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Indian Institute of Management Shillong is happy to announce its 7th Annual International Sustainability Conference (SUSCON VII) during November 29 - December 1, 2018. Since inception, IIM Shillong has always given thrust on Sustainability, covering its multiple dimensions. The theme of sustainability is integrated in our various academic and corporate programmes. The Annual International Sustainability Conference (SUSCON) of IIM Shillong is the prime vehicle of this Sustainability movement. It offers a global platform for dialogues and deliberations on various aspects of Sustainability from all stakeholders including academicians, business leaders, NGOs, social activists and policy makers. Eminent scholars and experts have shared their valuable insights on various aspects of Sustainability in SUSCON over the years. SUSCON has been blessed with the presence of Bharat Ratna Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India and Padma Bhushan Dr. Sundarlal Bahuguna among many other luminaries.

This year, the conference will weave around the theme: ‘Community, Conservation and Cooperation’.


According to the Aristotle, humans are social animals; togetherness is inherent in our identity. As a believer of Sustainability, we think Sustainability must be practiced at the community level so that its impact is long lived and pan-optical. Communities need to focus on ecological and economic sustainability, infrastructure, and social equity. Different organizations attach different meanings to sustainable community based on their understanding. Nevertheless, every organization emphasizes the importance of local control of natural resources and an inner urge to build a sustainable community.


The world is entering a new phase of environmental challenges. The concern relates to the rapid depletion of natural resources, biodiversity, soil and water. It is important to address these issues and adopt a new approach of protection, conservation and development keeping in mind the environmental limits.


Cooperation is sine qua non of sustainable development and requires good and responsible governance systems. However, governance systems across the world have proven inadequate to the challenges of the global environment and the temptations of corruption at every level of society in virtually all countries. In this context, it is highly relevant for corporations to extend their hand of cooperation in local development. Cooperation ensures successful social and environment management that significantly contribute to raising the quality of life while assuring the fulfillment of commitments to environmental conservation and restoration.


Research papers related but not limited to the main theme are invited for the SUSCON VII. The paper should relate to the following sub-themes:


1. Sustainability Development Goals

2. “Swachh Bharat” Sanitation Campaign

3. Sustainability Policy

4. Green Economy

5. Clean Energy

6. Water Supply: Crisis and Management

7. Community Participation in Forests and Natural Resources Management

8. Managing Environment for Future Sustainability

9. Climate Change Impact Mitigation and Adaptation

10. Carbon Credit and Carbon Trading

11. Disaster Preparedness and Management

12. Future Education and Sustainability

13. Innovative Technology for Sustainability

14. Green Building

15. Sustainable Construction

16. Smart City and Urban Planning

17. Sustainable Supply Chain Management

18. Global Reporting Initiatives and Corporate Sustainability

19. Governance and Ethics towards Sustainability

20. CSR and Stakeholder Engagement

21. Self, Organization and Society: Towards Harmony

22. Social Media and Sustainability

23. Leadership and the Spirit of Sustainability

24. Preservation of Indigenous Cultures and Livelihood

25. Social Marketing and Responsible Advertising

26. Brick and Mortar to Click and Shop

27. Green Marketing

28. Sustainable Finance-Management & Strategy

29. Micro-finance & Micro-credit for Sustainable Development

30. Role of NGOs in Sustainable Development

31. Sustainable Innovation and Eco-preneurship

32. Sustainability Strategy for Competitive Advantage

33. Green Manufacturing

34. Sustainability Insights from Eastern and Western Culture and Philosophy

35. Human Values and Sustainable Development

36. Waste to Wealth


  • First Prize
  • Second Prize
  • Third Prize
  • INR 25,000 and certificate of appreciation
  • INR 15,000 and certificate of appreciation
  • INR 10,000 and certificate of appreciation


  • Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings by a publisher of international repute.


  • Deadline for Extended Abstract submission:
  • Notification of Acceptance of Extended Abstract:
  • Deadline For Final Paper Submission ;
  • Notification of Acceptance of Final Paper:
  • Deadline for Early Registration:
  • August 16, 2018
  • August 31, 2018
  • September 30, 2018
  • October 31, 2018
  • November 5, 2018



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  • Early Registration
    (Upto 31st October 2018)
  • Late Registartion
    (After 31st October 2018)
  • Research Scholars
  • INR 3000
  • INR 4000
  • Academic participants
  • INR 4000
  • INR 5000
  • Corporate participants
  • INR 6000
  • INR 7000
  • International participant
  • USD 200
  • USD 250

*Registration fees include passes to all the programme sessions, programme kit, working lunch, programme dinner, refreshment during programme (29th November-1st December 2018).


Online remittance to SBI Savings Bank Account
Branch: Laitumkhrah, Shillong
Account No. 34767389897
IFS Code: SBIN0002081

(Kindly submit the proof of remittance details for confirmation of registration)



Prof. Sanjoy Mukherjee


Prof. Tapas Kumar Giri


Prof. Sanjoy Mukherjee

Conference Scientific Committee Chairman 

Prof. Tapas Kr Giri

Suscon VII Organising Committee Members

  • Prof. Natalie West Kharkongor
  • Prof. Sonia Nongmaithem
  • Prof. Sharad Nath Bhattacharya
  • Prof. Bidyut Jyoti Gogoi
  • Prof. Sanjita Jaipuria
  • Prof. Arindum Mukhopadhyay
  • Prof. Pratap Chandra Mandal


Contact Persons


Shillong is a popular tourist destination and has good number of hotels across the town. Assistance will be provided to registered participants for accommodation against payment. For the detailed information related hotels in Shillong please click on link

Conference Participants are requested to arrange their own accommodation. There are many hotels in Police-Bazar Area which is the City-Center of Shillong and is approximately 4 KM from the campus. Few hotels in Laitumkhrah area are also available at about 2 KM from the Campus.

Institute will provide Breakfast and Lunch on all three conference days. Director's Dinner and Conference Dinner will be on 29th and 30th November 2018.


About IIM Shillong
IIM Shillong, the seventh IIM in India, has been set up with a vision to become an internationally recognized Management Institute with a Global outlook grounded in Indian values. From its inception it has been constantly working towards a lofty mission to generate and disseminate knowledge in all aspects of management education with focus on Sustainability and building innovative leadership.

Travelling to Shillong
Surrounded by verdant hills, Shillong offers a beautiful panoramic view of the graceful scenic countryside. Shillong can be reached by taxi from Guwahati airport/railway station which is about 120 km away. Guwahati Airport is well connected to many major cities in India including Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. Direct flights are also available from Guwahati to Bangkok too. Helicopter services are also available from Guwahati to Shillong. Besides, Air India operates direct flight from Kolkata to Shillong Airport.

Guidelines for submissions

Length: For full paper -within 6000 words (including abstract, reference and appendix) in Times New Roman font with size 12. For extended abstract-within 1500 words in in Times New Roman font with size 12

Title page: Article title, authors name with affiliation and email, corresponding author’s address, contact number and email id should be included.

Abstract: Must be included with uniqueness of the research work, major findings. It should be within 120words.

Second Page: The title and an extended abstract of 1500 words, with a maximum of 4-5 key words. From the second page onwards, the manuscript should be completely anonymous for blind peer review.

Main Text: Should be readable, technical details should be provided in appendix, ideas proposed should preferably be supported by examples from real life scenarios.

Footnotes:  Should be used as sparingly as possible and must be identified in the text by consecutive numbers placed as superscript.

Tables and Figures: Should be numbered consecutively. Tables should be titled at top and figures captioned below. No table and figure included in the paper should be left unreferenced in the text. Referencing should be done as per the table number/figure number. Any illustration/photos should be considered as figure and numbered accordingly.

Color code: The entire text and tables/figures should be in black colour

References:  Within the text as the author’s name followed by a comma and year of publication, all in round brackets. At the end of the paper, a reference list in alphabetical order must be given as follows: 

For books: Surname, initials, (year), title, publisher, place of publication. 

For journals: Surname, initials, (year), title, journal, volume (number), pages. 

For articles: surname, initials, (year), title, journal/proceedings name, pages.

Review process All manuscripts submitted to SUSCON IV will be subject to blind peer review. Reviewer’s comments will be shared with the authors. However, final decision of acceptance of the papers lies with the SUSCON committee.

Plagiarism of any sort will not be accepted. Explicit acknowledgement should be made to any existing work or IPR/patent used in the submitted paper. Self-referencing without proper mention of the referenced work will also be considered as plagiarism. Copyright of selected and published articles in the conference proceedings will be jointly held by the author(s) and IIM Shillong.

Awards for the Best Papers In consonance with its constant focus on Sustainability since inception, IIM Shillong is pleased to announce awards for three best papers in the conference. Selection will be done by the jury comprising external panel experts. The criteria for selection of the three best award winning papers are:

  • Originality of Ideas 
  • Clarity of Thought 
  • Depth of Research 
  • Quality of Analysis
  • Relevance to the overall conference theme


The process starts with the submission of extended abstract as per the given timeline. Only online submissions will be accepted at e_mail ID: For the details of submission guidelines please refer the Institute
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