Gokhale institute hosts conference on health & population

For the first time in its 40-year history, Gokhale Institute of Political Science and Economics (GIPE) is hosting a three-day annual conference of Indian Association for the Study of Population (IASP), which began on Thursday.

The first day of the conference was attended by as many as 200 social scientists from across the country. Anders Thomson, deputy country representative, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), while addressing the audience talked about the role of demographers in addressing population problems in India. He also appealed to the demographers to provide solutions to the various problems faced by government and United Nation while implementing the schemes.

"Maternal and Child Health Programme Evaluation, Ageing Issues and Universal Health Issues are the main highlights of the session. The censes 2011 preliminary report will also be discussed extensively over the three days of the seminar," said Ulimiri Somayajulu, general secretary, IASP.

"This is the best platform for population scientists across the country to come forward and present their research material. Various discussions between the scientists will help in finding solutions for demographic problems faced by the country," added Somayajulu.

The first session of the conference saw papers being presented on gender analysis issues, programme evaluation, ageing issues, urban issues and fertility and family planning. Varun Sharma of Centre for Budget and Policy Studies, Bangalore, presented a paper on Urban Slums in Maharashtra: A comparative Picture of Mumbai and Pune City. The paper is focused on a comparative analysis of accessibility of basic amenities in slums and a changing picture of slums in two metropolitan cities.

Prakash Mishra of Tata Institute of Social Sciences talked about 'Gender Stereotypes Belief and Practices of Teachers in the Post Primary Public Schools: A GEMS study in Mumbai'. This study explores the gender-stereotyped beliefs and perception of secondary school teachers' in classroom practices.

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