Over the years, the
Chanakya’s Philosophy written in 3rd century BC is gaining
importance across various sectors of development. Both governance and
development economists and philosophers, besides others, have been wanted to
debate on the relevance of it for 21st century for the benefit of
the larger society. The published books and papers on Chanakya’s philosophy
and Arthashastra varies with wide perspectives portrayed by various authors.
To enable fruitful discussions and to build better and credible knowledge
base on these relevant aspects, the Chanakya University is organizing an
international conference, tentatively titled as “Chanakya’s Philosophy and
its Relevance to 21st Century: Theories and Practices”.
Broad Themes& Sessions
Broad Themes &
governance, effective leadership and stakeholder groups:
prerequisites of success
for the effective delivery of services.
They are also key pillars of good society. How they were conceptualised in
Chanakya’s philosophy? Their relevance for current times must be analysed.
community organization and decentralization:
Historical perspective, from 3rd
BC as described by the Chanakya, on local governance and decentralisation,
role of civil society organizations needs better understanding.
Types of decentralization include
political, administrative, fiscal. For the future years, need more research
on how they may help across all areas of government and society,
based on historical roots.
arthashastra mainly focuses on the allocation of resources and goods, which
affects social welfare. Also deals with how these factors affect the overall
well-being of people in the economy. Arthashastra provides techniques to
evaluate well-being at the aggregate level. Attempting to apply the
principles of welfare economics gives rise to the field of public economics,
the study of how government might intervene to improve social welfare. How
these principles may be refined and adopted for the future is critical.
development and management of natural resources:
and also now, in several regions,
development has led to promote resource transfer and civil society empowerment
strategies. In turn, sustainable development and management of natural
resources. In view of SDGs and historical perspectives, we need better
strategies for future years.
of law, legal institutions and society:
Arthashastra engages extensively with
questions of law and social order, dispute resolution, role of customs,
relationship between law and social groupings. There is a need for
reflection on the ideas espoused in this treatise through the lens of
contemporary scholarship on legal theory, law and society, legal pluralism,
and constitutionalism. This would open space for debate on the impact of
Kautilyan conception of law in shaping society over the years and its
relevance in rejuvenating modern day legal institutions.
Process for research papers selection and publication
The author/s are requested to
read relevant books/papers on Chanakya’s Arthshastra, his life and related
aspects, before submitting the abstract.
The paper should be based on
critical analysis of Chanakya’s writings and its relevance for 21st
century. Each papershould clearly focus on historical, functional and
Research paper size: around
Maximum number of papers to
be accepted 30 (including all themes).
Step-1: The author/s should
submit an abstract of 500 words, indicating- paper title, authors details,
critical issues focused, key findings based on their analysis and
strategic recommendations for the future. Also list out references. This
will go for double-blind review process.
Step-2. Authors of the
selected abstracts will be invited to submit extended abstract of 1500
words. Based on double-blind review, the shortlisted authors will be
invited to submit full manuscript.
Step-3. The full manuscript
will undergo double-blind review process and plagiarism check.
Step-4. The organizers will
send all these papers for copy editing.
Step-5. These papers will be
presented by the authors during the conference, which will be discussed by
a set of expert discussants. Then the authors will be requested to refine
based on the suggestions received in the conference and submit the revised
Thus, accepted final version
of the papers will be paid an honorarium of Rs.25,000 per paper.
The organizers will bring out
a book from a leading international publisher and also provide open
access, as per the global standards.
In collaboration with the
paper writers, the organizers will prepare a set of policy briefs for wider
dissemination. These policy briefs, based on specific themes, will be sent
to policy makers, senior officers of the government, relevant research
organizations, think tanks across the world. Based on the Conference debates
and outputs, policy workshops will be organized at regional/national level.
Bengaluru. (Prof KV Raju, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Research)
Institute for Social and
Economic Change, Bengaluru. (Prof D Rajasekhar, Director)
Dr BR Ambedkar School of
Economics University, Bengaluru. (Prof NR Bhanumurthy, Vice-Chancellor)
India Knowledge Systems
Division, Ministry of Education, Government of India, Delhi. (Prof Ganti
Suryanarayana Murthy, National Coordinator).
National Law School of India
University, Bengaluru (Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Vice Chancellor)
Central Sanskrit University,
Delhi (Prof Shrinivasa Varakhedi, Vice-Chancellor).
5thto 7thSeptember 2023.
Announcement in websites of
partner organizations.10th Feb, 2022.
Abstract – 500 words
submission. 10thApril, 2022.
Abstract – 1500 words
submission. 10th June, 2022.
Submission of full paper-
8,000 words. 10th November, 2022.
Review process completion.
10th Jan, 2023.
Revised paper submission.
28th Feb, 2023.
Copy editing completion. 30th
Submitting book proposal to
Publisher. March 2023.
Coordinators/contact person details from each
ISEC- Dr. S. Manasi,
Associate Professor. Email:
National Law School of
India University- Prof T S Somashekar, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org;
Dr Saurabh Bhattacharjee, Professor. Email:
Dr BR Ambedkar School of
Economics University, Bengaluru. Dr NR Bhanumurthy, Vice-Chancellor.
Chanakya Uni- Dr Sandeep
Nair, Associate Professor. Email:
and Ms. Srilekha Prabhu, Research Assistant. Email:email@example.com
IKS-GOI- Delhi. Dr
Ganti Suryanaryanamurthy, National Coordinator. Email:
Central Sanskrit Uni,
Delhi. Dr Shrinivasa Varkhedi, Vice Chancellor. Email: