19th Thinkers and Writers Forum

19th Thinkers and Writers Forum

Given the framework of 35th Skoch Summit, Skoch Development Foundation calls for original and well-researched papers from domain experts, practitioners and academicians* for its 19th Thinkers &Writers Forum, scheduled to be held on 22nd March, 2014 in New Delhi.

This will provide an opportunity to the authors to present their papers before an elite gathering of delegates. Also, authors of the selected final papers will get a complimentary invitation for attending the 35th Skoch Summit. Selected high quality papers from the Forum may be considered for publication in INCLUSION, a quarterly publication of Skoch Media or in other publication in order of consideration by the editorial team.

Authors who will present papers in the Forum can avail grant-in-aid with the following options:

INR 5,000 with accommodation**

INR 5,000 without accommodation for authors from Delhi NCR region

19th Thinkers and Writers Forum-Selected Abstracts : click here


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35th Skoch Summit |
Key Content
Future Cities

  • Infrastructure & Planning
  • Education & Skill Development
  • Energy, Water and Sanitation
  • Government Administration and Revenue Management
  • Health & Social Service
  • Public Safety, Justice and Security
  • Tourism and Culture
  • Transportation

Future Governance

  • Good Governance
  • User Empowerment/ Empowered Communities
  • Innovation in Service Delivery
  • Sustainability
  • Community Engagement
  • Human and Social Capital
  • Smarter Economies
  • Public Fund Management
  • Streamline Tax Collection Process
  • Technology
    • Analytics
    • Applications
    • Mobile Computing
    • Cloud Computing
    • Advanced Technology and Databases
Future Development

  • Creating Jobs
  • Role of Small & Medium Enterprises in Growth
  • Regulatory & Financial Challenges for Services Sector
  • Linking Skill Development with Jobs
    and Credit
  • Gender, Backward Classes and
    Minority Empowerment
  • Social and Mobile Channels/Disintermediation
  • Agriculture & Rural Development

Future Banking

  • Women’s Bank
  • Faith Based Banking
  • Strategy for New Banks
  • Technology for New Banks
  • Aligning Risk and Finance in Banks

We invite you to engage in interactive discussions, participate in additional sessions and to cultivate partnerships for development. An evaluation and takeaway sheet would be given to all authors who are also invited to attend a specific conclave as an observer, which they are required to submit to the organisers at the end of each session.

Paper Submission Details: The Abstract should be within 500-600 words including the title of the paper and the author’s full name, address, e-mail and phone number. Authors are requested to enclose a recent photo (300 dpi image) and a brief bio of not exceeding 200 words, as well.

Incomplete papers will not be accepted. Accuracy of all material supplied is the responsibility of the author —figures, tables and images should contain references. References are to be added as End notes only (at the end of the paper).

Abstract Submission:10th January 2014

Full Paper Submission:20th February 2014 (3,000-3,500 words, to be submitted only after notification of the acceptance of abstract)

Notification of Acceptance of Final Paper:
5th March 2014

Submit your abstracts/papers : knowledge@skoch.in and click here to create your unique login id submit online


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Please note that only original papers which have not been published previously or submitted for publication elsewhere can be submitted. The authors of selected papers must accept to grant the copyright of the papers to the Summit organisers for the use of papers or parts thereof in any of Skoch publications.

The authors of selected final papers must confirm their presence through the 35th Skoch Summit and present their paper at the 19th Thinkers and Writers Forum. At least one author of each accepted paper (in case of joint paper) must be registered for the 35th Skoch Summit to be eligible for presentation at the Forum.***

Apart from a review by a distinguished jury, the paper(s) will also go through a peer review at the Forum. The author(s) may be asked to update the paper(s) and re-submit, if required. This would be followed by final selection of papers to be published in the Compendium volume.

*Students are not allowed.

** Accommodation will be provided on a twin-sharing basis after confirmed participation by the author/presenter.

*** This is a pre-requisite to present paper during the Thinkers & Writers Forum and for being eligible for the Grant-in-Aid.

Applicable for Resident Indian Nationals Only