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Sustainability occupies the centre stage in our life in the fast changing world. “Sustainability” is much more than a recent buzzword- a way of life and living in harmony with nature. Sustainability envisions a just and peaceful self-sustaining society that embraces the basic principles and value system of symbiotic living. Sustainable development has been the central focus for the future development strategies. The biggest challenge to sustainability is the fact that the Earth has finite resources but an indefinitely growing population. By the year 2050, there will be over nine billion people on Earth whose livelihood will depend on these finite resources. This presents us with a situation where we need to rethink and rework on how to turn around the rate of degradation and depletion of the ecosystem and conserve and maintain the balance between supply from the nature and consumption by mankind. Despite quantum progress and achievement in industrial and economic growth human civilization has failed to meet of its most basic prerequisites- to live in harmony with nature and with each other. Modern development has never before constrained and challenged humanity with such life threatening crisis of ecological degradation, social conflicts and political turmoil. If we do not want to understand the deep consequences of these environmental and social changes the benefits and achievements of this modern society will be mere transitory.

Thus it is absolutely important to learn how to live personally and professionally in a manner that supports ecologically, socially and economically healthy environments and living communities. This will be possible only through better awareness generation, education and understanding about sustainability and through an absolutely new approach of leadership in development. 

In pursuit of a holistic developmental model “Learning for Living and Leading” is chosen as the theme of the conference of the current year. Using multiple perspectives, participants will explore new interpretations, applications and evaluations of sustainability by actively engaging themselves in relevant contemporary issues and also get an opportunity to be active advocates for sustainability in and beyond their immediate environments.

Sus-Con at IIM Shillong - Intense involvement in the movement for Sustainability at IIM Shillong for six years has opened up new doors of perception and ushered in us fresh insights into the theme and the processes. There have been some powerful voices against the overall effectiveness and impact of Rio movement spaced 20 years between Rio summit and the Rio+20 summits. The hard truth has now dawned in the realization of many thinkers and practitioners that Sustainability is not a matter of calculations, publicity gimmick or temporary engagement. If the academic and business community as well as the Government, NGOs and civil society groups are really serious about the issue of Sustainability then one must delve into the exploration of the very roots from where the concern for Sustainability emerges. Sus- Con at IIM Shillong is not just an annual conference but a movement to encompass sustainability in every aspect of life, business and academics. It has received the blessings of none else but our past President Bharat Ratna Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam. IIM Shillong makes a humble effort towards making this movement a global platform for dialogues and questions on the vital issue of Sustainability.

The forthcoming 6th Annual International Sustainability Conference of IIM Shillong thus weaves around these three main themes – Learning, Living and Leading for a better tomorrow. 

  • Learning: Learning indicates the way of improvement, if one is learning –one is definitely improving. 

    Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said-“Learning gives creativity, Creativity leads to thinking, Thinking provides knowledge, Knowledge makes you great". Creativity makes to implement the Sustainability practices in better way. Knowledge when shared with other will broaden the scope of sustainability practices.

  • Leading: Leading means setting the direction by helping others see what lies ahead and rising to the challenges. Leading in the sense of sustainability will definitely help others to practice and extend the hands to grow together. 
  • Living: Living reflects the practicing of the Sustainability. Living is an art and science of dealing with every aspects of life. It requires an element of passion and vision to make life more meaningful and enjoyable. Practicing sustainability can benefit us from the learnings.

Call for Papers

Academic papers, focused on the main theme but not limited to, are invited for the SUSCON VI. You may choose from any of the sub-themes for expressing their viewpoints. The process starts with the submission of extended abstract as per the given timeline.


  • Sustainability Development Agenda 2030 
  • Sustainability Development Goals 2015 
  • Inclusive Economic Growth and Equity 
  • Policy Research and Analysis 
  • Green Economy for Sustainable Development 
  • Energy for the Future 
  • Water Resources: Crisis and Management
  • Environment, Forests and Natural Resources –Management
  • Climate Change Impact Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Disaster Preparedness and Management
  • Sustainability and Management Education Innovative Technology for Sustainability
  • Sustainable Building and Smart City Planning
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Global Reporting Initiatives and Corporate Sustainability
  • Governance and Ethics towards sustainability
  • CSR and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Self, Organization and Society: Towards Harmony
  • Sustainability: The Role of Social Media 
  • Leadership and the Spirit of Sustainability
  • Preservation of Indigenous Cultures and Livelihood 
  • Social and Neural Marketing
  • Brick and Mortar to Click and Shop 
  • Green Marketing
  • Covering the Uncovered – Insurance
  • Sustainable Finance-Management & Strategy
  • Micro-finance & Micro-credit for Sustainable Development
  • Role of NGOs & VOs in Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Innovation and Eco-preneurship
  • Sustainability Strategy for Competitive Advantage
  • Green manufacturing
  • Traditional Wisdom on Sustainability 
  • Sustainability Insights from Eastern and Western Culture and Philosophy
  • Human Values and Sustainable Development

Any Other

Renowned SUSCON Speakers

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Sunderlal Bahuguna

Padma Bibhushan Sunderlal Bahuguna

subhenjit chaudhury

Subhenjit Chaudhury,

MD TATA Pigment

Christoph Stuckelburger

Christoph Stuckelburger,

Globe Ethics, Geneva

Peter Prozan

Peter Prozan,

Copen Hagen

Harshit Joshipura

Hashit Joshipura,

Corporate Head, L&T

M. J. Xavier

M. J. Xavier,

Former Director IIM Ranchi

Mary C. Gentile

Mary C. Gentile,

New York, USA

Biren Bhuta

Biren Bhuta,

Head CSR-Tata Steel

Subhash Chandra

Subhas Sharma,

IBS Bangalore

Sarit Das

Sarit Das,


Paul Sruvastava

Paul Sruvastava,

Concordia University

Daniel S. Helsman

Daniel S Helman,

California, USA

Committee Members

Conference Organizing Committee Chairman

Prof. Sanjoy Mukherjee


Prof. Tapas Kumar Giri

Conference Scientific Committee Chairman 

Prof. Tapas Kumar Giri

Suscon VI Organising Committee Members

  • Prof. Natalie West Kharkongor
  • Prof. Mousumi Bhattacharya
  • Prof. Neelam Rani
  • Prof. Bidyut Jyoti Gogoi
  • Prof. Sanjita Jaipuria
  • Prof. Khanindra Ch. Das
  • Prof. Arindum Mukhopadhyay

Important Dates

  • Last Date for Extended Abstract submission
  • Notification of Acceptance of Extended Abstract
  • Last date of Final Paper Submission
  • Notification of Acceptance of Final Paper
  • Deadline for Online Registration
  • December 15, 2016
  • December 30, 2016
  • January 30, 2017
  • February 10, 2017
  • February 20, 2017

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.

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.

Submission: Only online soft copy submissions will be accepted.

Online submissions

Online submissions may be sent to the following email id with subject line as given:


Subject line for abstract: Extended Abstract for SUSCON-6:” < article title >

Subject line for full-text: Full-text for SUSCON-6:” < article title >

Online submissions should be addressed to:

The Chairman, SUSCON-VI Organizing Committee,
IIM Shillong, Mayurbhanj Complex, Nongthymmai,
Shillong-793014, Meghalaya, India.

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 Awards :  

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

Publication  The selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings by a publisher of an international repute.

Accommodation  Accommodation (on single and double sharing basis) to the registered participants will be provided in and around the campus of IIM Shillong on first cum first basis subject to availability.

Information to Participants  

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.


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Contact Information

Indian Institute of Management - Shillong
Mayurbhanj Complex, Nongthymmai; Shillong - 793014
East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya, India
Telephone: +91 (0364) 230 8000