“Agrarian Issues and Contemporary Peasants’ Struggle: An Overview”
The American Sikh Council (ASC) continues to organize a series of conferences on the newly enacted Farmers Laws in India and its future impact on farmers and the public.
The speaker for the ninth event in the series will be Dr. Jagrup Singh Sekhon PhD, who is a professor at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab.
Dr. Sekhon obtained his M. Phil and Ph.D. degrees from Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar. After starting academic career in Government College Hoshiarpur (1986), he joined the Department of Political Science, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar in January 1989 and was promoted Professor in 2006. He was Head of the Department of Political Science from July 2003 to June 2006 and July 2013 to September 2019. He was also Head of the Department of School of Social Sciences from July 2013 to June 2016. He also served the university in various capacities including Director All India Services Pre-examinations Center from April 2010 to August 2012, Director Capacity Enhancement Program of the University from August 2012 to March 2016, Professor In charge (Examination) from April, 2016 to May 2017 and Director, Directorate of Evening Studies from October, 2018 to December 2019. He was member of various academic and administrative bodies of different Universities, Boards, Commissions including Member Planning& Monitoring Board of Gandhigram Rural Institute (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu (2013-17). He is a State Coordinator of Lokniti: Program for Comparative Democracy, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi since 2007 and was Coordinator of SAP (UGC) in the Department of Political Science (2014-18). He was also editor of Punjab Journal of Politics, a bi-annual research journal of the department of Political Science being published regularly since 1977. He served as Dean Faculty, Arts and Social Sciences and member of Senate and Syndicate of Guru Nanak Dev University in 2017-2018 and 2018 -2019.
Prof Sekhon’s major contribution is in the field of empirical research on various issues i.e., Political Economy, Terrorism, Social and Political Movements, Border Area, Election Studies etc. He has written and published more than sixty papers/chapters in leading Journals and books in India and abroad.
He has successfully guided eight Ph.D. scholars and another four students are working under his guidance. One Fulbright scholar from US worked under his guidance for her research work in India during 2013-14. He has also supervised more than twenty M.Phil. students. He has completed three major research projects, two funded by the UGC entitled, General Elections 2009: A Behavioral Study of Political Attitudes and Opinions in Punjab and UT of Chandigarh and second, Life at the Cutting Edge: Political Sociology of the People living in the Border-belt of Punjab, one by ICSSR entitled, Problems of Border Area Farmers in Punjab: An Empirical Study, and one minor project of UGC on Political Sociology of Religious Sects in Punjab. He has also completed about two dozen collaborative field work-based projects on various issues including State of Farmers in Punjab, State of Democracy in Punjab, State of Nations Survey, Youth and Religion, Election Studies etc. in collaboration with Lokniti: Program for Comparative Democracy, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. He has also participated in India and abroad in various live discussions on TV and radio on Socio-Political issues.
Prof Sekhon is life member of various academic associations including Indian Political Economy Association, Indian Political Science Association etc. and is a founder member of North –West Indian Sociological Association etc.
Dr. Jagrup Singh Sekhon will be speaking at the conference on Saturday May 1, 2021, via the Zoom link at 11 AM, EST. See below:
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: May 1, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting: