National Conference On Sustainable Development - Usha Martin









(in collaboration with IQAC, UMU)


Chief Guest


Hon’ble Minister, Department of Planning and Development, Department of Commercial Taxes, Department of Food, Public Distribution & Consumer Affairs, Department of Finance, Govt. of Jharkhand.


Guest of Honour


Secretary, Department of Planning and Development, & Water Resources Department, Govt. of Jharkhand

About the Department of Planning and Development

The Planning & Development Department is a key department responsible for Plan and scheme formulation and supports the finance department in the annual budget preparation process. Thus, the Planning and Development department is one of the key custodians of the budgetary process and plan formulation in the state. It is the nodal department for coordination with NITI Aayog at the central level. The department has some key constituents such as the State Planning Board, Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Centre for Fiscal Studies, and 20-points programme which provide a broad vision of the various developmental activities to be taken at the state and district level. At the district level, the offices of District Planning Units, and District Statistical Offices are also functioning under the administrative control of the Planning & Development Department. Some key functions of the department includeformulation of annual plans, preparation of Outcome Budget, finalization and allocation of department-wise financial outlay, Approvalof the proposals received from various departments by meetings of Pradhikrit Samiti, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) planning and monitoring, preparation of Economic Survey, monitoring of the physical & financial progress of various schemes. various other important functions. In addition to the above works, the department also gathers various socio-economic statistical data through the Directorate of Economics and Statistics and publishes it in the forms of handbooks and other annual reports. The department is preparing the Outcome budget of 13 key departments which focuses on linkages of outlays with physical output and outcome of the schemes.

About Usha Martin University

Established in 2012, Usha Martin University (UMU) is a leading State private University in northern India, recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India. It offers a diverse range of professional programmes at various academic levels in disciplines such as Commerce, English, Physiotherapy, Law, Mathematics, Management, Computer Science, Chemistry, Agriculture, Forensic Science, Journalism and Mass Communication, Engineering, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Education. UMU has rapidly gained acclaim, prioritizing quality faculty appointments and experiencing a 30% annual enrollment growth since inception, embodying a commitment to enriching society through education while adhering to regulatory guidelines. The University is located 20 kms from Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, located in eastern India. It is a vibrant hub contributing to the state’s educational and industrial growth. Known for its natural beauty, abundant mineral resources, and cultural landmarks, Ranchi attracts attention and fosters progress. Usha Martin University, renowned in the state, plays a significant role in shaping Ranchi’s educational landscape, contributing to the city’s development and transformation. In addition to education, the university actively engages in achieving sustainable development goals through various initiatives and collaborative efforts.

About the Conference

Inclusive Knowledge Societies are pivotal in our evolving world, intertwining human ingenuity, technical innovation, and robust information systems. As envisaged by NEP 2020, knowledge enriches human life, fostering societal development across realms—social, cultural, political, and economic. Past tendencies favoring economic growth at the expense of social and ecological balance hinder sustainable development goals.

The Conference aims to bring government and stakeholders from different fields to collaborate and discuss drivers for sustainability practices and offers cost-effective sustainability management solutions, provides guidance on industry best practices, and creative sustainability solutions. The conference will be beneficial in resolving barriers on the road to achieving SDGs and will enable planners when identifying and formulating development programs, to consult with people to take into account their needs, attitudes, and traditional knowledge regarding the functioning of the allied industry. The Conference will also encourage communication that will empower stakeholders to recognize important issues related to SDGs, find common grounds for action, and build a sense of identity and participation to implement their decisions.

Objectives of the Conference

The prime objective of the conference is to create a collaborative link between State Government Machinery, Private Sector, Professionals, and Academicians from all disciplines to share their experiences on the latest advances and progress in their respective fields towards achieving SDGs.   It will also serve as an advocacy tool to create awareness among the Government Machinery, Private, and Public sector on SDGs. This Conference will be a useful guide to understanding how the SDGs, and the global promise embodied in them, translate into local actions in Jharkhand in comparison to other states.

It is expected that this will also serve as a useful resource for India’s policymakers, development practitioners, academicians, and researchers as they consider how the SDGs can be further accelerated on the ground, as well as anybody who is interested in SDG implementation. It would fulfill the need to document the varied localization processes in different States and the lessons learned, which will help accelerate the country’s drive to achieve the 2030 Agenda. In order to foster long-term knowledge sharing about SDGs, the Conference will provide a forum for academicians, professional practitioners, and their workplaces to connect collaboratively.

Additionally, it will make room for presenting the current state of media efforts to promote sustainable development in areas including governance, the economy, social policy, and regional affairs.  By offering attendees and students ideal settings to share research findings, best practices, and emerging trends in all disciplines that are collaborating to accomplish SDGs, the Conference will serve as a forum for innovative and fresh ideas to be heard and explored.

Outcomes of the Conference

The Conference will bring together government officials, media professionals, and academicians. These collaborations will generate a better understanding among these stakeholders about their roles and responsibilities in achieving SDGs and subsequently lead the state to achieve its goals within the given period of time. The conference is expected to have:

  1. Exchange of ideas and experience between government officials, academicians, media personalities, and professionals.
  2. Exposure to students, and faculty members of the department to new trends, and ongoing debates about SDGs.
  3. Development of prospects and initiatives by the students and faculty members in the areas of sustainability.
  4. Presentation of quality research papers and their publication.

Broad Themes of the Conference

The Conference is an excellent forum to discuss and explore ways in which the different stakeholders of the conference can contribute to sustainable development. The Conference will be spread over the following five tracks:

  • Track 1 – SDG 1 – No Poverty
  • Track 2 – SDG 2 – Zero hunger
  • Track 3 – SDG 4 – Quality Education
  • Track 4 – SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Track 5 – SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Track 6 – SDG 13 – Climate Action

Sub-Themes of the Conference

Track 1: SDG 1 – No Poverty

Topic: Innovative Approaches to Inclusive Economic Growth

  • Exploring community-based approaches for poverty reduction
  • Role of technology in providing access to basic services for impoverished communities
  • Case studies on successful poverty alleviation programs through effective communication
  • Microfinance and its impact on poverty reduction
  • Promoting entrepreneurship and small-scale industries in underserved regions
  • Communicating financial literacy for sustainable livelihoods

Track 2: SDG 2 – Zero Hunger

Topic: Smart Agriculture and Nutrition Solutions for Food Security

  • Role of communication in raising awareness about sustainable farming practices
  • Creating effective networks for food security in remote areas
  • Using technology to minimize food wastage and losses
  • Precision agriculture and its potential to enhance crop yields
  • Promoting climate-resilient crops through information dissemination
  • Communication strategies to improve nutritional awareness and dietary habits

Track 3: SDG 4 – Quality Education

Topic: Innovations in Education for Inclusive Development

  • Technology-enabled remote learning in underserved communities
  • Addressing barriers to quality education
  • Collaborative approaches for bridging the education quality gap
  • Professional development through digital resources and online training
  • Fostering teacher-student engagement in virtual learning environments
  • Building partnerships to enhance access to quality education for all

Track 4: SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy

Topic: Innovative Technologies for Energy Efficiency

  • Communicating the benefits of renewable energy adoption
  • Microgrids and decentralized energy systems for remote regions
  • Overcoming challenges in promoting clean energy access
  • Smart appliances and their role in reducing energy consumption
  • Data-driven approaches to optimize energy usage in industries
  • Public communication campaigns for energy conservation

Track 5: SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Topic: Infrastructure Development for Sustainable Growth

  • Encouraging a culture of innovation in industries and communities
  • Start-up ecosystems and their contribution to local economic growth
  • Showcasing successful innovation case studies from Jharkhand
  • Role of communication in advocating for better transportation networks
  • Digital connectivity as an enabler for economic development
  • Balancing urbanization and environmental sustainability through effective communication

Track 6: SDG 13 – Climate Action

Topic: Harnessing Digital Technologies for Inclusive Development

  • The Role of AI in Climate Modeling and Prediction
  • Renewable Energy Integration and Climate Mitigation
  • Green Technologies for Sustainable Urban Development
  • Sustainable Solutions for a Changing Climate
  • Integrating SDGs: From Climate Action to Global Prosperity
  • Innovation, Collaboration, and the Path to a Sustainable Future

Target Audience

  • Faculty members
  • Academic Administrators
  • Educational Policymakers
  • Government officials
  • Research Scholars
  • Industry Professionals

Important Dates for Submission of Research Papers/Posters

Abstract Submission (300-500 words, 3-5 keywords) 20th November 2023
Acceptance of Abstracts 25th November 2023
Full Paper/Poster submission (3000-6000 words) 30th November 2023
Dates of the conference 07th& 8th December 2023

Submission Procedure

Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts strictly in MS Word format in two columns with a minimum of 5 pages (APA format). All submitted papers will be handled electronically and would be reviewed by at least two prominent researchers in the relevant area. Please submit your paper to the following email address:

Conference Committee


Prof. Suresh C. Garg (Pro-Chancellor, UMU)


Prof. Madhulika Kaushik (Vice-Chancellor, UMU)

Conference Director

Dr. Anil Kumar Mishra (Registrar, UMU)

Organizing Secretary

Dr. Leena Shrivastav (Deputy Registrar, UMU)

Technical Program Chair

Prof. Himanshu Narayan (Dean, Academics, UMU)


Dr. Shahnaaz Zabi (Assistant Professor, Faculty of J&MC, UMU)

Advisory Committee

Mr. Rajeev Ranjan (Special Secretary, Department of Planning and Development, GoJ)

Mr. Krishna Nandan Prasad (Additional Director-cum-Additional Secretary, Department of Planning and Development, GoJ)

Ms. Jadhav Vijaya Narayanrao (Joint Secretary, Department of Planning and Development, GoJ)

Mr. Anup Srivastava (Member Secretary, State Planning Commission, Government of Chattishgarh)

Mr. Rajeev Ranjan Sinha (Joint Director-cum-Joint Secretary Department of Planning and Development, GoJ)

Mr. Ajay Kumar (OSD, Department of Planning and Development, GoJ)

Mrs. Richa Choudhary (State Project Director, AFC India Limited)

Prof. Raman Kumar Jha (Vice-Chancellor, ICFAI University)

Prof. D.K. Singh (Vice-Chancellor, JUT)

Dr. T.N. Sahu (Vice-Chancellor, JSOU)

Dr. Ghanshyam Singh (Registrar, JSOU)

Dr. Amar Kumar Choudhary (Associate Professor, Ranchi University)

Prof. Subhash Dhuliya (Professor, Uttarakhand Open University)

Prof. Dev Vrat Singh (Professor, CUJ)

Dr. N.K. Rana (Assistant Professor, J.N. College, Dhurwa)

Prof. Pitabas Pradhan (Professor, AMU)

Dr. Jitendra Singh (Associate Professor, LPU)

Organizing Committee

Dr. Vinay Singh (Controller of Examinations, UMU)

Ms. Tulika Sinha (Faculty of Legal Studies, UMU)

Dr. Abhishek Pandey (Faculty of Engineering, UMU)

Dr. Shimpi Kumari Chaturvedi (Department of English, (UMU)

Dr. Rojalin Samanta (Department of Pharmacy, UMU)

Dr. Shubhra Sekhar Chakraborty (Department of Agriculture, UMU)

Mr. Rahul Gupta (Department of Civil Engineering, UMU)

Dr. Bechan Singh (Department of Education, UMU)

Dr. Sarmishtha Roy (Faculty of Computing and IT, UMU)

Mr. Animesh Rishi (Faculty of Legal Studies, UMU)

Dr. Ritushree Narayan (Faculty of Computing and IT, UMU)

Dr. Jayantika Pal (Department of Mathematics, UMU)

Dr. Rupa Kumari (Faculty of J&MC, UMU)

Dr. Meenakshi Kumari (Dept. of Business Management, UMU)

Ms. Sangeeta Kujur (Department of Physiotherapy & Paramedical Sciences, UMU)

Ms. Shailza Nimmi Guria (School of Nursing)

Registration for Paper Presentation and Publication

All selected papers will be published as conference proceedings, and selected papers will be published as an edited book with an assigned ISBN number. Usha Martin University will facilitate the presentation and publication of the research papers. The fees associated with research paper presentation and publication are as outlined below:

Faculty members/Academic Administrators/Industry Professionals Rs. 1000
Research Scholars Rs. 750
UG/PG Students Rs. 500


The last date of registration for paper presentation and publication is 5th December 2023. Payment can be done through UPI/Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking to the details below:

A/C no. – 008094600000624

IFSC Code – YESB0000080

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Registration for Submission of Papers

The registration process for submission of papers is online. Click on the link to register.

Contact Details

Dr. Leena Shrivastav                           +91-6201626977

Dr. Shahnaaz Zabi                               +91-8092787673

Email address                            


Usha Martin University Campus

Village Narayansoso, Near Angara Block Office, Ranchi – Purulia highway, Angara, Ranchi – 835103, Jharkhand

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