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Livelihood is a global concern. Rural economy across the globe is influenced by the status of livelihood. The status of livelihood and its issues differ countrywise and economy wise. Improving the livelihood status is gaining global emphasis. Since the last few decades, countries and developmental entities have been promoting livelihoods to mitigate various socio-economic problems. Needless to mention, the strategies to promote livelihood also have to be different and contextual, keeping in view the socio-economic, geographical and demographic factors. In a rural economy like India, emphasis has to be given on livelihood promotion.

The Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), 2018 shows that India has been successful in reducing poverty over the last decade. MPI measures multidimensional poverty across three equally weighted dimensions - health, education and living standards. The MPI reinforces that poverty is not one-dimensional and income alone cannot be the sole factor for determining poverty. Countries around the world like Colombia, Mexico and Bhutan etc. are looking at poverty and livelihood issues in a multidimensional manner. Effective functioning and better monitoring of developmental schemes, leading to sustainable livelihood, will definitely help in reducing poverty. For sustainable livelihood, development of social and human capital is a must.

The challenges are daunting as livelihood has deep-rooted reflection in the values and attitudes of people. To that extent, psychological aspects and reflection of livelihood issues in literature and on mass media also holds significance. There is a role for education as well; here Open and Distance Learning (ODL) can play a significant role. For example, Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is actively engaged in livelihood promotion in Sub-Saharan countries. We need to explore what role open education and developmental interventions can play in contributing towards livelihood promotion in a sustainable manner. Keeping all these aspects in view, Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University has designed a two day International Conference on the topic.“Livelihood Issues in Developing Countries -Role of ODL”.

Selected papers will be published in a conference volume with ISBN number (being applied).
Abstracts of all papers will be published.

Objectives of the Conference Sub Themes

1. To develop ideas on the role and status of developmental interventions and open learning in addressing issues related to the quality of life at the grassroots.

2. To explore case specific issues of livelihood across social sectors and economies.

3. To explore how livelihood issues are reflected in the various treatise of literature, mass media, philosophical schools etc.

1. Definitional Framework/Models/Approaches.

2. Inclusive Education, Open Education and Livelihood Promotion .

3. Sustainability, SDGs and Livelihood Issues : Role of ODL .

4. Livelihood Issues as Reflected in Ancient and Contemporary Literature .

5. Political Ideology, Governance Issues and Livelihood.

6. Economic Policies and Livelihood Concerns.

7. Livelihood Issues in North-East India.

8. Management/Operational Issues/ICT in Livelihood Promotion.

9. Case Studies related to Livelihood Issues and ODL.

Information Brochure


The KKHSOU is the fourteenth of its kind along with IGNOU and the only state Open University in the whole of North-East India.The aim of the University is to promote education to reach the unreached through the Open and Distance Learning System and the motto of the University is "Education Beyond Barriers"



Guwahati (Pragjyotishpura in ancient Assam, Gauhati in the colonial era) is the largest city in the Indian state of Assam and also the largest urban area in Northeast India. A major riverine port city and one of the fastest growing cities in India, Guwahati is situated on the south bank of the Brahmaputra.[10] The ancient cities of Pragjyotishpura and Durjaya (North Guwahati) were the capitals of the ancient state of Kamarupa.Many ancient Hindu temples are in the city, giving it the name "City of Temples".Dispur, the capital of Assam, is in the circuit city region located within Guwahati and is the seat of the Government of Assam. Guwahati lies between the banks of the Brahmaputra River and the foothills of the Shillong plateau, with LGB International Airport to the west and the town of Narengi to the east. The North Guwahati area, to the northern bank of the Brahmaputra, is being gradually incorporated into the city limits. The noted Madan Kamdev is situated 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Guwahati. The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), the city's local government, administers an area of 328 square kilometres (127 sq mi), while the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) is the planning and development body of greater Guwahati Metropolitan Area. Guwahati is the largest city in Northeast India.

(Source: Wikipedia )


Places to visit
Assam State Zoo Cum Botanical Garden
The Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden (popularly known as Guwahati Zoo) is the largest of its kind in the North East region and it is spread across 432 acre (175 hectare). The zoo is located within the Hengrabari Reserved Forest at Guwahati, India. The zoo is home to about 895 animals, birds and reptiles representing almost 113 species of animals and birds from around the world.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is nestled in the grasslands of Assam which is the dwelling place of the Greater Indian One-Horned Rhinoceroses with its highest population in the whole world. It is landlocked by Assamese villages from every side of it with the traditional Assamese culture. Overall, the terrain of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is a breathtaking experience for a traveler or an admirer of nature.
Maa Kamakhya Temple
Maa Kamakhya or Kameswari is the renowned Goddess of Desire whose famous shrine is located in the heart of Nilachala Hill situated in the western part of Guwahati, the Capital City of the state of Asom in North East India. Maa Kamakhya Devalaya is considered most sacred and oldest of the 51 Shakti Peethas on earth. It is the centrepiece of widely practiced, powerful Tantrik Shaktism cult in India..
Navagraha Temple
Navagraha (Pron: nævəˈgrɑ:ə) temples are temples devoted to Navagraha—the nine (nava) major celestial bodies (Grahas) of Hindu astronomy. These celestial bodies are named Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Mangala (Mars), Budha (Mercury), Brihaspati (Jupiter), Shukra (Venus), Shani (Saturn), Rahu (North Lunar Node) and Ketu (South Lunar Node). Many temples in South India contain a shrine dedicated to the Navagrahas. However, the term Navagraha temples refers to a cluster of nine separate temples, each an abode of one of the Navagrahas.
Umananda Devaloi Temple
Umananda Devaloi is a Shiva temple located at the Peacock Island in the middle of river Brahmaputra just opposite the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup or the Kachari Ghat in Guwahati. It was built by the Ahom King Gadadhar Singha, who was a devout Shaivaite.
Ugro Tara Temple
Ugro Tara Temple is a temple dedicated to Tara (Devi) located in the western side of Jor Pukhury tanks in the heart of Guwahati city in the Lotaxil (Latasil) locality in Northeast India. The Ugratara Temple in Uzan Bazaar in the eastern part of Guwahati, Assam is an important Sakti shrine. Legend has it that the navel of Sati, first consort of Shiva, is related to this temple. Ugratara in Assam is generally identified with Tiksna-Kanta, Eka-Jata, etc., of the Buddhist pantheon. .
Dirgheswari Temple
Dirgheswari Temple is a temple situated in the northern banks of the river Brahmaputra in Guwahati, Assam. Built by Ahom king Swargadeo Siva Singha, Dirgheswari temple is considered as a Shakti Peetha for Shakti Worship. Many ancient images made on rocks existed along with the temple. The main attraction of Dirgheswari temple is the annual Durga Puja celebrations, in which devotees from far of places use to attend. .
Srimanta Sankaradev Kalakshetra
Srimanta Sankaradev Kalakshetra commonly Kalakshetra is a cultural institution in the Panjabari area of Guwahati, Assam, named after the medieval poet-playwright and reformer Srimanta Sankardev.
Nehru Park
Nehru Park is one of the oldest parks in Assam. It is a public park in the heart of Guwahati city opposite the premier education institute, Cotton College. It is a major tourist attraction of the city as well as a place of recreation and walks for the Guwahati citizens. Historically, the area of the park earlier was part of an old church that was later developed by the Assam Government.
Guwahati Planetarium
Guwahati Planetarium is one of its kind centre of astronomical research in Assam and the entire North-Eastern region of India. The Guwahati Planetarium is unrivalled in Assam and rest of northeast India with its distinctive dome and sloping walls that sets it apart in the skyline of the area. .
Guwahati War Cemetery, Assam
Established during the Second World War to bury dead soldiers brought from several military hospitals, the Guwahati War Cemetery in Assam state of India, has 546 graves. The cemetery has its own historical significance as it is associated with the world war. It was built and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. .
Important Information

In view of certain unavoidable situation, the International Conference of KKHSOU to be held on 20-21 December, 2019 has been postponed. The next dates of the Conference will be communicated later. Inconvenience caused is highly regretted.

Prof. N.N. Sarma, Convernor, International Conference of KKHSOU, 2019

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