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Invitation to Seminar

MATRU SEWA SANGH INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL WORK (NAAC Accredited ‘A’ Grade College) West High Court Road, Bajaj Nagar, Nagpur 440010 ICSSR sponsored National Seminar on the Status of Educational Rights of Marginalized Children in India: Need for Social Work Intervention (15-16 December 2013)


The Government of India enacted a landmark legislation titled “The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act” on 4th August 2009. This Act aspires to ensure free and compulsory education to children in the age group of 6-14 who belong to backward classes and economically weaker sections as enshrined in Article 21A of the Indian Constitution. One of the main features of this Act is that it enables such children to access private and quality education, as 25 percent free seats are reserved for them in private aided schools.

Nonetheless, though this Act came into force on 1st April 2010, there is lack of awareness about the provisions of this important piece of legislation. Apparently, the private schools are not in favour of the provisions of the Act and therefore do not promote awareness among the target group. Consequently, many eligible marginalized children are denied their lawful right of free admission in private schools. With a view to bring issues in the context of the RTE Act into sharper focus, this National-level Seminar is being organized with financial assistance of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi. The Seminar is designed to provide a platform for educationists, civil society functionaries and social workers to focus their attention on the current state of affairs in ensuring the educational rights of marginalized children post implementation of the RTE Act.

The Seminar would also strive to evolve strategies for social work intervention for the smooth and effective implementation of the RTE Act. The proceedings of the Seminar shall be published as a compilation with ISBN.

Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work

The Matru Sewa Sangh was founded by two child widows – Late Padmashree Kamalatai Hospet and Smt Venutai Nene – in 1921. Under the aegis of Matru Sewa Sangh, the Institute of Social Work was founded in 1958 by Dr Satyabala Tayal. An affiliate of the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, and NAAC accreditation with ‘A’ grade, it evolved with a coherent perspective; from a Certificate course in Social Work to a Bachelor's (BSW) course, and subsequently to the Master's (MSW), M.Phil (Social Work) and PhD Programme. Besides offering educational programmes at the UG and PG level, the Institute also has initiated several field action projects.

Nourished by the liberal tradition and the social reform orientation of the Matru Sewa Sangh, the Institute continues to grow and in the process contributes to the making of a modern India. The Institute has a rich tradition of organizing several national/state level seminars, workshops and conferences, thus contributing to the body of social work and social science knowledge.

Sub-Themes of the Seminar

  1. Socially and economically marginalized children and their educational rights
  2. RTE Act and its implementation.
  3. Problems in accessing the benefits under the RTE Act.
  4. Social work intervention in the context of RTE Act.

Papers are invited on any of the sub-themes of the Seminar.

Instructions to Paper Writers

Paper should be the original work of the paper writer and should not have been published anywhere earlier. There shall be a declaration to that effect along with the paper. Full length paper (maximum 3000 words) should be typed on A4 size paper. Hard copy of the paper along with a 200-300 word abstract together with a soft copy on a CD should reach the Convener on or before 10th December 2013. Alternatively, papers may also be sent as an attachment via email ( /

As indicated earlier, the Institute proposes to compile and publish the proceedings of the Seminar with ISBN. Papers that are selected after a peer review shall be included in that publication. Paper writers shall be entitled to a complimentary copy. Separate consent of the paper writer shall not be sought for publishing the paper in the compendium of seminar proceedings or elsewhere.

Registration Fee

Faculty / Practitioners : Rs 700.00
Research Scholars : Rs 450.00
Students : Rs 200.00

The registered participants are entitled to seminar material, lunch and refreshments on the days of the Seminar. Payment could be made in cash or as DD drawn on any nationalized bank in favour of the Principal, Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work payable at Nagpur. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for travel and stay. A list of hotels near the venue may be provided on request. Women participants, if they prefer, can be accommodated in the Women’s Hostel of the Institute on ‘guest payment’ basis.

Organizing Committee

Dr John Menachery : Principal & Seminar Convener (9028011957)
Mr Amod Gurjar : Co-Convener (9372499515)
Dr Keshav Walke : Organizing Secretary (9158980731)


Dr Prajakta Tanksale
Dr Ajit Kumar
Dr Prince Agashe
Ms Nandita Mane
Ms Aarti Pawar
Ms Archana Pali-Basu
Mr Baba Ingale