South Asia is a region of marked contrasts: from conflict-affected areas to vibrant democracies, from demographic bulges to ageing societies, from energy crises to global companies. The region has witnessed significant changes since the last two decades. Despite its impressive economic growth, South Asia Region faces many hurdles on its way of development. A combination of uneven economic growth, rising population, low literacy rate, slow and messy urbanisation and huge infrastructure gap makes a bumpy road to development from economic front. In addition to the economic problems, the region is also plagued by social, political, environmental and climatic problems. These socio-political issues hinder the peace and prosperity of the region. It is grounded that making ways towards prosperity will substantiate endeavours towards peace.

A World Bank report suggests that South Asia has an opportunity to become the manufacturing hub of the world; but achieving this will require boosting competitiveness. South Asia’s diversity in ethnicity, language and religion can be used as strength in shaping economic behaviour. South Asia comprising of different communities should come up with entrepreneurial solution for peace and prosperity of this region. In South Asia, as in other regions, globalisation has given rise to new industries and created new employment opportunities. Though globalisation created new opportunities for South Asian Countries but it also created new challenges and crises. If the countries in South Asia forego their historical and geopolitical differences and present a collective front; the region can emerge as an integrated peaceful and democratic society.

"Themes of The Conference"

Emerging South Asia in a Globalised World

  • Internationalisation of Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Regional Cooperation as a response to Hegemony and Polarization
  • Growth and poverty reduction under globalization
  • Leadership and Authority in South Asia
  • Opportunities and challenges for Globalization
  • Solutions for Sustainable development
  • Cultural Tourism: globalization and localization
  • Exports and free Trade

Entrepreneurial Solution for Communities in South Asia

  • Entrepreneurial solution for prosperity in communities
  • Social Entrepreneurship for poverty elimination for rural communities
  • Need for Women Entrepreneurship
  • Responsible Entrepreneurship: Preserving cultural heritage of South Asia
  • Entrepreneurship as tool of integration for South Asia
  • Environmental Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship at the Base of Pyramid (BOP)

Building a Peaceful and Democratic Society in South Asia

  • Violence against Women and Human Rights
  • Gender and Socio-economic Inequality
  • Health challenges like infant mortality rate and high rates of Malnutrition
  • Job Creation in different sectors
  • Corruption and Good Governance
  • Terrorism and Conflict Management
  • Infrastructure Gap and Unplanned Urbanization
  • Disaster Management and Risk Awareness

South Asian Literature: Diluting Borders, Bridging Gaps

  • Multiculturalism and Diaspora in South Asian literature
  • Relocating Self and Creating Identity
  • Issues in South Asian Literature
  • The New Experimentations of Form by Young Writers
  • Language or Communication
  • Memory, Nation and Narration
  • Literature, Cinematic Adaptations and Prizes
  • From Epilogue to Travelogue
  • Any other issue or sub-theme pertaining to the themes outlined in the conference brochure in the context of South Asian Literature.

Papers on any other socio-cultural, political and economic issues related to South Asia region are also invited.

Open Themes

  • Re-interpretation of religiosity in South Asia
  • Capacity Building of Civil Society
  • Space for Women and marginalised group in Politics
  • Electoral Reforms
  • Tweeting to Power: The social media revolution in South Asian Politics
  • Politics and Well being


Selected Papers will be published in following journals.

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