Institute for Social and Economic Change

Established in 1972 by Professor V K R V Rao, ISEC is an All-India Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Training in the Social Sciences

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Population Research Centre

PRC Events

Recently conducted workshops/Seminars
  1. Capacity Building Workshop on Concepts and Techniques of Demography for Application in the Health System for district level M&E Managers from Karnataka Health & FW department supported by ICSSR and conducted at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru from 26th to 28th, July, 2023.

    A Capacity Building Workshop entitled Concepts and Techniques of Demography for Application in the Health System was conducted by the Population Research Centre (PRC) at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru for district level M&E Managers from the Health & Family Welfare Services, Government of Karnataka during 26th to 28th July, 2023. The workshop was financially supported by a training and capacity building grant-in-aid from the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi. The aim of the workshop was to build capacity in demographic concepts, techniques and data use among technical staff of district level health departments across the state. Since substantial amount of data on health status and health service delivery is generated at the community and facility level, the technical knowledge and expertise of these health personnel has a direct bearing on the quality of data that is collected. The course comprised of twelve sessions which were organized around (1) the understanding of basic concepts, (2) data principles and usefulness of data for the health system and (3) the analytical understanding of the data that is generated. The method of teaching included lectures and hands on exercises. Thirty two district M&E managers and two state M&E managers attended all three days and gave positive feedback at the end of the workshop. Dr Shirish Darak from Prayas, Pune, Smt BP Vani from the Centre for Economic Studies and Policy (CESP), Dr Lekha Subaiya, Professor TS Syamala, and Ms Madhu Bidari from the PRC were the resource persons.

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    Capacity Building Workshop on Concepts and Techniques of Demography for Application in the Health System for district level M&E Managers from Karnataka Health & FW department supported by ICSSR and conducted at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru from 26th to 28th, July, 2023.

  2. Orientation program on DH Ranking for Research staff of PRC Bhubaneswar and PRC, Bangalore on 24th May, 2023.
  3. XXVII National IIPS Seminar on “75 years of India‟s Demographic Change: Processes and Consequences on February 23-25, 2023

    In the past 75 years, India has undergone a remarkable socio-economic and demographic transition. The long-standing national goal of replacement level fertility has been achieved and life expectancy has more than doubled, yet we face several socio-economic, demographic, and environmental challenges. While commemorating 75 years of India’s Independence, there is a need to introspect on the processes of demographic transition and their implications for future generations. Despite the fact that the discipline of demography has contributed significantly to public policies which address population related challenges, there is a need for further cross-disciplinary learning, innovative approaches, and expansion of the learning horizon to address current and future challenges. In this context, the XXVII IIPS national seminar 2023 on “75 years of India’s Demographic Change: Processes and Consequences” organized by the International Institute for Population Sciences Mumbai (IIPS) and Population Research Centre, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) was conducted during February 23rd to 25th, 2023 at ISEC, Bengaluru as part of ISEC’s Golden Jubilee celebrations during the year 2022-2023. The focus of the XXVII IIPS national seminar was on the various drivers of population change and centered on the cross-cutting issues relating to population, health, environment, and development. The seminar brought together researchers, policy makers and civil society organizations working on issues of relevance to the country’s population and health. About 180 academicians, policy makers, and scholars from various organizations across the country participated in the national seminar. There were 4 plenary sessions, 15 technical sessions and 2 poster sessions over the course of the three days. The plenary sessions were titled “75 years of India’s Demographic Change: Processes and Consequences”; “ Nutritional Status in Karnataka: Policies and Programmes”; “Maternal and Neonatal Mortality Transition Framework in India and States” ; “ Population Research Centre’s Vision: Past to Future” and senior academicians and policy makers debated the issues and lively discussions followed. The technical sessions covered such topics as demographic transition, ageing, child health, migration, fertility and family planning, and nutrition, among others. Shri TK Anil Kumar, IAS, Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka, inaugurated the national seminar and participated in the plenary session on nutritional status in Karnataka. T S Syamala, Lekha Subaiya and BP Vani coordinated the programme.

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  4. Swachhta Pakhwada with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Karnataka State Office, Bangalore, on, intiated by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI, ON 14th July, 2022.
  5. Impact of Demographic Change on Society and the Environment: Emerging Issues and Challenges for India on June 06, 2022.

    PRC Bangalore conducted a one day national seminar on “Impact of Demographic Change on Society and the Environment: Emerging Issues and Challenges for India” on 6th June, 2022 at ISEC, Bangalore to commemorate the Golden Jubilee Anniversaries of the Institute for Social and Economic Change, the Population Research Centre, Bengaluru, as well as World Environment Day. Smt Nadoja Dr Salumarada Thimmakka, noted Environmentalist, and Smt Dr Tejaswini Ananth Kumar were the chief guests for the event. To mark the special occasion of World Environmental Day, the Chief guests planted saplings at ISEC. Professor CM Lakshmana coordinated the seminar.
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    Inaugural session of the national seminar on Impact of Demographic Change on Society and the Environment: Emerging Issues and Challenges for India conducted by PRC Bengaluru on 6th June, 2022 at ISEC, Bengaluru

  6. Interaction of Southern PRCs under the Chairpersonship of DG (Statistics) on 20th May, 2022 at ISEC, Bengaluru.

    A workshop was organised for the purpose of interaction between PRCs in the southern states under the chairpersonship of Smt Sandhya Krishnamurthy, DG (Statistics) on 20th May, 2022 at ISEC, Bengaluru. Representatives from PRCs including Dharwad, Gandhigram, Kerala and Vishakapatnam participated in the event. Officials from Karnataka state health department were invited for a discussion with PRCs to engender greater coordination between PRCs and state health departments. Dr Lekha Subaiya coordinated the workshop.
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    Workshop for the review of Southern PRCs under the chairpersonship of Smt Sandhya Krishnamurty, DG(Stats), MoHFW, GoI on 20th May, 2022 at ISEC, Bengaluru

  7. Two-Day Regional Conference entitled Towards Peace, Harmony and Happiness Transition to Transformation jointly with Pranab Mukherjee Foundation, New Delhi and Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh on January 23-24, 2020.
  8. Training workshop on Data Management Analysis using SPSS and STATA with support from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi on September 16-21, 2019.
  9. Seminar on Fertility Transition in Karnataka in Honour of Professor P Hanumantha Rayappa, former Head of the Centre for his significant contribution to the Study of Demography on July 26, 2019
  10. One-Day Dissemination Seminar on Population and Health Studies with support from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka on June 27, 2019
  11. International Conference on Ageing in Asia in collaboration with the Program of the Global Demography of Ageing at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, USA and the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai during 14th and 15th March, 2019.
  12. Two-day National Seminar on ‘Persons with Disablities (PWD) and their Socio-economic Status in India’ with financial support from ICSSR on June 28 and June 29, 2018.
  13. Review Meeting of Research Coordination Committee on the Status and Quality of HMIS data in Karnataka was held on April 29, 2016 at the Regional Office for Health and Family Welfare at Bangalore.
  14. Two-Day Meeting of the Annual Action Plan (AAP) of the Population Research Centres (PRCs) jointly organised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, and Population Research Centre (PRC), ISEC, Bengaluru on March 16 and 17, 2015.
  15. Census Data Dissemination Workshop was organised in collaboration with Directorate of Census Operations, Karnataka on December 1, 2014
  16. An Eight-day International Training Workshop on ‘Demographic Computation Series-2: Multistate Population Projection Using Excel and R in collaboration with International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Austria and Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), New Delhi on November 24 to December 2, 2014.
  17. Two-day International Seminar on Global Issues of Population, Development and Environment, sponsored by the ICSSR, New Delhi and Pollution Control Board, Government of Karnataka on October 27 and 28, 2014.
  18. Dissemination Seminar of the Report on ‘The Status of Elderly in Odisha’ in collaboration with UNFPA State office Bhubaneswar on September 02, 2014.
  19. Seminar on the Status of Elderly in Tamil Nadu in collaboration with PRC, Gandhigram was held on June 30, 2014.
  20. Training Programme on ‘Use of Mixed Methods in Ageing Research’ organised jointly with University of Southampton and the University of Groningen, The Netherlands on June 2-6, 2014.
  21. Seminar on Status of Elderly in Karnataka, Jointly by PRC, ISEC, Bangalore and PRC Kerala on December 30, 2013.
  22. Seminar on Migration and Development, (in Collaboration with Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum on December 2, 2013.
  23. The Population Research Centre, ISEC in collaboration with IIASA, Austria and TIFAC, New Delhi conducted Training Workshop on “Demographic Computations: Multistate Population Projection” during November 9-13, 2010 at ISEC, Bangalore. The purpose of the training was to strengthen the basic analytic skills and help gain knowledge of multistate demography and Excel tools for demographic analysis. The five-day training included lectures, practical sessions and assignments.

    20 candidates were selected for the training among the 50 applicants and 3 candidates from Bhutan were sponsored by UNFPA. The participants included Ph.D students and researchers below Associate Professor level from different parts of India. Dr K C Samir from World Population Program at IIASA, Dr Anne Goujon, also from World Population Program at IIASA and Dr K S James, ISEC were the resource persons for the workshop.

    • Workshop on `Methodologies for Small Area Estimation’ supported by UNFPA

    A two-day Workshop on `Methodologies for Small Area Estimation’ was organized by Population Research Centre at ISEC, Bangalore, on April 24-25, 2009 supported by United Nations Fund for Population Analysis (UNFPA), New Delhi. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the available and appropriate methodologies for the estimation of different parameters at local level. In the decentralised form of governance and service delivery in India, there is a larger demand for estimates of different indicators at local level. This workshop was useful in developing a curriculum on small area estimation which can be taught in institutes and universities in India. The workshop brought together 15 experts who had contributed in this area. The organisers of the workshop were Professor K S James, Professor, PRC, ISEC and Professor K Srinivasan, Hon.Visiting Professor, ISEC

    • GOI-UN Joint Programme on Convergence – Orientation for Senior Level Officers on Use of Data for Planning and Monitoring of Development Programmes

    In line with the annual AWP signed between ISEC and UNFPA, two rounds of Orientation Programmes for senior-level officers on use of data for Planning and Monitoring of development programmes , the first on September 10-11, 2009 and the second on September 24-25, 2009 were held at ISEC. The first programme on September 10th was inaugurated by Smt Sobha Nambisan, IAS, Principal Secretary, Planning Department, Government of Karnataka. It was then followed by general sessions on Need for Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation. It was followed by sectoral presentation of data availability and its limitations and indicators necessary for promotion and planning with duration of one and half hours for each session. The sessions in the first programme held during September 10-11, 2009 indicated the need for planning, monitoring and evaluation and sectoral sessions on demography, health, income and price, poverty, education, employment and gender. The second programme on September 24-25, 2009 also followed on nearly similar sessions with certain changes based on the comments received on the first programme.

    • Workshop on Sub-National Estimation of MDG Indicators: An Analysis of Two States with Differential Quality of Data

    A workshop on Sub-National Estimation of MDG Indicators: An Analysis of Two States with Differential Quality of Data was held on September 12, 2009 between 9.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. This was a project initiation workshop to develop methods of arriving at reliable data sources at district or sub-district level based on a case study of 4 districts, two each in Karnataka and Rajasthan. There were 8 participants including experts on demography and statistics from different parts of India.

    • Workshop on “Sub-National Estimation of MDG Goals in India: An analysis of two States with Differential Quality of Data”

    A half-day workshop on Use of Data for Local Area Planning under the project Sub-National Estimation of MDG Goals in India: An analysis of two States with Differential Quality of Data”, funded by UNFPA was held on November 2, 2009 from 9.00 a.m. onwards at ISEC, Bangalore.

    • Orientation for Senior Level Officers Use of Data For Planning and Monitoring of Development Programmes

    In line with the annual AWP signed between ISEC and UNFPA, four rounds of orientation programmes for senior-level officers on use of data for planning and monitoring of development programmes, the first on September 10-11, 2009 and the second on September 24-25, 2009, the third and the fourth rounds on December 3-4 and December 10-11, 2009, were held at ISEC. The first programme on September 10 was inaugurated by Ms Sobha Nambisan, IAS, Principal Secretary, Planning Department, Government of Karnataka. It was then followed by general sessions on Need for Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation. This was followed by sectoral presentation of data availability and its limitations and indicators necessary for promotion and planning with duration of one and half hours for each session. The sessions in the first programme indicated the need for planning, monitoring and evaluation and sectoral sessions on demography, health, income and price, poverty, education, employment and gender. The second programme held on September 24-25, 2009, also had similar sessions with certain changes based on the comments received on the first programme.The sessions and other activities of the third and the fourth rounds were modified on the basis of the suggestions received from the earlier two rounds. During the third round held on December 3-4, 2009, the inaugural lecture on ‘Use of Data on Planning’ was delivered by Prof Ravi Kanbur of Cornell University, USA. The fourth round held on December 10-11, 2009, was inaugurated by Dr N C Saxena. Dr Nesim Tumkaya, UNFPA Country Director, delivered the Chairperson’s remarks. As in the case of the earlier two rounds, the subjects covered in the third and the fourth rounds included Demography and Health, Education, Gender Budgeting, Poverty, Income and Employment. There was also a panel discussion session on Monitoring of Programmes. Prof K S James coordinated the programme.

    • Indian Association for the Study of Population (IASP) October 17-19, 2008

    • A two-day data-users workshop, facilitated by the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), was conducted at ISEC to disseminate the third round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 2005-2006 (January 3 and 4, 2008)

    • A workshop was conducted by PRC to discuss the implications of the National Family Health Survey – 3, Karnataka (NFHS 2005-06) survey findings for Karnataka. There were over a 100 participants including state and district level officials from the Health Department of the Government of Karnataka, special interest groups, academicians and researchers (24/2/07).

    • A seminar on ‘Lives at Risk – Vulnerable Daughters in a Modernizing Society’ was conducted in collaboration with Lund University, Sweden during 28-29 September, 2005.

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