Call for Papers: National Seminar on “25 Years of Panchayati Raj System in India: Issues and Challenges”

Date:  18th AND 19th August 2017

Venue: NUJS, Kolkata

Year 2017 is the 25th year of the Panchayati Raj system since the 73rd Constitutional
Amendment Act, 1992 formalized the institution. While the system has stood the test of time and has been instrumental in promoting inclusive growth in rural areas, there are institutional and behavioural issues plaguing the framework. Also, while some states such as West
Bengal, Kerala, Karnataka, etc., have effectively implemented the system, quite a few states have failed to do so. There are also accountability and transparency issues at various levels of the three-tier system. In view of the rising issues and concerns, the Centre for Regulatory Studies, Governance and Public Policy (CRSGPP) at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata intends to organize a two-day National Seminar titled “25 Years of Panchayati Raj System in India: Issues and Challenges” on 18th and 19th August, 2017 at WBNUJS.

The Seminar will be graced by dignitaries, academicians and stakeholders, who have
expertise in the given field. The speakers and panelists will focus on the flaws and the merits of the prevailing PRIs in India and the ways to revamp the institutions.
The Seminar is also open for paper presentations. Teachers, policy makers,
government officers, lawyers, undergraduate and postgraduate students of law and social sciences, research scholars, etc., are invited to participate in the Seminar. Up to 40 presenters may present their papers during the event.
Those who wish to participate and present a paper in the Seminar can do so by
submitting an abstract to on or before 10th July 2017. The subthemes of the Seminar are mentioned below.

(1) Justice, equity and inclusive growth under the PRIs.
(2) The role of women in the development and consolidation of PRIs.
(3) Mobilization and utilization of own source revenue.
(4) The Role of the Indian Constitution in augmenting laws and policies on PRIs.
(5) The social and legal problems facing the PRIs.
(6) E-panchayats and the role of information technology.
(7) Role of PRIs in rural development.
(8) Institutional capacity building through training and community participation.
(9) The relevance of Nyaya Panchayats under the ongoing legal regime.
(10) The role of law in ensuring transparency and accountability in PRI institutions


(1) An abstract of not more than 300 words on any of the aforementioned sub-themes
must be sent to on or before 10th July 2017.
(2) The abstract must be accompanied with a brief profile of the author that should
include Author‟s (i) Name (ii) Designation (iii) Institutional Affiliation (iv) Mobile
Number (v) Email-Id.
(3) Co-authorship is not allowed.
(4) The abstract must be in MS-Word format (.doc or .docx) and in A4 size paper with
one inch margin on all the sides. It must be typed in Times New Roman (Font Size
12) with 1.5 line spacing.

(5) The abstract must have a title and must mention the sub-theme on which such title
is based.
(6) The abstract must encapsulate the main objective(s) and argument(s) of the paper.

The Registration form is available at the end of this Note. The Registration fee, which
includes registration kit, Lunch, teas, etc., but does not include accommodation, is as follows:
(1) For Paper Presenters – Rs 1,500/-
(2) For Participants – Rs 750/-


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