Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Introducing the Guidelines on Developing and Strengthening Qualifications Frameworks in Asia and the Pacific (2018)

Dear Colleagues,


Warm greetings from UNESCO! From 2015-2018, we took time to share widely and reflect on lessons learned, and are pleased to announce the final Guidelines on Developing and Strengthening Qualifications Frameworks in Asia and the Pacific - Building a Culture of Shared Responsibility.


We hope you will enjoy this new resource and see the rich insights from stakeholders throughout the Asia-Pacific region. In the coming weeks, we will circulate a link to request hard copies of the NQF Guidelines, and share your interest in national-level capacity building opportunities with UNESCO. We look forward to the official launch of this publication at the Regional Committee Session in Seoul in October. Thank you to the Republic of Korea Funds-in-Trust, and to each of you for your strong support.


Please feel free to email us anytime, or via:          

Enjoy your review!


Libing Wang & Wes Teter



Developing and Strengthening Qualifications Frameworks in Asia and the Pacific:
Building a Culture of Shared Responsibility

Sep 17, 2018


Collaboration with stakeholders throughout Asia and the Pacific is increasingly important to develop quality and relevant lifelong learning systems. Technical planning tools like qualifications frameworks aim to promote transparency around expected learning outcomes, yet education and training providers in many countries struggle to deliver on these mechanisms. A key to changing that lies in taking a serious look at qualifications frameworks around the region to see how we can better engage stakeholders throughout the development process and implementation of qualifications frameworks. This is crucial because such frameworks cannot be effective with governments acting alone. To ensure equal access to quality tertiary education, including university, we must promote a culture of shared responsibility.

With generous support from the Republic of Korea Funds-in-Trust, the new Guidelines on Developing and Strengthening Qualifications Frameworks in Asia and the Pacific aim to connect several important areas of work at national and regional levels. Main ideas include:

  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) underline the importance of relevant and effective learning outcomes as a means to promote quality education.
  • National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF) are a means to build a culture of shared responsibility throughout education and training systems, including for the development of expected learning outcomes (e.g. knowledge, skills and values).
  • Despite the rapid growth of qualifications frameworks in Asia-Pacific, questions remain about how NQFs are being implemented to improve student mobility and employability. It is therefore critical to address the misconception that NQF is a shortcut to international recognition of qualifications, or a quick solution to quality assurance.
  • New tools and strategies are being developed by UNESCO Member States to strengthen an integrated approach to NQF, quality assurance and recognition, including around key policy instruments such as the Tokyo Convention and forthcoming Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications.

Further comments or requests for national-level capacity building or collaboration with UNESCO's Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education are invited via:


Download PDF

Guidelines on Developing and Strengthening Qualifications Frameworks in Asia and the Pacific -
Building a Culture of Shared Responsibility

Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2018, 105p.
ISBN 978-92-9223-603-8 (Print version)
ISBN 978-92-9223-604-5 (Electronic version)


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Blogger's Meet on Digital Games for Learning: A Brief Report

Blogger's Meet on Digital Games for Learning: A Brief Report

On 14th September 2018 at New Delhi, UNESCO MGIEP organized a Blogger's Meet on Digital Games for Learning where Chris Crowell, critically acclaimed game designer, shared his philosophy of creating enjoyable and immersive experiences for learners. Chris is a veteran of the video games industry, having over 20 years of experience working with globally known brands such as NASCAR, Tiger Woods, The Sims, and Kung Fu Panda.

This meet was an opportunity for young bloggers to come together for the discussion on how the digital learning space is enriched with the digital games. Games allow a learner to proceed at their own pace, thereby placing the student at the centre of the learning journey. Experts believe that games are an excellent pedagogical tool as they fundamentally encourage project-based learning and decision-making for young learners. With massive growth predicted in education technology, it is time that digital games be taken seriously for the interactive and immersive experience they provide a player.

In his insightful lecture, Chris Crowell argued that digital games always have to be fun. It is possible to make digital games for learning fun as well. He further discussed why Digital Games for Learning are important for the societies in the 21st Century. He also elaborated on how Digital Games for Learning are being developed and deployed globally.


  • "Games help you develop critical thinking. It teaches you to get up, go at it and get better at it."
  • "Games help you take action, determine your success or failure. With this agency, you inculcate the life skill of responsibility".
  • "Gaming helps you apply the learnings of the virtual world in the real world."
  • "Gaming is a sure shot way of igniting your grey cells".
  • "These days our devices give us access to the digital world. In that sense, games have the power to impact education."


  • "My goal when designing a game is to understand how it will benefit educators in a practical way", while discussing his 'To Do' list while designing games.
  • "Games analyse the happenings of the real world and incorporate it in their mode. We designers often take inspirations from the real world."
  • "Games are not a joke. They can be implemented as a serious tool for learning but in a fun way."
  • "Bloggers have the potential to spread their ideas virally in this digital world."

The lecture attracted intriguing questions and comments from the learned audience. Some of the pertinent questions asked include: "What kind of thought processes are put in action when creating a game from scratch?", "How to wage the gap between virtual reality and the real world for games?", and "Can traffic violence be reduced through gaming?".

UNESCO MGIEP is organizing the TECH-2018 Conference on theme "From Transmissive to Transformative Pedagogies: Digital Technologies for Fostering 21st Century Competencies" in Visakhapatnam on 15–17 November 2018, where "Digital Games for Learning" will be discussed in great details. 

Inputs & Photos from UNESCO MGIEP Twitter hashtags #GamesforLearning #Tech2018

Call for Book Chapter: "The Digitization Conundrum in India: Applications, Access and Aberrations" |

The Digitization Conundrum in India:

Applications, Access and Aberrations



Keshab Das

Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad

Bhabani Shankar Prasad Mishra

School of Computer Engineering, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar

Madhabananda Das

School of Computer Engineering, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar




Call for Contributing a Book Chapter


This is a call for contributing a chapter to the proposed edited volume in which Springer has expressed keen interest to publish.


Concept and Concerns of the Proposed Volume:

Since the turn of the millennium, the pace and spread of digitization in India – whether promoted or spearheaded through the state, private sector or global capital – have come to be recognized as a significant phenomenon not merely in the sphere of information and communication technology (ICT) but its multifarious applications spreading across almost all aspects of production, services and institutions have profound implications for the transformation of the society and economy at the micro, meso and macro levels.  Digitization encompasses the whole range of processes from basic computerization of information (including data analysis, storage, management and sharing) to automation of manufacturing processes (or, 'tasks') to engaging robots for various utilities in both work and living spaces.

During the last decade or so there have been momentous transformations in the digitization field which are collectively denoted as 'disruptive technologies'.  These include such transformative technologies as Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics and Algorithms, Internet-of-Things (IoT), Automation, e-Commerce, Delivery Robots and Driverless Cars to mention the prominent ones.  Unlike heavy machines (embodied technology), most of these technologies defy physical space, pace of mobility and inoperability between technologies.  From an economic development perspective, these special characteristics/properties of the new technologies would imply massive changes in the nature and extent of demand for certain kinds of physical infrastructure as well as skill sets.  The very global nature of these seamless technologies where inter-operability remains the quintessential advantage of digitization the Indian economy and society are unlikely to stay insulated from changes in the technological and concomitant spheres of finance, labour and trade.

As the changes occurring and those waiting to happen have been posing new challenges to governance and economic development of India, it is important to form an idea about the nature and implications of such changes as these would impact the micro, meso and macro levels of resources, organization and activities.

Given the complexities of the nature of interface between the new technology and the socio-economics of India the proposed volume explicitly draws upon interdisciplinary scholarship – contributors and editors belong to such diverse subject areas as computer sciences, electronics, information technology, economics, business management, sociology, development studies, geography, biology, medical and actuarial sciences.

As the title suggests, the volume shall include three Sections which would contain chapters within (but not limited to) the following domains:


Section: I Technical/Engineering Infrastructure and Applications

(Digital media infrastructure, fundamentals, and applications in Cloud; Multimedia systems security in Cloud; Multimedia information retrieval and management in Cloud; Workflow management and Web Services; Network Architecture and system design for Cloud based IoT; Big Data management through IoT; Sustainability of IoT for data management for smart society; Green IoT enabling technologies; IoT Experimentation Infrastructures)


Section: II Challenges in Access/Use

(Policy aspects of promoting IT-ITES services; introducing new curriculum and training facilities in new digitization; Role of private sector in infrastructure and skilling; Case studies dealing with issues, challenges and opportunities in accessing and managing ICT, health, education, business (retail, e-Commerce and MSMEs), employment, e-Governance, smart manufacturing, data storage, big data analytics, etc.)


Section: III Aberrations and Obstacles

(Case studies addressing anomalies and limitations of new digitization initiatives in terms of affordability, learning skills/endowments, social/identity-based/gender discrimination, etc.)

Efforts are being made to put together a set of articles of high standard from serious scholars/practitioners on the various issues/sectors as noted earlier across both engineering/technical disciplines and development studies.


Instructions for Preparing and Contributing the Article:

Article submitted must be original and must not be under review by another publication.  Implications or lessons for policy must form part of the article to enhance its practical value.  In case an article has recently been brought out as an institutional output (e.g., as a Working Paper or Discussion Paper) a formal letter stating that it is a pre-publication output must be included; the absence of such a declaration would be construed as an act of plagiarism by the publishers.  Affiliation of author(s) and contact details must be provided with the abstracts/articles.  All submitted papers will be peer reviewed.

Length of the final manuscript should be around 8000 words including tables, notes and references.


Important Dates:

  • Submission of abstract (250-300 words):  September 30, 2018
  • On acceptance of the abstract, full chapter submission: December 31, 2018
  • Submission of the revised version: January 31, 2019
  • On acceptance, final manuscript submission: February 1, 2019


Please submit the proposal of your chapter(s) at


Indian Launches the Ayushman Bharat, National Health Protection Mission (NHPM)

Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission

Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission

Ayushman Bharat is National Health Protection Scheme, which will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission will subsume the on-going centrally sponsored schemes - Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and the Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS).

Salient Features
Salient Features
  • Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission will have a defined benefit cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family per year.
  • Benefits of the scheme are portable across the country and a beneficiary covered under the scheme will be allowed to take cashless benefits from any public/private empanelled hospitals across the country.
  • Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission will be an entitlement based scheme with entitlement decided on the basis of deprivation criteria in the SECC database.
  • The beneficiaries can avail benefits in both public and empanelled private facilities.
  • To control costs, the payments for treatment will be done on package rate (to be defined by the Government in advance) basis.
  • One of the core principles of Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission is to co-operative federalism and flexibility to states.
  • For giving policy directions and fostering coordination between Centre and States, it is proposed to set up Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission Council (AB-NHPMC) at apex level Chaired by Union Health and Family Welfare Minister.
  • States would need to have State Health Agency (SHA) to implement the scheme.
  • To ensure that the funds reach SHA on time, the transfer of funds from Central Government through Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission to State Health Agencies may be done through an escrow account directly.
  • In partnership with NITI Aayog, a robust, modular, scalable and interoperable IT platform will be made operational which will entail a paperless, cashless transaction.


  • At the national level to manage, an Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission Agency (AB-NHPMA) would be put in place. States/ UTs would be advised to implement the scheme by a dedicated entity called State Health Agency (SHA). They can either use an existing Trust/ Society/ Not for Profit Company/ State Nodal Agency (SNA) or set up a new entity to implement the scheme.
  • States/ UTs can decide to implement the scheme through an insurance company or directly through the Trust/ Society or use an integrated model.

Major Impact
Major Impact

Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission will have major impact on reduction of Out of Pocket (OOP) expenditure on ground of:

  • Increased benefit cover to nearly 40% of the population, (the poorest & the vulnerable)
  • Covering almost all secondary and many tertiary hospitalizations. (except a negative list)
  • Coverage of 5 lakh for each family, (no restriction of family size)

This will lead to increased access to quality health and medication. In addition, the unmet needs of the population which remained hidden due to lack of financial resources will be catered to. This will lead to timely treatments, improvements in health outcomes, patient satisfaction, improvement in productivity and efficiency, job creation thus leading to improvement in quality of life.


The expenditure incurred in premium payment will be shared between Central and State Governments in specified ratio as per Ministry of Finance guidelines in vogue. The total expenditure will depend on actual market determined premium paid in States/ UTs where Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission will be implemented through insurance companies. In States/ UTs where the scheme will be implemented in Trust/ Society mode, the central share of funds will be provided based on actual expenditure or premium ceiling (whichever is lower) in the pre-determined ratio.


Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission will target about 10.74 crore poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers' families as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data covering both rural and urban. The scheme is designed to be dynamic and aspirational and it would take into account any future changes in the exclusion/ inclusion/ deprivation/ occupational criteria in the SECC data.


Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission will be rolled out across all States/UTs in all districts with an objective to cover all the targeted beneficiaries.


Indo-German Dialogue "Industry Academia Cooperation" | 26 September | IHC New Delhi

Indo-German Dialogue

Industry Academia Cooperation


Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Venue: Silver Oak Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Colony, New Delhi




15:30 h – 16:00 h


16:00 h – 17:00 h

Welcome address
- Ms. Heike Mock, Director, German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH Delhi) & German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Regional Office Delhi

Inaugural Address
- Dr. Martin Ney, Ambassador, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi

Special Address
- Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel,
President, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Opportunities and challenges for Sustainable Cooperation between Industry and Academia in India

- Prof. Dr. Furkan Qamar,
Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities (AIU)

17:00 h – 17:30 h

Networking Tea

17:30 h – 18:00 h

The German Federation of Industrial Research Associations, AiF
- Dr.-Ing. Thomas Kathöfer (tbc),
CEO, German Federation of Industrial Research Associations, AiF

18:00 h - 19:30 h

Innovation and Incubation as key factors in Industry and Academia Cooperation: Universities as a breeding ground for Innovation
- Best Practice examples of Indian Start-ups (tbc)

Expert Panel Discussion
- Prof. Dr. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director IIT Madras 

- Sunil Mathur, CEO, Siemens India

- Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Prömel, President, Technische Universität Darmstadt

- Prof. Dr. Dieter W. Heermann, Vice-President International Affairs, University of Heidelberg

- Representative, KIT Karlsruhe (tbc)

- Dr. Michael Harms, Director Communications, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Chair

Thursday, September 13, 2018

New Book "The Open Revolution: Rewriting the Rules of the Information Age"

The Open Revolution: Rewriting the Rules of the Information Age
by Rufus Pollock, A/E/T Press, June 2018, ISBN: 9781789263428.

About the Book: Will the digital revolution give us digital dictatorships or digital democracies? Forget everything you think you know about the digital age. It's not about privacy, surveillance, AI or blockchain -- it's about ownership. Because, in a digital age, who owns information controls the future. Today, information is everywhere. From your DNA to the latest blockbusters, from lifesaving drugs to the app on your phone, from big data to algorithms. Our entire global economy is built on it and the rules around information affect us all every day. As information continues to move into the digital domain, it can be copied and distributed with ease, making access and control even more important. But the rules we have made for it, derived from how we manage physical property, are hopelessly maladapted to the digital world. In this urgent and provocative book, Rufus Pollock shows that we must make a choice between making information Open, shared by all, or making it Closed, exclusively owned and controlled, and how today's Closed digital economy is the source of problems ranging from growing inequality, to unaffordable medicines, to the power of a handful of tech monopolies to control how we think and vote. Choosing Open is the path to a more equitable, innovative and profitable future for all.

About the Author: Dr Rufus Pollock is a researcher, technologist and entrepreneur. He has been a pioneer in the global Open Data movement, advising national governments, international organisations and industry on how to succeed in the digital world. He is the founder of Open Knowledge, a leading NGO with a presence in over 35 countries, empowering people and organizations with access to information so they can create insight and drive change. Formerly, he was the Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. He has been the recipient of a $1m Shuttleworth Fellowship and is currently an Ashoka Fellow and Fellow of the RSA. He holds a PhD in Economics and a double first in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents
1 Prologue: Monopolies of Attention
2 An Open World
3 Defining Information and Openness
4 Patents and Copyright as "Intellectual Property"
5 Face to Face with Power
6 Triumph over Closed Minds: The Internet
7 Music to our Ears
8 How the Secret of Life Almost Stayed Secret
9 Meet Jamie Love
10 Openness: The Best Medicine
11 Making an Open World
12 Help us Make it Happen
13 Coda: The Original Copyfight

Monday, September 10, 2018

New Book "Journalism, 'Fake News' and Disinformation: A Handbook for Journalism Education and Training"

Journalism, 'Fake News' and Disinformation: A Handbook for Journalism Education and Training
edited by Cherilyn Ireton and Julie Posetti; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, 2018, ISBN: 9789231002816.

About the Book: This new publication by UNESCO is a timely resource and highly topical subject for all those who practice or teach journalism in this Digital Age. UNESCO's new handbook is an essential addition to teaching syllabi for all journalism educators, as well as practicing journalists and editors who are interested in information, how we share it and how we use it. It is mission critical that those who practice journalism understand and report on the new threats to trusted information. Political parties, health professionals, business people, scientists, election monitors, and others will also find the handbook useful in navigating the information disorder. Written by experts in the fight against disinformation, this handbook explores the very nature of journalism - with modules on why trust matters; thinking critically about how digital technology and social platforms are conduits of the information disorder; fighting back against disinformation and misinformation through media and information literacy; fact-checking 101; social media verification and combating online abuse. The seven individual modules are available online to download that enables readers to develop their own course relevant to their media environment.
This handbook is also useful for the library and information science professionals, students, and LIS educators for understanding the different dimensions of fake news and disinformation.  

Table of Contents
Module One | Truth, Trust and Journalism: Why it Matters | Cherilyn Ireton
Module Two | Thinking about "Information Disorder": Formats of Misinformation, Disinformation and Mal-Information | Claire Wardle & Hossein Derakshan
Module Three | News Industry Transformation: Digital Technology, Social Platforms and the Spread of Misinformation and Disinformation | Julie Posetti
Module Four | Combatting Disinformation and Misinformation Through Media and Information Literacy (MIL) | Magda Abu-Fadil 
Module Five | Fact-Checking 101 | Alexios Mantzarlis
Module Six | Social Media Verification: Assessing Sources and Visual Content | Tom Trewinnard and Fergus Bell
Module Seven | Combatting Online Abuse: When Journalists and Their Sources are Targeted | Julie Posetti

Call for Applications: FITM-AYUSH Research Fellowships (Doctoral & PostDoc) in the area of Traditional Medicines

Call for Applications:  
FITM-AYUSH Research Fellowships (Doctoral & PostDoc) in Indian Traditional Medicines 
at RIS, New Delhi.
Application deadline: 15th September 2018 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Science, Technology & Society special issue "Pharmaceutical Industry in the Global South" is now online.

Science, Technology and Society

Volume 23 Issue 3, November 2018

Special Issue "Pharmaceutical Industry in the Global South"



  • The Creation and Evolution of the Donor Funded Market for Antimalarials and the Growing Role of Southern Firms | Fabienne Orsi, Sauman Singh, Luis Sagaon-Teyssier | pp. 349–370
  • Therapies Out of Reach: Anticancer Drugs and Global Trade Regimes | Dwaipayan Banerjee, James Sargent | pp. 371–387
  • Why is Growth More Difficult to Achieve for Biopharmaceutical Latecomer Firms? Evidence from Taiwan | Mei-Chih Hu, Wen-Ching Hsu, Ching-Yan Wu | pp. 388–417
  • Seizing Opportunities for Markets of Discovery: The Reconfigurations of Value Chains in Pharmaceutical Industry in the Global South | Muriela Hinard De Pádua, Margarida Fontes, Cristina Sousa | pp. 418–443
  • 'New Drugs' Approvals in India: An Institutional Perspective | Saradindu Bhaduri, Thangminlen Kipgen | pp. 444–462
  • Demythologising the 'Liberalisation' of Clinical Trial Regulations in India: A Practitioner's Perspective | Brijesh Regal | pp. 463–484
  • Regulation Multiple: Pharmaceutical Trajectories and Modes of Control in the ASEAN | Mathieu Quet, Laurent Pordié, Audrey Bochaton, Supang Chantavanich, Niyada Kiatying-Angsulee, Marie Lamy, Premjai Vungsiriphisal | pp. 485–503
  • Regulating Access and Protecting Traditional Health Knowledge through Intellectual Property Rights? Issues from a Holistic Health Systems Perspective | Ritu Priya, Chris M. Kurian | pp. 504–529.

Journal of Scientometric Research 7(2), 2018, is now online.

Journal of Scientometric Research

Vol 7, Issue 2, May-Aug, 2018

Research Articles

  • Data-Mining the Foundational Patents of Photovoltaic Materials: An Application of Patent Citation Spectroscopy. by Jordan A. Comins, Loet Leydesdorff. Journal of Scientometric Research,7(2):79-83
  • Robotics Research in India: A Scientometric Assessment of Indian Publications Output during 2007-16. by B. M. Gupta,S. M. Dhawan. Journal of Scientometric Research,7(2):84-93
  • Journal Impact Factor Weighted by SJR and 5-Year IF indicators of Citing Sources. by Ramiz M. Aliguliyev,Narmin A. Adigozalova. Journal of Scientometric Research,7(2):94-106
  • The Slow Progress of Library and Information Science Research in Africa. by Swapan Kumar Patra,G. Mahesh. Journal of Scientometric Research,7(2):107-113.

Research Notes

  • Use of NoSQL Database and Visualization Techniques to Analyze Massive Scholarly Article Data from Journals. by Gouri Ginde,Snehanshu Saha,Archana Mathur,Harsha Vamsi,Sudeepa Roy Dey,Swati Sampatrao Gambhire. Journal of Scientometric Research,7(2):114-119.
  • Genealogy Tree: Understanding Academic Lineage of Authors via Algorithmic and Visual Analysis. by Sandra Anil,Abu Kurian,Sudeepa Roy Dey,Snehanshu Saha,Ankit Sinha. Journal of Scientometric Research,7(2):120-124.


  • A.V. Hill and Shaping of Modern Science in India. by Anasua Mukherjee Das. Journal of Scientometric Research,7(2):125-126.

Book Reviews

  • The Innovation Paradox- Developing-Country Capabilities and the Unrealised Promise of Technological Catch-Up. by Ashish Gosain. Journal of Scientometric Research,7(2):127-129.
  • Changing Context of Labour from Agro+Industrial Society to Knowledge Society. by Bidyarthi Dutta. Journal of Scientometric Research,7(2):130-132.
  • Conflicts of Interest: My Journey Through India's Green Movement. by Anwesha Borthakur. Journal of Scientometric Research,7(2):133-135
  • India as a Pioneer of Innovation. by Ashish Gosain. Journal of Scientometric Research,7(2):136-141.
  • Data Management: A Practical Guide for Librarians. by Raj Kumar Bhardwaj. Journal of Scientometric Research,7(2):142-144.