Thursday, July 18, 2019

New Article "Market-based mechanism and 'climate justice': reframing the debate for a way forward" | by MK Shrivastava, S Bhaduri

Market-based mechanism and 'climate justice': reframing the debate for a way forward
by Manish Kumar Shrivastava, Saradindu Bhaduri; International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 2019, doi: 10.1007/s10784-019-09448-5
Abstract: The Paris Agreement on climate change recognizes, reluctantly albeit, the importance of 'climate justice' in its Preamble. Despite a change from a top-down burden-sharing approach to a bottom-up pledge and review regime, concerns of distributive justice remain central to the evolution of climate research, regime, and policy. The Paris Agreement also proposes a new market-based mechanism to promote ambition. Reasserting the unavoidability of 'climate justice' concerns, and responding to the suggestion that the proposed new market-based mechanism could learn from the experience of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), this paper argues that such a recommendation should be tested against a comprehensive understanding of compatibility between justice and the market. This paper postulates that both justice and the market have institutional underpinnings, which embed them into deeper, and interconnected, layers of values and relations. Arguing that 'climate justice' is best understood as 'an agreed ensemble of values,' we propose that the architecture of the UNFCCC in which these values are articulated, negotiated, and agreed upon needs to be conceptualized as consisting of four distinct, but evolving, institutional spheres: ambition, obligations and entitlements, mechanisms, and deliberation. The approach is illustrated using the case of the CDM, and implications are suggested for the proposed market-based mechanism under the Paris Agreement. The paper argues that the concerns of 'climate justice' have multiple institutional dimensions, and the market-based mechanisms may contribute to realizing certain dimensions of 'climate justice,' while considerably subverting others. The extent of both outcomes depends greatly on the 'agreed' conception of justice, design of mechanisms, and capabilities of the participants. Our findings suggest a judicious combination of non-market mechanisms with the market-based mechanisms would better serve the desired goal.
Keywords: Justice, Market-based approaches, Institutions, CDM, ITMOs, Paris Agreement

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

New Article "Universities in the National Innovation Systems: Emerging Innovation Landscapes in Asia-Pacific" | by VV Krishna

Universities in the National Innovation Systems: Emerging Innovation Landscapes in Asia-Pacific
by Venni V. Krishna, Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity, 2019, 5(3), 43, doi:10.3390/joitmc5030043

Abstract: Historically, universities and institutions of higher learning have gone through three academic revolutions, namely, teaching, research, and innovation. Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in the last two decades have come to occupy an important part in the national innovation systems (NIS), which is a complex of 'all important economic, social, political, organizational, institutional and other factors that influence the development, diffusion and use of innovations'. From a broader perspective, universities, together with public Research and Development (R&D) labs and science agencies, public policies (on industry, research, innovation and higher education, etc.) and business enterprises are now considered as important actors in the NIS of Asia-Pacific economies. The rise of Asia in the global knowledge-based economy from mid-1990s is closely associated with the rise of knowledge institutions of higher learning and scientific research output. Every Asia-Pacific country embraced  and introduced policies relating to innovation in varying forms. Consultancy and collaborative links with industry being traditional forms of engagement, new policy and institutional measures in technology transfer and innovation to engage with society and business enterprises are gaining prominence. Policies for incubation, start-ups, and spin-offs, technology transfer offices (TTOs), and science and technology parks have gained tremendous prominence in leading Asia-Pacific universities. Different national innovation systems in the Asia-Pacific region have given rise to varying roles of universities. Whilst universities in Southeast Asian countries and India continue to play a traditional role of teaching and generating human capital, there are countries such as Singapore, China, Taiwan, and Japan, wherein universities are being transformed as entrepreneurial universities. Science and innovation policies in these countries have orchestrated the goal direction of universities as frontiers of innovation. Universities in Australia and New Zealand have so far been quite successful in marketing higher education to neighboring Asian countries. They have in recent years begun to embark on innovation and commercialization of research. The paper focuses on South East Asia and draws some comparison with more dynamic university ecosystems in East Asia. In doing so, the paper brings into focus the emerging innovation landscapes across the region.
Keywords: entrepreneurial universities; innovation landscapes; innovation ecosystem; innovation districts; Asia Pacific Universities

Monday, July 15, 2019

CfPs: International Conference on Disaster Resilient Smart Cities | 10-13 December, New Delhi

International Conference on Disaster Resilient Smart Cities
10-13 December 2019
at JNU Convention Centre, New Delhi, India
Organized by Special Centre for Disaster Research, Jawaharlal Nehru University

The Key Issues in building Disaster Resilience in Smart City Discourse
So what is to be set right in a smart city plan for cities in India and rest of the world? Some key issues have been identified as follows:
1. Smart Disaster Management Machinery: Disaster Management Network, Legal framework, Meteorological Organizations, Geo-physical monitoring stations, Remote Sensing authorities. Training, response mechanism, sensitivity to duty, transparency, information dissemination, coordination, respect for life.
2. Smart Technology Solutions: digital innovations in traffic, Early Warning Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in city alert and rescue operations.
3. Smart Service Delivery: basic human needs such as water, health, education, common service centres, Local Governance & Telecommunication network to receive alerts, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in city alert and rescue operations.
4. Crime Management: Enlightened policing, corruption-free Police Stations, anti-trafficking stations, cyber cells of police to handle human and non-human distress calls, ethics and integrity of city administration.
5. Social and community preparedness: Shelter homes, hospitals for human and non-human populations, policies for animal birth control, a trained and coordinated city governance to manage food, water, timely rescue, machine operation training to remove fallen trees, mananimal conflicts, water and food scarcity.

Paper Abstracts & How to participate?
1. This conference will have only invited papers from top experts across the world's smart city networks. Please send a list of your work in this field as we may miss out some good work and brilliant experts we still do not know about.
2. Those interested in presenting their upcoming work and studies, who wish to seek knowledge based opinion and inputs are requested to send abstracts in 1000 words with a title, objectives, central idea, description of the study and direction which it expects to achieve.
3. PhD scholars who have recently completed their work on disaster resilience of smart cities or are about to submit their thesis are welcome to send their abstracts as in point 2 above.
Last date for submission of abstracts/write-ups: 30th September through email to jnu.scdr@gmail.com

Financial Support and Accommodation:
Only collaborators (Netexplo University Network, UNAB, ICSSR, NIDM) and invited foreign experts are offered full support and accommodation. Other individual participants may get accommodation support and partial travel funding depending upon available resources and the value inputs of their work to the conference theme. This information on the amount of support may be sent by the end of September. An administrative coordination team may look into the support requirements of participants.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

New Chapter "Educating for the Innovative Society: The Role of Indian Institutes of Technology in India" | by VV Krishna and N Chandra

Educating for the Innovative Society: The Role of Indian Institutes of Technology in India
by Venni V. Krishna and Nimesh Chandra;
The Oxford Handbook of Higher Education Systems and University Management; Edited by Gordon Redding, Antony Drew, and Stephen Crump; 2019, ISBN: 9780198822905, DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198822905.013.28
Abstract: The growth and contribution of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) from the 1950s symbolizes the foresight of a developing nation for educating a special cadre of engineering professionals towards building a modern, industrial society. Drawing inspiration from MIT, these institutes have given top priority to the selection of faculty and as well as students through a nationwide competitive examination. Though IITs constitute a small part of the higher education landscape, they play a very significant part in the knowledge-based society. One sector where IITs have made substantial contribution is information and communication technology (ICT) and related segments. IIT brand image became globally known through its alumni contribution in Silicon Valley. In India, IITs are seen as model institutions to be emulated not only in building a culture of research and innovation, but also in the modes of knowledge technology transfer and university–industry relationships.
Keywords: Indian Institutes of Technology, brain circulation, knowledge economy, software industry, MIT model, innovation

Friday, July 12, 2019

National-level Essay Contest on "The Challenge of Human Suffering" & Damodarshree National Award for Academic Excellence 2019

National-level Essay Contest on "The Challenge of Human Suffering" & Damodarshree National Award for Academic Excellence 2019

The Saraswat Khatri Pathshala Society and S.S. Khanna Girls' Degree College (Awarded NAAC 'A' grade with CGPA of 3.46), a constituent college of University of Allahabad, Prayagraj  holds a National-level Essay Contest every year (since 2011) in the  memory of our former President Late Prof. D.D. Khanna. 
The winner of the competition is awarded with Damodarshree National Award for Academic Excellence trophy and a cash prize of Rs.2.00 lakh. There are a number of other prizes also. Our objective of organizing this contest every year is to attract the best possible participants and young writers from all over the country to explore their talent and pen down their expressions on the selected topic. 
This year the Topic chosen for the contest is "The Challenge of Human Suffering". It is open to all bonafide students including U.G., P.G., research scholars of Indian universities.

Important Dates
Last Date for submission of paper: 31 August 2019
Declaration of best short listed candidates: 16 September 2019
Paper Presentation & Award Ceremony: 2 October 2019

Thanking you,

With best wishes,

 Justice Arun Tandon                                                                                                    
Chairman                                                                                                                      
Damodarshree Organizing Committee
E: damodarshree1923@gmail.com

Thursday, July 11, 2019

21st STIP Lecture "Why India Needs to Strengthen its Quality Infrastructure?" | at IHC, New Delhi on 12 July

21st STIP Lecture Series
"Why India Needs to Strengthen its Quality Infrastructure?"
by Dr. Dinesh K. Aswal
[Director, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (NPL)]
Chair: Shri Gauhar Raza
[Leading Science Communicator and Former Scientist, CSIR]
Date: Friday, 12 July 2019, at 7 pm
Venue: Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

[apeid.higher_education.bgk] Second call for nominations - Wenhui Award

Note: Closing date for nominations - 31 July 2019

 

Wenhui () Award for Educational Innovation 2019

Promoting University and School Partnerships in Advancing the Education 2030 Agenda

 

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have set an ambitious target to leave no one behind by calling on all stakeholders and partners to eradicate poverty, inequality and hunger; to provide quality universal education; to protect our planet; and to build sustainable cities, communities and societies. Of particular relevance to the education community is SDG 4-Education 2030 Agenda which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030; and we have only 11 years left to meet this goal!

 

Clearly, from a lifelong learning perspective, education should flow seamlessly from cradle-to-grave. The transition from early childhood education, to primary and secondary education, and to post-secondary and tertiary education, as well in non-formal education, must not hinder learning at any stage.

 

The Wenhui () Award for Educational Innovation was established by the National Commission of the People's Republic of China for UNESCO in 2010. In collaboration with the Chinese Society of Education and coordinated by UNESCO Bangkok, the Wenhui Award aims to recognize the contributions of educators and institutions which have optimized the potential of education and the human innovative spirit to address and resolve pressing issues and problems facing our world today.

 

For 2019, the theme of the Wenhui Award is Promoting University and School Partnerships in Advancing the Education 2030 Agenda, aiming to recognize successful university-school partnerships that have contributed to quality education and lifelong learning in preparing children and youth for life, work and citizenship.

 

Two individuals or institutions from the Asia and Pacific region will be selected by a jury of distinguished educators. The winners will each receive a Certificate of Excellence and prize money of US$ 20,000. Certificates of Merit may also be awarded to individuals or institutions that have demonstrated commendable innovative practices.

 

Who is eligible for the Award?

Individuals or institutions from UNESCO Member States in Asia and the Pacific region that have designed and implemented significant educational innovations in the professional development of teachers leading to improved access to, and quality in, education and skills development will be eligible for the Award.

 

How to apply for the Award?

Applications can be submitted by government agencies, educational institutions, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and individuals in UNESCO Member States in the Asia and Pacific region. All applications should reach the Award Secretariat at UNESCO Bangkok by 31 July 2019 through the National Commissions for UNESCO, UNESCO Offices and other organizations associated with UNESCO, using the official Award Application Form and Consent Form, to be downloaded from the Award website. More details about the Award, including the evaluation criteria, application process and conditions of entry are also available at the Award website: https://bangkok.unesco.org/content/wenhui-award-2019

 

For further information, contact:  

 

Wenhui Award Secretariat
UNESCO Bangkok
920 Sukhumvit Road, Prakanong
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: (66-2) 391-0577
Fax: (66-2) 391-0866
Email:  apeid-award@unesco.org
Web: https://bangkok.unesco.org/content/wenhui-award-2019

 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

South Asia Studies Visiting Scholars Program at University of Washington | Deadline: September 1, 2019

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

South Asia Studies Visiting Scholars Program
South Asia Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Spring 2020

Apply Here
Application Deadline: September 1, 2019

The South Asia Center (SAC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington (UW) welcomes applications from scholars based in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka) to spend one quarter (12 weeks) as a visiting scholar to undertake research, teach one course (subject and level—graduate or undergraduate—to be mutually determined), and engage with the intellectual community at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. The successful applicant will have an opportunity to collaborate with UW faculty and graduate students who are affiliated with the South Asia Studies program, as well as peers in departments and programs related to the visiting scholar's areas of academic expertise.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates who work in the fields of Communications, Geography, Urban Studies, and Sociology/Anthropology and conduct research on media (non-English language) and democracy, or migration and refugee studies. Applications from members of minority communities, especially those who are at the early or middle stages of their careers, are strongly encouraged. Applicants based in countries other than India are especially welcome.

The South Asia Center will award one fellowship for residence at the University of Washington in Seattle during Spring Quarter 2020 (March 30-June 12, 2020). The successful applicant will receive roundtrip airfare and salary commensurate with their academic experience. SAC is not able to provide health insurance or housing, though the Center will work with the awardee to access campus and off-campus resources to assist with a housing search.

The South Asia Center is an important intellectual and pedagogical hub for the study of South Asia at the University of Washington. As a National Resource Center, funded by the Title VI program of the United States Department of Education, our mission is to enhance the study of South Asia on campus, in the community, across the Pacific Northwest, and throughout the United States. For more information about SAC, please visit our homepage:

Eligibility
Applicants must be a resident of South Asia at the time of the fellowship to be eligible.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or the highest terminal degree in their field.

Applicants who have undertaken studies, fellowships, or employment in North America in the previous (2017-2018) or current (2018-2019) academic year are not eligible.

Citizens of South Asian countries living outside of South Asia are not eligible.

Application
Applications must be submitted online by September 1, 2019.

Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee of UW faculty.

All applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by September 30, 2019.

  1. Applications must include:
    Completed online application: Click here for the application form
  2. A CV (no more than two pages)
  3. A two-page narrative (500 words) explaining your research, the work you intend to complete during the fellowship, a description of your teaching including a few sentences describing potential classes you would like to teach while in residence, and a description of how your time at UW will advance your professional goals and contribute to the intellectual vitality of the South Asia Studies program.
  4. The name, title, affiliation, and contact information (email and phone number) of one professional reference.

Please direct any questions to Samuel Ostroff, Managing Director of the South Asia Center, at sostroff@uw.edu

Monday, July 8, 2019

IIAS Symposium on Traditional Hindu/Indian Virtue Ethics in Today's Perspective: Sharing Ideas between East and West

IIAS Symposium on Traditional Hindu/Indian Virtue Ethics in Today's Perspective: Sharing Ideas between East and West

Date: 17-19 October 2019

The Theme

There are two goals this seminar/symposium intends to achieve:

(1) To arrive at a structure of Hindu/Indian Ethics, keeping broadly Vedanta in perspective, using the analytical tools of modern Western philosophy, especially virtue ethics. The virtue samatva, harmony within, translated by Gandhi as even-mindedness, is the base for the ethical structure, cultivation of which leads on to the other requisite ethical virtues such as courage, benevolence, sympathy or empathy. Harmony being intentional, accumulation of the virtue harmony within in character leads on to building harmony around if missing, and maintaining it where it is already in place. According to the Indian point of view, the ethical base is thus naturalistic, as pertaining to the psychological nature of humans centering around harmony being intentional. It is at this point that Hindu ethics ties with spirituality, in so far as we humans involve ourselves in instilling the virtue harmony within in character to be able to pursue ethical acts geared to sustainability both at micro as well as macro levels. (cf., Samatvam Yoga uchchate (The Gita, 2/48); Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam (Ibid, 2/50)). Here emerges the ethico-spiritual concept of the ideal leader Rajarshi who has imbued the virtue harmony within well enough to discharge his/her social functions satisfactorily, -- a concept that comes near to the philosopher king, and yet goes beyond. Spirituality here is not tied to a specific faith, but is ontologically secular in being naturalistic, and is accommodative across the board, reflecting the inclusive spirit of Hinduism, which goes with pluralism. The ethical thrust found in the Indian way of looking at things prompts Balbir Sihag, the economist from UMass, Lowell, to characterize the economics of Kautilya (whom he demonstrates as the true founder of modern economics, not Adam Smith) as 'ethiconomics'. To sum up the ideas above, harmony has a threefold aspect: (a) the harmony within, which is the virtue; (b) the harmony amongst human beings – in one's own society and the whole social world – that the virtue is meant to, and helps promote; and (c) the harmony of the individual and every society with the natural world, which also the humans look for and delight in promoting on the basis of the virtue. Certainly Indian ethics goes beyond Aristotle. Philosophically relevant email comments from Rosalind Hursthouse in response to Chakravarti's paper on Virtue Ethics explicating the Indian position may be worth quoting here:... I feel perfectly at home and found particularly interesting ... the way in which the virtue of harmony provides a very un-Aristotelian account of the unity of the virtues. Of course Plato talks of virtue as bringing the human psyche into harmony, but it's nothing more than the thin notion of the (dubious) tripartite division of the psyche being harmonious. And Aristotle has a hint of it, but one might say, his i[s] even thinner because it's just getting the desiderative and the rational parts into harmony. But yours displays all the traditional virtues as subsumed under harmony, and thereby gives one a significant, content-rich, concept which can more fruitfully be used ...

(2) To contribute to the Virtue Ethics of today with age-old visions from the Hindu/Indian perspective. Michael Slote supports Virtue Ethics, while pursuing the sentimentalist variety as he considers emotion as the building block of ethics. The virtue harmony within, needless to say, has an aesthetic dimension pronouncedly present in the spiritual pursuit of the Hindu. Thus, sentimentalism is very much a part and parcel of Indian Virtue Ethics with spirituality as its base. Tagore in modern times has taken this secular ethico-spiritual dimension of Hinduism to a new height. (E.g., The King of the Dark Chamber, The Cycle of Spring.) No wonder, Wittgenstein was extremely fascinated of the first of the two plays by the poet. Unveiling the innate Ananda, or Joy in and through establishing the inner freedom, where freedom is not the antithesis of subjugation of the physical and mental by external, primarily political, force is the secular spirituality involved in the process. The national anthems of the prominent democracies today, American, British and Canadian for example, sing in the praise of political freedom for nation states. India's national anthem, composed by Tagore, sings, not the virtue of national freedom, but the virtue of living together, in harmony, imbibing the virtue harmony within, which goes beyond political freedom. Slote makes no secret of the fact that modern day Virtue Ethics has a lot to learn from the traditional Chinese variety while the impetus for the former came from the ancient wisdom of Greece. In the Indian tradition as explicated above, there might be a lot more that the conference hopefully can share with Slote for the benefit of the human kind, while at the same time learning from him. We are lucky he is willing and interested in taking part in a symposium arranged in India, as he often does in China.

Both Hursthouse and Ronald Sandler look for a naturalistic end appropriate in the evolutionary stage for humans as we emerge as rational animals in the evolutionary process, an end 'appropriate to us [human beings] in virtue of our rationality' (Hursthouse, On Virtue Ethics, p. 218). From the Hindu perspective, it is the joy of freedom in attaining harmony within that leads on to building and maintaining harmony without, signifying the meaning of existence, that may be taken as such an end. However, this is not a rational end in so far as it is not an outcome of a strictly rational process, although reason is very much involved here as a guiding principle, as the Gita points out when mentioning Buddhi Yoga, translated by Sri Aurobindo as 'The Yoga of the Intelligent will'. Being established in harmony within and operating off the virtue is a sentimental process, harmony within being a sentimental virtue that justifies, and regulates in the right direction, the operation of the virtue empathy that is the cornerstone of the sentimentalist Virtue Ethics of Slote. The Indian way to be deliberated upon in the proposed symposium leads to proper acts appropriate for occasions, not necessarily via the activist route. The deliberation is not a part of the decolonization process in the wake of a movement gaining grounds lately in the West for acceptance of the 'other philosophies' in the Western academic curricula, but rather is a look into the live past of a prominent non-Western culture, following the style of Virtue Ethics in the West in modern times, in order to have a direction in life for today. The pluralistic approach is, however, not geared to accommodating relativism in ethics. The broad principles of morality being a priori accounts for their universality across the cultures, while their contingency explains their vulnerability in being questioned and often flouted. They are, thus, examples of the Kripkean concept of the contingent a priori.

Today's world with pervasive bullying at schools, rampant, unprovoked shootings on gatherings of innocent people in frequent succession, and a pandemic opioid crisis, associated with a widespread, deeply entrenched boredom crystallized in depressive suffering across societies calls for ethico-spiritual measures appropriate for us when the traditional ones have failed. The conference hopefully paves the way to reclaiming the lost ground for humanity through building of a theoretically sound virtue ethics that leads on to a practical ethics that works. The proposed symposium is intended to usher in a direction to this end in India to the benefit of all.

Michel Slote, Philosophy, University of Miami, a leading Virtue Ethicist, who has shown the relevance of accommodating points of view of another ancient culture, viz., the Chinese, in his work, has expressed a keen interest in attending an academic meet in India. Attempts will be made to accommodate Hindu/Indian perspectives at our end toward a fruitful dialogue. The area of administration where the concept of Rajarshi fits in will be covered. The economic ideas in Kautilya's Arthashastra will hopefully be covered as well from virtue ethical perspective. There will be presentation on Tagore's philosophical observation on Ethics as connected with his various involvements in life on top of his pursuit of the muse. Ideas of Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo will be dealt with along with those present in the Mahabharata, the Gita and the Vedas. In today's business world, the ideas of Dominic Barton, former Director of McKinsey, who places a pronounced value on character in business leadership while making a special mention of the Eastern ways of doing business will be touched upon from the point of view of Virtue Ethics.

The proposed symposium is an attempt at sharing the thoughts of ancient India with the modern Western thinkers on the platform of Virtue Ethics, which is historically a revolt of the West against itself in modern times. The symposium is a venture at the East and the West learning from each other. Since Virtue Ethics is not widely pursued academically in India yet, in choosing the presenters excellence has been the deciding factor, rather than distribution of possible speakers across the length and the breadth of the country. While we accommodate spirituality in its secular mode as the basis for the Hindu/Indian version of Virtue Ethics, we look into the area of the intimate relation holding between spirituality and science, to the sustenance of both, as Professor Kumar Murty of the University of Toronto is expected to bring to the fore in his presentation.


Call for Papers

A limited number of participants will be invited for the Seminar. Those interested in participating should send -by email-an abstract of 500 words of the proposed paper along with their brief C.V. (of around 200 words) to:

1. Professor Sitansu Chakravarti, Affiliated Scholar, New College, University of Toronto Email: sitansuc[@]gmail.com

With a copy to:

2. Ms. Ritika Sharma, Academic Resource Officer, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Rashtrapati Nivas, Shimla- 171005, Tel: 0177-2831385 Email: aro[@]iias.ac.in

The last date for submission of abstract (500 words) is 31 July 2019 till 12:00 midnight. The Institute intends to send Invitation letters to selected participants by the last week of August, 2019. It is the policy of the Institute to publish the papers not proceedings of the seminars it organizes. Hence, all invited participants will be expected to submit complete papers (English or Hindi), hitherto unpublished and original, with citations in place, along with a reference section, to the Academic Resource Officer, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla– 171005 by 30th September, 2019. IIAS, Shimla will be glad to extend its hospitality (free hospitality is provided only to the seminar participant) during the seminar period and is willing to reimburse, if required, rail or air travel expenses from the place of current residence in India, or the port of arrival in India, and back.

Note: Plagiarism is a serious academic offence and the Institute reserves the right to cancel the selection/ participation of a candidate found guilty at any stage.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

New Book "A Future History of Water"

A Future History of Water
by Andrea Ballestero, Duke University Press, June 2019, 248 Pages, ISBN: 9781478003892.
About the Book: Based on fieldwork among state officials, NGOs, politicians, and activists in Costa Rica and Brazil, A Future History of Water traces the unspectacular work necessary to make water access a human right and a human right something different from a commodity. Andrea Ballestero shows how these ephemeral distinctions are made through four techno-legal devices — formula, index, list and pact. She argues that what is at stake in these devices is not the making of a distinct future but what counts as the future in the first place. A Future History of Water is an ethnographically rich and conceptually charged journey into ant-filled water meters, fantastical water taxonomies, promises captured on slips of paper, and statistical maneuvers that dissolve the human of human rights. Ultimately, Ballestero demonstrates what happens when instead of trying to fix its meaning, we make water's changing form the precondition of our analyses.

Talk on Socio-Economic Impacts of the Konkan Railway in India | 26 July at IIC

Socio-Economic Impacts of the Konkan Railway in India

Speakers: T. Jayaraman, professor, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences;
Sreeja Jaiswal, PhD candidate, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
ChairKanika Jha Kingra, evidence impact manager, 3ie
Discussant: Vinay Vutukuru, senior agriculture and rural development specialist, World Bank.
Date: 26 July 2019 
Time
: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
VenueLecture Hall 1, Annexe, India International Centre, New Delhi

About the Event: The Konkan railway is the biggest rail project executed in post-independence India. Operational since 1998, it traverses over 760km along the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka. The region is ecologically sensitive. Citizen groups had challenged building it based on predicted damage to local ecosystems. 3ie funded an impact evaluation that examined the socio-economic and environmental impacts of the Konkan railway. T. Jayaraman and Sreeja Jaiswal will present findings that offer important insights on its impact on migration and labour market outcomes and on local ecology.

Register Online

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Swayam e-Course on "Managing Innovation" begins on 15 July 2019

Swayam e-Course on "Managing Innovation"   
By Rishikesha T Krishnan and Vinay Dabholkar | Indian Institute of Management Bangalore | Begins on 15 July 2019
Do you feel innovation activity in your organization is ad-hoc? Are you looking for a systematic approach through which innovation capacity can be enhanced in your organization? This course will show you how you can build an innovation pipeline, improve idea velocity and enhance business impact through an 8-steps approach. Moreover, we will also explore ways of sustaining participation in innovation activity. What you'll learn? What is innovation? Why innovate? Jugaad vs systematic innovation: The eight steps.
Course Layout 
Week 1: Introduction. Understanding the Concept of Innovation and its Importance; Types of Innovation; Innovation in Organization;
Week 2: Lay the Foundation and Create a Challenge Book. Step one: Lay the Foundation; Create a Challenge Book; Let's Discuss Step One and Two; The Innovation Activity; Conclusion
Week 3: Build Participation and Experiment with Low-cost at High-speed. Choosing the Right "Role Model"; Ways to Motivate Innovation Activity in Organization; Role of Catalyst in Building Participation in Innovation Process; How to Overcome Velocity Problem? Failure Fallacy; Encouraging Experimentation; Prototyping, Conclusion.
Week 4: Go Fast from Prototyping to Incubation and Iterate on The Business Model. Being a Champion; Iterating on Business Model; Design of a Pitch; Business Model Metaphors; Conclusion.
Week 5: Build an Innovation Sandbox and Create a Margin of Safety. Ways to Enhance the Batting Average Problem; Sand box, Platform and Open Source Approach; Intellectual Property Protection; Risk Management; Big Bets Risks; Where Do We Stand; Conclusion; Case Study Discussion.

NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "Innovation, Business Models and Entrepreneurship"
By Prof Rajat Agrawal and Prof Vinay Sharma | IIT Roorkee | 26 Aug to 18 Oct 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course.
Course Layout
Week 1: Analyzing the Current Business Scenario, Innovation and Creativity- An Introduction, Innovation in Current Environment, Types of Innovation, School of Innovation.
Week 2: Challenges of Innovation, Steps of Innovation Management, Idea Management System, Divergent V/s Convergent Thinking, Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship
Week 3: Experimentation in Innovation Management, Idea Championship,Participation for Innovation, Co-creation for Innovation, Prototyping to Incubation.
Week 4: What is a Business Model,Who is an Entrepreneur,Social Entrepreneurship,Blue Ocean Strategy-I, Blue Ocean Strategy-II
Week 5: Marketing of Innovation, Technology Innovation Process, Technological Innovation Management Planning, Technological Innovation Management Strategies, Technology Forecasting.
Week 6: Sustainability Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Innovation Sustainable Conditions,Innovation: Context and Pattern, SME'S strategic involvement in sustainable development,Exploration of business models for material efficiency services 
Week 7: Management of Innovation, creation of IPR, Management of Innovation, creation of IPR,Types of IPR,Patents and Copyrights, Patents in India
Week 8: Business Models and value proposition, Business Model Failure: Reasons and Remedies, Incubators: Business Vs Technology, Managing Investor for Innovation, Future markets and Innovation needs for India.
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NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "Water, Society and Sustainability"
By Prof. Jenia Mukherjee | IIT Kharagpur | 26 August to 20 September 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course
Course Layout
Week 1: 1. Setting the Context
 2. Beyond Hydrology
 3. Socio Hydrology
 4. Political Ecology of Water
 5. Hydrosocial
Week 2: 6.Critical Physical Geography
 7. The South Asian Context
 8. Water Harvesting and Water Use Techniques in Ancient India 1
 9. Water Harvesting and Water Use Techniques in Ancient India 2
 10. Water Harvesting and Water Use Techniques in Ancient India 3
Week 3: 11.Water Technology in Medieval India 1
 12. Water Technology in Medieval India 2
 13. 'Colonial Hydrology'
 14. Dams and Development in Contemporary India
 15. The Farakka Barrage Project: Historical and Technical Details
Week 4: 16.The Farakka Barrage Project: Socio-environmental Implications
 17.Urban Waters: Historical and Political Ecological Perspectives
 18.Transforming Trajectories of Blue Infrastructures of Kolkata
 19. Peri-urban Water Justice in the Global South
 20.Discussion and Conclusion
Enroll

NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "The Ethical Corporation
By Prof Chhanda Chakraborti | IIT Kharagpur | 29 July to 20 September 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course
Course Layout
Week 1: Ethical corporation: What, why, and how? 
Week 2: Action guidance: Principles of Normative Ethical theories. Foundations of new global paradigms, citizenship culture, stakeholder engagement
Week 3: Managing ethics within the corporation : Formally and Informally
Week 4: Virtue of trustworthiness : Corporate Governance
Week 5: Investing in human relationships: Employees
Week 6: The responsible corporation: Natural Environment 
Week 7: The involved, conversational corporation: Consumers and larger society
Week 8: Ethical Competition, and keeping Supply Chain clean and clear
Enroll

NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "Integrated Waste Management for a Smart City"
By Dr Brajesh Kr. Dubey | IIT Kharagpur | 29 July to 18 Oct 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course
Course Layout
Week 1: Introduction to Solid Waste Management
Week 2: Municipal Solid Waste Characteristics and Quantities 
Week 3: MSW Rules 2016, Swachh Bharat Mission and Smart Cities Program
Week 4: Municipal Solid Waste Collection, Transportation, Segregation and Processing
Week 5: Disposal of Municipal Solid Waste: Landfill 
Week 6: Biochemical Processes and Composting
Week 7: Energy Recovery from Municipal Solid Waste 
Week 8: Current Issues in Solid Waste Management and Review of MSW Management Status in First List of 20 Smart Cities in the Country
Week 9: Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Management - Overview
Week 10: C&D Waste – Regulation, Beneficial Reuse of C&D Waste Materials
Week 11: Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Management – Issues and Status in India and Globally
Week 12: E-Waste Management Rules 2016 and Management Challenges
Enroll

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Enrollment started in NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "Knowledge Management" & Other NPTEL Courses

NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "Innovation, Business Models and Entrepreneurship"
By Prof Rajat Agrawal and Prof Vinay Sharma | IIT Roorkee | 26 Aug to 18 Oct 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course.
Course Layout
Week 1: Analyzing the Current Business Scenario, Innovation and Creativity- An Introduction, Innovation in Current Environment, Types of Innovation, School of Innovation.
Week 2: Challenges of Innovation, Steps of Innovation Management, Idea Management System, Divergent V/s Convergent Thinking, Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship
Week 3: Experimentation in Innovation Management, Idea Championship,Participation for Innovation, Co-creation for Innovation, Prototyping to Incubation.
Week 4: What is a Business Model,Who is an Entrepreneur,Social Entrepreneurship,Blue Ocean Strategy-I, Blue Ocean Strategy-II
Week 5: Marketing of Innovation, Technology Innovation Process, Technological Innovation Management Planning, Technological Innovation Management Strategies, Technology Forecasting.
Week 6: Sustainability Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Innovation Sustainable Conditions,Innovation: Context and Pattern, SME'S strategic involvement in sustainable development,Exploration of business models for material efficiency services
Week 7: Management of Innovation, creation of IPR, Management of Innovation, creation of IPR,Types of IPR,Patents and Copyrights, Patents in India
Week 8: Business Models and value proposition, Business Model Failure: Reasons and Remedies, Incubators: Business Vs Technology, Managing Investor for Innovation, Future markets and Innovation needs for India.
Enroll

NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "Knowledge Management"
By Prof. Kailash B L Srivastava | IIT Kharagpur | 29 July to 20 September 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course
Course Layout
Week 1: Introducing the concept of KM: Why KM, KM system life cycle, and aligning KM and business strategy
Week 2: KM Cycle: Knowledge creation, capturing tacit knowledge, Types of knowledge and its implications for KM
Week 3: Knowledge codification and system development: codification, system testing and deployment, Knowledge transfer and knowledge sharing- the role of culture and structure
Week 4: KM system: Analysis design and development: Knowledge infrastructure, Knowledge audit, and knowledge team
Week 5: KM system: Analysis design and development: Analysis, design and development of KM system
Week 6: KM tools and Portals: inferences from data, data mining and knowledge portals
Week 7: Evaluation of KM effectiveness: Tools and metrics, Ethical, legal and managerial issues
Week 8: KM experiences form Indian companies, KM innovation and Learning organization, The future of KM
Enroll 
 
NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "Social Networks"
By Dr. Poonam Saini & Prof. Sudarshan Iyengar | Punjab Engineering College & IIT Ropar | 29 July to 18 Oct 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course
Course Layout
Week1: Introduction
Week 2: Handling Real-world Network Datasets
Week 3: Strength of Weak Ties
Week 4: Strong and Weak Relationships (Continued) & Homophily
Week 5: Homophily Continued and +Ve / -Ve Relationships
Week 6: Link Analysis
Week 7: Cascading Behaviour in Networks
Week 8: Link Analysis (Continued)
Week 9: Power Laws and Rich-Get-Richer Phenomena
Week 10: Power law (contd..) and Epidemics
Week 11: Small World Phenomenon
Week 12: Pseudocore (How to go viral on web)
Enroll

NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "Water, Society and Sustainability"
By Prof. Jenia Mukherjee | IIT Kharagpur | 26 August to 20 September 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course
Course Layout
Week 1: 1. Setting the Context
 2. Beyond Hydrology
 3. Socio Hydrology
 4. Political Ecology of Water
 5. Hydrosocial
Week 2: 6.Critical Physical Geography
 7. The South Asian Context
 8. Water Harvesting and Water Use Techniques in Ancient India 1
 9. Water Harvesting and Water Use Techniques in Ancient India 2
 10. Water Harvesting and Water Use Techniques in Ancient India 3
Week 3: 11.Water Technology in Medieval India 1
 12. Water Technology in Medieval India 2
 13. 'Colonial Hydrology'
 14. Dams and Development in Contemporary India
 15. The Farakka Barrage Project: Historical and Technical Details
Week 4: 16.The Farakka Barrage Project: Socio-environmental Implications
 17.Urban Waters: Historical and Political Ecological Perspectives
 18.Transforming Trajectories of Blue Infrastructures of Kolkata
 19. Peri-urban Water Justice in the Global South
 20.Discussion and Conclusion
Enroll

NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "The Ethical Corporation
By Prof Chhanda Chakraborti | IIT Kharagpur | 29 July to 20 September 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course
Course Layout
Week 1: Ethical corporation: What, why, and how?
Week 2: Action guidance: Principles of Normative Ethical theories. Foundations of new global paradigms, citizenship culture, stakeholder engagement
Week 3: Managing ethics within the corporation : Formally and Informally
Week 4: Virtue of trustworthiness : Corporate Governance
Week 5: Investing in human relationships: Employees
Week 6: The responsible corporation: Natural Environment
Week 7: The involved, conversational corporation: Consumers and larger society
Week 8: Ethical Competition, and keeping Supply Chain clean and clear
Enroll

NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "Integrated Waste Management for a Smart City"
By Dr Brajesh Kr. Dubey | IIT Kharagpur | 29 July to 18 Oct 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course
Course Layout
Week 1: Introduction to Solid Waste Management
Week 2: Municipal Solid Waste Characteristics and Quantities
Week 3: MSW Rules 2016, Swachh Bharat Mission and Smart Cities Program
Week 4: Municipal Solid Waste Collection, Transportation, Segregation and Processing
Week 5: Disposal of Municipal Solid Waste: Landfill
Week 6: Biochemical Processes and Composting
Week 7: Energy Recovery from Municipal Solid Waste
Week 8: Current Issues in Solid Waste Management and Review of MSW Management Status in First List of 20 Smart Cities in the Country
Week 9: Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Management - Overview
Week 10: C&D Waste – Regulation, Beneficial Reuse of C&D Waste Materials
Week 11: Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Management – Issues and Status in India and Globally
Week 12: E-Waste Management Rules 2016 and Management Challenges
Enroll


NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "Innovation, Business Models and Entrepreneurship" & Other NPTEL Courses

NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "Innovation, Business Models and Entrepreneurship"
By Prof Rajat Agrawal and Prof Vinay Sharma | IIT Roorkee | 26 Aug to 18 Oct 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course.
Course Layout
Week 1: Analyzing the Current Business Scenario, Innovation and Creativity- An Introduction, Innovation in Current Environment, Types of Innovation, School of Innovation.
Week 2: Challenges of Innovation, Steps of Innovation Management, Idea Management System, Divergent V/s Convergent Thinking, Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship
Week 3: Experimentation in Innovation Management, Idea Championship,Participation for Innovation, Co-creation for Innovation, Prototyping to Incubation.
Week 4: What is a Business Model,Who is an Entrepreneur,Social Entrepreneurship,Blue Ocean Strategy-I, Blue Ocean Strategy-II
Week 5: Marketing of Innovation, Technology Innovation Process, Technological Innovation Management Planning, Technological Innovation Management Strategies, Technology Forecasting.
Week 6: Sustainability Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Innovation Sustainable Conditions,Innovation: Context and Pattern, SME'S strategic involvement in sustainable development,Exploration of business models for material efficiency services
Week 7: Management of Innovation, creation of IPR, Management of Innovation, creation of IPR,Types of IPR,Patents and Copyrights, Patents in India
Week 8: Business Models and value proposition, Business Model Failure: Reasons and Remedies, Incubators: Business Vs Technology, Managing Investor for Innovation, Future markets and Innovation needs for India.
Enroll

NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "Knowledge Management"
By Prof. Kailash B L Srivastava | IIT Kharagpur | 29 July to 20 September 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course
Course Layout
Week 1: Introducing the concept of KM: Why KM, KM system life cycle, and aligning KM and business strategy
Week 2: KM Cycle: Knowledge creation, capturing tacit knowledge, Types of knowledge and its implications for KM
Week 3: Knowledge codification and system development: codification, system testing and deployment, Knowledge transfer and knowledge sharing- the role of culture and structure
Week 4: KM system: Analysis design and development: Knowledge infrastructure, Knowledge audit, and knowledge team
Week 5: KM system: Analysis design and development: Analysis, design and development of KM system
Week 6: KM tools and Portals: inferences from data, data mining and knowledge portals
Week 7: Evaluation of KM effectiveness: Tools and metrics, Ethical, legal and managerial issues
Week 8: KM experiences form Indian companies, KM innovation and Learning organization, The future of KM
Enroll 
 
NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "Social Networks"
By Dr. Poonam Saini & Prof. Sudarshan Iyengar | Punjab Engineering College & IIT Ropar | 29 July to 18 Oct 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course
Course Layout
Week1: Introduction
Week 2: Handling Real-world Network Datasets
Week 3: Strength of Weak Ties
Week 4: Strong and Weak Relationships (Continued) & Homophily
Week 5: Homophily Continued and +Ve / -Ve Relationships
Week 6: Link Analysis
Week 7: Cascading Behaviour in Networks
Week 8: Link Analysis (Continued)
Week 9: Power Laws and Rich-Get-Richer Phenomena
Week 10: Power law (contd..) and Epidemics
Week 11: Small World Phenomenon
Week 12: Pseudocore (How to go viral on web)
Enroll

NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "Water, Society and Sustainability"
By Prof. Jenia Mukherjee | IIT Kharagpur | 26 August to 20 September 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course
Course Layout
Week 1: 1. Setting the Context
 2. Beyond Hydrology
 3. Socio Hydrology
 4. Political Ecology of Water
 5. Hydrosocial
Week 2: 6.Critical Physical Geography
 7. The South Asian Context
 8. Water Harvesting and Water Use Techniques in Ancient India 1
 9. Water Harvesting and Water Use Techniques in Ancient India 2
 10. Water Harvesting and Water Use Techniques in Ancient India 3
Week 3: 11.Water Technology in Medieval India 1
 12. Water Technology in Medieval India 2
 13. 'Colonial Hydrology'
 14. Dams and Development in Contemporary India
 15. The Farakka Barrage Project: Historical and Technical Details
Week 4: 16.The Farakka Barrage Project: Socio-environmental Implications
 17.Urban Waters: Historical and Political Ecological Perspectives
 18.Transforming Trajectories of Blue Infrastructures of Kolkata
 19. Peri-urban Water Justice in the Global South
 20.Discussion and Conclusion
Enroll

NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "The Ethical Corporation
By Prof Chhanda Chakraborti | IIT Kharagpur | 29 July to 20 September 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course
Course Layout
Week 1: Ethical corporation: What, why, and how?
Week 2: Action guidance: Principles of Normative Ethical theories. Foundations of new global paradigms, citizenship culture, stakeholder engagement
Week 3: Managing ethics within the corporation : Formally and Informally
Week 4: Virtue of trustworthiness : Corporate Governance
Week 5: Investing in human relationships: Employees
Week 6: The responsible corporation: Natural Environment
Week 7: The involved, conversational corporation: Consumers and larger society
Week 8: Ethical Competition, and keeping Supply Chain clean and clear
Enroll

NPTEL Swayam e-Certification Course on "Integrated Waste Management for a Smart City"
By Dr Brajesh Kr. Dubey | IIT Kharagpur | 29 July to 18 Oct 2019. This is an AICTE approved FDP course
Course Layout
Week 1: Introduction to Solid Waste Management
Week 2: Municipal Solid Waste Characteristics and Quantities
Week 3: MSW Rules 2016, Swachh Bharat Mission and Smart Cities Program
Week 4: Municipal Solid Waste Collection, Transportation, Segregation and Processing
Week 5: Disposal of Municipal Solid Waste: Landfill
Week 6: Biochemical Processes and Composting
Week 7: Energy Recovery from Municipal Solid Waste
Week 8: Current Issues in Solid Waste Management and Review of MSW Management Status in First List of 20 Smart Cities in the Country
Week 9: Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Management - Overview
Week 10: C&D Waste – Regulation, Beneficial Reuse of C&D Waste Materials
Week 11: Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Management – Issues and Status in India and Globally
Week 12: E-Waste Management Rules 2016 and Management Challenges
Enroll


Friday, June 28, 2019

Pioneering student team from the Netherlands wins Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2019 global competition

UNESCOO Press Release No.2019-52

Pioneering student team from the Netherlands wins UNESCO - Airbus "Fly Your Ideas" global competition

 

Paris, 28 June—Team "Zero" Heroes from the Delft University of Technology, (the Netherlands) has won the top prize of 25,000 euros of the 2019 Airbus Fly Your Ideas global student competition organised by Airbus in partnership with UNESCO.  in recognition of their easy to use battery-less wireless smart switch application to replace traditional wired systems in aircarft.

Team "Zero" Heroes was chosen from among 269 projects and a subsequent shortlist of seven. The biennial competition is a celebration of creativity, designed to inspire young people to get involved in sustainable innovation and engineering.

All seven finalist teams spent the last week of the competition in Toulouse, France, prototyping their idea in Airbus' cutting-edge Innovation and R&D facilities with support from dedicated Airbus mentors and experts using state-of-the-art equipment. On June 27, the teams presented their projects to a panel of aerospace and academic experts, and to the general public through live streaming.

The jury of aerospace and academic experts from Airbus and the International Space University (Strasbourg, France) was impressed by the innovative spirit and economic understanding of the students of the "Zero" Heroes Team. Their development of wireless systems solves the main limitation of using the Internet of Things (IoT) in aircraft by removing battery integration, a current safety and regulatory challenge. Their innovation furthermore reduces fuel consumption and weight while simplifying aircraft retrofit and maintenance needs.

The runners up, Team Airfish from the University of Cambrigde (UK), also presented an exceptionally convincing project with their ocean monitoring system using a satellite and video imaging technology. Their development can help governments combat illegal fishing, reduce the bycatch of endangered species, and generally decrease damage to the marine habitat.

Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a global competition challenging students to innovate for the future of aerospace in six key areas: Electrification, Data Services, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and Mixed Reality.

Since its launch by Airbus in 2008, and the signing of a partnership agreement with UNESCO in 2012, over 22,000 students from over 700 universities in 100 countries worldwide have registered for Fly Your Ideas.

This year's finalist teams represent 11 countries and eight different universities from Asia, Europe and South America.

The winning team received a prize of €25,000 and €10,000 were awarded to the runner-up project. An additional €10,000 was shared between the remaining finalists.

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More information:

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Contacts for the media

UNESCO :
Roni Amelan, UNESCO Media Section,
r.amelan@unesco.org, +33(0)145681650

 

AIRBUS :

Susanne Terzi; susanne.terzi@airbus.com,+49 (0) 40 743 69250

Dominic Sproston; press@airbus-fyi.com , +44 (0) 7969 447601

 



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[apeid.higher_education.bgk] Last Call - Join the International Conference on Distance Learning (1-3 August 2019 in Bangkok)

Dear Colleagues,

 

Warm greetings from UNESCO Bangkok! We are very pleased to share information about an exciting upcoming event in August – International Conference on Distance Learning: Research and Innovation for a Digital Society.

 

The Conference is co-organized by Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU) and UNESCO Bangkok and will be held from 1-3 August 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. In order to address different challenges and opportunities for distance learning, the Conference will assess the current status of distance learning, share successful initiatives and good practices to transform higher education.

 

UNESCO Bangkok sees this Conference an opportunity to network with leading researchers in Asia-Pacific, and to promote innovative policies and practices for quality open and distance learning in line with SDG4.

 

Last call to register is 5 July. Please register: https://stouconference.stou.ac.th/page/Regis_Inter.aspx

 

See you soon!

 

UNESCO Bangkok - EISD

 

 

Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD)

Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

 

Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building

920 Sukhumvit Rd.,
Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Tel.: +66 23 91 05 77 Ext 371

www.unesco.org/bangkok