ISSA: The Beginning
The Indian Social Science Association (ISSA), an inter disciplinary professional body was founded in 1967 at RANCHI (Bihar) with the objective of promoting interaction between professionals from different disciplines. Late Professor L.P. Vidyarthi, an Anthropologist of repute was its Convener and the first President.
Since the establishment of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) was being delayed due to usual Governmental snags, the founding of The Indian Social Science Association (ISSA) may be taken as the first step towards Inter - Disciplinary Interaction of the Social Scientists in India. After the formation of the Indian Council of social science research (ICSSR), Indian Social Science Association found a place of prominence in the very first list of professional bodies existing in the country. ISSA has now not only completed FIFTY years of humble professional service career and proactive existence, but has also attracted large numbers of social scientists, professionals from India and aboard as its Members.
A Galaxy of social scientists were associated with the founding of the Indian Social Science Association. Late Professor V.K.R.V. Rao was one of its Patrons. It was later transferred to Agra and was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and was being renewed from time to time. Its renewal could not be made after 2005 for reasons not relevant to be mentioned herein. However, a meeting of persons / Members related with this organisation was held on December 01, 2012 and there was a common and unanimous census amongst the persons present in the meeting that a Trust be created under the name and style of “INDIAN SOCIAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION” so that there is a legally registered body thereby retaining the previous Members, Experience, Records and Operations. And this task was handed over to the Trustee creating this Trust and thereafter the drafts of this present trust was also circulated amongst the Executive Members of the Indian Social Science Association at the meeting held on 5th to 7th October 2014 at Hotel Grand, Agra and it was unanimously approved for registration and Mr. Abhinay Prasad, being the Author of this Trust was declared and delegated to get it registered and the following persons are its Trustee who have given their common and individual willingness to work as Trustee and as such they are appointed as Life Trustee(s):-
PROFESSOR RAJIV GUPTA S/O Late Shri Yatindra Nath Gupta R/O 109, Mohan Nagar, Gopalpura Bye Pass Road, Jaipur – 302 018 (Raj) INDIA
DR.RICHARD PAIS S/O Mr Marcel Pais R/O “Rio – Rex”, Museum Road, Mangalore – 575 004 (Karnataka) INDIA
DR. Y. S. BHADAURIA S/O Late C S Bhadauria, 20, Mongolpuri, Ismailganj, Faizabad Road, Lucknow – 227 508 (UP) INDIA.
DR. SUDHA SAXENA W/O Late Professor Rajeshwar Prasad R/O 48, Tota Ka Tal, Madiakatra, Agra – 282 002 (UP) INDIA.
DR. MAHESH SHUKLA S/O Late Sri Rajaram Shukla R/O Rajnigandha, 8, Shilpi Upvan, Anantpur, Rewa – 486 002 (MP) INDIA.
PROFESSOR K. N. BHATT S/O Late Shri Ishwari Datt Bhatt R/O B – 1, Faculty House, G B Pant Social Science Institute, Jhusi, Allahabad – 211 019 (UP) INDIA.
MR. AJAY TRIVEDI S/O Late Shri S. S. Trivedi Resident of C – 55 B, Suresh Sharma Nagar, Bareilly – 243 006 (UP) INDIA.
PROFESSOR MEENAKSHI SRIVASTAVA W/O Mr Abhinay Prasad R/O 48, Tota Ka Tal, Madia Katra, Agra - 282 002 (UP) INDIA
The Trustees are Social Scientists who are associated with the issues of Science, Technology, Enviroment, etc. and have been very actively conducting social science research and studies for upliftment and reforms, etc. of common person and community, particularly labourers, artisans, peasants etc. and have gathered a lot of experience and expertise in this regard.
The Objectives of ISSA stipulated an interface with other Sciences as well as humanities for a meaningful understanding of issues related with Science, Technology, Environment etc, as also for a comprehensive and integrated analyses of social realities in the country and around globally. The Indian Social Science Association includes Anthropology, Criminology, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Management, Statistics, Law etc., in its fold. Teachers, researchers and practitioners from natural sciences, technology, management, languages, linguistics etc., have also taken membership of ISSA in the last four decades. So far more than seven hundred scholars have been enrolled as members of ISSA. Thus it is also a vehicle of Multi-Disciplinary Dialogue between Social Scientists, Natural/ Physical / Biological Scientists, Technologists, Activists, Performing Artists, Experts in Humanities on Social issues facing the Society.
The Indian Social Science Association (ISSA) is a Life - Affiliate of the Indian Association of Social Science Institutions (IASSI), New Delhi, apex body of Social Science Institutions in the country.
Objectives of ISSA:
The main objectives of the Association as per the Memorandum and the Constitution are:
To undertake and promote systemic study of the changing trends in inter-disciplinary teaching, research and training in Social Science.
To make the younger generation of the social scientists familiar with the recent developments in the social science(s) and make effective bridges between different disciplines of social science and between social science and the society as such.
To organize Seminars, Symposia, Workshops, Lectures, Conferences with a view to promote dynamism in social science.
To accelerate Multi-disciplinary Dialogue and to properly place social science in the social development process.
To publish Research Journal, Bulletins, Newsletters, Text-books etc.
To establish meaningful links with other national and international social science organizations.
To organize avenues for honouring social scientists and to establish Awards, Fellowships etc.
To do any other activity that may lead to fulfill the cause of social science and social scientists.
INSIGHTS SOCIETY SUSTAINABILITY ACCOUNTABILITY
ISSA - CATALYSING SYNERGISM
Publications of the Association:
SOCIAL SCIENCE GAZETTEER - ISSN: 0975 – 7511 is a bi-annual – January-June and July-December – interdisciplinary research journal published by ISSA from Mangalore (Karnataka), India. It is a refereed journal and has eminent national and international social science scholars on its Editorial Board. The Managing Editor of Social Science Gazetteer is Dr. Richard Pais of St. Aloysius College.
SAMAJ VAIGYANIKI, an affiliated organ of ISSA in Hindi is published from REWA (M.P.) [INDIA]. The publisher of this Hindi Journal is Gaurav Prakashan, Kshama Hotel University Road, REWA – 486001 (M.P.) [India].
FUSION is an interdisciplinary Journal of ISSA and published from Rewa.
Awards & Honours
The ISSA is perhaps, the only professional Social Science organisation, indeed a pioneer, in giving professional awards.
ISSA is committed to promoting Young Social Scientists of the country by inculcating among them writing and presentation skills. There are three awards for the Young Social Scientists viz Professor Radha Kamal Mukherjee Young Social Scientist Award, Golden Jubilee Young Social Scientist Award and Dr Mukul Srivastava Memorial Award. These are awarded through contest. ISSA is again a pioneer in awarding and promoting Young Social Scientists.
The senior awards were for Life Members of ISSA. But the Trust Board decided to transcend the Membership boundary and seek closer networking and association with Social Science Associations and Institutes across the country. In our endeavour to recognise the accomplishments of Social Science / Social Work Educators and Practitioners, senior and emerging both, we are collaborate and associate with Associations and Institutes to Award Educators and Practitioners with ISSA Awards during functions of these Associations and Institutes. The Awards carry a Citation and a Plaque. The Young Social Scientists who are ranked high in the apecific Award are also awarded Life Membership of ISSA.
The Awards are:
(I) The Indian Social Science Association Professor Radha Kamal Mukherjee Contest For Young Social Scientists
The Indian Social Science Association had instituted an award for young social scientists about two decades back. For the purpose of the award ISSA organises a session in its conferences for presentation of scientific papers by the Young Social Scientists, below 35 years of age on a topic/problem being researched by the scholar. It is evaluated by a panel of judges and the best presenter is awarded Professor Radha Kamal Mukherjee Award. The Award includes a memorial plaque and certificate to the awardee.
The scholar is encouraged to make use of presentation tools and techniques. The evaluation also includes the judgment of scholar’s capacity to face audience, stick to time schedule and reply to the questions posed by the judges and the audience.
2017: (i) Ms. Sanchita Gangopadhyaya, Kolkata; (ii) Ms. Shubham Shree, Varanasi; (iii) Ms. Mrinal Manjari, Varanasi; (iv) Ms. Pooja Tripathi, Varanasi; (v) Mr. Bishnu Pratap Mishra, Varanasi.
2018: (i) Dr Subhasis Sahoo, Allahabad; (ii) Ranjana Bansal, HIS, Agra; (iii) Jaishree Sharma, Agra; (iv) Shivani Agarwal, Lucknow; (v) Naseem us Sahar, Aligarh; (vi) Achsah John, Chennai; (vii) Richa Srivastava, Agra; (viii) Surabhi Singh, Mumbai.
(II) The Indian Social Science Association Professor D.P. Mukerji Fellowship Award For Senior Social Scientists
This Award is given for contributions made in developing the social science disciplines-Anthropology, Criminology, Education, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work etc.; for excellent research in and commendable teaching of social science(s); for social activism and other professional contribution. Prof. D.P. Mukerji Fellowship Award is awarded every year to Senior Social Scientists. D.P. Mukerji Fellowship Award consists of a plaque, citation and a certificate. The awardee has to deliver memorial lecture
So far D.P. Mukerji Fellowship Award has been given to Professor Shanker Sahai Srivastava (Criminology), Dr. Syed Ashfaq Ali ( Educational Administration), Dr. G.C. Hallen (Editor Indian Journal of Social Research for Social Science Research Journalism), Professor Rajeshwar Prasad (Social Work and Social Activism), Professor R.S. Yadav (Sociology and Radical Humanism), Prof. G.S. Bhat (Anthropology), Professor Jugendra Sahai (Sociology), Professor Surendra Singh (Social Work), Professor R.S. Shrivastava (Criminology), Professor P.N. Pimpley (Sociology), Professor M.Z. Khan (Social Work), Professor Ziauddin Ahmed (Sociology), Professor S.K. Srivastava (Anthropology), Professor Chandra Kala Padia (Political Science), Dr. Munindra Mohan Chaturvedi (Criminology), Professor S.L. Sharma (Sociology), Professor Brij Mohan (Social Work), Professor S. P. Srivastava (Criminology), Professor (Ms) Raka Saran (Sociology), Professor Samrendra Saraf (Anthropology), Professor H. M. Marulasidaiah (Social Work), Professor Satyendra Tripathi (Sociology), Professor P. K. Chaube (Economics), Professor B. N. Chattoraj (Criminology), Professor Amitabh Kundu (Economics), Professor Rajiv Gupta (Sociology).
2014: Professor Satish K Sharma, Shimla (Sociology)
2017: Professor Ashish Saxena, Allahabad (Sociology)
(III) The Indian Social Science Association Professor D.N. Majumdar Memorial Medal
The Indian Social Science Association instituted a medal in 1994 in the memory of Professor D.N. Majumdar, who was an internationally known Anthropologist, a teacher with exceptional qualities and a field worker par-excellence.
This medal is awarded to a social scientist dedicated to ‘Field Work’ and with reputed published monographs/books.
The recipient of the medal is required to deliver a lecture on any subject/topic of his / her choice.
The recipients of Professor D.N. Majumdar Memorial Medal are:
Professor T.N. Madan; Professor G.S. Bhatt; Professor N.S. Reddy; Professor R.D. Singh(Canada); Dr. H.S. Saxena; Professor Owen M. Lynch (USA); Professor V. N. Mishra; Professor K. Gopal Iyer; Professor S. N. Rath; Professor R. P. Srivastava (Canada); Professor Kailash Nath Sharma; Dr. Hari Mohan Mathur, IAS; Professor Pramod Kumar Mishra; Professor Ravindra K. Jain; Profesor Hira Singh, York University, Canada; Professor Mohan K Gautam, The Netherlands.
2014: Professor Arvind Joshi, BHU, Varanasi.
2017: Professor Bula Bhadra, Varanasi.
(IV) Indian Social Science Association Professor V.K.R.V. Rao Memorial Life-Time Achievement Award It was instituted in the memory of Association’s Patron, Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao. It is awarded to senior scholars for their life-time achievements.
The Awardees being : Padam Vibhushan Mr. Tarlok Singh; Professor Sachchidananda; Professor A. K. Saran; Professor Sachchidananda Sahai; Sachchidananda A. K. Dasgupta; Professor Ramakrishna Mukherjee; Professor Baidyanath Saraswati; Professor (Ms) Roop Rekha Verma; Professor T. S. Papola; Professor Yogendra Singh, Prof Emeritus JNU.
2014: Professor M H Makwana, Gujrat University, Ahemdabad.
2017: Professor Sanjai Bhatt, New Delhi
(V) The Indian Social Science Association Professor L.P. Vidyarthi Memorial Award
For dedicated services rendered to the Indian Social Science Association and also for efforts made to promote Social Science in the country. This Award was instituted in the memory of Association’s founder President Prof. L.P. Vidyarthi in 2001 and given to all its Presidents. Dr. Ashfaq Ali; Shankar Sahai Srivastava; Ziauddin Ahmed; Jugendra Sahai, S.P. Srivastava; Surendra Singh and its Secretary V.K. Pachauri. Other recipients are Professor S. V. Mangsuli; Professor K. Gopal; Dr. Mahesh Shukla; Professor R. K. Gupta; Professor J. P. Pachauri; Dr. (Capt) D. V. P. Raja; Dr. Y. S. Bhadauria; Dr. Arvind Tiwari; Dr. Diwaker Sharma; Dr. Richard Pais, Mukul Srivastava, ISS, Agra.
2014: Professor Poornima Jain, DEI, Agra.
2017: Professor Kameshwar Chaudhary, Lucknow
(VI) Professor R. N. Saksena Memorial National Social Science Academic Award
This award was instituted in 2003 and awarded to a Member of ISSA who has written significantly on Human / Social / Cultural / Development / Other Societal Issues. So far it has been awarded to Professor J. M. S. Verma; Dr. R. C. Dixit, IPS; Professor. Yogesh Atal; Professor Ashok Chandra; Professor S. P. Verma; Professor Jay Tilak Guha Roy, IIPA, New Delhi.
2014: Professor I S Chauhan, Bhopal.
2017: Professor Y. C. Simhadri, VC Patna University
(VII) Professor Shankar Sahai Srivastava Memorial Plaque
It was instituted in 2002 to commemorate the memory of ISSA’s illustrious President who held office for three terms. It is awarded to the Institution that organizes / supports ISSA Conference / Seminar / Workshop. So far it has been awarded to Madurai Institute of Social Sciences; St. Aloysius College, Mangalore; Dr. H. S. Gaur University, Sagar; Hotel Grand, Agra; Radha Swami Satsang, Peepal Mandi, Agra; AADHAR, Agra; Ajay Trivedi, Bareilly; Professor Rajiv Gupta, Jaipur.
2014: M/S New Variety Decorators P. Ltd, New Delhi.
2017: Professor Arvind Kumar Joshi, Varanasi
2018: Professor Yashpal Vyas, ICC Indore; Professor Amit David, ICC Indore
2018: Professor Sanjai Bhatt, NAPSWI, Delhi; Professor Neera Agnimitra, Delhi
2019: Professor Yashpal Vyas, ICC Indore; Professor Amit David, ICC Indore
(VIII) Professor Rajeshwar Prasad Memorial Award for Professional Social Work
Instituted in 2014 in memory of Professor Rajeshwar Prasad. It is awarded to Individual / Organisation for Social Work Activism / Project / Programme.
2014: Mr Vijay Mahajan, CEO, BASIX, New Delhi
2017: Professor K. Sekar, NIMHANS, Bangaluru
2018: Professor R B S Verma, Allahabad State University, Allahabad
(IX) Professor Owen M. Lynch Memorial Award
Instituted in 2014 in memory of Professor Owen M. Lynch (USA). It is awarded to Individual / Organisation for interventions for Upliftment of Dalits / Tribals / Weaker Sections.
2014: Professor Sanjay Paswan, Patna
2017: Dr. Machhindra Sakate, Karad
(X) ISSA Honorary Senior Fellowship
Professor S. K. Das Gupta, Meerut; Professor Shaukat Ali, Bareilly; Mr. Satya Pal Ahuja, New Delhi
2017: (i) Professor S. L. Sharma, Chandigarh; (ii) Professor Noor Mohammad, Aligarh; (iii) Professor Manjeet Chaturvedi, Varanasi
(XI) ISSA Fellowship
Dr. Vineeta Srivastava, Udaipur; Dr. Gopal Singh, Bareilly
2017: (i) Dr. Vibha Joshi, Varanasi; (ii) Dr. Jaya Shrivastava, Lucknow; (iii) Dr. Deepak Paliwal, Nainital
(XII) Golden Jubilee Young Social Scientist Award
This award was introduced in 2017 when ISSA completed 50 Years of proactive service. This Award is for Young Social Scientists with an aim to promote creative writing among them.
2017: Dr Chandrabali Dutta, Kolkata; Ms Saheli Chowdhury, Kolkata; Ms Kritika Agarwal, Lucknow; Mr D Mayur Kumar, Gandhinagar; Ms Milcah Paul Machavarapu, Hyderabad; Ms Sonal Mehrotra, Kashipur; Dr Tariq Ahmad Guroo, Kashmir; Aasif Ali Naikoo, Kashmir; Mr Ravi Ranjan Kumar, Doimukh
(XIII) Dr Mukul Srivastava Memorial Award – Young Social Scientist
This Award again is for Young Social Scientists and third in the list of Awards for Young Social Scientists. This shows our commitment towards the development and promotion of Young Social Scientists. This was introduced in 2018 during NAPSWI Conference.
(XIV) MADHYANCHAL SOCIOLOGICAL SOCIETY YOUNG SOCIAL SCIENTIST AWARD
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