The second Professor John Caldwell Memorial Lecture was organised during the 15th annual conference of the Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health (IASSH) on 17 November 2017 at National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), Hyderabad. Distinguished scholar and development expert Prof. S. Parasuraman (Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai) delivered the lecture on the theme - 'Can India be a hope for the troubled world?'. In his talk, Dr. Parasuraman highlighted India's strength in demographic dividend, scientific and technological manpower, secular and inclusive approach, participatory democracy, and above all, the resilient spirit.
From 1970 to 1988, the ANU Department of Demography was headed by John (Jack) Caldwell, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading demographers. Caldwell focussed the work of the Department more heavily on South and Southeast Asia, and on West Africa. Many students were trained from these areas of the world and many ANU demographers went out to these countries to participate in training and research. Caldwell was elected President of the IUSSP for the years 1994-1997 and was recipient of the prestigious United Nations Population Award in 2004.
Prof Caldwell encouraged and mentored many young scholars from India, and a good number of them received their PhDs from ANU under his able guidance. His anthropological demographic work on south India, particularly on marriage, fertility, and contraception received a lot of research attention. His students, colleagues, and friends approached IASSH to institute amemorial lecture in his honor. The first memorial lecture was held at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, on 24 September 2016.
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