The 58th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) will be held during 24-26 November, 2016 in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, Assam, India. The Conference is being organised by IIT Guwahati in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Guwahati and OKD Institute of Social Change and Development (OKDISCD), Guwahati. The 58th Annual Conference will be presided over by Professor Ajit Ghose, National Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Hon. Professor, Institute for Human Development (IHD), New Delhi (formerly of ILO, Geneva). Dr. Rajshree Bedamatta, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati is the Organising Secretary of the Conference.


The themes for the 58th ISLE Annual Conference are:

1. Labour Market Institutions and Regulations

2. Wages in India: Structure, Trends and Determination

3. Education, Employment and Labour Markets


Dates to Remember

Dates of the Conference: 24-26 November 2016.

Last Date for Submission of Papers: 15 September 2016

Communication from ISLE about Acceptance of Papers: 30 September 2016 (Those who would need early communication of the acceptance of their papers should request for early information in this regard while sending their papers)

Last Date for Registration: 15 October 2016

Timings of the Conference

The Conference will start at 9.30 am on 24 November 2016 and will conclude by 4 pm on 26 November 2016. Delegates are advised to reach Guwahati a day prior to the Conference and schedule their departure for the evening of 26 November 2016 or the morning of 27 November 2016. A pre Conference symposium/workshop is also being planned for 23 November 2016 (at around 3 pm) and the theme for this will be announced soon. Those who would like to attend the Pre Conference event should aim to reach the Conference venue by noon on 23 November 2016.

Pre-Conference Event

A pre conference workshop/symposium on some important contemporary policy/ issue analytical theme is also being planned between 3 pm and 7 pm on 23 November 2016. The details relating to the theme and speakers in the event will be communicated in due course. These desirous of participating in the pre-conference event should reach Guwahati by lunch time on 27 November 2016.

For updates on the Conference, please visit the ISLE website http:/, or call +911-11-23358166/23321610, Ext 50, Mobile: +91 9871177540, Fax: +91 1123765410

or email at - /

Guidelines on the Submission of Papers

Researchers and other professionals, including those from outside India, are invited to contribute papers on any of the Conference themes mentioned above. Scholars from outside India may contribute either conceptual or empirical papers relating international or Indian experience. The papers should be emailed to:

Dr. Preet Rustagi, the Hon. Secretary, Indian Society of Labour Economics, IIPA Campus, I.P. Estate, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, New Delhi-110002, India on with a copy marked to :

Authors of selected papers will subsequently be invited by the Conference President/ ISLE Secretariat to present their papers either during the Thematic Technical Sessions or the Poster Sessions.

Papers submitted should not exceed 8000 words (including tables and appendices) and should adhere to the style of writing of the current issues of The Indian Journal of Labour Economics (IJLE). For further details, please visit http:/

All papers should also include a summary of between 500 and 1000 words. The summaries of all accepted papers will be compiled into a publication which will be distributed among the Conference participants, along with a CD containing the papers themselves. They will also be put up on the ISLE website. Selected and revised papers that have been peer-reviewed will be published in subsequent issues of the Indian Journal of Labour Economics (IJLE) in 2017. Those who would like their papers to be published in the journal should send revised papers to the Editor of the IJLE after the Conference.

In line with the editorial philosophy of the ISLE, authors need ensure that their contributions are original and have not been published or presented in part or in full at any other academic forum prior to this Conference. While, all papers will be screened for plagiarism, the authors alone would be responsible for the violation in this regard.

Panel Proposals

A few panel discussions on special themes will be organised during the Conference. Proposals for panels are invited from scholars and institutions. The final proposals will be selected by a team of experts and reviewers for presentation at the Conference. A panel session will comprise 4 to 5 paper presentations.

Each panel proposal should contain the following

1. The title of the panel and a description of the panels theme

2. The titles, authors and abstracts (around 500 words) of the papers to be presented

3. The names, affiliations and short biographies (100-150 words) of the proposed speakers/presenters

4. The name and contact information of the panel organiser

The organisers/coordinators of each Panel Session are expected to be in charge of the Panel Discussion, including raising resources for speakers travel and other expenditure. Proposals should be submitted to the ISLE Secretariat latest by 10 September, 2016.

Submissions for the abstracts and panel proposals may also be made online at the Conference website http:/

Best Paper Awards

The Ruddar Datt Memorial Award and the Sanjay Thakur Young Labour Economist Award (each carrying an award of Rs.10,000) will be awarded to the authors of the best papers at the Conference. Only authors who are below 40 years of age will be considered for these awards. The papers on any of the Conference themes to be considered for the award should be presented by the paper writers themselves. Contributors who wish to be considered for these awards are requested to furnish proof of their age along with their papers.

Surjit Singh Fellowship

The ISLE also invites applications from scholars below 40 year of age for the award of one Fellowship of Rs.50,000 instituted in the memory of Dr. Surjit Singh, former Secretary of the Society. The application should contain a short proposal (about 1500-2000 words) providing details of the research objectives, hypotheses, methodology and theoretical framework of the study. The proposal should relate to one of the themes of the Conference. The awardee is expected to prepare a comprehensive research paper/monograph by the end of 2016 and also make a presentation based on it during the Conference.

The last date for submitting the application is 20 July 2016 and the decision on the award will be communicated to applicants by the first week of August 2016.

Conference President


Professor Ajit Ghose

ICSSR National Fellow and Hon. Professor

Institute for Human Development, New Delhi

IIPA Campus, IP Estate

New Delhi 110002

Email :


Conference Organising Secretary


Dr. Rajshree Bedamatta

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)

Department of Humanities and

Social Sciences

Guwahati-781039, Assam, India


Phone: +919678007148


Conference Co-Organising Secretary


Professor Saundarjya Borbora

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)

Department of Humanities and

Social Sciences

Guwahati-781039, Assam, India



Conference Associate Organising Secretaries

Dr. Joydeep Baruah

OKD Institute of Social

Change and Development

VIP Road, Upper Hengrabari
( Near Hotel Ginger) Six Mile,

Guwahati 781036


Phone: +91-9435115889


Dr. Debdulal Saha

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Guwahati Campus

14-A, Bhuban Road, Uzanbazar

Guwahati-78001, Assam, India


Phone: +91-8812001747





Professor Preet Rustagi

The Hon. Secretary


Dr. Seema Singh

Joint Hon. Secretary


The Indian Society of Labour Economics

C/o Institute for Human Development

NIDM Building, 3rd Floor, IIPA Campus

I.P. Estate, New Delhi-110002, India

Phones: +91-11-23358166/23321610;


Mobile: +91- 9871177540;



All queries/submissions relating to the Conference should be addressed to:


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Conference Brochure


Registration Form


Membership Application




Abstracts / Paper submission deadline

extended till 30th September 2016.
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