The department of social work at Don Bosco College, Panaji organised a two-day National seminar on the topic ‘The Development of the Indian Constitution and the Contemporary Challenges to Modern India’. The seminar provided participants, academicians and teaching faculty with knowledge on the various aspects of Indian Constitution and the fundamental rights of its citizens.
The programme began with the traditional lamp lighting ceremony at the hands of the chief guest and secretary to the governor, Rupesh Kumar Thakur. Other dignitaries present were manager, Fr Joaquim Lobo; assistant manager, Fr Savio Gomes; principal Cedric Silveira; coordinator of social work department, Pratibha Majik and archivist at Directorate of Archives and Archeology, Government of Goa, Balaji Shenoy.
Day one began with an opening session by Balaji Shenoy who spoke on the topic of ‘The amendments to the Indian Constitution and various challenges to modern India’. He spoke on the politics of defections in the backdrop of upcoming elections in India.
The second session was conducted by advocate Cleofato Coutinho Almeida who expressed his views on ‘Constitutional Trends: Freedom of Religion’. He cited examples from the current political scenario.
The topic of the third session was conducted by assistant director, Goa Institute of Public Administration and Rural Development, Seema Fernandes. Speaking on the topic, ‘The Constitution and the Women Reservation in Local Self Government’, she highlighted the different developmental projects coming up at the local government level, thanks to the implementation of Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP).
Session four was conducted by director, Caritas Goa, Fr Maverick Fernandes. He spoke on the topic of ‘Fundamental Rights and Modern Day Challenges’. The last session of the day was conducted by advocate Albertina Almeida on the topic of ‘Constitution and Gender Equality’. She emphasised on the need of proactive provisions. She said that gender issues are not about men versus women rather it is the social conditioning one has to undergo.
Day two began with a session by principal of Kare College of Law, Saba V M Da Silva. He expressed his views on the ‘Constitution and the Independence of Judiciary’.
The second session was conducted by former state election commissioner of Goa, Prabhakar Timble on the subject ‘Ideology and Principles Underlying the Indian Constitution’. He addressed issues such as migration and problems faced by minorities in Goa and across India.
The third session was conducted by head of department of
political science, Goa University, Rahul Tripathi who spoke on the topic
‘Constitution and Democracy’. The next session was conducted by Supreme Court
advocate Shahrukh Alam who spoke on the topic of ‘The New Facets of the Freedom
of Speech and the Right to Life’. The final session was delivered by advocate
Radharao Gracias who pointed out the existing superstitions in the country and
how there is a need of scientific outlook to be developed among the citizens of
The seminar registered an active participation of around 50 academicians from various colleges and institutes of India.