The 58th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) will be held during 24-26 November, 2016 in the premises of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, Assam. The Conference is being organised by the IIT, Guwahati in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Guwahati and OKD Institute for Social Change and Development, Guwahati. Professor Ajit Ghose, National Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Researh (ICSSR) and Hon. Professor, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi (Formerly of ILO, Geneva) is the Conference President.

Conference Themes

1. Labour Market Institutions and Regulations
2. Wages in India: Structure, Trends and Determination
3. Education, Employment and Labour Markets

Submission of Papers:
Papers along with a summary of 1000 words may be sent to: Dr. Preet Rustagi, the Hon. Secretary, Indian Society of Labour Economics, NIDM Building, IIPA Campus, I.P. Estate, New Delhi – 110002 or emailed to: with a copy to Abstracts of papers selected for the Conference will be published and circulated among the Conference participants. Selected revised papers would be considered for publication in the subsequent issues of the Indian Journal of Labour Economics subject to peer review.
Submissions for the abstracts and panel proposals may also be made online at the Conference website (

Best Paper Awards:
Two awards have been instituted for the best paper writers, below 40 years: Ruddar Datt Memorial Award and Sanjay Thakur Young Labour Economist Award (carrying prize money of Rs. 10,000 each). The papers on any of the Conference themes to be considered for the award should be presented by the paper writers themselves. Contributors willing to be considered for the awards are requested to furnish age proof along with the single authored paper before the deadline.

Surjit Singh Fellowship: The ISLE also invites applications from scholars below 40 years of age working on labour and employment issues for the award of one Fellowship of Rs.50, 000/- instituted in the memory of former Secretary of the Society Dr. Surjit Singh. The application should contain a short proposal (about two-three pages) providing details of research objectives, hypotheses, methodology and theoretical framework of the study. The awardee is expected to prepare a comprehensive research paper/monograph by the end of November 2016 and also present a paper based on it during the Conference. The last date of submitting the application is 20 July 2016 and the decision of award would be communicated by first week of August 2016 (Visit for more details.)

Important dates:

1. Dates of the Conference: 24-26 November 2016
2. Last Date for Submission of Papers: 15 September 2016
3. Communication from ISLE about acceptance of Papers: 30 September 2016
(Those who would like to receive early communication of the acceptance of their papers
should request for early information in this regard while sending their papers).
4. Last date of registration: 15 October 2016

For more details and submission guidelines visit

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