Two-day conference on information communication tech

Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 30

The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Punjabi University, Patiala, organised the 21st North West Indian Sociological Association (NWISA) conference on ‘Information Communication Technologies and Society: Emerging Prospects and Challenges’.

Delegates from different parts of the country attended the two-day national conference, which witnessed an elaborate exposition on the theme of information communication by co-ordinator Deepak Kumar.

The keynote address for the conference was delivered by Prof Biswajit Das, founding Director of the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Professor Das discussed the latest research trends in the field of information and communication technologies and highlighted the role of digital networks and significance of concepts, including “portable culture” and “platform capitalism”, in defining sociality and culture in contemporary times.

He also deliberated upon the pedagogical themes associated with digitisation of classrooms.

He emphasised on the irreplaceable nature of teacher and classroom from the equation.

The conference consisted of one symposium and nine technical sessions.

Sixty delegates presented and chaired various sessions during the two-day conference.

Prof Birinder Pal Singh discussed the political economy of information technologies in the present age of advanced capitalism.

Guest of honour Prof Satish Kumar called upon the youth to be more rational in their use of modern technologies of communication and avoid getting addicted to the technology.

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