Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Call for Papers -- Area Development and Policy: A new journal from the Regional Studies Association

Call for Papers -- Area Development and Policy: A new journal from the Regional Studies Association

Area Development and Policy

Area Development and Policy (ADP) aims to be a world-class journal publishing original academic research examining the multi-scalar and geographically differentiated relationships between economic and political organization, ways of life and work and their context, as they shape regions, cities, rural areas and their inter-relationships.

Geographically it concentrates on issues relating to the Greater BRICS, and aims to publish research emerging from these countries as well from the developed world. ADP recognizes that the economic, political, cultural and geographical context plays a fundamental role in shaping development. ADP therefore recognizes that research should examine the role of diverse national and regional institutional configurations and value systems, and that theories should derive from the experiences and values of these countries and regions and not necessarily from the possibly exceptional experiences of Northwest Europe and North America. ADP aims to expand common ground while accepting differences, improve mutual communication and increase cooperation and shared learning.

All submitted research is refereed, evaluated by a distinguished board of Editors and Editorial Advisors and accepted for publication only if it meets high scholarly standards of originality, significance and rigour in advancing understanding of area development and policy.

Authors are welcome to submit original research articles (not exceeding 8,000 words), shorter review articles (of up to 6,000 words), and research notes (not exceeding 4,000 words) dealing with themes relating to the mission of the journal, which may include, but are not confined to:

  • Alternative paradigms for spatial development
  • Governance and territorial development
  • Diversity (cultural, ethnic) and local/regional development
  • Human/social capital and territorial development
  • South-South relations and urban and regional development
  • Inward and outward foreign investment, MNEs and territorial development
  • Geopolitics, rising powers and spatial development
  • Uneven/comparative development, spatial convergence/divergence
  • Endogenous innovation, spatial innovation systems, knowledge flows and territorial development
  • Inclusive urbanisation, land rights, urban-rural integration
  • Informality, segregation, exclusion and city development
  • Urban renewal and area-based initiatives 
  • Property, housing markets and land use
  • Geographical mobility and spatial development
  • Interregional migration, demographic trends and contexts
  • Geographies of industrialisation and deindustrialisation
  • Development of remote/northern/ecologically sensitive areas
  • Restructuring old industrial areas, emerging new industrial areas 
  • Commodity-driven territorial development
  • The role of infrastructure in urban and regional development
  • The role of local and regional institutions in development
  • Urban and regional finance, fiscal federalism, transfers and spatial development
  • Regional planning and policies
  • Political economy of natural resources within federal/unitary systems 
  • Cross-border development
  • Trade and energy corridors
  • Rapid metropolitanization and the urban crisis 
  • Regional economic and political integration: successes and failures
  • Resource efficiency, green economy and spatial development
  • Climate change, adaptation and regional resilience

Submission instructions

All papers should be submitted via the ScholarOne system. Visit the ADP Instructions for Authors page for more details about submitting your work.


Michael Dunford, IGSNRR, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Liu Weidong, IGSNRR, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Clélio Campolina Diniz, Center for Development and Regional Planning, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil 
Amitabh Kundu, Institute for Human Development and Delhi Policy Group, India
Leonid Limonov, ICSER 'Leontief Centre' and NRU Higher School of Economics - St Petersburg, Russia
George C.S Lin, University of Hong Kong
Sam Ock Park, Seoul National University, South Korea
Ivan TurokHuman Sciences Research Council, South Africa

Further Details: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/pgas/area-development-and-policy

New Books of Pawan Sikka "Education for All: Human Resource Development in India, National Policy and Planning for the Education Sector" and "Globalization and Education in India: Higher Education, Skill Development, Empowering India with New Strategies"

Education for All: Human Resource Development in India, National Policy and Planning for the Education Sector
by Pawan Sikka, Kausar Wizarat and Kiran Mehta; Uppal Publishing, New Delhi, 2012, ISBN: 9788176580717.
Book Summary:
Education is considered the most crucial investment in human resource development. The policy-planners in India have had appreciated the role of education towards the economic development. The development of education system in India was incorporated, as an integral component from the very first national five-year plan of India. Besides, National Policies on Education were enunciated in 1968 and in 1986 (modified later in 1992), by the Government of India for the development of educational system towards the generation of human resource-essentially required for attaining national development Recently, a Right to Education Act has been also enacted, by amending the Constitution of India, to provide education for all sections of the society. The system of education has a determining influence on the rate at which economic progress is achieved and the benefits which can be derived from it. There is no doubt that education in the future will be vastly different from what it is today. And, for any nation to grow and develop, Education for all its citizens is a must. The future of the nation lies with how well we prepare our next generation to face it. This book
discusses the national policy on education; planned approach to the development of education system in India, Right to Education Act, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, National Mission on Education through information and communication technology, Statistical profile of the educational sector in India, etc. This is a useful reference book for the education policy planners, administrators, academicians, research scholars, students, etc. from all over India and abroad. This is an important addition to the existing literature on the subject in libraries.
Further Details

Globalization and Education in India: Higher Education, Skill Development, Empowering India with New Strategies

by Pawan Sikka; Uppal Publishing, New Delhi, 2014, ISBN: 9788176580779.
Book Summary: Globalization has a multi-dimensional impact on the system of education which is an important investment in building human capital that is driver for technological innovations, and economic development. The globalization and its concomitant demands on the manpower require a different education. It has underlined the need for reforms in the educational system with particular reference to the IT digital technology giving productivity dimensions to the system of education-producing thereby the quality manpower for the domestic and the world market. Globalization is an opportunity to expand our educational services. This book discusses issues related to the challenges of globalization for higher education, right to free early education and vision for school education ICT, skill development ,etc. besides the UGC Roadmap, National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy-2013, National Skill Development Policy-2009, National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology, ICT, Skill Development in India, besides a discussion on the wide variety of issues related to the theme, both theoretical and practical in dimensions w.r.t. India. It is a useful reference book for the educational policy planners, academicians, administrators, teacher-educators of educational and training institutes and is a must for the libraries as a useful reference book.
Further Details

Call for Participation: CSRD Research Workshop on Child Labour and Youth Employment, 7-8 September

Centre for the Study of Regional Development
School of Social Sciences
Understanding Children's Work Programme

(An inter-agency Research Cooperation Programme)

Will hold a

Research Workshop on

Child Labour and Youth Employment

September 7 & 8, 2015

Interested students who would like to participate are requested to send their names and brief CV to:
Prof. Ravi Srivastava (ravi@jnu.ac.in)
and Balakrushna Padhi (padhicds@gmail.com)

Call for Papers: Diaspora Studies

Call for Papers: Diaspora Studies

The Editor of Diaspora Studies is currently welcoming submissions.

Diaspora Studies is the biannual, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, academic journal of the Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI). It is a journal dedicated to multidisciplinary research, study and writing on the history, culture, social structure, politics, and economics of both traditional diasporas and new transnational migrants. Besides other issues pertaining to diasporas and transnationalism, the journal wants to focus more specifically on diasporas as resources for both home and host countries. The scope of the journal includes the role of diasporas and migrant (immigrant) communities as important drivers in international relations, in development, and within civil societies. The journal welcomes contributions on comparative diasporas in order to better understand their emerging global interrelations and transnational identities.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page on the journal homepage for more information.

Manuscript submission

Manuscripts for consideration should be sent to Professor Ajay Dubey, JNU at diasporastudies@gmail.com or office@diasporastudies.in.

Authors must submit manuscripts electronically. Electronic submissions should be sent as email attachments using a standard word-processing program. If email submission is not possible, please send an electronic version on CD.

Please complete this form and send it to the Editor with your submission.

Current Issue: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rdst20/current

Fwd: APSTSN Newsletter, September 2015 issue

Asia-Pacific STS Network (APSTSN) Newsletter, September 2015 issue is now available at

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Dear APSTSN members, 

On behalf of the convenor, attached is the latest newsletter with network and regional STS news.

Kind regards,

Dr Kiran Pienaar

Research Associate

National Drug Research Institute – Melbourne Office

Curtin University
Tel | +61 3 9079 2204
Web | ndri.curtin.edu.au

Address | NDRI – Melbourne Office 54-62 Gertrude St Fitzroy VIC 3065 AUSTRALIA

E: kiran.pienaar@curtin.edu.au


Monday, August 31, 2015

Call for Papers on "Simulating the Processes of Science, Technology, and Innovation"

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Borner, Katy <katy@indiana.edu>

Call for Papers for a special issue of Scientometrics on:

"Simulating the Processes of Science, Technology, and Innovation"

Deadline: 30th November 2015


In a knowledge-based economy, science and technology are omnipresent and their importance is undisputed. Equally evident is the need to allocate resources (both monetary and labor) in an effective way to foster innovation. In the last decades, science policy has embraced scientometrics to gain insights into the structure and evolution of science and devised diverse metrics and indicators. However, it has not invested significant efforts into modelling the dynamics of science, technology, and/or innovation (STI) (mathematically, statistically, and computationally). While it may not be possible to predict the nature and essence of the next scientific or technological innovation, it is often possible to predict the circumstances leading to it, i.e., where it is most likely to happen and under which conditions. Some examples are: Which career paths are more likely to lead to high impact works? Which funding system has the highest return on investments? Which institutions will be most productive over the next years?

This special issue calls for models which predict/forecast the structure and/or dynamics of STI. The focus is on mathematical, statistical, and computational models, but we do not exclude qualitative models as long as they can be used to develop scenarios of future STI dynamics. New insights about STI can be gained by comparing and relating different kinds of models, including data, statistical, observational, psychological and computational. This special issue aims to present a state of the art in terms such computational models.

Submission Deadlines

Please feel free to contact the editors with paper proposals. Submit full papers by 30th November 2015. Reviews will become available begin of January 2016. Final papers are due February 29, 2016.

Special Issue Editors

  • Bruce Edmonds, Professor of Social Simulation, Centre for Policy Modelling, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
  • Andrea Scharnhorst, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Data Archiving and Networked Services, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Katy Börner, ILS, SOIC, Indiana University, USA and Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Stasa Milojevic, ILS, SOIC, Indiana University, USA

Some Background References

·         Edmonds, B., Gilbert, N., Ahrweiler, P. & Scharnhorst, A. (2011) Special Issue of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation  on 'Simulating the Social Processes of Science' 14,(4) (Introduction to special issue is at: http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/14/4/14.html).

·         Moss, S. and Edmonds, B. (2005) Sociology and Simulation: Statistical and Qualitative Cross-Validation, American Journal of Sociology, 110(4) 1095-1131.

·         Ahrweiler, Petra, Nigel Gilbert and Andreas Pyka, eds. 2015. Joining Complexity Science and Social Simulation for Innovation Policy. Cambridge Publishers.

·         Scharnhorst, Andrea, Katy Börner, and Peter van den Besselaar, eds. 2012. Models of Science Dynamics: Encounters Between Complexity Theory and Information Science. Springer Verlag.

·         Watts, Christopher and Nigel Gilbert. 2014. Simulating Innovation. Computer-based Tools for Re-Thinking Innovation. London: Edward Elgar.

--   Katy Borner  Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science  Director, CI for Network Science Center, http://cns.iu.edu  Curator, Mapping Science exhibit, http://scimaps.org     ILS, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University  Wells Library 021, 1320 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA

ICT for Digital Equity UNESCO Office in Bangkok

The ICT in Education Newsletter, August 2015, is now available. Please feel free to forward it to members of your networks.  To view online, click here.




ICT for Digital Equity

August 2015 | UNESCO Bangkok Office

Dear readers,

The issue of the digital divide in ICT in Education persists in many contexts and often exacerbates already existing socio-economic inequalities. The Incheon Declaration highlights the urgent need for promoting lifelong learning and education that leaves no one behind, focusing on equity and inclusion, as well as quality. Moreover, the Qingdao Declaration states that relevant and responsive digital learning environments should be in place in order to utilize ICT in diverse ways, providing various learning pathways for all. In fact, ICT can be an enabler for lifelong learning for all by providing diverse paths if only ICT is equally available for all. In this regard, this month's newsletter issue focuses on digital equity – pressing issues, challenges and recent efforts to mitigate the digital divide in the Asia-Pacific region.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition!

Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.  


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http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_60705e_15.gif.gif Digital Equity as an Imperative for the ICT Ecosystem (by UNESCO Bangkok, ICT in Education)
This article underlines the urgency and attention required to address the grand challenge of the digital inequality persisting throughout the world, most often in developing countries, in order to unleash the full potential of ICT and education.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_60705e_15.gif.gif Digital Divides and Equity (by Thérèse Laferrière, Miri Shonfeld, and Paul Resta)
This article, based on the work of the Thematic Working Group 4 for EDUsummIT 2015, provides a quick review of the technological developments and their influence on the sphere of education and digital inequality. Furthermore, it provides the essential conditions for technology-based learning in reference to which this Thematic Group had compiled eleven short case studies on the theme of 'Addressing Gaps and Promoting Educational Equity'.

Programmes and Projects:

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e67df2_29.gif.gif National Workshop on Supporting Competency-based Teacher Training Reforms to Facilitate ICT-Pedagogy Integration  in the Philippines (21-22 July 2015, Quezon City, Philippines)  
This workshop was organized by UNESCO Bangkok, CHED and SEAMEO INNOTECH, bringing together officials, ICT experts, representatives from the Department of Education and TEIs in order to build on and improve the existing ICT competencies. 

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e67df2_30.gif.gif National Workshop held by UNESCO and NCED on ICT Competency Development in Education (31 July-2 August 2015, Godavari, Nepal)
This national workshop organized by UNESCO and the National Center for Educational Development (NCED) involved policy makers, teachers and experts to engage in discussions and participate in sessions to identify approaches towards developing competency standards and performance indicators for ICT in Education.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e67df2_30.gif.gif Access to ICT in remote communities: The eBilim Mobile Digital Library Project, Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
This article provides an overview of the project conducted by the University of Central Asia in the pursuit of minimizing the rural-urban digital and knowledge gap. A refurbished minibus equipped with educational resources and a digital database reaches 15 remote communities in the Naryn province of the Kyrgyz Republic.

News and Events:

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_732726_24.gif.gif EDUsummIT 2015 (14-15 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand)
This event, organized in association with prominent international and national organizations, gathers researchers, policy-makers and educators in supporting the effective integration of Information Technology in education.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_732726_24.gif.gif The OECD-Singapore Conference on Higher Education Futures (14-15 October 2015, Singapore)
The event will focus on higher education, the rise of higher education in Asia, challenges to traditional modes of education, and how higher education can stay relevant in the face of resource challenges. The Conference will bring together some 500 participants from over 40 countries. In addition to the main event, there are satellite events on 13 and 16 October and post-conference activities on 16 October.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_732726_24.gif.gif 5th Annual International Conference on Education and e-Learning (Bangkok, Thailand, 14-15 September 2015)
This conference aims to explore more flexible and accessible modes of education to bridge the gap of learning across borders by exploring the potential of e-learning.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_732726_24.gif.gif #PurpleMySchool Campaign
Is your school Purple? Go Purple to support safe spaces for LGBTI students across Asia & the Pacific. UNESCO Bangkok, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Being LGBTI in Asia encourage students, teachers, and parents to join the #PurpleMySchool campaign aimed at creating safe spaces for LGBTI youth in educational settings throughout the region. People can show their support for LGBTI learners by wearing, doing, or making something purple. Photos can be uploaded to our Facebook page and website


http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e551bc_51.gif.gif Global Libraries: Opening a World of Information and Opportunities
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries programme aims to provide the 1 billion "information-poor" people with free access to computers and the Internet by locating public libraries at the centre of communities. The programme also helps public libraries around the world define local needs and training for librarians.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e551bc_51.gif.gif The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network
This is an after-school learning programme that enables youth in underserved communities to access the latest technology and work with adult mentors to experience professional hardware and software, develop technical fluency, and build skills.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e551bc_51.gif.gif The Digital Literacy "Best Practices"
This site provides resources about best practices on how to improve and disseminate successful approaches and practices about digital literacy.

New Publications:

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_a43db9_34.gif.gif Country Case Studies on Promising EFA Practices in the Asia-Pacific Region
In light of the 2015 deadline for the Education for All (EFA) goals, Asia-Pacific countries, such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia and the Philippines share their achievements, enabling factors, challenges, promising practices as well as sustainability aspects.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_a43db9_34.gif.gif The Economic Cost of Out-of-School Children in Southeast Asia
This publication targets out-of-school children and looks at the benefits of primary education to help education policy makers understand the significant economic incentives of including these populations in the seven Southeast Asian countries.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_a43db9_34.gif.gif ICT Facts & Figures 2015
This ITU factsheet provides information on the remaining ICT gaps, achievements in the past 15 years, the digital divide for 2015, and more.

Next Issue
: The September issue will focus on the theme of Cyber Wellness (promoting children's safe, effective and responsible use of ICT). If our readers are interested in contributing to this edition, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

CFPs: National Conference on "Migration, Diaspora and Development" at India International Centre, New Delhi on 20th February 2016

Dear all,

This is to inform you that Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT), an International consortium of researchers and policy makers drawn from national and international universities, institutes and organizations, based in New Delhi is going to organise a National Conference on the theme "Migration, Diaspora and Development" on 20th February 2016 at India International Centre, New Delhi. The conference will have participation from wide range of scholars including academicians, policy-makers and non-governmental organisations. The conference intends to promote inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary engagement and research with focus on broader social and economic development. The details are available at: www.grfdt.com. Abstract can be sent to: nationalconference@grfdt.com

Important Dates
Last date for receiving abstract: 15 October 2015
Communicating about selection: 5 November 2015
Last date for receiving full paper: 30 January 2016
Date of Conference: 20 February 2016

Best regards,

Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism

Rajiv Mishra
Research Student
Centre for Studies in Science Policy
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi-110067
E: rajiv.csss@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Book Release function of "Diaspora, Culture and Identity" written by Dr Poonam Bala, CSSP, on 28 August 2015; at 11.00 A.M. at Committee Room, JNU Central Library

Central Library JNU, welcomes you to the Book Release function of "Diaspora, Culture and Identity" written by Prof Poonam Bala,

To be released by General Dr. V.K. Singh, Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs and Prof.S.K. Sopory, Vice-Chancellor, JNU

At Committee Room (Mezzanine floor), Central Library, JNU

Date: Friday, August 28, 2015; at 11.00 A.M.

Detail Programme

A Talk on Socio-Political Role of Contemporary Art in India and Beyond, tomorrow at SSS-2

Centre for the Study of Social Systems
School of Social Sciences

CSSS Colloquium

Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky
(Chair, Visual and Media Anthropology,
Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg)

Will be giving a talk on
Socio-Political Role of Contemporary Art in India and Beyond

Date & Time: August 27, 2015 (Thursday), 11.30 a.m.
Venue: CSSS Committee Room, SSS-II

Abstract: With reference to contemporary artistic practices such as street art, video art or performance, this paper engages with art in border zones and in times of crisis and its possible impact on civil societies. Looking at different social and cultural contexts in India and beyond, the discussion will focus on the question what the social role of contemporary art can be today. How do artists position themselves in times of crisis? And how do they try to find artistic expression for experiences of trauma, atrocity and violence, or to create platforms for solidarity and dialogue? Whereas the boundary between art activism, political art or participatory art soften blurring, social factors such circulation, institutional environments or the reactions to an artwork foster a particular meaning attributed to an artwork. Providing exemplary insights into multiple dynamics of meaning production, this paper will problematize the role of contemporary art as social practice.

Bio-Data: Dr. Cathrine Bublatzky is a trained photographer and gained her MA in Anthropology and South Asian History in 2008. Since 2009 she is a Research Fellow at the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (Heidelberg). Her research focuses on theories and methods in Visual and Media Anthropology, Art Anthropology, Popular Culture, and Urban Studies. Her seminars in Transcultural Studies, Anthropology and South Asian Studies are often research-based with a relation to Digital Humanities. In 2014, she finalized her dissertation on contemporary art in India "Along the 'Indian Highway': An Ethnography of an International Travelling exhibition

All are welcome

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Google Scholar Profile of the Open Access India (with Citation indices, H-index & i10-index) http://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=vsgjnxMAAAAJ

Glad to inform you that Google Scholar Profile (with Citation indices, H-index and i10-index) of the Open Access India (about open access movement in India) is now available Online.

See Also

Panel Discussion on "Valuing Variability: New Perspectives on Climate Resilient Drylands Development" on 21 August at SSS-I, JNU

 Valuing Variability:

New Perspectives on Climate Resilient Drylands Development

21st August 2015, at 3:00 – 5:30 PM

Venue: Committee Room, SSS-I, Jawaharlal Nehru University

(Organized by CSSP-JNU, CSIR-NISTADS, RRA Network and RLN)


We invite you to a panel discussion on the implications of variability, for India's drylands.

This is based on a book published by IIED, London, a joint effort by academics, civil society organizations, environmental and social activists working on rainfed/dryland agriculture, livestock and pastoral systems in India, China and Kenya. Drawing upon the knowledge of herders, farmers, traders, policy makers and researchers from across the globe, the book, funded by the Ford Foundation, poses questions about the 'theory of lack' that defines the drylands, the conceptualization and design of development policies and programmes, the framing of scientific research problems, and the pedagogy of variability, ecosystems, and livelihoods.

An eminent panel presents their analysis and views on valuing variability in India's rainfed and dryland crop-livestock-agroforestry systems, which account for more than 2/3rd of the arable land in the country. They discuss how climate resilient, productive and sustainable drylands development is possible; if only we will learn to work with and not to control and standardize the variability and diversity of the drylands.


Panel Discussion                                                                    3 to 5.30 PM

Chair Abhijit Sen ( Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, JNU)

Pranav Desai (Professor, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, JNU) Introductory remarks and welcome

Wen Jun (S&T Counselor, Chinese Embassy) Towards collaborative research

Anshu Bhartia (Revitalisation of Rainfed Agriculture (RRA) Network) Rainfed Farming – academic/civil society networks

The Panel:                                                                                       3.15-4.45 PM                         

Navroz Dubash (Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi) on Climate resilience – planning and mainstreaming

Sanjay Bhoosreddy (Joint Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi) on Livestock Development – variability and diversity issues         

P S Vijayshankar (Research Director, Samaj Pragati Sahyog, Dewas) on Rainfed Farming and resilience - research constraints/opportunities

Anushree Singh (PhD student, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, JNU, New Delhi) on community knowledge systems and mobilisation-STS

Sabyasachi Das (Theme Leader, Livestock Node, RRA Network, Bhuj) on Pastoral systems, variability and development programmes.

Q&A:                                                                                                4.45-5.25 PM 

Rajeswari S. Raina (Principal Scientist, CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi).

Ways forward and vote of thanks:                                                    5.25-5.30 PM

High Tea at 5.30 PM.


Madhav Govind (Chairperson, CSSP-JNU), Rajeswari S. Raina (CSIR-NISTADS), Nitya Ghotge (RLN, and ANTHRA, Pune), Anshu Bhartia (RRA Network, New Delhi)

Reference: Valuing variability: New perspectives on climate resilient drylands development

Monday, August 17, 2015

Current Science on "English and Indian Science"

English and Indian Science
by Anantanarayanan Raman
Current Science, 10 August 2015, 109(3), 398.

I am in the process of reviewing a professional article submitted by three Indian scientists to an international biology journal. The science appears reasonable, but the pathetic aspect is the language used. Why none in India alone is not able to recognize is that presenting details in graceful and elegant language is half-of-the-well crossed. I am spending more time in correcting the prose rather than looking into the science of the submitted paper. Many sentences are grammatically flawed and clumsy, badly punctuated and meaninglessly wordy. The most annoying element is that the verbs are inappropriately conjugated, which made me highly irritable.
This is not the only occasion when I experienced this problem. For the students from the Indian subcontinent who have joined my research group, I am spending 4 h/week teaching basic grammar and simple ways of communicating in good English. What jolted me was when I asked them whether each has a copy of a standard dictionary and every one drew a blank. I urged them to purchase either a copy of the Macquarie or the Australian Oxford. The next step was to educate them how to use the dictionary and what help it can provide.
My above reactions are meant to say as loudly as possible that efforts need to be made in India in not losing a great gift – the English language – given by the British to us. We only talk of the ills caused and damages done to us by them before independence. We never want to recognize that we have an edge over the Chinese, who are the strongest competitors for us in every possible sphere of life, simply because we have a better hold on the English language than most Chinese. We need to factor here that the Chinese are making a sincere effort to master the English language by recruiting native speakers of English. A systematic effort is being made by Indian politicians in downplaying the importance of English language and consequently we are losing the capacity to communicate clearly, precisely and effectively. The paradox is that India is the land, which prided with writers and speakers of class such as R. K. Narayan and A. K. Ramanujan in recent years, and V. S. Srinivasa Sastri, C. Rajagopalachari and J. Nehru in the recent past. Evolution of the English language has gone to an extent to recognize a subgenre, the Indian English, which was pioneered by Vidiadhar Naipaul from Trinidad.
How did this fall come about? Why are we losing a highly useful skill, which has been there with us for long? What is going wrong? I have no answers. I am nonplussed.

Dr. Anantanarayanan Raman, Charles Sturt University, Australia. araman[at]csu.edu.au

One-week Course on Globalization, Crisis and Public Policy; 23-29 November at Kolkata, India

One-week Course on Globalization, Crisis and Public Policy
Organized by Calcutta Research Group, Kolkata, India
23-29 November 2015

Calcutta Research Group in collaboration with Rabindra Bharati University will organize a one-week course on the theme "Globalization, Crisis and Public Policy" during November 23-29, 2015 in Kolkata, India.
The proposed course aims to understand the nitty-gritty of neoliberal globalization including the periodic crises in the market economy all over the world vis-à-vis concerned public policies across the globe including India. It intends to take up an exploration into socio-economic crisis along the axes of both theoretical nuances and practical implications. The course will be open to the doctoral students and teachers of various colleges and universities, and researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. We especially welcome participants from the North-Eastern states of the country. Participants from the various vulnerable communities (Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and others) which are most affected by the implications of globalization are especially welcome. There will be registration fee for the participants. Outstation participants will have to cover their own travel and accommodation.
Last day of application is 23 August 2015.
Application will have to be accompanied with bio details, a letter of intent, and details of research interest, and one reference letter. Applications and inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Iman Mitra (iman@mcrg.ac.in), Research Associate, Calcutta Research Group.

Further Details: http://mcrg.ac.in/Globalization_Orientation/GO_Concept.pdf

Inviting Applications for Urban Action School (UAS): 3 Weeks Advanced Course for Urban Policy Practitioners, 15 Nov to 5 Dec, Hyderabad

Urban Action School (UAS): 3 Weeks Advanced Course for Urban Policy Practitioners

November 15th to December 5th 2015

Venue: Institute of Public Enterprise, Osmania University, Telangana, Hyderabad, India

Bridging Grassroots action with Policy Making!!

Theme: Urbanization and Informal Sector

UAS is a collaborative initiative of Citizen's Rights Collective, Action Aid, South Institute of Public Policy and Action, and Institute of Public Enterprise. Course is open to all those interested from South Asia with minimum of five years of work experience. It is FREE of cost!! Translation available in two regional languages. This is a call for applications for the advanced course panning several fundamental facets of the 'Urban'. This course is designed essentially as a mid career training for the mid and senior level activists, policy advocates, lawyers, journalists, researchers, and all categories of urban policy practitioners. UAS is intended for the benefit of action researchers and social activists, with the objective of building the knowledge base of the participants and to complement action research and field based activism. This course is meant to be as a space for upgrade knowledge, to reflect upon, share and to equip the participants to acquire new skills to function in a better way in their day to day work. It is meant to make a difference to the person as well as to the organization/movement/company in which she/he works.

Who can apply:

Open to all: Social workers, political activists, people working with community organizations, social movements, trade unions, urban local bodies, media persons, government officials, research students, elected peoples' representatives working and dealing with the 'Urban issues are eligible to apply for this course. Experienced professionals are preferred for this course as it is essentially designed to skill mid career professionals. A minimum of five years of experience will be preferred.
Note: Applications are invited from all over South Asia (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Maldives), although the bulk of the participants will be from India.

Course Content: Each year the course curriculum will be redesigned to reflect latest ideas, issues, and concerns. The intention is to make the course a credible and significant contribution to understanding of cities, citizens, and people-oriented sustainable planning with an attempt to deal with and find solutions to growing urban poverty, migration. alienation, exclusion, violence, and lack of regulation and planning, with specific focus on informality, livelihood and labour rights. This year's course will focus on Urbanization and the Informal Sector.

Last Date for Applying: 6th September 2015
Email: urbanschool@ciric.in
For further queries, please write to above mentioned mail id. For details regarding the ideology, vision, course content, faculty et. al. kindly log on the website. 

Further Details and Download Application Form: http://www.ciric.in/opportunities/urban-action-school

Friday, August 14, 2015

IIAS Award of Fellowships 2015

Indian Institute of Advanced Study

Rashtrapati Nivas, Shimla – 171005, India

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We invite applications for the award of Fellowships for advanced research in the following areas:

(a) Social, Political and Economic Philosophy;

(b) Comparative Indian Literature (including Ancient, Medieval, Modern Folk and Tribal);

(c) Comparative Studies in Philosophy and Religion;

(d) Comparative Studies in History (including Historiography and Philosophy of History);

(e) Education, Culture, Arts including performing Arts and Crafts;

(f) Fundamental Concepts and Problems of Logic and Mathematics;

(g) Fundamental Concepts and Problems of Natural and Life Sciences;

(h) Studies in Environment;

(i) Indian Civilization in the context of Asian Neighbours; and

(j) Problems of Contemporary India in the context of National Integration and Nation-building.


1. Scholars belonging to weaker sections of society and those who are differently abled/physical challenged will be given preference.

2. Applications from scholars working in, and on, the North Eastern region of India are encouraged.

3. Fellows will be required to submit a monograph on the completion of their term. The Institute will evaluate and consider this monograph for publication. The Institute will have the first right of publication and will have the copyright of the monograph submitted by the Fellow.

4. The term of Fellowship for independent and retired scholars would initially be for a period of one year, allowing continuation for another year after evaluation of the work done during the first year. In no case will this continue beyond two years. However, for in-service scholars who want to come for two years, the Fellowship would be awarded for a period of two years subject to the condition that continuation of the Fellowship for the second year would only be granted if the external Evaluation Report of the work done by the Fellow during the first year is positive.

7. The prescribed application form can be downloaded from the website: www.iias.ac.in.  The application on the prescribed form may be sent to the Secretary, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla 171005. Applications can also be made online. Only applications in the prescribed application form would be considered by the Institute.

8. Fellows are expected to remain in residence from 1st March to 15th December. Their stay at the Institute during the winter months is optional. They may proceed on study tours during this period.

9. Proposals involving empirical work requiring data collection through extensive fieldwork would not be considered.

10. The pay of in-service Fellows will be protected. In addition, they will get 20 per cent of their basic pay in case they are maintaining a separate house at the place of their work, other than government accommodation. The Fellowship grant for Fellows who are independent scholars is Rs. 56,400/- per month.

11. The Institute provides hard furnished, rent-free accommodation to Fellows in cottages on the Rashtrapati Nivas Estate. In addition, scholars will be provided a fully furnished study, on a sharing basis, with computer and Internet facilities.

12. The Fellows will be provided with free stationary. They will have access to the Institute's vehicles for local travel on payment of nominal charges.

13. Fellows are entitled to free medical treatment at the dispensary of the Institute.

14. It is mandatory for in-service candidates to apply through proper channel.

15. Fellowship applications of scholars who have been Fellows of the Institute within a period of the last five years will not be considered.

16. The short-listed scholars would be invited to make a presentation before the Fellowship Award Committee (FAC). Scholars with proven academic credentials, as decided by Screening Committee, may be exempted from this provision. Those interested can get further details from the Secretary of the Institute who is available on e-mail at secretary@iias.ac.in and may be contacted on 0177-2831379.

Applications must reach the Institute by 31st August 2015.

The application form can be downloaded here. PDF | MS Word

Saturday, August 8, 2015

CfPs: National Seminar on Financing of Agriculture Value Chains: Challenges and Opportunities; 27-28 November

National Seminar on Financing of Agriculture Value Chains: Challenges and Opportunities
27-28 November 2015

The National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), New Delhi jointly organizing the 'National Seminar on Financing of Agriculture Value Chains: Challenges and Opportunities' at BIRD, Lucknow on 27th and 28th November, 2015. Papers are invited from researchers/ practitioners/ economists/ policy makers/other stakeholders in the agriculture sector on the following broad themes:
(a) Re-visiting the provisions under model APMC Act 2003 and identifying the factors hindering the growth of agricultural markets in India
(b) Structure & Regulatory framework for the proposed National Common Agricultural Market
(c) Critical gaps in Storages/Warehouses in India and implementable models to bridge the gaps
(d) Institutional support required to integrate small farmers to a given agri-commodity value chain
(e) Ways to co-integrate issues of finance into the value chain framework to improve efficiency
Interested persons may submit their papers on any of the above themes by 30 September 2015 to the Chief General Manager, Department of Economic Analysis & Research (DEAR), National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development Managing, C-24, G Block, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra-E, Mumbai- 400051 at nabard.valuechain@gmail.com. The paper should not be more than 6000 words (20 double space typed pages of size 8½ by 11 inches), including tables, diagrams and appendices (with margins on all sides of at least 1½ inches). Abstracts not exceeding 200 words should be submitted along with the papers. Papers submitted should be exclusively written for the seminar and should not have been published or sent for publication elsewhere. The authors are required to submit a declaration in this regard.
Authors of the selected papers will be invited to present their papers in the proposed seminar. II AC rail/air fare by economy class by the shortest route will be paid. The papers selected for presentation in the seminar will be published in an edited book brought out by NABARD & IFPRI. The authors of the papers published in the book will be awarded a cash incentive of Rs.10,000/- as our recognition to and acknowledgement of the work.

Further Details: http://www.epw.in/system/files/pdf/2015_50/32/AppointmentsProgrammesAnnouncements.pdf

Friday, August 7, 2015

New Open Access Articles in Current Science, Institutions and Economies & ALIS

New Open Access Articles:

  • Das, Anup Kumar (2015). UNESCO Launches Open Access Curriculum for Young and Early Career Researchers. Current Science, 109(3), 400-401.
  • Abstract: This article narrates the background of UNESCO Curriculum titled "Open Access for Researchers" which was launched on 16th March 2015. This Open Access Curriculum contains five modules for capacity building, awareness raising and sensitizing young and early career researchers affiliated to research laboratories or higher educational institutions across the world.

  • Das, Anup Kumar (2015). Skills Development for SMEs: Mapping of Key Initiatives in IndiaInstitutions and Economies, 7(2), 120-143.
  • Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to critically examine national skills development initiatives in India as the country embarks on building skilled manpower to meet the demand of SME sectors in the coming decade. This paper identifies two national level programmes namely, National Skill Development Mission (NSDM) and National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) which are implemented by an array of organisations in PPP (public-private partnership) mode. National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), a major actor for NSDM, has identified 21 high-growth sectors and formulated action plan for skills development in those sectors. NRLM's Aajeevika Skill Development Programme and its sub-schemes ensure skills building of rural youth and help them in coming out of poverty. This paper identifies how skills building of rural youth will lead to job-diversification and lift them out of poverty through placement-linked skills-based jobs. This research paper analyses key national skills development initiatives and how the federal government is making efforts to build skills of marginalised communities as well as helping SME sectors and high growth sectors in bridging projected skills gaps.

  • Das, Anup Kumar (2015)Mapping of University Presses in India: Pattern of Knowledge Production and DisseminationAnnals of Library and Information Studies, 62(2), 57-67.
  • Abstract: This paper presents the current status of university presses in India, and how they are interlinked with their prestigious fellowship programmes and academic research. Indian university presses were identified from DELNET union catalogue of books. Their publishing patterns are studied based on MIS reports available or generated from their respective websites. The paper also analyzes global visibility and availability of produced knowledge through institutional and external web catalogues, e-commerce sites and utilization of book promotion avenues. It is found that, as of now, Indian university presses don't publish e-books. Many of these presses don't even have a dedicated website for disseminating detailed bibliographic information on available titles.