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In accordance with its avowed aim of providing a platform to initiate debate and chalk out action plans on issues of national importance as well as grass-root efforts to improve lives of the lowers segments of society, SISS was associated with several seminars and workshops in the last few years.

On TRIPS

As the developments on international trade front like World Trade Organisation and trade pacts have enormous impact on the daily lives of millions of people in India, SISS took initiative to assess the impact of  TRIPS (Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights). It organised a national conference on TRIPS-Next Agenda for Developing Countries in Osmania University on October 11 and 12, 2003.

Two round table conferences were organised in June the same year to discuss implications of TRIPS for the different sections of the society. Along with the group that is working on TRIPS at SISS, people who are interested in this topic attended the workshops. After these two discussions it was decided to support various NGOs working at the grass-root level, which are involved in production of goods and items involving local technologies. It is planned to support this organisations in patent filing and advocacy.

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On Kashmir:

A two-day seminar on Kashmir-Roadmap from Conflict to Where was organised by SISS Osmania University on October 27 and 28, 2003,  in  collaboration with RCSS Hyderabad Chapter, and ICSSR New Delhi. General K.V. Krishna Rao, presided over the Valedictory session of the seminar and Dr Y.R.K. Reddy, trustee, SISS, delivered the Valedictory address

On University– NGO linkages

SISS organised a one-day workshop on University–NGO Linkages in collaboration with Department of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad on March 24, 2005. The event was organised under Universities with Potential for Excellence programme.

The workshop discussed the ways to initiate a dialogue between NGOs and the universities, to explore the possibilities of mutually beneficial collaboration among them. Various topics on collaboration between universities and NGOs including

Tailoring of research and training resources of the university to NGO need, expectations of NGOs from university, possibilities of associating students and research scholars with the NGOs for internships, placements, etc. were examined.

On local bodies

In 2003, SISS initiated a programme to train newly elected panchayat raj executives. This project was funded by Council for Advancement of Peoples Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), Hyderabad.

The training programmes for sarpanches were held in District Technology Resource Centre, Mahabubnagar. Panchayat raj representatives of 35 mandals were trained in this project on various topics like 73rd Amendment, budget, schemes and several other related issues. A district level seminar was organised on March 18, 2004 in Mahabubnagar on the role of micro planning to identify key problems in the villages. Three more training programmes for sarpanches followed this seminar. Mandal development officers, mandal revenue officers along with district panchayat officers and other district level government officials participated in these training programmes as resource persons.

 

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