22nd IASSI Annual Conference

Welcome to the 22nd Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Social Science Institutions (IASSI), a distinguished gathering dedicated to the advancement of social science research and education in India. This year’s Conference is set for 2-4 Nov 2023 at CESS, Hyderabad. We are privileged to have Professor S. Mahendra Dev as Conference President, Professor E. Revathi as Organising Committee Chairperson and Dr B. Suresh Reddy as Organising Secretary. More details at www.iassi.org.

The Conference focuses on three themes


Sustainable Development

Drawing inspiration from the Brundtland Report, the Conference assesses India's progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With an acute focus on sustainable growth, equity, and the unique challenges India faces, discussions will also spotlight the SDG India Index's findings and regional disparities in achieving these goals.


Urbanization and Development

As India witnesses rapid urban migration, the Conference will discuss the complexities of its urban growth trajectory. Evaluating patterns, challenges, and the role of governmental initiatives like the Smart Cities Mission, the theme seeks to decode the urban-rural dynamics and their implications.


Women Empowerment

Given the evolution of gender-centric development since the 1980s, the discussions will examine the strides and stumbles in women empowerment in India, underpinned by state-led projects such as the community-based social mobilisation of women and initiatives such as Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and the broader context of the SDGs.

Join us to engage in key themes and understand their significance for India’s socio-economic framework

How to Reach Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad

Arrival by Train

Hyderabad has three main railway stations: Hyderabad Deccan Railway Station (7.1 km from CESS), Secunderabad Railway Station (7.2 km from CESS), and Kacheguda Railway Station (9.9 km from CESS). These railheads connect the city with prime destinations in India, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Bangalore. Some popular trains running daily from Hyderabad to other cities include the Hyderabad Express, Shatabdi Express, Charminar Express, Konark Express and Andhra Pradesh Express. Taxis, cabs, and auto are readily available outside the railway station. Delegates can also use the Metro near these railway stations to reach CESS.

Arrival by Flight

Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, also called Hyderabad International Airport, connects the city with major domestic and international destinations. As one of the busiest airports in the country, it is serviced by all major airlines. Located approximately 34.8 km from CESS, delegates can conveniently find taxi services outside the airport.


The closest metro station to CESS is Punjagutta metro station, just five minutes (350.0 m) away on foot. For those arriving at Hyderabad railway station, Nampally metro station is the nearest. The Secunderabad East metro station is the closest if you're at the Secunderabad railway station. Meanwhile, those at Kacheguda Railway Station should head to the Malakpet metro station.

Press & Media Coverage

The 22nd Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Social Science Institutions (IASSI) is set to take place from November 2-4, 2023, at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) in Begumpet. A press briefing was conducted at the Press Club, Somajiguda, where Prof. E Revathi, the Director of CESS, shed light on the conference’s significance. She underscored the three pivotal themes of the conference, emphasizing their profound relevance to society at large. Dr. Suresh Reddy, the convenor, further enriched the discussion on October 30th, 2023, with valuable insights. Dr. Chandrasekhar and Dr. Vidya also provided their esteemed contributions to the briefing.

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Discover the cultural hotspots around CESS

The delegates are welcome to immerse themselves in Hyderabad’s rich history and culture during their visit to CESS. Some must-see attractions include Charminar, Hussain Sagar Lake, Birla Mandir and Planetarium, Chowmahalla Palace, Salar Jung Museum and Mozemjahi Market. Please do not forget to explore the heritage site, Nizamiah Observatory, right on the CESS campus. And, of course, savour the world-famous Hyderabadi Biriyani, delectable kebabs, and unique delicacies like Mutton Paya, Shahdooth Malai, and the hand-churned ice creams from the old city.

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