited. Our daily lives are linked with our surroundings and inevitably affects them. Our dependence on ‘Mother Nature’ is so great that we cannot continue to live without protecting the Earth’s environmental resources. Today we are more crowded, more consuming and more connected. Growing population, higher standard of living and misuse of resources put increasing pressure on our environment. Our uncontrollable greed is continuously creating unexpected consequences that are hard to reverse.
The impact of environmental pollution and loss of biodiversity can be far reaching and severe. It is important to recognize and assimilate the sources and impacts of pollution, and understand the alternatives available to reduce human and ecological vulnerability to the same. Knowledge dissemination has been identified as an important initial strategy to make people conscious of the significance of any critical scenario. In this context, the Faculty of Sciences, A. B. N. Seal College, Cooch Behar, West Bengal will be organizing a National Level Seminar to throw focus on all aspects related to environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change. The objective of this seminar is to aware participants about the causes and effects of environmental degradation. Through expert discourses, paper presentations and interactive sessions, the seminar aims to acquaint the participants about the mechanisms to check various forms of environmental pollution and biodiversity destruction. It is our intent to build at least some level of consciousness among the target audience of students and faculty on such an important burning issue as environmental protection. The major and minor themes are as follows:


Major theme: 1. Biodiversity management
Minor theme:   1. Biodiversity management vis-à-vis industrialization
                        2.  The role of traditional knowledge on Biodiversity utilization.
                        3. Biodiversity and agriculture
Major theme: 2. Pollution: its status and management
Minor theme:  1. Trends in development of eco-friendly technologies
                       2.  Environmental status in relation to agro based industries
                       3. Eco-tourism and environmental ethics
                       4. Integrated pollution management
Major theme: 3. Climate change and global worming
Minor theme:  1. Climetic alteration in relation to the environmental components
                        2. Global warming and its effects in recent days.
Major theme:  4. Socio-political scenario regarding the environmental issues
Minor theme:  1. Envirinmental Movements
                       2. Environmental laws and logistics


Programme Description:


On 19th February, at around 09.45 a.m. our respected Officer-in-Charge, A.B. N. Seal College, Conveners and members of the National Level Science Seminar Organizing Committee in presence of our ‘Chief Guest’ Professor (Dr.) M. K. Durga Prasad, Former Vice-Chancellor, Krishna University, Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh along with other distinguished Speakers had inagurate the Seminar by lighting of the holy ‘Diya’ at ‘Vidyasagar Sabhagriha’ of ‘Satabhisha’ buildring, A. B. N. Seal College, Cooch Behar.

The Conveners of this National Level Science Seminar delivered Welcome Address. Dr. Jibanananda Jana, Advisor of this Seminar, Prof. M. K. Durga Prasad, Hon’ble Chief Guest, and Dr. Bimal Kumar Saha, respected Officer-in-Charge of A. B. N. Seal College addressed the audience and scientific community. An excellent ‘Keynote Address’ on Lake Kolleru was delivered  by Professor (Dr.) M. K. Durga Prasad, Former Vice-Chancellor, Krishna University, Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The season was chaired by Prof. Debabrata Lahiri, Director, IQAC, A.B.N. Seal College.

Plenary Lectures I & II were delivered by Prof. (Dr.) Tarit Roy Choudhury, Dept. of Environmental Science, Jadavpur University, W.B. and Dr. Kaushik K. Pradhan, Dept. of Agriculture, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswabidyalaya, W.B. respectively on 19th February, 2019. Prof. Roy Choudhury talked on Ground Water Arsenic Contamination in West Bengal & Its Various Mitigation Strategies. The Sessions were chaired by Dr. Prabir Banerjee, Associate Professor & Head, Dept. of Physics and Dr. Jibanananda Jana, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry. 

On the following day, i.e. on the 20th February, Dr. Amit Kumar Ghosh, Scientist – F, Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleosciences, Lucknow, U.P. delivered the first Talk (i.e. Plenary Lecture III) on Climatic Variability and Monsoonal Intensity of the Past with Special Emphasis on Andaman & Nicobar Islands chaired by Prof. M. K. Durga Prasad. And finally, Plenary Lecture IV was delivered by Prof. Apurba Ratan Ghosh, Dept. of Environmental science, The University of Burdwan, W.B. Prof. Ghosh explained in detail the Various Mitigation Strategies of Carbon Removal. Dr. Samir Kumar Samanta, Associate Professor & Head, Dept. of Geography acted as the Chair-Person of this Lecture.    
Following the Plenary Lectures, there were also Technical Sessions comprising of parallel ‘Oral Presentations’ & ‘Poster Presentations’ on both days. The participants from various Colleges & Universities presented their research works in the ‘Oral Presentation Session’ in front of the scientific community. There were a total of 46 Abstracts that have come up in the Abstract Volume. The students of our College also showed a keen interest and enthusiasm through Poster Presentations. The posters were judged by a panel of 5 judges and prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions were given. 

In the ‘Valedictory Session’, the ‘Certificates of Appreciation’ were handed over to all the participants. Our Officer-in-Charge delivered a wonderful speech summarizing the overall aspect of this National Level Seminar and its importance. Prof. M.K. Durga Prasad and other dignitaries also shared their wonderful experiences of these 2 days with us. And finally, the Conveners of this National Level Seminar delivered ‘votes of Thanks’ followed by the announcement of official closing of the Seminar. 

Details of resource persons and invited speakers with their addresses, and proposed contribution:


Sl No Name and designation & educational qualification Address Role in the programme Proposed title of presentation
1 M. K. Durga Prasad Former Vice Chancellor & Professor in Aquatic Biology Krishna University Machlipatnam, Andhra Pradesh Key note address Wet lands of lndia: Emphasis on the Bio - Diversity studies and Environmental settings in Lake Kolleru, Andhra Pradesh, the biggest fresh water wet land ecosystem in lndia.
2 Prof. Apurba Ratan Ghosh, Professor Department of Environmental Science, Burdwan University Plenary Lecture Analysis of physic – chemical characteristics and metals in water sources of chromite mining in Sukinda Valley, Odisa, India
3 Dr. Amit Kumar Ghosh, Scientist-F Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, Lucknow Plenary Lecture Climatic variability and monsoonal intensity of the past: evidence from 20 to 3 million years old sediments of Andaman and Nicobar Islands
4 Dr.Tarit Roy Choudhury, Professor Department of Environmental Science, Jadavpur University Plenary Lecture Groundwater arsenic contamination in West Bengal, India: Special reference to status, distribution, food chain contamination, health effects and mitigation strategies
5 Dr. Kaushik K. Pradhan Department of Agriculture, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswabidyalaya Plenary Lecture Intuitive and pluralistic exploration of the traditional knowledge base for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development 

List of papers presented by participants in technical sessions:

Sl no. Title Author(s) Presenter
1 WOMEN,NATURE & ECOPEDAGOGY: Learnings from recent environmental movement in Balarampurvillage,Dhenkanal,Odisha MAYURAKSHI BASU MAYURAKSHI BASU
3 The study of the correlation between physico-chemical parameters and ichthyofaunal variety at raidak river flowing through the Coochbehar district of West Bengal, India Abhisek Saha¹*, Gobinda Chandra De² and Debashis Das3 AbhisekSaha
4 Global warming: Natural or Anthropogenic? Arindam Chakraborty*, RikeeDey, StutiSaxena, SubhankarPramanik, Lopamudra Roy & Amit K Ghosh Arindam Chakraborty
5 Singlet Fission: H2 dimer model system BasirAhamed Khan BasirAhamed Khan
6 Biofunctionalizednanosorbent for treatment of azo dye containing effluents Priya Banerjee *, AniruddhaMukhopadhyay and Papita Das Priya Banerjee
7 Environmental impacts of eco-tourism in dooars Region a study of Alipurduar district, West Bengal. Shubhabrata Roy Shubhabrata Roy
8 Ecotourism in practices: Some reflections through SHGs in forest covered Jalpaiguri Prof.MonotoshPramanik MonotoshPram anik
9 Industrial Pollution: Endangered Environment A Study in Asansol Durgapur Industrial Complex Rajeshree Dutta Rajeshree Dutta
10 Adventure Tourism in Sikkim-Darjeeling Himalaya and its adverse effects on Mountain Environment Suchitra Ray Suchitra Ray
12 A revisit to the Forest Policy of the Maharajas of Cooch Behar Princely State within the realm of the Environmental Historiography Prajnaparamita Sarkar Prajnaparamita Sarkar
13 A Study of Impact of Agricultural Practices on the Biodiversity in the Crop Fields of Nadia District of West Bengal Hemen Biswas, PrakritiRanjan Sarkar2, Md. Wasim Akram3 Hemen Biswas,
14 A Survey of Traditional Knowledge and Practices of Biodiversity as Medicine in the Home Gardens of Rural Murshidabad, West Bengal Md. WasimAkram, Anikul Islam2 , PrakritiRanjan Sarkar3, Hemen Biswas4 Md. WasimAkram
15 A Study of Fishermen’s Perception of Biodiversity and Conservation in the District of South 24 Parganas, West Bengal PrakritiRanjan Sarkar, Hemen Biswas2, Md. Wasim Akram3 PrakritiRanjan Sarkar
17 Climate Change, Natural Hazards and Disaster Management- The Challenges ahead Srijit Das Srijit Das
18 Variation of Irrigated Water Quality and Boro Cultivation of Koch Bihar District – A Geographical Appraisal, West Bengal Dr.Bappa Sarkar , Dr.Nazrul Islam Dr.Bappa Sarkar
19 The Ethical Aspect of Environmental Degradation- Linking the Issue with Children’s Rights Shampa Dutta, Shampa Dutta
21 Celebration of E-Day: An Initiative towards E-waste Management Prabir Banerjee Prabir Banerjee
22 Spatial and sub seasonal patterns of the long-term trends of rainfall over India. PiuSaha 9932341616 PiuSaha
25 Environmental-friendly biosynthesized magnetic nanoparticles using Aloe vera extract Biplab Kumar Mandal1, Abhijit Biswas2 and Rahul Das3 Biplab Kumar Mandal
26 Renewable Energy Sources and Sustainability Issues Chayan Saha Chayan Saha
27 Scope of renewable energy for the prevention of environmental pollution and climate change Suchismita Maiti Suchismita Maiti
30 Phylogenetic Signal of Threatening Processes among Tree frogs: the Need for clade level Conservation Planning Debojyoti Dutta Debojyoti Dutta
31 Antiproliferative and cytotoxic effects of leaf extracts of Clerodendrumviscosum Vent. Gobinda C. Roy1’3, L. M. Kundu1, S. Roy1, R. Prasad2, B. Koch2, Sanjib Ray1 Gobinda C. Roy


Account balance of National seminar on environmental Issues: Current Scenario from the view
point of
Scientific Studies on 19th and 20th February 2019.
Income( in Rupees) Rs.   Expenditure( in Rupees) Rs.  Voucher No
Registration Fees collected 92200   Travel (Flight & railway) 46443 Sl. No. 1-14
College Fund receive 186000   Printing 14335 Sl. No. 1-15
Refund from A R Ghosh 3879   Kit &Memento committee 30144 Sl. No. 1-11
Ticket cancellation fee receive Of Dr. D P Duari 715   Invitation committee 500 Sl. No. 1
      Local transport committee 15253 Sl. No. 1-10
Total fund Receive 282794   Honorium to speakers 5000 Sl. No. 1-2
      Contingencies including special need 1290 Sl. No. 1-3
      Local hospitality(Hotel + Food) 21490 Sl. No. 1-38
      Stage & Decoration 5850 Sl. No. 1-12
      Refreshment 71058 Sl. No. 1-4
      Total Expenditure 211363  

Balance - 71431/- (Only Seventy One Thousands Four Hundreds Thirty One ) 

[This amount was handed over to the institute for future research & Seminar Work]




Total 124 no of students and 55 faculty members from both host institution and other institution was
benefited by this seminar in the following way.

  • The seminar become a well utilized platform for the student, teachers and other participants to share their views on environment in presence of eminent scientists and researchers.
  • The future projects of the audience will pave the way to fundamental research on environmental studies.
  • The budding scientists were able to showcase their research outcomes and were fortunate to discuss the concerned topics with the legends on the specific fields.
  • Both the under graduate and post graduate students, research fellows, the faculty members and other interested peoples were enriched by the visionary lectures delivered by the pioneer of the fields.
  • The enriched talk and discussions on environmental studies stimulate the audience toward the green environment.
  • The proceeding of the seminar reflects its holistic approach towards the nature and be helpful for future endeavour.
  • The seminar light on new socio political movements which may lead to new environmental policies.
  • This seminar might awake the society to step forward for green planet movement.

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