The Centre for Development Studies (CDS) is organising a seminar on Monday on ‘Emerging Fertility Patterns in India: Causes and Implications’, sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council, United Kingdom, Population Foundation of India and the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, India.
Health Minister V S Sivakumar will inaugurate the seminar. S Krishna Kumar, former Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, will give a keynote address and receive the first copy of the book titled, ‘Kerala Demographic Future’, edited by S Irudaya Rajan and K C Zachariah.
The seminar will be coordinated by Professor S Irudaya Rajan of the CDS, with Dr Chris Wilson, St Andrews University, United Kingdom and Saseendran Pallikadavath, Portsmouth University, United Kingdom. Population experts form various parts of India will also participate in the seminar.
“The seminar is likely to answer the following key questions: What challenges does low fertility pose in India? How can governments and NGOs best adapt to these new challenges? The main geographical focus will fall on Southern India, which is in the avant-garde of fertility decline in India, though the results are sure to have increasing relevance throughout the country as fertility decline continues,” said a press release issued here on Saturday.