Monday, January 5, 2015

Dear Members

The Draft National Health Policy 2015 is available for download from
the MoH&FW website. Suggestions are invited by the Ministry. For
sending feedback, one needs to register through the Ministry website.

URL to download the document:


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Health, Gender and Development: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives
Fifth Pre-Conference Workshop on
“Approaches to Social Science Research
Conference: 21-23 November, 2014
Pre-Conference Workshop: 18-20 November, 2014

In Collaboration with
G.L. Gupta Institute of Public Health
University of Lucknow
LUCKNOW - 226021 (India)

For Conference Enquiries:

For  Registration form and other details visit:

Friday, June 6, 2014

Tribute to Dr. K.E. Vaidyanathan

IASSH family regret to inform you the passing away of Dr. K.E. Vaidyanathan, a well known demographer and former President of IASSH on  4th May, 2014 at Bangalore. He was not keeping well for some time.

Dr. Kunniseri Eswaran Vaidyanathan, a distinguished demographer and social scientist was born in Kerala on 31st March 1937. He acquired his first post-graduate degree in Statistics from Madras University (1957), and subsequently the M.A. in Demography from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A (1965) and Ph.D. in Sociology also from University of Pennsylvania (1967). Dr. Vaidyanathan started his career as a Statistical Assistant in the Department of Statistics, Govt. of Tamil Nadu in 1957 and later elevated to Assistant Director of Statistics. He served the Department of Statistics for ten years and in 1968 joined as a faculty at the International Institute for Population Studies, Mumbai. At IIPS he taught courses on Statistics, Mortality, Migration, Labour Force and Economic Demography.  In 1971 he joined the Institute of Rural Health and Family Planning, Gandhigram, as Head of the Department of Population Studies and also served as its acting Director for a short period. During this period he edited the book Studies on Mortality in India, at a time most demographers were focused upon fertility and family planning.

In 1971 he joined the UN system as a UN Demographer in Cairo Demographic Centre, which is the regional centre for Africa and the Middle-East. In 1976 he moved to Syria as an UN Adviser to help establish the Centre for Population Studies and Research and to advice the Planning Commission of Syria.  This was followed by a posting in Kampala, Uganda to serve as a faculty in the Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics in Makarere University, Kampala. In 1979 he became the UNESCO Regional Adviser for Population Education in the Arab region, and in 1982 he moved to ILO as the Regional Expert for Household Surveys under the National Household Survey Capability Programme (NHSCP) in the Arab region.  In these positions he has contributed greatly to the establishment of population education and national household surveys programmers in several countries of the Arab region.  He later served during 1992-96 as the Chief Technical Adviser for the Sudan Population Census of 1993, which was acclaimed as the most successful census ever held in that vast and complex country. In 2001 he helped plan and implement the Living Standards Measurement Survey (LSMS) in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in 2005 he went back to Sudan to plan the 2007 Population Census of Sudan.  Besides these long term assignments he has undertaken several short term assignments for international organizations as Consultant and Team Leader in over ten countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia. Besides English and Tamil, he has working knowledge of French and Arabic.

Dr. Vaidyanathan is a member of International Statistical Institute, International Association of Survey Statisticians, IUSSP, International Union for Health Promotion and Education, IASP and other professional bodies. He was the President of the Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health (IASSH) from 2007 to 2011 and was mainly responsible for the growth and expansion of the association to its present form. Considering his significant contribution to the Association, the IASSH felicitated him in 2012 at its tenth Annual Conference held at JNU, New Delhi in 2012.

In his demise, we lost an outstanding scholar, an excellent teacher and above all, a fine human being. We at IASSH express our heartfelt condolences to his family members. May his soul rest in peace. 

Monday, April 7, 2014


Prof. Ashish Bose, one of the leading demographers known nationally and internally passed away today(7.4.2014) in New Delhi. He was sick for the past few months. Prof. Bose will always be remembered   for his tremendous contributions  to the subject of Demography and Population Study ( and words coined BIMARU, Decimal Demographers….). He was instrumental in organizing the IUSSP conference in New Delhi in 1987 as well as  in drafting the national population policy of India, 2000. The IASSH members fraternity  conveys its  deep condolence to his bereaved  family members and   prays to God   that may  his soul rest in peace in the heaven.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

In Collaboration with
School of Public Health,SRM University
SRM Nagar, Kattankulathur,Kancheevaram (District),
Tamil Nadu

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Research Methodology Training Program

Department of Demography, University of Kerala, Research Methodology Training Program:

The Department of Demography, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram is happy to announce a 10-days research methodology training programme entitled ‘Short course on Quantitative Data Analysis’ to be held during 19-28 February 2014 at Thiruvananthapuram. The target group for the seminar is MPhil/PhD students and young faculty from Social Sciences disciplines in universities/research centers from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Lakshadweep. 

For details contact:  
Dr. P. Mohanachandran Nair,Head, Department of Demography,University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus,Trivandrum, Kerala, India PIN 695581,Phone Office: +91 471 2308057,Mobile: +91 9446415618

Thursday, August 1, 2013

IPUMS Largest data base

Minnesota Population Center: Home of the IPUMS
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IPUMS-International releases 27 new samples
As of July, 2013, there are 27 new census microdata samples available in the IPUMS-International database:
·         Argentina  2010
·         Bangladesh  1991, 2001, 2011
·         Brazil  2010
·         Burkina Faso  1985, 1996, 2006
·         Cameroon  1976, 1987, 2005
·         Ecuador  2010
·         Fiji  1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, 2007
·         Haiti  1971, 1982, 2003
·         Kenya  1969, 1979, 2009
·         Kyrgyz Republic  2009
·         Panama  2010
·         South Sudan  2008
·         United States  2010
The samples for Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Panama, and the United States extend the pre-existing data series for those countries. The South Sudan sample is composed of cases that were formerly included in the Sudan 2008 dataset.

The data release includes approximately 40 new integrated and 2500 unharmonized source variables. In addition to these population microdata, we added more GIS boundary files as well as migration and mortality records for selected countries.

The database now contains records for
 543,968,021 persons from 238 censuses in 74 countries. The collection is summarized on the samples page of our web site:

As always, all IPUMS data are available free of charge to researchers.Regards,
The IPUMS Project Team
Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota

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