Wednesday, August 4th, 2010


The 15th Annual Conference of the Association of the Third World Studies (ATWS) South Asia Chapter commenced on 24th May 2010 at the University Students Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

The themes of papers of the present Conference concerned mainly on Problems of Marginialised sections in developing countries. Besides papers including topics like issues of cross border terrorism and internal pressure groups, Science and technology, health problems, Global warming and scientific advancements in Asian countries and Artistic traditions of the Third World Countries- attainments and prospects etc.

The Conference and National Seminars were inaugurated by Dr. Adimurthy, Associate Director VSSC, a great space scientist and the key note address given by Dr.James R Daniel (Rtd. Principal, Scott Christian College, Tamilnadu. Mrs P Vasumathy Devi, Organising Chairperson, Programme committee and Head, Department of History, University of Kerala welcomed the delegates. Mrs. Helen Azariah, President, ATWS, South Asia chapter gave the concluding remarks and Dr. B Sobhanan, Former Prof. & Head, Dept. of History, University of Kerala offered the felicitations.

Most important papers having very relevant and useful themes like the different and cheap methods of power generation in areas where electricity has not reached were presented by Dr. V S Praveen, Director, Renewable Energy, Noorul Islam University. The nuances of Nano Science and practical uses of Nano Technology were brought to the knowledge of everybody by Dr. Biju,Lecturer in the Department of Physics, University of Kerala. Global warming and dangers of climatic changes were discussed and practical solutions given by environmentalist. Dr. P Samraj. He warned how if you don’t protect nature, our posterity would be saying “here is the earth, but where is the soil?.” He brought out the factors severely endangering biological diversity. The effect of climatic changes on the poor were analysed crisply by student scholars like Lijo Jose who suggested solutions and guidelines of action for inclusive growth.

The developing countries like India face problems which are mainly agricultural. Women’s Movements should come for saving the environment, Dr.Samraj exhorted. He also presented the gist of paper by Dr. Richad Kennedy of TNAU, Peechiparae, Tamil Nadu. Tribal security has been threatened as a cost of development. The problems of terrorism, human rights and national security were analysed in detail and solutions provided. Developments in space science and practical application were analysed by Engineer scientists. Climatic changes even social climate have affected the poor sections of society.

Paper on “Panchayati Raj institutions and sustainable development” emphasized the importance of local governments in both rural and urban areas and the sustainable ecological development programmes were brought forth. The problems of the disabled children and aspects of the rehabilitation of the disabled and social responsibility towards them were discussed in detail. Factors behind women empowerment like labour welfare measures for women, the constitutional provisions for SC/ST sections of society and other problems related to terrorism were presented and studied in the Indian context. Several significant aspects of the artistic traditions and attainments of the developing countries like India were deeply analysed and conclusions derived.

The 15th Annual conference of ATWS South Asia Chapter proved to be a very significant seminar on the topics of contemporary relevance. The need of creating social awareness on the evils of alcoholism and drug addiction especially in states like Kerala was vehemently discussed with special reference to its impact on the poor. Reputed Scientist and Director of Center for Bio Informatics, Dr. Achuth Sankar S Nair gave the valedictory speech. Sri Malayinkeezh Gopalakrishanan, former News Editor, Mathrubhumi Daily also spoke. Cash prizes were given to the best two research papers presented in the sessions.

More than hundred delegates – Students and teachers participated in the deliberations and it was a useful time. Certificates were distributed to paper presenters. The edited volume for last years proceedings could not be brought out due to financial paucity. Yet it seems to be done as an out let for budding scholars engaged in research activities.

With regards
P Vasumathy Devi
Head, Department of History, University of Kerala
Vice-President & Programme Chairperson
Association of Third World Studies, South Asia Chapter
Kariavattom Campus,Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala,India – 695581


The Twelfth Annual Conference of the South Asia Chapter of the Association of Third World Studies was held at Dr. S.M.C.S.I Medical College & Hospital, Karakonam, Trivandrum, India, May 4-6, 2007.

Opening remarks were presented by Mrs. Helen Azariah, President of the ATWS South Asia Chapter, and a Condolence Resolution on the demise of Dr. K.K. Kusuman, founder Vice-President of the chapter, who passed away on March 18, 2007, was read by Dr. B. Sobhanam, Professor and Head of the Department of History, Kerala University.

The conference focused on four themes: (1) Eco-Social Problems of Third World Countries;(2) Palliative Care and Communicative Diseases; (3) Women and Social legislation; and (4) Science and Technology.

According to chapter President Helen Azariah, “The sessions were well attended and postgraduate student participation was encouraging. A sight-seeing trip to a Jain temple on a hill was arranged.

President Azariah also informed ATWS international headquarters that the South Asia Chapter of ATWS has published “Proceedings Volume of the Tenth Annual Conference,” held May 14-15, 2005 at the Jubilee Memorial Animation Centre, Trivandrum. The 135 page volume, edited by Dr. K.K. Kusuman, features papers on Third World problems, such as Human Rights, Women’s Empowerment, Child Labor, and also includes papers on “Science, Technology and Medicine,” authored by scientists, technicians and physicians.


By K.K. Kusuman
ATWS-South Asia Chapter

The tenth annual conference of the ATWS-South Asia Chapter was held at the Jubilee Memorial Animation center, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, May 14-15, 2005. Chaired by Professor Helen Azariah, the inaugural address was given by Dr. V. P. Kulkarni, former Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, Thiruvananthapuram. Dr. D. Janaki, a life member of the organization, who was made Vice-Chancellor of the Mother Teressa Women’s University, Kodaikanal, was honored in the session. She was given as citation and Ponnadai by Dr. B. Sobhanan, Treasurer. Dr. K.K. Kusuman, Vice-President, made reference to the sad and unexpected demise of Dr. Isaiah Azariah, Founding Chapter President, and presented a resolution condoling his death. Mrs. P. Vasumathi Devi, Chairperson, Program Committee, welcomed the gathering, and Dr. A.A. Mathukutty, Conference Secretary, proposed a vote of thanks.

There were six sessions covering “Human Rights and their Violations,” “Child Labor,” “Empowerment of Women,” “ Social Security Problems,” “Tourism in the South East Asian Countries,” “ Progress of Science,” and “Technology and Medicine in India.” The sessions were chaired by Dr. M.S. Ahluwalia, Dr. A. Suryakumari, Dr. C.A. Agarwal, Dr. G. Mohanachandran Nair, Mrs. Neeta Kulkarni, and Adv. Sheriff.

The valedictory session was presided by Dr. S.M. Mohammed Koya and inaugurated by Dr. S.V. Ramakrishnan. The participants had a very lively exchange of their ideas and experiences during the two day session. Mr. V. Satheesh proposed a vote of thanks.