Friday, October 23, 2009

India: Science and Technology 2008

India: Science and Technology 2008

Publisher: National Institute of Science, Technology & Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi, India; 2009.

The country is entering the age of knowledge when increasing returns would be ubiquitous. The democratic governance structures of this country have evolved, over the course of six decades, sets of complex institutions systems and practices that bind or otherwise relate S&T to the other spheres. With about four thousand research and development organizations, large organized systems of knowledge production, millions of knowledge-workers and an even larger number of citizens trying to engage in knowledge-based activities ranging from agriculture through semi-skilled workers to industrial workers, coupled with the fact of the country being especially gifted with immense diversity in natural resources - the opportunity set of potential outcomes are immense and invigorating.

The long twentieth century in Indian S&T based developmental experiments, in particular at grass roots, has thrown up immense volumes of data, facts and artifacts. A crucial issue emerges. The country very badly needs a strong mechanism to capture data related to S&T and innovation right from the regulatory or executive levels to source-points where S&T output or innovations get generated.

This Report presents several facets of Indian S&T. In lieu of attempting the development of a set of traditionally known indicators of S&T, the attempt here has been to capture multiple facets of Indian economy and society where S&T makes contributions. With unstated theoretical bases, contributors presented research conclusions in the form of several portrayals. Given the fact that S&T interfacing the economy and society has very large dimensions this Report could take up only a handful. Such a collage offers albeit a picture of where Indian S&T is located.

The report is the first of its kind from this country. It is targeted at a wide readership ranging from policy makers and advisors to academic readers as well as the common person. The contents of the report are:

Read Full Report in PDF

Read Full-text Report in HTML

National Seminar on Science & Technology in Ancient Indian Texts

National Seminar on Science & Technology in Ancient Indian Texts (STAIT)

9-10 January 2010

Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Organized by:

Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), USA & Special Center for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

The Special Center for Sanskrit Studies, JNU, in collaboration with the Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth is organizing a two day seminar on “Science & Technology in Ancient Indian Texts (STAIT)” during January 9-10, 2010. This seminar is an activity under a project running at the Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth under the directorship of Prof. Bal Ram Singh. This project aims to explore provable scientific and technological concepts in ancient Indian texts.

The seminar is proposed to invite experts from India and abroad working on natural sciences in Sanskrit under the following broad categories. This seminar aims at bringing together persons having academic interest in diverse areas of Sanskrit and Science. Though the area of Indic Science is broad, we are trying to focus on the following themes

  1. Biological & Environmental Sciences
  2. Chemical Sciences & Metallurgy
  3. Physical Sciences & Astronomy
  4. Medical Sciences, Ayurveda, Yoga for healing
  5. Mathematical and Linguistic Sciences
  6. Engineering including vaastu, vimaana shaastra, ship building, war, armament
  7. Agricultural sciences & animal husbandry
  8. Other novel sciences (not covered under 1-7)

Further Details

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Science Meets Communication - The 9th Indian Science Communication Congress

Science Meets Communication - The 9th Indian Science Communication Congress (ISCC-2009)

15-19 December 2009

Venue: Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University, Guwahati, Assam, India

Organized by: National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC/ DST), New Delhi; Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University (KKHSOU), Guwahati; Indian Science Writers' Association (ISWA), New Delhi, India

The Concept

Each and every occurrence in the world leaves an impression in our mind. Our mind tends to analyze these impressions in order to empower ourselves to harmonize more effectively with our surroundings and to develop and adapt ourselves to the surroundings better. Science seeks to comprehend the nature and explain the natural and physical world with scientific knowledge based on scientific facts and evidences. Application of scientific knowledge in the form of technology had changed the lives of man in early days and has been continuing to change ever since. Over the years the development of science and technology has overshadowed all other developments but unfortunately, the development of the scientific spirit has not kept pace with the development of technology as far as the common man is concerned. The effort to empower masses towards taking the benefits of science for the society’s welfare comes to a naught when society mirrors a wide gap between scientific community and the common masses. This gap needs to be bridged. It may take long time and great effort to get rid of centuries old misbelieves and superstitions and create an environment where science is comprehensible to common man. Innovative science communication practices can find an answer to that and therefore the ISCC-2009 is aiming to focus on the meeting point of science and communication for the benefit of society. The approach to bridge the gap between science community and the general people, science education in the light of public understanding, various research tools and techniques for increasing scientific temperament in the common mass, various angles of science coverage by different media and the status of science communication in regional languages will be the issues for deliberations at the ISCC-2009. The Focal Theme for ISCC-2009 is "Science Meets Communication".


  1. To encourage discussion and interaction on issues and aspects concerning S&T communication.
  2. To bring science communicators, scientists, technologists, journalists, academicians together.
  3. To offer budding S&T communicators a wider exposure and enable them to express their views/ ideas.
  4. To address various issues vital to promotion of science and technology communication.
  5. To explore and share newer tools, ways, means for better target specific S&T communication.
  6. To provide a forum for young and experienced researchers and practitioners of S&T communication.
  7. To encourage the communicators to create and inculcate scientific temperament among the ethnic communities of the North Eastern Region, especially in the tribal areas.

Sub Themes: There will be 7 Scientific Sessions on the following sub themes:

  1. Bridging the gap
  2. Science in the media
  3. Science and technology journalism to enlighten the society
  4. Science illiteracy
  5. Science communication in regional languages
  6. Reaching the unreached - science and communication through distance learning
  7. Resistance to scientific temper

ISCC Format

The technical sessions will have presentation of contributory research papers, review papers, survey analyses, case studies, and invited talks. Discussions in split groups would offer close exchange of thoughts and ideas. Deliberations will be in English, Hindi and Assamese. A subtheme cannot be the title of a paper/ presentation; select a narrower topic under a sub theme and design your research study around it. Papers must be prepared in standard research paper format, i.e. title of paper, name(s) and address of author(s), abstract, key words, introduction, objectives, methodology, observations, discussion, analysis, inferences, conclusions, recommendations, references, along with illustrations, graphics, photos including captions. In addition to scientific sessions and split groups, there will be two workshops and an open ended roundtable. One workshop would be for young researchers/ students; whereas the other will highlight global perspectives in S&T Communication.

Submission of Abstract/ Paper/ Poster/ Lecture/ Workshop Proposal

  • Last Date for Submission of Abstract (500 Words) : November 20, 2009
  • Last Date for Application for Travel Fellowship : November 20, 2009
  • Last Date for Submission of Full Paper : November 30, 2009
  • Last Date for Registration : November 30, 2009

Travel Fellowship

Limited number of travel fellowships are available for selected/ invited delegates from India. International delegates will make their own travel arrangements; the organizers could offer free stay and meals. Best paper/ presentation awards would be given in junior and senior categories based on independent evaluation.


All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and should be asked for physical presentation at the conference. Selected papers may be submitted for publication in the Indian Journal of Science Communication.

Further Details

Monday, October 19, 2009

The New Invisible College: Science for Development

The New Invisible College: Science for Development by Caroline S. Wagner. The Brookings Institution, 1775, Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20036, 2008. 157 pp. Price not mentioned.

Reviewed by Sujit Bhattacharya, Current Science, Vol. 97, No. 6, 25 September 2009

The central thesis/argument the book makes is that ‘Science operates at the global level as a Network – an Invisible College’. This, the author visualizes is fundamentally changing the structure of science in the 21st century. The rise of networked science makes knowledge creation more efficient and creates opportunities for developing countries to participate in global scientific activity and tap resources to solve local problems. But the author cautions that in order to take advantage of the networked structure, countries need to design new science policy framework that moves beyond national orientation. In advancing these arguments, the author uses both qualitative and quantitative perspectives.

Francis Fukuyama’s foreword provides a perfect setting for this book. He succinctly provides a glimpse of the changing landscape of science and articulates why this book is important. The book has three parts. Part 1 covers three themes: The emergence of the new invisible college (Chapter 1); The topology of science in the 21st century (Chapter 2); Network character of science (Chapter 3). Part II makes an analytical introspection of the network dynamics. Three themes cover this section. Tectonic shifts: The rise of global networks (Chapter 4); The virtual geography of knowledge (Chapter 5); Scientific capacity and infrastructure (Chapter 6). Part III dwells upon how the emerging configuration requires innovative policy framework and governance. These aspects are covered under the title ‘Governing the new invisible college’ (Chapter 7). Appendix explains the construction of the index used by the author to assess scientific capacity. For scholars, the Notes section in the end is a rich source of reference material.

To advance the different arguments, the author brings in concepts that span a wide disciplinary matrix; borrowing extensively from network theory and innovation studies. For a lay reader the concepts are introduced in a manner that can be easily assimilated. For example, the author uses the language of network theory to visualize the structure of invisible college (Chapter 3, Networked science). Using this world view, the author argues that invisible college is a complex adaptive open emergent system (p. 35). But to provide readers a deeper insight into the meaning of each of the concepts, she uses the metaphor of a forest. Later when other network concepts are introduced such as scale free network, power law that are common language in network theory but are esoteric concepts for others (p. 39); the author moves beyond the metaphor of forest to explain mathematical underpinning behind these concepts. This innovative style makes the arguments more compelling.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Carbon Age: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat

Book Review
THE CARBON AGE: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat, by Eric Roston.

The Carbon Age
In his book, Eric Roston reveals how intimately human life is intertwined with carbon.

"Everything in moderation" -- a favorite mantra of wise folks, from Aristotle to my mom. It’s also the basic lesson of Eric Roston’s new book, The Carbon Age: How Life’s Core Element Has Become Civilization’s Greatest Threat. In one sense, the story of carbon is a tale of supreme irony: The very thing that allows complex things to exist now threatens our complex existence. But really, it all makes perfect sense.

Existence is a balancing act. And the carbon kingdom makes up a large part of that balance. By showing how intimately human life is intertwined with carbon, The Carbon Age forces us to care about all kinds of things we might have overlooked -- none so much as the carbon in our atmosphere.

Roston's book takes us from the beginning of the universe to the present day, telling the story of carbon along the way. The stuff is absolutely everywhere. From the nuclear fusion of numberless stars, it spreads out universally (literally). It’s in the graphite we use to write to the diamonds we use to propose. And Roston's book is essentially a soap opera journey though its various iterations, with way more drama and appeal than a science book should have.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Innovate India 2009: Conference on Leveraging Innovation for Knowledge Economy

Innovate India 2009

Conference on "Leveraging Innovation for Knowledge Economy"

19-20 November 2009


J.N. Tata Auditorium, National Science Seminar Complex, IISc, Bengaluru, India

Organized by:

National Research Development Corporation (NRDC)

The conference on "Leveraging Innovation for Knowledge Economy" will provide a platform to forge strong interaction and linkages to entrepreneurs, research scientists and technologists, industrialists, policy makers, investors, bureaucrats, evangelists, etc. It will be an event for highlighting new and emerging technologies from both the R&D sector and the industry.The conference will address some of the existing challenges, resolve to identify problems and arrive at appropriate solutions for organizational development/human resources. This conference will also deal with vital issues such as green innovations, low income markets and social innovations, developing products and services, and above all developing relationships with the innovation systems in the country.


  • To stimulate, acquire and exploit of innovations in Manufacturing, Medical, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Education, Agriculture areas.
  • To Network with R&D institutions, entrepreneurs, industrialists, policy makers, investors, bureaucrats, evangelists, etc.
  • To Understanding the level of Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) and research collaboration between Academia, Industry and the Government.

Thrust Areas

  • Innovation in building Knowledge Park
  • Medical Innovation in the light of changing Healthcare Needs
  • Innovation in Literacy & People Empowerment
  • Contemporary Issues in Knowledge Dissemination
  • Innovation for Organizational Development Management Issues in Innovation
  • Innovation & Management of Renewable Resources
  • Innovation in Sustainable Development
  • Business Intelligence and Strategic Planning
  • Micro-financing for Rural Innovation
  • Women Empowerment

Major Themes

  • Building Knowledge Park, Changing Healthcare Market Place, Literacy & People Empowerment / Contemporary Issues in Knowledge Dissemination, Organizational Development / Human Resources, Management Issues in Innovation, Management of Renewal Resources / Green Innovations, Low Income Markets and Social Innovation, Innovation for Sustainable Development, Micro-financing Rural Innovation, Women Empowerment, Business Intelligence.

Invitation for Papers

Original research-based papers on the conference theme are invited. Papers will be selected for publication in the conference souvenir after review. Participants are advised to submit their papers in the prescribed format as stated under "Guidelines for papers". The authors are advised to send their paper to the organizer(s)at the following address on or before October 31, 2009.

V. Raghuram, Regional Manager, National Research Development Corporation, # 107, 8th Main, Malleswaram, Bengaluru – 560 055, India

  • Mobile : +91-9845967027
  • Phone : +91-80-23341255
  • Fax: +91-80-23347555
  • Email: innovate2009[at]; vraghuram[at]

Invitation for Poster Presentations

The Poster Sessions will provide an excellent opportunity for presentation of R&D findings and are expected to lead to direct interaction with the Delegates. Poster presented on the conference theme is welcome. Posters will be selected for display after review.

Posters should be preferably sent in the following format:

  • Size: 23'' X 36'', Title of poster, flow diagram, abstract in 200 words, name(s) of author(s), affiliation(s), address, phone, fax & email.

Further Information

Online Delegate Registration

Monday, October 12, 2009

International Workshop on Livelihoods and the Environment: Debating Interdisciplinary Perspectives

International Workshop on Livelihoods and the Environment: Debating Interdisciplinary Perspectives

15–16 October 2009


Seminar Room, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Organised by:

Centre for Studies in Science Policy (JNU), Department of History (University of Delhi) and the Department of History (Uppsala University, Sweden)

The workshop aims at bringing together some of the new and exciting work in the field, especially from Sweden and India. The emphasis will be on enabling a dialogue across disciplines, with a special accent on reviewing ongoing work by younger scholars. The idea is to offer a platform for thought, reflection, debate and dialogue for an understanding of the linked challenges of nature, knowledge, ecology and academic enquiry.

Thematic Sessions

  1. Debating Environmental Protection
  2. Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Visions
  3. Environmental Stress, Communities and Social Action
  4. Statemaking and Ecologies of Place
  5. Animals, Wildness and Tameness

Programme Schedule

Thursday 15th October

11:00–11.30 Registration

11.30-11.45 Introductory Remark

  • Mahesh Rangarajan (Department of History, University of Delhi)

11:45–12:45 Welcome and Keynote

  • Chair: Amita Singh [Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU]
  • Ghazala Shahabuddin [Ambedkar University of Delhi] with Madhu Rao [Wildlife Conservation Society, New York] Do communities care? biological perspectives on community-conserved areas.

12:45–14:00 Lunch


  • Chair: Deepak Kumar [Zakir Hussain Centre for Educational Studies, JNU]
  • Beppe Karlsson [Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University] Nuclear energy, climate change and social critique
  • Guro Aandahl [Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo] Technocratic dreams and troublesome beneficiaries: the Sardar Sarovar project in Gujarat
  • Kenneth Bo Nielsen [Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo] The car factory that never happened – The Singur controversy and contested development


  • Manju Menon, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, JNU
  • Himanshu Upadhyay, Senior Researcher, Academy for Mountain Environments
  • Sagar Trivedi, Centre for Historical Studies, JNU

15:45–16:00 Tea Break


  • Chair: Gunnel Cederlof [Department of History, Uppsala University]
  • M. Rajshekhar [Independent Scholar] The law that disagreed with its' Preamble: an enquiry into the drafting of the Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers (RECOGNITION OF FOREST RIGHTS) ACT, 2006
  • Seema Arora Jonsson [Department of Rural and Urban Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences] Environmentalism with growth: the politics of climate change


  • Archana Prasad, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • Radhika Krishnen, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, JNU

19:00 Workshop Dinner

Friday 16th October


  • Chair: Pamela Price [Department of History, Oslo University]
  • Katrin Uba [Department. of Government, Uppsala University] Grass-root activism and renewable energy policies in India
  • Jasmin Kantha [Department of History, Patna Women’s College] In the Womb of the Ganga: Gangotas and their threatened livelihoods
  • Siddhartha Krishnan [Fellow, Social Sciences, ATREE, Bangalore] Identity and Income Predicaments of the Toda that Arise from Tiger Depredation of their Sacred and Secular Buffaloes: The Emergence of an Interdisciplinary Interface on the Nilgiri Pastures.


  • Anurita Saxena, Himachal Pradesh University, Himachal Pradesh
  • Rohan D'Souza, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Gunnel Cederlof, Department of History, Uppsala University

10:45–11:00 Tea break


  • Chair: Rohan D’Souza [CSSP, Jawaharlal Nehru University]
  • Shashank Kela [New India Foundation Fellow] Rulers, subjects and landscapes: the agrarian structure of tribal states
  • Nalini Singh [Aditi Mahavidyalaya, University of Delhi] Deforestation, agriculture and habitation: Awadh from Mughal to colonial times (c.1600-1900)
  • Arupjyoti Saikia [Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati] Forestry, grazing and livelihood: agrarian practices in forested lands in colonial Assam


  • Charu Singh, Centre for Historical Studies (JNU)
  • Meena Bhargava, I.P. College University of Delhi
  • Nitin Sethi, Senior Correspondent, The Times of India

12:45–14:00 Lunch

14:00–15:00 Keynote

  • Chair: Mahesh Rangarajan [Department of History, University of Delhi]
  • E. Somanathan [Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi & R Prabhakar, ATREE, Bangalore & B. S. Mehta, Foundation for Ecological Security] Decentralization for cost-effective conservation

15:00–15:30 Tea Break


  • Chair: Sangeeta Dasgupta [Centre for Historical Studies, JNU]
  • M. D. Madhusudan [Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore] Making better neighbours of endangered elephant and beleaguered farmers: A field test of interdisciplinarity
  • Meena Radhakrishna [Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi] Perceptions, policies and practices : hunting communities as "Criminal Tribes"
  • P. R. Nisha [Dept. of History, University of Delhi] Wild Animals and Indian Circus: Notes on Wildlife, Livelihood and the State


  • Mahesh Rangarajan, Department of History, University of Delhi
  • Vikram Dayal, Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi
  • Savyasaachi, Department of Sociology, Jamia Milia Islamia

17:15–18:00 Final Panel

  • Gunnel Cederlöf [Department of History, Uppsala University]
  • Rohan D'Souza [Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University

19:00 Workshop Dinner

Saturday, October 10, 2009

3rd IIM Ahmedabad Doctoral Colloquium 2010

3rd IIM Ahmedabad Doctoral Colloquium 2010

8-9 January 2010

Venue: IIM-Ahmedabad, India

The 3rd IIM-A Doctoral Colloquium allows doctoral students to discuss their research directions in an encouraging atmosphere with a panel of distinguished leaders and among their peers. The Colloquium offers students the valuable opportunity to receive feedback and fresh perspectives on their research and future career paths from expert researchers in their field. The colloquium promotes community-building by connecting beginning and advanced researchers.

The scope of the Doctoral Colloquium includes all major areas of management research, such as Agriculture Management, Business Policy, Computer and Information Systems, Economics, Finance and Accounting, Marketing, Organization Behaviour, Personnel and Industrial Relations, Production and Quantitative Methods, Public Policy & Public Systems.

Call for Abstracts

Participants are required to submit an abstract of paper based on their doctoral work. Details are given as under:

Advance Proposals: abstract not exceeding 1500 words (excluding title page and references), should contain the following:

  • The purpose of the research and the specific problems addressed.
  • An overview of the most relevant literature.
  • Methodological approach and description of research including results obtained so far.
  • The expected contributions of the research to the field of management.
  • A description of work that remains to be completed and any potential challenges that may arise.

Research Design Proposals: abstract not exceeding 1000 words (excluding title page and references), should contain the following:

  • Original idea (purpose) of the research.
  • Brief literature review.
  • Proposed Methodology.
  • Expected contributions of the research.
  • Title, category (Advanced/Research design proposal), author(s), affiliation(s), contact details.

Abstracts will be blind reviewed and only those abstracts approved by the reviewers will be selected. Soft copy of the abstract in Microsoft Word format should reach us latest by October 15, 2009. The abstracts should be mailed to iimdc[at]

Further Details

Friday, October 9, 2009

Seminar on Challenges of Climate Change

Seminar on Challenges of Climate Change

(A Seminar to Mark the 20th Anniversary of the Himalayan Environment Trust)

Date: 15th October 2009 at 3 p.m. onwards

Venue: IIC Auditorium, New Delhi

  • Chief Guest: Shri Shyam Saran, Special Envoy to Prime Minister on Climate Change
  • Chair: Shri A.K. Chauhan, Founder President, Amity Educational Trust

20th Anniversary Celebration

  • Chief Guest: Shri Jairam Ramesh, Hon'ble Minister of State for Environment & Forest
  • Chair: Dr. Karan Singh, M.P. and Advisor Himalayan Environment Trust

Thursday, October 8, 2009

India born scientist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan receives the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2009 jointly to

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Thomas A. Steitz, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

Ada E. Yonath, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

"for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome"

The ribosome translates the DNA code into life

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2009 awards studies of one of life's core processes: the ribosome's translation of DNA information into life. Ribosomes produce proteins, which in turn control the chemistry in all living organisms. As ribosomes are crucial to life, they are also a major target for new antibiotics.

This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry awards Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz and Ada E. Yonath for having showed what the ribosome looks like and how it functions at the atomic level. All three have used a method called X-ray crystallography to map the position for each and every one of the hundreds of thousands of atoms that make up the ribosome.

Inside every cell in all organisms, there are DNA molecules. They contain the blueprints for how a human being, a plant or a bacterium, looks and functions. But the DNA molecule is passive. If there was nothing else, there would be no life.

The blueprints become transformed into living matter through the work of ribosomes. Based upon the information in DNA, ribosomes make proteins: oxygen-transporting haemoglobin, antibodies of the immune system, hormones such as insulin, the collagen of the skin, or enzymes that break down sugar. There are tens of thousands of proteins in the body and they all have different forms and functions. They build and control life at the chemical level.

An understanding of the ribosome's innermost workings is important for a scientific understanding of life. This knowledge can be put to a practical and immediate use; many of today's antibiotics cure various diseases by blocking the function of bacterial ribosomes. Without functional ribosomes, bacteria cannot survive. This is why ribosomes are such an important target for new antibiotics.

This year's three Laureates have all generated 3D models that show how different antibiotics bind to the ribosome. These models are now used by scientists in order to develop new antibiotics, directly assisting the saving of lives and decreasing humanity's suffering.

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, US citizen. Born in 1952 in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India. Ph.D. in Physics in 1976 from Ohio University, USA. Senior Scientist and Group Leader at Structural Studies Division, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK. Curriculum Vitae

Further Details

International Conference on Global Warming: Agriculture, Sustainable Development and Public Leadership

International Conference on Global Warming: Agriculture, Sustainable Development and Public Leadership

Venue: Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad, India

11-13 March 2010

Organised jointly by International School for Public Leadership; Indian Society for Community Education; Manthan EducationalProgramme Society (India)

In Collaboration with Gujarat Vidyapith; Department of Environment & Forest, Government of Gujarat

Conference Theme:

  • Global Warming: Agriculture, Sustainable Development and Public Leadership

Conference Sub Themes:

  • Role of Agriculture and Sustainable Development in mitigating Global Warming
  • Applications of Knowledge and Community Education
  • Challenges ahead: Role of Public Leadership and Policy

Call for Papers

The deleberations would include presentation of research, experiments, experiences, policy analysis and new project ideas. Conference will have key note speech followed by plannery sessions on the role of agriculture in mitigating global warming, application of knowledge economy for sustainable development and mitigating global warming and role of public leadership for sustainable development and mitigating global warming with focus on public policy and implementable schemes. It will have special group discussions, which will include paper presentations, experience sharing, evolving of public policy, role of community education and youth.

  • Abstract of the Papers (400 Words Maximum) on the selected subject to be submitted before: 15th December 2009
  • Acceptance of the paper will be intimidated by 31st December 2009
  • Submission of the full paper has to be made before: 15th February 2010
  • Abstract and Full paper to be submitted on

Further Details

IRMA Conference on Social Science Research and Public Involvement

IRMA 30th Anniversary Conference on Social Science Research and Public Involvement
Dates: 15-16 December 2009
Organised by: Institute of Rural Management Anand, Gujarat, India

Call for Papers
The Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) announces the conference on 'Social Science Research and Public Involvement' to be held as part of 30th anniversary celebrations. Established in 1979, to address the inequality issues in rural India, IRMA has combined knowledge production and public action in a symbiotic rhythm. In more recent times, the scenario of higher education has become complex. Specialization has come at the cost of 'appropriateness'; collaborations and financing patterns have eclipsed the right questions; usability of knowledge is diluted in the struggle between truth and power; information abundance has made it difficult to distinguish wheat and chaff in the knowledge world; marketization of research has produced paradoxical effects; Apart from these concerns, public action agenda and policy making has often been ideology-driven than evidence-driven. The nature of social science research needs to be revisited for its relevance and revitalization.
We invite papers on wide-ranging topics around this conference theme (as delineated in the concept note in the conference website). The paper abstracts are to be sent to before 25 October 2009.
Important themes are:
  1. Collaborations in Social Research
  2. Financing of Social Research
  3. Social accountability in knowledge production and dissemination
  4. Social science research in vernacular languages
  5. Evidence-based policy making
  6. Revisiting methods
  7. Learning from evaluation research
  8. Politics of knowledge creation
Important Dates
  • Last date to receive abstracts 25 October 2009
  • Decision on abstracts 2 November 2009
  • Full Papers to be sent by 30 November 2009
  • Conference dates 15-16 December 2009

Please send the abstracts to: 30irma[at]

Further Details

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Call for Project Proposals in Telecom

Call for Project Proposals in Telecom
IIM Ahmedabad-IDEA Telecom Centre of Excellence
(A PPP between IIMA, IDEA and Department of Telecom for furthering research)
This is call for project proposals from IIM Ahmedabad-Idea Telecom Centre of Excellence (IITCOE at IIM, Ahmedabad). Proposals must focus on "telecom policy, governance, regulation and management, especially marketing and customer care". Projects should aim to provide insight into competition, regulatory and policy issues of network infrastructure and services, promise of multi-platform competition, implications for universal connectivity, pricing, sustainable competition, deployment, and innovation. Projects/papers may be theoretical, empirical, domestic, international or comparative.
Proposals may be submitted by individuals/groups of individuals working on their own or associated with institutions. The research proposals need to be e-mailed to the Executive Chair, IIMA Idea Telecom Centre of Excellence (IITCOE - Funding on a competitive basis will be available to selected projects.
The process of the submission, selection and execution of the projects will be as follows:
  1. Proposal submission - (October 31, 2009)
  2. Double blind review of Proposals
  3. A workshop for selected project proposals where the Project Initiator may be required to make a presentation on the project proposal possibly in early December.
  4. Selection of projects based on the proposal and presentation
  5. Handholding, guidance and phase wise deliverables to be determined for selected projects
  6. Interim project submissions - (February 15, 2010)
  7. Final project submission - (March 31, 2010)
  8. Blind review of completed projects for releasing the final project amount
  9. Workshop for Dissemination mid 2010.

For further details on the project proposals: