Saturday, January 19, 2019

Call for Papers IFLA2019 A&O Open Session | 24-30 August 2019

Dear Colleagues,


The open session of the IFLA Regional Section for Asia and Oceania – RSCAO (organised by the Regional Standing Committee – RSCAO) plans to contribute to this year's WLIC theme of "Libraries: Dialogue for Change", by exploring how libraries have empowered their communities by way of creating trusted space and stimulating dialogue.


Important dates and other details:

1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) and full author details is Friday 15 February 2019. Selection of papers is based on the abstract. Due to the large number of submissions received, only the successful presenters will be notified by 10th April 2019.

2. Full texts of papers are due on 15 June 2019. Abstracts should be submitted as a 'pdf' file.

3. The committee will evaluate the submitted abstracts against criteria which include: innovative content, topical relevance, regional interest, clarity of exposition, originality, and overall quality.

4. Papers must be original submissions not presented or published elsewhere – (IFLA rule).

5. Papers should not be more than 4,000 words, single spaced in Times New Roman 12 point.

6. Papers and abstracts should be in English.

7. The author(s) should include their full contact details and brief biographical notes.


Information Coordinator

IFLA  Resional Standing Committee Asia & Oceania (RSCAO)


Dr. Takashi Nagatsuka

Professor Emeritus,

Tsurumi University

Email: nagatsuka-t[@]


ICRIER-IHC Talk "Civil Society Challenges: The Road Ahead" | Dr. Reena Ramachandran | IHC, New Delhi | 21 January

ICRIER-IHC Conversations on Urbanization Series




Civil Society Challenges: The Road Ahead



Dr. Reena Ramachandran, Member 'Foundation for Restoration of National Values' and 'IC Centre for Governance'. She is also former CMD, Hindustan Organic Chemicals and currently Independent Director in the Board of UPL Ltd. and Indian Additives Ltd.



Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, Board of Governors, ICRIER




Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi 110003 (Entry through Gate No. 3)



Monday, January 21, 2019, 7:00 pm

Double doctorate in Chemistry from Allahabad University & France, Dr. Reena Ramachandran, Associated with  Resident Welfare Association as a president  in H- Block, SAKET;  Foundation for Restoration of National Values" being led by Former METRO Chief;  IC Centre for Governance"being led by Former Cabinet secy; former  CMD, Hindustan Organic Chemicals, currently  Independent Director in the Board of ' United Phosphorus Ltd." (Now UPL Ltd) and Indian additives Ltd. Served as  member ,Task Force, Performance management Division, Cabinet secretariat,  Member , Board of Governors, IIT  (Kanpur): Senior Scientific officer, Ministry of Science and Technology, Member- Governing Board, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR) : Expert Member, Technical Advisory Committee on HR, Reserve Bank of India,  Member of the expert committee of HRD Ministry for devising Policy perspective for Management Education: Member, Film Censor Board,. Has over 40 years of experience across : petroleum, Petrochemicals and cement industry ( GM,ONGC /Ex. Director PCRA/ GGM, Cement Research Institute, Ballabhgarh). She has over a decade of experience in Management education. Was  recently awarded - Life Time Achievement Award  (27 March,2015) by the ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for outstanding contribution to Oil and gas industry during 'Urja Sangam- 2015'. She was awarded as 'Mahila Shiromani' by Vice President of India,1989, 'Best Communicator' by Press Council,1989, 'Manager of the Year' by ONGC,1987, 'Energy Man of the year' by IBPL Urja Research Foundation,1997,  Elected Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) & All India Management Association( AIMA),  Dewang Mehta Life Time Achievement Award,2009.  "Exemplary Leader Award-2010" by CMO Asia, Singapore, Life Time Achievement Award in Higher Education by Higher Education Forum in 2011. Distinguished Alumni award by Allahabad University Alumni association in 2015. Founder President of the Forum of Women in Public Sector (WIPS). Associated with Women Leadership initiative in All India Management association (AIMA) for over 25 years and  earlier CII committee on gender issues.



With best regards,


Dr. Rajat Kathuria

Director & Chief Executive


Core-6A, 4th Floor, India Habitat Centre

Lodi Road, New Delhi - 110 003

Tel: 43112400; Fax: 24620180


Job Announcement: Vacancies at NRDC India & FITT New Delhi

Monday, January 14, 2019

Call for Abstracts: RC21 Urban Conference at Delhi | In and Beyond the City: Emerging Ontologies, Persistent Challenges and Hopeful Futures

RC21 Urban Conference at Delhi

September 18th- 21st , 2019

In and Beyond the City: Emerging Ontologies, Persistent Challenges and Hopeful Futures

Call for Abstracts Now Open!! Last Date- January 20, 2019!

We are happy to have received a large number of applications for sessions. This list includes all the sessions including streams and panels that have been selected for participation at the RC21@Delhi 2019 conference. For those who do not find their submissions listed here, we will be in touch individually over the next week as regards their status.

The call for individual paper abstracts is now open and will end on January 20, 2019. The list of selected abstracts will be announced on the 20th of February. Panelists submitting to specific sessions will be informed about acceptance or rejection directly by the convenors of the sessions by February 20th.

Please note that streams may include panels. If you would like to submit an abstract for consideration, please contact the stream convener(s).

Please note that we have updated the fee structure for the conference. Click here for the same.

We have updated our email to w.e.f. 2/12/2018. Emails sent to the old email ( have been received and accounted for. For further communication, please write to us at


RC21 Urban Conference at Delhi

September 18th- 21st , 2019

In and Beyond the City: Emerging Ontologies, Persistent Challenges and Hopeful Futures

Across the globe, cities surpass their own contours. Urban cores expand and intensify in size and height, and we see connectivities, nodes and enclaves involving new technologies, information flows, migrations, time/space compressions and everyday rhythms and experiences that defy known cartographies and categories. Meanwhile, a city's decision makers, planners, politicians, representatives and all other agents who govern urban life face increasing challenges that exceed their tools of measurement and categorizations in unprecedented ways.

This surpassing of the gaze and grip of the city can also be seen as a reworking of everyday ontologies, or the properties and relations between concepts that we, as urban scholars, may long have assumed to be easily understood, like 'neighborhoods', 'social networks', 'place', 'urban politics', 'urban movements', 'rural-urban continuum' or more. While these contours impact how we live in and understand cities, most traditional urban concerns and vulnerabilities – social and spatial inequalities, racial and ethnic exclusions, injustices and exploitations in livelihoods, inadequacies of housing, infrastructure, health, security and environment – remain. Practices of technology, design and innovation develop simultaneously which adapt to scale and pressure, for example, sustainable, affordable and resilient building and infrastructure, or ways to manage urban waste. New urban experiences that produce new cultural formations, practices, urban art and aesthetics and modes of being political also emerge.

The conference's location in Delhi – a city that has long exceeded theoretical parameters, material forms, planned or unplanned practices both within and outside its limits – provides an ideal starting point to think through emerging and dominant concerns of addressing the city.

In this conference, our call is to search for perspectives that support these changing theoretical, practical and empirical terrains. We invite discussions that move beyond conventional understandings and encourage an inclusive framing that allow innovative planetary comparisons that are not confined to a North – South divide. We invite proposals on sessions that focus on ways in which city futures are imagined and addressed in scholarship. While we encourage a critical approach to agendas for the future in cities, we are eager to learn about hopeful futures that may be unfolding over urban terrains.Overall, the conference invites proposals that address conventional challenges as well those related to changing scales and technologies of the urban.

Under the three overall sub themes, Emerging Ontologies, Persistent Challenges and Hopeful Futures, alongside our committed focus on urban injustices and dispossessions, we offer the following suggestions as possible topics for submission:

  1. State, city and governance: How does the logic of the state or practices of governance respond to the changing scales of the urban/the city that is mentioned in the main theme? In what ways is control displaced or redistributed? How do people engage with, modify, manipulate and negotiate the structures of urban control in their everyday life?How does governance and infrastructure regulations provoke practices of housing, water, electricity, transportation that do not follow typical planned developments.
  2. Networks, communities and capital: Stable durable networks are only part of the picture of sociabilities we know in the urban – how can everyday ways of knowledge transfer, circulation, care and connectivity in and beyond the city be thought of beyond simple forms of capital? How do mobility, residence, dis-locations and trans-local lives affect these?
  3. Place, belonging, and action: How are understandings of connections between concepts of place, belonging and communities affected by the expansion of urban cores, for example in the cases of extensive suburbia, large urban conglomerations and conurbations, community neighbourhoods and vertical living? How do these influence people's potentials for urban collective action?
  4. Rights, entitlements and citizenship: How do rights, entitlements and forms of citizenship change, empirically and conceptually, when their connection to other concepts like nation or state becomes challenged? This includes but is not limited to, for example, forms of voice and exit; political economies in urban health,housing regimes and education; global migration and the city;refugees, violence and security.Or, what futures are imagined through the lens of the urban as a focused venue for political expression and change, or as a venue for claims on justice and rights.
  5. Emerging technologies, exclusions and inclusions: How do we think about and include technology and its manifold applications in urban life, from security regimes to its potential for local connectivity and social action. How does technology enable urban networks, virtual or actual, which do not necessarily follow planned city forms and functions? How can we discuss futures like the "Smart City" idea through the lens of such newer formations, their advantages and their possible critical effects? How do technological changes affect patterns of exclusions, the formation of social categories, or new and persistent inequalities?
  6. Ecologies, Environments and Encroachments:How does an expanding urban show its impact on concerns of the environment? What kind of issues come to the forefront in city discourses – for example, waste management, air pollution, or environmental degradation. How do these processes produce zones of heightened vulnerability, destabilize existing fragile ecosystems -for example,increasing number of people live with threat of unprecedented floods in urban areas. At the same time, what kind of strategies and innovations are developed in order to respond to thee concerns.
  7. Persistent problems in a changing world: How do we continue to think about structural forms of exploitation and urban poverty and all those other themes mentioned in the concept note in a global perspective in a politically fragmented world? For instance, how are issues related to housing and segregation developing now? How do we include the everyday and the resilient without romanticizing the grassroots, losing sight of structural inequalities and reactionary movements on the ground?
  8. Architectures, Aesthetics and Art: How does architectural or artistic thinking at the scale of a neighborhood, a community or a city manifest, expand and negotiate with an aesthetic vision of the city? What is the imagination of the city that can be learned from the proliferation of public art? Or, how does the city become a location for new social movements and other collective expressions in urban art, visual and material cultures?Imaginations of the urban that shed light on nuances of artistic expressions, material cultures and architectural imaginations in and about the city, that think of social and political futures.
  9. Methodologies and Comparative Theorizations for new forms of urbanity: How can visual and digital methodologies help us improve our understanding of the urban? How do cinematic imaginations or visual methods help in understanding the expanding scales of the urban? What can sociology learn from other disciplines, and what new techniques and methods can we incorporate in urban sociology research in understanding the emerging ontologies? How do new scales of connections, networks outside the usual frameworks of globalities or localities inform comparative theorizations beyond conceptions of size, function, 'importance' or economic scale? What are the ways in which we can go beyond the divisions of North-South? What compels us to do so?

We invite proposals for sessions that focus on the themes outlined in the Concept Note. We encourage a variety of submissions for sessions that will cover a 90-minute slot, which can include Panels, Round Tables, Book Discussions, Author Meets Critics etc. We also invite stream conveners where one or more convener(s) can take on the responsibility of organizing two or three sessions, which can include different formats as above, under a single theme. 

Please send submissions by the deadline of 31st October, 2018, to

For detailed concept notes and guidelines for submitting proposals, go to

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

IIC-JNU Workshop on IPR | 10 January at SLS

Institution's Innovation Council (IIC), JNU

in collaboration with MHRD-Innovation Council (MIC)


is organizing a workshop on IPR (Intellectual Property Rights)


The workshop will be conducted in two sessions; morning session will be conducted by a local expert (Dr. Malathi Lakshmikumaran, Director, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan) and afternoon live session by a central expert (Dr. Shwetasree Majumdar, Principal, Fidus Law Chamber). Both sessions are expected to cover different topics, including history of IP, filing patent/copyright/design application and entrepreneurship etc. important for students and faculty members of JNU.


All the faculty and students of JNU are cordially invited to attend the workshop.


Date: Thursday, January 10, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 03:30 p.m. 

Venue: SLS Auditorium JNU 


Please register at:


Certificate will be given to all the participants based on their attendance in all the lectures.


Monday, January 7, 2019

Journal of Scientometric Research 7(3), 2018, issue is now online.

Journal of Scientometric Research

Vol 7, Issue 3 | Sep-Dec, 2018

Research Articles

  • Correlation between the Articles Citations in Web of Science (WoS) and the Readership Rate in Mendeley and Research Gate (RG) | Asefeh Asemi, Mahboobeh Heydari
  • An Assessment of Effective Factors in Technology Acceptance Model: A Meta- Analysis Study | Abbas Doulani
  • Bibliometric Analysis of Pharmacology Publications in the United States: A State-Level Evaluation | Dennis F. Thompson
  • Evaluation of Selected Universities Library Websites Listed by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) during the Year 2017: A Webometric Analysis | Krishna Brahma, Manoj Kumar Verma
  • Effects of European Union Funding and International Collaboration on Estonian Scientific Impact | Tanel Hirv
  • The Paradox of Enrichment in Chile's Ecological Science Funding | Jaime R. Rau, Fabián M. Jaksic
  • Titles of Scientific Letters in Astrophysics (2000-2015): A Diachronic Study of Type Distribution and the Relationship between Title Length and Collaboration Issues | David Israel Méndez, María Ángeles Alcaraz
  • Co-Authorship Networks in Business Ethics: A Longitudinal Study | Mehmet Alı Köseoglu, Mehmet Yıldız, Eka Dıraksa Putra, Taha Cıftcı
  • Visualizing Garfield's Scientific Performance | Rouhallah Khademi


Book Reviews

Call for Participation: India M2M + IOT Forum 2019 | 14-15 January | IHC, New Delhi

This Call for Participation is open for the TRCSS volunteers and CSSP  students. For the complementary registration, send your confirmation to by 10th January 2019.  

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Greetings from the 6th edition of India m2m + iot Forum!
We are delighted to announce the 6th edition of 'India m2m + iot Forum' scheduled for Monday, 14 January 2019 and Tuesday, 15 January 2019, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India, jointly organized by the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (DMS, IIT Delhi), FI Media (Future Internet and Electronic Media) of the Delegation of European Union to India and India m2m + iot Forum. 

The objective of India m2m + iot Forum is to focus on the application of emerging disruptive technologies such as machine-to-machine (m2m) and internet of things (iot) from the larger umbrella of information communications technology (ICT) in the Smart Cities and Smart Villages space, and how these disruptive technologies can assist and help in raising the living standards of the citizens by simplifying the decision making processes eventually leading to Smart Governance and solving challenges and problems in the areas such as in Smart Management of Command and Control Centres, Disaster Management, Energy Management, Infrastructure, Safety Security, Transportation Systems, Sanitation and Waste and Water Management.
The forum will host;
1.       An Inaugural Session on:
2.       Plenary Session on:
a.        'Changing Paradigm of the SMART CITIES OF THE WORLD vis-a-vis the SMART CITIES OF INDIA'
b.       'Changing Paradigm of the SMART VILLAGES OF THE WORLD vis-a-vis the SMART VILLAGES OF INDIA'
3.       Focused Sessions on:
>> m2m + iot + 5G + AI + Cloud-Edge-Fog-Mist Computing + GIS + GPS + Telematics and more…
b.       CITIES and VILLAGES of the FUTURE with SMART CITY INNOVATORS – showcase by the startups@india m2m + iot forum
The prime representatives for the sessions will be from the Government of India Leadership, the Delegation of the European Union to India, Senior Executives from National and International companies and organizations providing smart cities and smart villages solutions, Innovative Startup's united in their common aim of discussing the latest in smart cities and smart villages technologies, developments, efficient resource management and innovations, and Academia who will together bring forth key technology trends that can play a significant role in developing a Smarter India.

In view of your interest in the subject matter, we invite you to participate in the forum as our esteemed delegate. To confirm your participation, please RSVP to;

Shilpi Batra
India m2m + iot Forum
Mobile: +91 9599074767, +91 9818105643
E-mail: shilpi.b[@]

India m2m + iot Forum 2019 | 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

TRCSS Policy Brief "Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Complex Challenges of Water Governance" | by P. N. Desai

Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Complex Challenges of Water Governance. 
by Pranav N. Desai, TRCSS Policy Brief 01/2018, New Delhi: TRCSS, JNU, December 2018, ISBN: 9788193685716.

Introduction: The Gurgaon-Manesar urban complex forms a part of one of the world's top fifteen global megacities and witnessing greater strains of urbanisation. Despite planned structure, this region lacks a proper mechanism for adequate water supply, power, and sewage handling mechanisms. Groundwater is the primary source of water supply while the water guzzling construction sector is the major consumer. The unsustainable development towards extensive consumption of water has led to some disturbing consequences with insufficient rainfall, wells drying up and flooding at the same time during the monsoon. Some of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals that focus are "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all" and "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable". It is being questioned whether the other sustainable development goals could be achieved without successfully addressing the preceding two goals.

PhD Positions with Full Scholarships in Data Science @ Dalian University of Technology, China

PhD Positions with Full Scholarships in Data Science @  Dalian University of Technology, China

Deadline for application: 1 Feb 2019.


The Alpha Lab ( at Dalian University of Technology, China conducts interdisciplinary, application-driven academic research in data science, big data, network science, and computational social science. The Lab currently has 50+ PhD and Master students, and has supervised over 10 international PhD students.


We are opening 2 PhD student positions in research areas like data science, big data, network science, computational social science, data analytics, big scholarly data, social network analysis, machine learning, etc. All positions will be coupled to full Chinese Government Scholarships. Basic living allowance will be 3,500 RMB/month, plus Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Benefit. The scholarships are exempt from registration fee, tuition, and fee for basic learning materials. Accommodation on campus will be provided for free. The University will offer excellent working conditions.


Supervisor: Professor Feng XIA (

Working location: Dalian University of Technology @ Dalian, China

Starting date: September 2019

PhD duration: 4 years



1. Applicants shall have a master's degree in related discipline.

2. A good command of the English language (in speaking and in writing) is required.

3. Research experience in related areas is a plus.


Application procedure

Before submitting the full application (to the University), each potential applicant should first send an initial application via email to Dr. Feng Xia ( The application should include a detailed CV (including email addresses of two referees, detailed contact information, etc), and at least two best scientific documents/publications written by yourself (in English). The deadline for applications is 1 Feb 2019. A few candidates will be shortlisted for full application. Interested applicants are highly encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. We will not accept applications once the positions are fulfilled.


For further information regarding these positions, please contact Dr. Feng Xia (



Feng XIA, PhD, Professor

ACM/IEEE/CCF Senior Member, AAAS Member

Director, The Alpha Lab (

Deputy Dean (Research), School of Software

Dalian University of Technology

Development Zone, Dalian 116620, China


URL: http://FengXia.NET

16th STIP Forum Panel Discussion "Science Movements in India" | 10 January, IHC New Delhi

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum Lecture Series

We request your gracious presence at the Sixteenth STIP Forum Lecture Series Panel Discussion on

"Science Movements in India" 

Date: 10 January 2019 (Thursday), Time: 7:00pm

Venue: Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi (Entry from Gate No. 3)

About STIP Forum: The Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum has been set up with the objective of promoting debate on various aspects of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. The Forum would go beyond the disciplinary boundaries by taking into account the intersectionality of S&T and I. It aims to also bridge the gap between the science and society for dissemination of scientific achievements as well as for generalising debate of societal aspirations and promoting responsible research and innovations. The monthly lecture series of public lectures has been launched to sensitize the public discourse on science, technology and innovation policy. Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI), Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA), Vigyan Prasar and India Habitat Centre (IHC) are the collaborating institutions. 

All Are Welcome.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

TERI-DST Training Programme on 'Promoting Sustainability Through Science' | 25 February to 01 March 2019

TERI-DST Training Programme on 'Promoting Sustainability Through Science'
25 February to 01 March 2019 
Venue: TERI RETREAT, TERI Gram, Gual Pahari, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) with the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), would be conducting four training programmes under the scheme of "National Programme for training of Scientists and Technologists working in Government Sector" in 2018-2019.
The broad objectives of the training programmes are:
  • To enable scientists and technologists to understand the emerging policies, practices and implementation mechanisms in the field of Sustainable development, energy, sustainable habitats and climate change,
  • Create awareness about new policies, practices and business models that enable application of science and technology with the view to achieve sustainability,
  • To enhance the knowledge and skills of participants and provide them multi-disciplinary perspective and a solutions based approach.
Course Details: The programme would focus on supporting scientists and technologists in enabling large scale dissemination of technologies and practices that promote sustainable development in the following sectors - Renewable energy and energy efficiency, Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture and Water.

Course Structure: The approach would be to assess how sustainable implementation models can be created in each sector which enables upscaling so that national transformation occurs. For example, in the Renewable energy and Energy efficiency areas, we would focus on R&D, technology development, policy interventions, business models and capacity building that have enabled large scale transformations in Photovoltaic and LED applications. Similarly in the water and agriculture sectors role of superior planting materials, organic agriculture(Biofertilisers & biopesticides) and increasing resource efficiency in agriculture would illustrate the challenges of large scale transformation based on science and technological inputs that promote sustainable development.

Pedagogical Approach:
  • Intensive one day Sectoral analysis - Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Case studies from practitioners and policymakers for each sector
  • Field visits to TERI Gram
Who can Apply: Scientists / technologists holding scientific posts / working in Scientific Ministries / Departments of Govt. of India and State Government, Autonomous Institutions / Public Sector Undertakings of Central / State Governments, Research and Development Institutions / Research Laboratories of Central / State Governments, Central / State Universities, State Science & Technology Councils.

How to Apply: Kindly download the Application Form and send the filled application form Ms Swati Ganeshan at

Selection: Selected candidates will be informed by mail well before the starting of the course.

TERI-DST Training Programme on 'Development & Research for Sustainable Urbanization & Habitat'

TERI-DST training programme on 'Development & Research for Sustainable Urbanization & Habitat'

21 January to 01 February 2019 
TERI RETREAT, Gual Pahari, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) with the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), would be conducting four training programmes under the scheme of "National Programme for training of Scientists and Technologists working in Government Sector" in 2018-2019.

The broad objectives of the training programmes are:

  • To enable scientists and technologists to understand the emerging policies, practices and implementation mechanisms in the field of Sustainable development, energy, sustainable habitats and climate change,
  • Create awareness about new policies, practices and business models that enable application of science and technology with the view to achieve sustainability,
  • To enhance the knowledge and skills of participants and provide them multi-disciplinary perspective and a solutions based approach.

Course Details: The two weeks programme has been designed in a way that it will cover topics at city and at building level. The various themes of the programme will cover sustainability aspects pertaining to energy, water and waste management. Special attention has been given in various sessions to cover technical advancement achieved. Other than sustainability session at city and building level, few sessions on sustainable mobility have been included. Apart from technical session, few sessions on government policies related to energy, renewables, urbanization and mobility etc. have also been included.

Course Structure: The programme has been structured to cover sessions broadly in three modules -

  • The first modules will focus broadly at city level and will cover themes on urbanization with bent on government policies and missions.
  • The second module is specific to limited sector and will convers themes on energy management, water and solid waste management, Advanced/low cooling energy technologies, building retrofit, Green building rating systems and theme specific building policies.
  • The third module is covering various sessions under the umbrella of sustainable mobility/transport. Each modules includes key site visit for better understanding of the participants.

*This training programme is designed with a special focus on energy management in built environment

Course Dates with Duration in Weeks: From 21st January 2019 to 1st February 2019 (2 weeks)

Who can Apply: Scientists / technologists holding scientific posts / working in Scientific Ministries / Departments of Govt. of India and State Government, Autonomous Institutions / Public Sector Undertakings of Central / State Governments, Research and Development Institutions / Research Laboratories of Central / State Governments, Central / State Universities, State Science & Technology Councils.

How to Apply: Kindly download the Application Form and send the filled application form to Ms Sonia Rani at with a copy to Ms Swati Ganeshan at

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

CfPs: National Seminar "Integrating Agricultural Workers into Sustainable Development Goals" | IIPA, New Delhi

Two Day National Seminar on "Integrating Agricultural Workers into Sustainable Development Goals"
(March 14-15, 2019)
Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi

Concept Note
Agricultural workers in India constitute a huge workforce. Policies have been directed at providing wages and work for them. However, as socio-economic changes gained faster pace, environmental and agricultural contexts undergoing rapid transformation, this workforce is crying for attention.
Despite neo-liberal policies aiming to reduce this workforce and rural-urban migration, agricultural work continues to be the mainstay for lakhs of families, who are mostly dalits. Government policies are fixated on wages, and there is no adequate discussion of this important workforce. Even the focus on agricultural wages is limited to field labour. Statistics on agricultural workers is also not expansive and has not gone beyond the conventional parameters of information. For example, it is difficult to know as to how many agricultural workers have become tractor drivers and have taken up activities that go beyond field labour. Skill as a factor in wages is also ignored. Skill building is completely absent in policies and development plans related to agricultural workers. Disaggregated data across the range of agricultural operation has huge gaps and challenges.
With India signing the international commitment to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agricultural workers, a significant number in Indian population data need attention. Indian national commitment to SDGs has to include this workforce, if India has to progress towards SDGs. Crisis in agronomy and rural India is intertwined with the lives of agricultural workers. For this reason, space for agricultural workers needs to be created in Indian SDG-linked transformation plans.
Against this backdrop, Dr. Ambedkar Chair in Social Justice, Indian Institute of Public Administration is organizing a two day National Seminar on 'Integrating Agricultural Workers into Sustainable Development Goals' on March 14-15, 2019. The National Seminar will provide a platform for discussing various issues pertaining to agricultural workers, beyond wages, including equity, equality, participation, rights and justice, in the context of a scenario which is trying to conserve ecology, protect environment and build sustainability into socio-economic transformations. The outcome of the seminar is expected to provide fresh scholarly discussion and policy insights which may feed into NITI Aayog and other governmental institutional activities related to SDGs. The National Seminar is open to academicians, scholars, researchers, decision makers, NGOs, Civil Society, organizations working on agricultural workers, etc. 

The key sub-themes of the National Seminar may include but not limited to:
1. Neo-liberal policies and their impact on agricultural workers
2. Agricultural workers and their transformative role in agriculture
3. Future policy vision for agricultural workers
4. Risks and opportunities for agricultural workers in rural agronomy
5. Integrating agricultural workers into SDGs

Important Dates
Last date for submission of abstracts : February 05, 2019
Last date for intimation of selected abstracts : February 15, 2019
Last date for submission of full paper : February 28, 2019
Seminar Date : March 14-15, 2019

Registration and Logistics: There is no Registration Fee for the Seminar. However, it is mandatory for all the paper presenters and participants to register online by sending an email ( before February 05, 2019 positively. Accommodation for outstation paper presenters will be provided. Please note that the Seminar will not extend any travel assistance. However, a limited financial travel support (3 tier AC train fare) may be extended to few participants based on merit of the full paper. 

Abstract Submission Guidelines: An abstract not exceeding 300 words to be sent in Microsoft Word, Times New Roman, 12 Font with 1.5 line spacing to by due date (February 05, 2019). The abstract must contain:
1. Title of the paper: Times New Roman, 14 Font, Bold.
2. Sub-theme: Must indicate the sub-theme of the concept note under which the paper falls.
3. Author Details: Name with title (Prof./ Dr./ Mr./ Ms.), Designation, Affiliation (Institution), Full correspondence Address, Email ID and Mobile Number.
4. Abstract: Must contain rationale, objective, data & methods, expected findings, central argument.
Abstract will be peer-reviewed by a screening committee of acclaimed academicians and practitioners. Their decision will be final and binding. 

Publication: Best selected papers will be published in an edited book by a reputed publisher. Therefore, the effort should be to submit quality papers to be included in the publication. 

Seminar Coordinator: Prof. C. Sheela Reddy, Chair Professor, Dr. Ambedkar Chair in Social Justice, Indian Institute of Public Administration, I.P. Estate, Ring Road, New Delhi,

Saturday, December 29, 2018

PhD travel grants for Herrenhausen Conference “New Role of the State for the Emergence and Diffusion of Innovation” | 20-22 Feb | Hannover, Germany

Herrenhausen Conference "The New Role of the State for the Emergence and Diffusion of Innovation"
February 20-22, 2019
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany

Major Challenges ahead: How can governments and state-related actors stimulate innovation and spread its benefits? Experts from various disciplines, fields and countries will discuss the new role of the state at a Herrenhausen Conference on February 20-22, 2019. Travel Grants Available!
The role of the state and of state governments in knowledge societies for the stimulation, regulation and diffusion of innovation has been debated in politics and various social sciences for years, especially in times of economic crisis. Current discussions include the question whether and how state-related actors and agencies can mobilize innovations and drive their diffusion to properly address Grand Societal Challenges and Sustainable Development Goals worldwide: climate and environmental threats, natural resource scarcities, increasing levels of inequality and exclusion and the challenges of the digitalization and robotization of our lives, to name a few.
On this background, the search for a governance scheme most effective in pushing respective innovation and diffusion activities cannot escape the old debate on state versus market or on centralized versus decentralized planning or on autocratic versus democratic decision making. In this context, we also need to reflect on what we mean by state and statehood in the 21st Century as well as new state dimensions such as new publicness, like in the sharing economy. These crucial debates deserve a broader, transdisciplinary platform to account for the various disciplinary viewpoints on the questions at hand.
Therefore, Uwe Cantner (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena), Dirk Fornahl (University of Bremen) and Stefan Kuhlmann (University of Twente) asked researchers worldwide to join the Herrenhausen Conference and present their perspectives to the debate.

Questions of the conference include:
  • Has state-driven innovation (policy) positive impacts on welfare and growth?
  • What is the role of the state and statehood for innovation vis-à-vis economic and social actors?
  • How can governments and innovation policy address societal transitions and grand societal changes?
  • How to overcome innovation system lock-in? Is there a role for creative corporatism beyond incumbent stakeholders and new tech giants?
  • How can innovation policy be made more inclusive and help to bridge social divides? How to address persistent global inequality?
  • Innovation policy for economic and extra-economic Returns: How to master the balance?

The targeted audience includes but is not limited to researchers ranging from economics to regional, political and social sciences as well as policy makers or representatives from economic development agencies or other administrations.
The New Role of the State for the Emergence and Diffusion of Innovation is part of the Herrenhausen Conference Series initiated by the Volkswagen Foundation.

Travel Grants Available: The Volkswagen Foundation offers 30 Travel Grants for PhD students or early Post docs researching on the topics addressed by the conference. The grants include travel expenses to and from Hanover, visa fees (if applicable), as well as accommodation in Hanover during the conference. Successful applicants will get the chance to present their research in poster sessions. The posters will be displayed during the entire conference. The best 10 papers and research ideas will be presented to the audience in lightning talks. Furthermore, the best research paper can win a prize of 1,000 Euro. Application deadline is January 13, 2019.