Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS)
The Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) was founded in 2010 with a commitment to study the social and cultural issues at right context on the basis of their historical and geographical position thereby promoting social and national integration with an approach to International understanding.
Broadly the objectives of the Institute are:
- Promoting social and national integration through positive action for integration of all sections of people including the deprived sections.
- Preserving and arranging for documentation of heritage that devolves by right of inheritance both tangible and intangible irrespective of country or race.
- Preserving and developing geo cultural areas - The Himalayas, Far South, South-East Asia, Central Asia etc.
- Creating awareness on ecological balance.
- Extending help for preservation and restoration of art, literature, manuscript, heritage sites & popular public places.
- To study any subject with appropriate research methodology to find its impact on the policy matters of the state.
- Promoting research and academic activities.
- Publication of books, magazines, journals, periodicals.
- Promoting International understanding.
ISCS maintains relationship with Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs and other Government divisions to meet its objectives. From time to time the delegates of ISCS visit countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar and is able to establish a special bonding with these countries by organizing seminars, symposiums, exhibitions etc.
Generally the symposiums, seminars are held on the burning issues in order to reach to a conclusive point which will help in deciding the policy matters. For example, ISCS is working on “Right to Free and Compulsory Education” which is undoubtedly a just and suitable step for the welfare of the depriving section of the people of the society to fulfill their basic need. Similar is the case with “Urban Water Resource Management”.
Seminars on the adepts of the bygone days like Pandit Sakharam Ganesh Deuskar or Rishi Rajnarayan Basu revives and reestablishes their contribution to the society in the right perspective. Besides, ISCS encourages study and research work on those persons who made substantial contribution for the welfare of their native land out of love and respect.
The topics for seminars and subjects chosen for social cause cover the extensive variety of social, political, cultural, economical, legal, intellectual, architectural, historical, archaeological and traditional issues.
Subject of the National Seminar
- Socio –Economic impact of the Enemy Property Bill 2010
- Urban Water Resource Management
- North-East India: Different Windows on Interdisciplinary Aspects
- Pandit Sakharam Ganesh Deuskar
- Rishi Rajnarayan Basu
Subject of the International Seminar
- Growth & Development of Architecture of Bengal (at Dhaka, Bangladesh)
- Post- Election Scenario in Bangladesh and future of Indo-Bangladesh Relations
- Indo-Myanmar Relations: New Horizon
- Four Decades of Mukta Bangladesh and Indo-Bangladesh Relation
- Indo-Bangladesh Cultural Relations (held in 3 places-Delhi, Kolkata & Shillong)
- India and Indian Ocean: Renewing the Maritime Trade & Civilisational Linkages
- India’s contribution to the Liberation war of Bangladesh
- Glimpses of Bangladesh (covered both tangible & intangible heritage pictures: held in 5 places)
- Rishi Rajnarayan Basu - the era he represented
- 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekanada displayed in the moving tram
- The Grandeur of Himalayas
- Right to Education Bill
- Indo Myanmar Relations: by the Consul General of Myanmar
- Swami Vivekananda 150th Birth Anniversary commemorative lecture: by Dr. Moni Bhaumik
- Cleaning the Ganga - An Eco system Approach: by Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh, an eminent environmentalist (in a boat on the river Ganges at Sea Explorer’s Institute, Outram Ghat)
- Sino-India Diplomacy - Present Challenges and Long Term Trends: Presided by Major Gen. K K Ganguly & conducted by Sunanda K Dutta Roy
ISCS has developed a special bonding so far with Bangladesh and Myanmar. The Institute takes initiative in terms of mutual understanding and cooperation to reestablish the civilisation bondage in the international front. The civilisation bondage evolved through an organic and gradual process proves to be beneficial for the people in the long run hence ISCS targets to indulge at the outset in finding out the gap that can be bridged amicably with the countries like Bangladesh, Mynamar, South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius etc.
Sudhi Sangam (Interactive session with Established person of well repute to share his/her experience)
- Sri Ramananda Bandyopadhyay, an eminent artist was invited to share the different odds and ends of his grown up days, his vision and his valuable pieces of advice for the upcoming generation.
- Again, to encourage the youth force and to draw their attention towards the charm and thrill of rock climbing and mountaineering a session on Art of Rock climbing in presence of Mr. Ujjal Roy, Mr. Debdas Nandy and Ms. Chhanda Gayen, three successful mountaineers who had climbed the peak of Mt. Everest during this year was held, where they shared their rich experience through interactive session.
- Prof. Pradip Majumdar of Rabindra Bharati University conducted a session on India’s contribution to the field of Mathematics - from ancient period to the modern era.
The sesquicentennial birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was observed in a unique way. ISCS jointly with Calcutta Tram Company organized an Exhibition on Swamiji’s Life and Work in two moving trams namely VivekTirtha & Paribrajak which was inaugurated by Swami Suhitananda, the General Secretary of Ramkrishna Math & Mission. It is the first such attempt in the 140 years of Calcutta Tram Company. Cultural programmes were held at various depots as and when these moving trams reached there. The commemorative labels were released as a gesture of paying tribute to Swamiji. A documentary film on Swami Vivekananda in Bangladesh is under process.
A very Special Cover was also released by the postal department.
Cultural programme AGAMONI - A session on recitation where poets recited their own composition along with others in moving tram. This was organized on the occasion during Durgapuja, 2013. Vijaya Sammilani after Durgapuja was also observed to reinforce the communal harmony.
Reference Library: A good number of old and recent publication on various topics are available.
Archive: Preserving documents & photographs of both National & International heritage and have started working with articles of Myanmar & Bangladesh.
Documentation: Systematic documentation of clippings to gather latest information readily.
- Seminar Volume: Indo-Myanmar Relations - New Horizon
- The Picture (Trilingual version: Bengali, English & Myanmar) by Sarat Ch. Chattopadhyay
- Rabindranath Tagore through Burma: An Emotional Collage by Dr. Saswati Mutsuddhi
- Swami Vivekananda, Buddha & Buddhism - A Mystic Link by Dr. Anirban Ganguly
- Glimpses of Bangladesh, Pictorial Album
- The Revolutionary Benodbehari, (Bilingual version in English & Bengali)
- Right to Education
- Prabandha Sankalan: Sakharam Ganesh Dewskar
- Commemorative volume - Four decades of Mukta Bangladesh and Indo Bangladesh Relations
- India-Bangladesh-Myanmar Potential for sub-regional Co operation
- Cleaning the GANGA - An Ecosystem Approach
- Post Election Scenario in Bangladesh and Future of Indo Bangladesh Relations