GAHSSR International Conference

Thursday, 30 November 2017

GRDS Quarterly Newsletter: GAHSSR (August 2017- November 2017)
Dear GAHSSR Members,

Greetings and sincere thanks for your patronage and support. GAHSSR has now grown to 5418 followers and members from 45 countries.
We are glad to present to you our latest edition of newsletter. The newsletter showcases the associations current and upcoming endeavours.
Conferences Held:
GAHSSR has successfully organised following International conferences in the period of August 2017- November 2017:
 We thank all the participants for their active participation in our Conferences.
 We thank all members, participants and supporting organisations for making these conferences successful.
  GAHSSR Collaborations:

It is our constant endeavour to associate with academicians, researchers, students, professionals and organisations. This collaboration is the crux of our growth and contribution to the society. We are proud to have following organisational collaborations:
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Venue Provider)
  • Yildiz Technical University, 34349 Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey (Venue Provider)
  • Rumah University, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Venue Provider)
  • Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK (Venue Provider)
  • Buein Zahra Technical University, Iran (Collaboration)
  • Research and Markets Limited, Dublin, Ireland (Collaboration)
  • CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), China (Collaboration)
  • International Journal of Computer Science and Business Informatics (IJCSBI), Mauritius (Collaboration)
  • Linton University College, KTG Group, Malaysia (Collaboration)
  • Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand (Venue Provider)
  • Peacful Mind Foundation, India (Partner)
  • Tresorix Ltd. Mauritius (Collaboration)
  • ResearchSEA, Asia Research News, UK (Media Partner)
  • International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research, Mauritius (Collaboration)
  • International Journal of Supply Chain Management (Scopus indexed), London (Collaboration)
  • GTIS, Taiwan (Green Technology Invention Society, Taiwan) (Collaboration)
  • Tecnico (Universidade de Lisboa), Campus da Alameda, Lisbon, Portugal (Venue Provider)
  • Srishti International, Bangalore, India (Collaboration)
  • Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (Venue Provider)
  • Kasetsart University, KU Home, Bangkok, Thailand (Venue Provider)
We will be glad to partner with your organisation. Please write to for assistance. 

Job Openings

GAHSSR is searching for talented and energetic conference coordinators (part-time) who are working/ studying at following locations:

Dubai/ London/ Barcelona/ Lisbon/ Rome/ Kuala Lumpur/ Bali/ Singapore/ Bangkok

Its a golden opportunity to be a part of our global team, to interact and associate with International academicians, display your leadership and organising skills and earn handsome honorarium.

All interested and eligible candidates are requested to contact us with their CV, Photograph, Cover Letter on

Our GRDS International Conference began with opening remarks by Honourable Keynote speaker highlighting the main context on Social Issues.

     The main aim of this conference was:
  •         To discuss latest challenges/researches being faced by the Society regarding Social Issues
  •          Generating academic and professional relationships
  •          Boosting morale and confidence of researchers in an international platform
  •          Networking among the participants
  •          Providing a holistic experience of academic tourism
Our worthy Keynote speakers open up the conference enlightening participants with their speech.
Here are our List of keynote speakers who participated in our conference.

Keynote Speaker of GRDS International Conference held at London, United Kingdom, Sept 2017
(Ahmad Raji Yaakub (Plenary Speaker) Affiliated to Chief Operating Officer, Irshad HR Consulting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia )
  Keynote Speaker GRDS International Conference held at Dubai,  UAE Oct 2017. 
(Prof. Taramol.K.G.  Affiliated to Assistant Professor, Economics, School of Business, Manipal University Dubai, UAE)

        Keynote Speaker GRDS International Conference held at Dubai,  UAE Oct 2017.
(Iulia Para (Plenary Speaker)  Affiliated to West University of Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania )                 

Keynote Speaker of GRDS International Conference held at Kuala Lumpur
, Malaysia November 2017

(Dr. Abdelhak Senadjki  Affilliated to Assistant Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Business and Finance, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia)

Keynote Speaker of GRDS International Conference held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 2017

(Assoc. Prof. PhDr. Dana Petranová  Affilliated University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Solovakia)

Keynote Speaker of GRDS International Conference held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 2017
(Assoc. Prof. PhDr. Slavomir Magal  Affilliated University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Solovakia)

Keynote speaker of GRDS International Conference held at Singapore, November 2017
(Dr.Thanapauge Chamaratana Affiliated to Development Science Program, Department of Social Development, Khon Kaen University, Thailand and )

Keynote speaker of GRDS International Conference held at Singapore, November 2017
(Marcela Ganea (Plenary Speaker) Affiliated to Foreign English Chair, Department Of Management, Artifex University Of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania )

In order to Promote Young Researchers, GRDS International conferences, Provides Young Research Scholarship in the form of full Registration fee waiver to participate in such events.

Here are our List of Young Research Scholars who participated in our conference .

Young Research Scholar of GRDS International Conference held at Dubai, UAE October 2017.
(Mohammad Bakri Alaa Hamami Affiliated to Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)
Paper Title: Survey on awareness and attitudes of Secondary school students regarding plastic pollution: Implications for Environmental Education & Public health in Sharjah City, UAE

Abstract: Since the industrial revolution in 1800s, Plastic pollution is becoming a global reality. This study aims to assess knowledge and attitudes about plastic pollution among secondary school students in Sharjah city, UAE.
A cross-sectional study was conducted on 400 students in 6 different schools in Sharjah. Self-administered questionnaires were distributed through probability stratified random sampling method between February to April 2016.
Majority of population understands how harmful plastic wastes are to the environment (85.5%). However, the students’ mean knowledge score was 53%, with females (P=0.000), grade 11 & 12 (P=0.024), & students whose mothers are more educated (P=0.014) being more knowledgeable & inclined towards pro-environmental behavior. Yet, all students showed tendency to be involved in the fighting against this dilemma.

Strategies which address deficiencies, provide incentives for change & assures governmental support along with environmental education are needed to bridge the information gab and enhances opportunities to adopt pro-environmental behaviors.

Keywords:Plastics; Pollution; Environmental awareness; Public health; Secondary School.

Young Research Scholar of GRDS International Conference held at Dubai, UAE October 2017.

(Yazan Ghazi Al Shaikh Affiliated to  Research Institute of Medical & Health Sciences , University of Sharjah, UAE)
 Paper Title:  Caffeine consumption levels and knowledge among adults in the United Arab Emirates: Insights from a nationwide survey

Abstract: Objective: To assess caffeine consumption levels among the United Arab Emirates (UAE) adult population, as well as the population general knowledge and attitude regarding its health implications.
Methods: A cross-sectional study using self-administered questionnaires was conducted from July to August 2016 on 403 randomly chosen adults from 5 Emirates in the UAE. The number of participants selected from each emirate was proportionate to the population size of each city.
Results: The mean total caffeine consumed per day was 316.7 mg. More than 98.5% of the study participants were caffeine consumers, with 31% reported being addicted to caffeine. The mean level of knowledge about caffeine was less than 33%, indicating poor knowledge background regarding caffeine effects on health and well-being. Younger participants (P=0.008) and those who work in healthcare & education (P<0.001) were significantly more knowledgeable.
Conclusion: Caffeine consumption is very prevalent among UAE population which ranks high among other countries.  There is a lack of accurate knowledge regarding the effects of caffeine on health and well-being. Healthy consumption behaviours need to be promoted through a better awareness and transparent environment.

          Keywords: Caffeine consumption, Knowledge, Public health, Addiction, Beverages, UAE

Young Research Scholar of GRDS International Conference held at Singapore, November 2017

(Dr. Karuna Shanker Kanaujiya Affiliated to Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Lucknow, India)
 Paper Title: Human Capital and Education: An Analysis between SAARC Regions

Abstract: In the modern context “Human capital” is the most impotent tools for overall not only development of the nation but also base for individual growth of human being. Human Capital which is attained through educational policy has been regarded as most important factor necessary for economic growth and development. A greater quantity of educational attainment is an important indicator of more skilled and productive labors, who in turn are accountable and responsible for increase in nation’s production of goods and services in every county. We know that The “South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation” is probably the only economic association in which members significantly differ to each other in terms of Social Development indicators like economic, social, demographic and geographical settings and also in term of Human capital. Among the SAARC economies, on the one side, we have economically strong countries like India, Sri Lanka and Maldives (among SAARC countries), on the other side, small land locked under-developed countries like Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan and Pakistan etc. However, each country irrespective of their status of development is committed to eradicate poverty and reduce socio-economic inequality through our specific policy interventions. Almost each SAARC country continuously effort to make and increase in stock of Human capital by our education policy. But in SAARC region literacy rate is not good except Sri-Lanka and Maldives. While expenditure of government on education is continuously increase their county. Unemployment and poverty problems are also there. Basically this paper based on descriptive analysis. The major object of this paper to make comparative analysis of Government Expenditure on education and literacy among SAARC countries. And what is importance of education to making human capital and also what is opportunity of increase in stock of Human Capital by more and more concentration on education. Because the increases in education level provide as a innovative platform for the policy maker.

Key words:- Human Capital, Literacy, Government Expenditure on Education and Development

In each, GRDS International conference, best paper award is given to best researches. In Global Association for Humanities and Social Science Research (GAHSSR), Best paper award is given to the participants with best scholarly paper submitted and presented at the conference.

Best Paper of GRDS International Conference held at London, United Kingdom, Sept 2017
(Dr. Manoj Sharma Affiliated to Department Of History, Kirori Mal College,,University Of Delhi,Delhi, India)
 Paper Title: Cinematic Representations of Partition of India 

Abstract: The partition of India in August 1947 marks a watershed in the modern Indian history. The creation of two nations, India and Pakistan, was not only a geographical division but also widened the chasm in the hearts of the people. The objective of the paper is to study the cinematic representations of the experiences associated with the partition of India. The cinematic portrayal of fear generated by the partition violence and the terror accompanying it will also be examined.  Films dealing with partition have common themes of displacement of thousands of masses from their homelands, being called refugees in their own homeland and their struggle for survival in refugee colonies. They showcase the trauma of fear, violence, personal pain, loss and uprooting from native place. Also, how the cinematic space tries to recreate those horrors, bestial passions and disregard for humanity in the larger political arena will also be examined. At the same time, sexuality and gender relations where women’s bodies became site of conflict between two communities will also be discussed. Moreover, how the personal experiences of filmmakers during the times of partition shaped their cinematic depictions will also be enumerated. Films which remind us of that communal carnage called partition, for instance, Lahore (1949, Hindi), Chhinamula (1951, Bengali) Megha Dhaka Tara (1960, Bengali), Subarnrekha (1965, Bengali) Garm Hawa (1973, Hindi), Tamas (1987, Hindi) Bombay (1995, Hindi), 1947 Earth (1998, Hindi), Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (1998) Fiza (2002, Hindi), Pinjar (2003, Hindi) Dev (2003, Hindi), Partition (2007, English) and Midnight Children (2012, English) will be examined.

Keywords: partition of India, violence of partition, displacement, communal, gender relations, sexuality, filmmakers

Best Paper of GRDS International Conference held at LondonUnited KingdomSept 2017

(Shapour Vahdatinejad Affiliated to Department of English & Literature,Rustaq College of Education,Al Rusaq, Oman)
 Paper Title:  Portrayal of Gender in the Iranian High School EFL Textbooks

Abstract: Gender biased textbook can internalize the sexist concept and can affect the students’ mindset and behavior against the other gender. For the majority of both teachers and students in Iran, school textbooks are the only resource therefore unbiased textbooks are necessary for students to build up their role in addressing the other gender in their lives and society. To scrutinize the issue of sexism in the textbooks, this study                   attempted to explore the status of sexism in the images of the current Iranian EFL high school textbooks (four volumes) published by the Ministry of Education in 2008. A mixed method of quantitative and qualitative CDA & CIA analysis of the images in the content was carried out to investigate whether the images of the textbooks have addressed both genders equally or not. In order to do so, two checklists were                   designed. Results revealed that the textbooks can be considered sexist because in the images males outnumber females and are mostly the focal characters. Besides, the images portrayed males as more active, energetic, decisive, confident, powerful, considerate, superior, and better managers. Despite the fact that according to Ministry of Education the number of female students is almost equal to males, the textbooks present students, in their early exposure to the English language, with an unfair, unbalanced and inexcusable representation of women. Some implications are advised for teachers, textbook writers and policy makers.

 Keywords: Portrayal of Sexism, CIA in EFL/ESL Textbooks, Hidden Curriculum

Best Paper of GRDS International Conference held at Dubai,UAE October 2017
(Hassan Rouhvand Affiliated to Faculty of Human Sciences,Shahid Rajaei Teacher Training University (SRTTU),Tehran Iran)
 Paper Title: Thinking Cultural Space: A Mapping Of Articulation

Abstract: Articulation, as an approach, is the core pursuit of Stuart Hall in his cultural studies. This paper seeks to examine the significance and performance of the concept based on two variables of space and culture. In so doing, the researcher advocated inductive method and brought under the spotlight five pairs of key concepts in Hall's studies. Comprehensive relational study of 'periphery & center', 'resistant & dominant', 'textuality & punctuation', 'other & self', 'local & global' was aimed at an exploration into their modes of (inter)connectivity. The findings showed that Hall’s articulation approach to cultural studies, far from being a simple joint of elements or eclecticism, signifies a range of complicated parallel movements, namely, simultaneous struggles for positions as well as negotiation of those positions.

Keywords: Culture, Space, Articulation, Stuart Hall, Struggle

Best Paper of GRDS International Conference held at Dubai,UAE October 2017
(Sorana Vatavu  Affiliated to Department of Finance, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration,West University of Timisoara,Timisoara, Romania)
 Paper Title: Addressing oil price changes through business profitability in oil and gas industry in the United Kingdom

Abstract: In this paper we investigate how crude oil price and volume traded affected the profitability of the oil and gas companies in the United Kingdom since the financial crisis started. The study uses insights from the financial situations to develop a model that also focuses on how changes in oil price impact performance. Due to the fact that empirical results indicate a non-linear relationship between various financial indicators, oil price, oil volume and firm profitability, the model is estimated using a comparative regression analysis, including the generalized method of moment estimation techniques for panel data set. It seems that profitable oil and gas companies managed to face the drop in oil price and recover, being characterised by large cash flows and stock turnovers, efficient use of assets, and high solvency rates. Although the oil price and volume traded do not significantly affect profitability and other financial ratios, if the oil price continues to decrease, it would permanently affect both the UK economy and oil and gas companies which, in order to survive, are making drastic cuts and deferring important investments, often at the long-term expense of asset performance. These results could be useful for investors, managers or decision makers, reclaiming strategic decisions in the current uncertain and volatile environment.

Best Paper of GRDS International Conference held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 2017
(Aulia Rosa Nasution Affiliated to Departement of Law,Medan Area University,Indonesia and Department Of Hospitality)
 Paper Title: Terrorism In The 21st Century -A Study Of Terror Acts As An Extraordinary Crimes In The International Law And Human Rights Perspective

Abstract: Terrorism has become a worldwide phenomenon in the 21st century. Terrorism as one of the international serious crimes has threatened and endanger the peace and the security of mankind. This research aims to analyze the  acts of terrorism as an extraordinary crime in the perspective of  international criminal law and human rights  . The research methodology which is used in this study is a legal research with aims to find the law as an instrument to resolve the problem by using statutes approach, legal doctrines approach, international and national acts which is related to the acts of terrorism . The result of this study is that the acts of terrorism is not an ordinary crime but it has become an extraordinary crime and a threat to the international and the national security which need to be resolved by the anti terrorism law.

Keywords: Acts of Terrorism, Anti Terrorism Law, Extraordinary Crimes, International Conventions, National Law 

Best Paper of GRDS International Conference held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 2017

(Reshma Sucheran Affiliated to Tourism,Durban University Of Technology,Durban, South Africa)
Paper Title: Barriers To Environmental Management In The Hotel Sector In Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Abstract: In the last two decades an increasing number of studies have focused on the impacts of tourism development on the environment aimed at the depletion of natural resources, the generation of waste and pollution and general environmental degradation. Consequently, the huge growth in the hotel industry has considerably affected the environment at a global level as the sector consumes large amounts of energy, water and non-durable products.  Hotels are therefore now urged to engage in responsible and sustainable environmental management practices. Often hotel managers are keen to engage in responsible environmental practices but are unable to do so due to certain impediments. This article examines the barriers or challenges that are faced in adopting more sustainable and responsible environmental management practices in hotels in KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa. In total, 142 hotels (including hotel chains as one entity) were identified in KwaZulu-Nataand  a  census  approach  was  adopted,  in  that  all  142  were  approached  to participate in the study. Sixty hotels responded. Data was collected through a web-based, online survey questionnaire. Quantitative data analysis was undertaken using the Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS). The findings reveal that hoteliers are faced with a number of barriers in the implementation of environmental management practices. These barriers include lack of knowledge and expertise, lack of resources to implement certain environmental management practices, lack of government assistance, lack of legislation and regulation and high costs. Furthermore, a noteworthy finding is that a number of hotels in KwaZulu-Natal are unaware of the savings potential associated with environmental programmes, that is, the direct benefits to their establishments.

Best Paper of GRDS International Conference held at Singapore, November 2017
(Sara Al-Ansari Affiliated to Journalism,Northwestern University in Qatar,Doha, Qatar)
 Paper Title: Examining Gender Disparity in Qatar"s Science Majlis

Abstract: The Science Majlis is one of the few public events held in Qatar that was designed to discuss engaging scientific-related topics among the community. The events were initiated in April 2015 and was held for a year and a half by the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), and later hosted by Hamad bin Khalifa University from February 2017 until May 2017. Many of the topics discussed during the events revolved around either energy and the environment. But other topics such as medicine, space science and technology have been included. Many of the attendees came from various age groups, educational backgrounds, and nationalities. But there is a noticeable gender disparity. All of the discussion leaders were male and there were few female participants in the gatherings. 
This paper, which is a work in progress, aims to explain the gender disparity in Qatar’s Science Majlis gatherings. Using data gathered from the events, I identify some factors that may explain the gender imbalance. These include, but are not limited to: low number/percentage of female scientists in QEERI, the “patriarchal nature of science,” and socialization and education of girls about science in general. One factor that science studies scholars have explained is the masculine bias in science that resulted in low female participation in science. Scholars have also identified some structural barriers that prevent females from joining science. These factors seem to explain why we see a gender disparity in the Science Majlis events. My paper will elaborate on these factors more as it pertains to the case of Qatar. 

Best Paper of GRDS International Conference held at Singapore, November 2017
( Suraj Francis Noronha Affiliated to Assistant Professor (Senior Scale), School of Management,Manipal University,Manipal, India)
 Paper Title: Is Job Performance better attributable to Performance Management System or Work Engagement?

Abstract: Managing performance of employee is a critical task for any organization. In this regard there is more emphasis on performance management and work engagement of the employees in the recent times. Performance management has its own niche in ensuring work engagement, which can in-turn lead to higher job performance. Performance management as a concept and practice has substantive potential to fulfil business demands of an organization by integrating its growth with motivational needs of human resource. The purpose of this paper is to reconnoiter the influence of performance management system and work engagement on job performance. A total of 62 valid responses are analyzed in this paper as part of the pilot test. The theoretical robustness was established through this study. It is found that work engagement is better attributable to job performance when compared with performance management. However, work engagement has been better ascribed as a mediator between performance management system and job performance. The study has implications for HR teams to revisit the performance management system periodically to incorporate the evolving themes in an organization, wherein employees and organizations co-evolve.

Key words: Performance Management System, Work Engagement, Job Performance

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