NATIONAL SEMINAR On Pragmatics of Community Empowerment in India: 
Contributions of Prof. K.A. Siddique Hassan

Saturday | 20 August 2022 | New Delhi
Submit your abstracts on or before 15 July 2022


Concept Note

Prof. K. A. Siddique Hassan (5 May 1945 - 6 April 2021) was a visionary leader, profound scholar and well-wisher of marginalised communities in India. He worked tirelessly for the downtrodden throughout his life and will be remembered as one of the change-makers of the country.

Siddique Hassan lived a life with a mission of enhancing and empowering both his organisation and the larger society with enduring guidance and humility. He held various positions throughout his career, including Chairman, Ideal Publication Trust; President, Jamaat e Islami Hind Kerala Chapter; Vice President, Jamaat e Islami Hind, and Founding General Secretary of the Human Welfare Foundation.

He spent a great deal of time contemplating the marginalised condition of Muslims in India and how empowerment can be achieved with the active participation of their fellow compatriots. Thus the motto of his mission can be read as ‘Creating Partnership with the Needy”. His personal and organisational activities are a testament to his commitment to the educationally and economically backward people in the country. He was facilitated with the first Ebrahim Sulaiman Sait Sahib Foundation Award, Imam Haddad Excellence Award and Kamala Surayya Award for his incredible services.

The Human Welfare Foundation, with several distinguished and experienced community leaders on its board of trustees, acts as an umbrella body for implementing programmes under its flagship project 'Vision 2026'. Started in 2006 as a ten-year long action plan titled 'Vision 2016’ in the backdrop of the Sachar Committee Report on Muslim Backwardness, this project has been extended for ten more years and renamed 'Vision 2026'. It has not only redefined the domain of charitable works by integrating professional ideals, but also inspired others to follow suit. With the enduring leadership and guidance of its founder Siddique Hassan, the Foundation gradually initiated various organisations to undertake focused and specialised activities in Education (Centre for Training and Academic Guidance), Healthcare (Medical Service Society), Economic Development (Grameen Dosti), Women Empowerment (The Women Education and Empowerment Trust), Skill Development (Innovation and Skill Training Centre), Social Welfare (Orphan Care), Community Development (Model Village Trust/ Nagarik Vikas Kendra), Disaster Management (Society for Bright Future), Micro-Finance (Sahulat) and Civil rights Protection (Association for Protection of Civil Rights). Hence, the HWF projects address eleven of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In the arena of Media Management, his endeavours shed light on various initiatives by creating a space for articulations of the country's most marginalised people. Being associated with a number of publication and broadcasting firms, he strived to design, establish and sustain Media projects such as Madhyamam Daily, Meantime News Magazine, Media One Channel etc. He formulated a pioneering framework of accessible and equitable education from primary level to higher level including research. His vision for academic excellence contributed to the genesis and dissemination of various institutions, including the Centre for Information and Guidance India (CIGI), Safi Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS), The Scholar Schools etc.

Siddique Hassan relentlessly made efforts to maintain peaceful and harmonious life among diverse sections of the country. His active engagement in the resolution of 2003 Marad Violence received much appreciation from civil society. He kept earnest relations with people from all walks of life and encouraged them to contribute their part to the wellbeing of the downtrodden. Hence, he received their active cooperation and support in all visionary endeavours he put forward.    

His vision and work made a substantial impact on the institutions he built, and it brought transformation in the lives of people in need through its interventions. Hence, we believe that summarizing the life and works of this visionary leader needs more extensive deliberation and documentation.

This one-day National Seminar will bring together eminent academics, analysts and field experts from all over India to contemplate and engage on relevant themes.

Themes

  • K. A. Siddique Hassan: Vision and Leadership
  • The Inception and Trajectories of 'Vision 2026': Creating Partnership with the Needy
  • Community Empowerment Framework: Introducing Professionalism in Charity Work
  • Empowerment through Education: Initiatives from Primary level to a Higher level and Research
  • Contributions in Promoting Peaceful Co-existence: Resolution of Marad Violence and Beyond
  • Sahulat: Uniqueness of the Interest -free Microfinance for Inclusive Development
  • Madhyamam and Media One: Giving Voice to the Voiceless

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • The submissions on the themes mentioned above are welcome from academicians, students, professionals as well as anyone having a deep interest in the subject.
  • Papers can be submitted in English or any other regional language.
  • The abstract should contain the full title of the paper, name of authors and affiliations. It should not exceed 500 words, including 3 to 5 keywords.
  • The presenters must submit their working papers of 3000 words on or before 15 August 2022.
  • Full Papers with a maximum of six thousand words should be submitted after the Seminar by incorporating suggestions and comments.
  • All submissions are to be made via e-mail as MS word and PDF documents to projectkasvision@gmail.com
  • Selected Papers will be published in a book with ISBN.

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission of Abstracts: 15 July 2022
Notification of Acceptance: 20 July 2022
Submission of Working Papers: 15 August 2022
National Seminar: 20 August 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15 September 2022

The Seminar will be held in a hybrid format of physical and virtual platforms. Organisers will bear the costs of travel and accommodation for selected presenters. Queries should be directed to email: projectkasvision@gmail.com.