Researchers, academicians and professionals are invited to submit paper in the topic of interest (but not limited to)

a. Folklore, Traditional Society and Knowledge System among the tribal communities among North-East India
Folklore is the body of expressive culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the traditions common to that culture, subculture or group. These include oral traditions. They include material culture, ranging from traditional building styles to handmade toys common to the group. Folklore also includes customary lore, the forms and rituals of celebrations such as folk dances and initiation rites. Each one of these, either singly or in combination, is considered a folklore artifact. Just as essential as the form, folklore also encompasses the transmission of these artifacts from one region to another or from one generation to the next. For folklore is not taught in a formal school curriculum or studied in the fine arts. Instead these traditions are passed along informally from one individual to another either through verbal instruction or demonstration. Transmission is a vital part of the folklore process. Without communicating these beliefs and customs within the group over space and time, they would become cultural shards relegated to cultural archaeologists. With an increasingly theoretical sophistication of the social sciences, it has become evident that folklore is a naturally occurring and necessary component of any social group, it is indeed all around us. It does not have to be old or antiquated. It continues to be created, transmitted and in any group is used to differentiate between "us" and "them". A tradition is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past. Traditions can persist and evolve for thousands of years—the word "tradition" itself derives from the Latin tradere literally meaning to transmit, to hand over, to give for safekeeping. While it is commonly assumed that traditions have ancient history, many traditions have been invented on purpose, whether that be political or cultural, over short periods of time. Various academic disciplines also use the word in a variety of ways. The concept of tradition, as the notion of holding on to a previous time, is also found in political and philosophical discourse. In artistic contexts, tradition is used to decide the correct display of an art form. A number of factors can exacerbate the loss of tradition, including industrialization, globalization, and the assimilation or marginalization of specific cultural groups. In response to this, tradition-preservation attempts have now been started in many countries around the world, focusing on aspects such as traditional languages. Tradition is usually contrasted with the goal of modernity and should be differentiated from customs, conventions, laws, norms, routines, rules and similar concepts. Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing; or the observance of an obligation from loyalty; or fidelity to an entity, promise, or engagement. The word "faith" may also refer to a particular system of religious belief, in which faith may equate to confidence based on some perceived degree of warrant. Today, we have the complete Word of God in many different translations. The articles on “What is faith” and the factors associated with it for its augmentation are invited in this conference for the discussion. The terms traditional knowledge (TK), indigenous knowledge (IK), and local knowledge generally refer to knowledge systems embedded in the cultural traditions of regional, indigenous, or local communities. Traditional knowledge includes types of knowledge about traditional technologies of subsistence (e.g. tools and techniques for hunting or agriculture), midwifery, ethnobotany and ecological knowledge, traditional medicine, celestial navigation, ethnoastronomy, the climate, and others. These kinds of knowledge, crucial for subsistence and survival, are generally based on accumulations of empirical observation and on interaction with the environment. In many cases, traditional knowledge has been orally passed for generations from person to person. Some forms of traditional knowledge find expression in stories, legends, folklore, rituals, songs, and laws. The one of the main aim of this symposium is to study different methodology to protect traditional knowledge system in Uttar-Purva Bharat. Demography is the statistical study of populations, especially human beings. As a very general science, it can analyze any kind of dynamic living population, i.e., one that changes over time or space (see population dynamics). Demography encompasses the study of the size, structure, and distribution of these populations, and spatial or temporal changes in them in response to birth, migration, ageing, and death. Anthropology is the study of various aspects of humans within past and present societies. Anthropological demography is an intersection of two already heterogeneous disciplines. Each has taken that limited part of the intellectual equipment of the other that seems to serve it best. The one of the main aim of this symposium is to study anthropological and demographic issues related with Uttar-Purva Bharat. Language is the ability to acquire and use complex systems of communication, particularly the human ability to do so, and a language is any specific example of such a system. Estimates of the number of languages in the world vary between 5,000 and 7,000. However, any precise estimate depends on a partly arbitrary distinction between languages and dialects. Languages evolve and diversify over time, and the history of their evolution can be reconstructed by comparing modern languages to determine which traits their ancestral languages must have had in order for the later developmental stages to occur. Throughout history a number of different ways of representing language in graphic media have been invented. The use of writing has made language even more useful to humans. It makes it possible to store large amounts of information outside of the human body and retrieve it again, and it allows communication across distances that would otherwise be impossible. This has helped mankind to evolve Literature which, in its broadest sense, is any single body of written works. More restrictively, literature is writing that is considered to be an art form, or any single writing deemed to have artistic or intellectual value, often due to deploying language in ways that differ from ordinary usage. Language and Literature together covers the latest developments in stylistic analysis, the linguistic analysis of literature and related areas. It has a broad coverage and aims to offer easy access to important new research relevant to stylistics.

b. Economic Issues (Trade, Commerce, Agriculture etc.)
The economic problem is most simply explained by the question: "How do we satisfy unlimited wants with limited resources?" The premise of the economic problem model is that wants are constant and infinite due to constantly changing demands (often closely related to changing demographics of the population), but resources in the world to satisfy human wants are always limited to the amount of natural or human resources available. The economic problem—and methods to curb it—revolve around the idea of choice in prioritizing which wants can be fulfilled and what to produce for the economy. Opportunity cost is the loss in terms of potential benefit had another action been taken. The one of the main aim of this symposium is to study the nature of developmental process in the Northeast Indian states in the post-statehood period. The study is to focus on the social, economic, cultural and political perspectives of development in the states. It also tries to identify the problems and prospects in the context of several developmental strategies that were underway in the areas of trade, commerce and agriculture etc.

c. Literacy to Education
Literacy is traditionally understood as the ability to read, write, and use arithmetic. The modern term's meaning has been expanded to include the ability to use language, numbers, images, computers, and other basic means to understand, communicate, gain useful knowledge and use the dominant symbol systems of a culture. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines literacy as the "ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society". The one of the main aim of this symposium is to study how we can use literacy to improvise education in Uttar-Purva Bharat.

d. Science and Technology
In science studies, science, technology and society is the study of how social, political, and cultural values affect scientific research and technological innovation, and how these, in turn, affect society, politics and culture. Science is the study of the natural world by collecting data through a systematic process called the scientific method. And technology is where we apply science to create devices that can solve problems and do tasks. Technology is literally the application of science. So, it really is impossible to separate the two. The one of the main aim of this symposium is to study different methodology to boost science and technological developments in Uttar-Purva Bharat and to strengthen it in the area of electronic system design and manufacturing.

e. Scriptures and Puranas
All over the world there are extraordinary stories—stories that once upon a time were believed to be true but are today limited to the sphere of ancient myths and legends. The question remains, are those myths and legends stories something that existed in the minds of our ancestors, or were they based on true events? It is true that most of those ancient myths and legends stories appear to the scientific world as fictitious products of vivid imaginations whose goals were purely to explain phenomena beyond their comprehension. Yet is it not arrogant to accuse our ancestors of being uncivilized and ignorant in one breath, then offer them praise and admiration over their monuments, buildings, art, sculptures, and societies in the next? This only proves that our modern society has two contradictory attitudes toward our past. Through this symposium we will explore some of the most amazing myths and legends from Uttar-Purva Bharat — legends that may hold truths that can unlock the secrets of our ancient origins.

NOTE: Information to authors

Soft copies of papers should be submitted as a .pdf file as per the conference paper format. Submission should not exceed six A4 size pages and soft copy of the paper should be uploaded on the symposium web site.

There will be double blind review of the paper. Therefore do not include authors’ name in submitted paper. A Paper with authors’ names will not be considered for review. The paper must include an abstract of about 250 words and maximum of five keywords related to the topic of the paper.

Authors of the accepted papers will be informed by email. Information about necessary revisions will be communicated to the corresponding author through email. The author(s) will have to incorporate the suggestions and will have to send the revised camera ready copy of the paper in the given time limit.

Along with the paper, authors are required to submit an undertaking form stating that, the paper has not been published previously, is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and if accepted will not be published elsewhere in the same form.

It is mandatory for at least one of the authors to register in non-student category for publication of the paper in proceedings. For the author presenting more than one papers, it is mandatory to register and present each paper separately.

The paper accepted for oral presentation will be published and will be available online provided the following conditions are fulfilled: (a) it strictly complies with conference paper formatting guidelines, (c) the paper is presented in the conference by at least one of the registered authors and (d) the filled and signed copy-right transfer form is submitted along with the paper, (e) the paper must pass plagiarism check.

Important Dates

Paper Submission
Abstract Submission15 December 2017
Full Paper Submission07 January 2018
Notification of Acceptance for Papers12 February 2018
Camera Ready Paper Submission25 February 2018
Workshop Proposal07 January 2018
Workshop Announcement12 February 2018
Registration Opens12 February 2018
Fellowship Application Opens07 January 2018
Fellowship Application closes31 January 2018
Fellowship Acceptance12 February 2018