Friday, June 21, 2013

2nd JNU National Interaction Programme for PhD Scholars in HSS, at JNU ASC; 22 July to 09 August

2nd JNU National Interaction Programme for PhD Scholars in Social Sciences and Humanities

A Short-Term Programme

22 July to 09 August, 2013

Venue: Academic Staff College, JNU New Campus, New Delhi

Download Application Form

  • JNU, ASC provides Hostel and Mess facilities to all outstation candidates.
  • Please submit your application at least ... days before the start of a course so that we have sufficient time to correspond with you.
  • For further details visit or call at 011-26742566, 011-26742532; Fax: 26742532; Email:

IGIDR Young Scholars’ Meet: Silver Jubilee Conference on Human Development; 26-28 September; Mumbai

IGIDR Silver Jubilee Conference on Human Development
26-28 September 2013
Venue: Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai

IGIDR is observing its Silver Jubilee with a variety of high profi le academic events this year. The conference on Human Development will be one such event during 26-28 September 2013.
Two major themes have been selected for this conference:
i) Equity issues, including poverty and inequality; and
ii) Sustainability of Development, to encompass the perspectives of macroeconomic, social and capabilities-based, and environmental-natural resource based sustainability.

On sustainability, there would be two focus areas:
a) Forests, mineral resources, and tribals as a deprived community which have large habitations in these regions and use them for their livelihoods; and
b) Water as it concerns agriculture, health, nutrition/hygiene, etc., and used extensively in the development process with major footprints on equity and environment.

We hope to get researchers and practitioners from all over India and a few from abroad to share their contributions with the select gathering. We wish to extend this opportunity to about 30 'young scholars' in Social Sciences (especially but not exclusively in Economics) from all over India actively involved in research and teaching who may benefit from this event. Those who have finished their Ph.D. in the last 3 years or are teaching in a UGC recognized institution for no more than 5 years may apply. As part of the event, these scholars will be expected to actively participate in the event, and may be encouraged to make short presentations of their research findings. Those selected will be provided full boarding and accommodation in twin-sharing AC suites, and 3-tier AC travel by train and incidental expenses will be reimbursed.

Selection will be on the basis of CV and one (and only one) sample work to judge quality and relevance, preferably published in a professional journal. These should be sent by email to: and the last date is extended to 7th July 2013. Selected candidates will be intimated in the week commencing 22 July 2013.

CfPs: International Conference on “Conclusive Land Titling System: A Need for Reforms in Land Administration”; 9-10 September; New Delhi, India

International Conference on "Conclusive Land Titling System: A Need for Reforms in Land Administration"
9-10 September 2013
Venue: New Delhi, India
Organized by: Centre for Rural Studies (NIAR), Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, India

Call for papers

Conference Themes

1. Torrens system, Its Principles and Practices
2. Contemporary Trends and Practices in Land Administration
3. Needs for Amendments in Acts and Legislations in the Wake of Conclusive Land Titling System
4. Innovations in Technology Application in Land Administration
5. Challenges and Opportunities in Introducing Conclusive Land Titling System

The international conference will benefit the participants to share views and express opinion on various themes outlined above and to come out with meaningful approaches for effective implementation of conclusive land titling system in the country.

Paper Deadlines
Abstract Submission : 5th July, 2013
Date of intimation for acceptance of abstracts : 10th July, 2013
Full Paper Submission : 30th July, 2013
Date of intimation for selection of paper : 10th August, 2013

Selected papers will be considered for publication in the edited volume by the CRS. Abstract should be about 150 words with max. 5 keywords. Article should be between 3000 and 8000 words.

For any other query contact the following Conference Coordinators.
Dr. A.A.A. Faizi, Professor (or) Dr. Hari Charan Behera, Assistant Professor, Centre for Rural Studies (NIAR), LBSNAA, Mussoorie,

Further details:

CfPs: Fourth National Research Conference on Climate Change; at IIT Madras, October 26-27

Fourth National Research Conference on Climate Change
Venue: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
October 26-27, 2013

Call for papers
Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and Centre for Science and Environment, under the banner Indian Climate Research Network, are organizing the Fourth National Research Conference on Climate Change, to be held at IIT-Madras on October 26-27, 2013.
We invite abstracts from faculty, students, civil society organisations and practitioners in the areas of climate science, impacts, mitigation, adaptation, disaster risk reduction and renewable energy. Selected abstracts will receive a slot for presentation and poster session. There will also be panel discussions involving invited speakers from a range of backgrounds. Submissions should include title, author affiliation(s), contact details and an abstract of up to 200 words, giving an overview of: Context, Methodology, Results and Implications. Researchers from all over South Asia are invited to send in abstracts. Submissions should be sent to by August 14, 2013.
Limited funding is available for travel and local expenses for suitable candidates (Including junior scholars).
  • Abstract submission deadline: August 14, 2013
  • Acceptance notification: August 26, 2013

Further information:

Monday, June 17, 2013

Call for Papers: 33rd Skoch Summit - Practices for Smart Governance; 3rd Sept; New Delhi
We are organising the 33rd Skoch Summit with the underlying theme of "Practices for Smart Governance" on 3rd-4th September 2013 at New Delhi.
The key contents of the summit are as follows:
  • Framework for SMART governance
  • SMART governance approach to decision making
  • Is India missing the sustainability bus?
  • Social media and governance
  • Infrastructure and governance
  • A level governance framework for SMEs
  • State of governance in states
  • State of governance at the centre
  • Best practices in governance
  • Role of technology in SMART governance

    • Government cloud
    • Big data information management
    • Government applications store
    • Real-time cyber security
    • Business intelligence for performance management
    • Mobile devices and services delivery
    • Transition to IPv6
    • Smart city, safe city

Given the Summit framework, Skoch Development Foundation calls for papers from domain experts, practitioners and academicians* for the 17th Thinkers & Writers Forum scheduled on 4th September 2013 at New Delhi that will provide an opportunity to the authors to present their papers to an elite gathering of delegates. Authors of the selected final papers will get a complimentary invitation for attending the 33rd Skoch Summit. Select high quality papers from the Forum may be considered for publication in "Inclusion", a quarterly publication of Skoch Media or any other publication as deemed fit by the editorial team. Authors who will present papers in the Forum can avail grant-in-aid with the following options:

INR 5,000 with accommodation**

INR 10,000 without accommodation

INR 5,000 without accommodation for authors from Delhi NCR region

We invite you to engage in interactive discussions, participate in additional sessions, and, most of all, cultivate partnerships for development. An evaluation and takeaway sheet would be given to all the authors who are also invited to attend a specific conclave as an observer, which they are required to submit to the organizers at the end of each session.

Paper Submission Details: The Abstract should be within 500-600 words including the title of the paper and the author's full name, address, e-mail and phone number. Authors are also requested to enclose a recent photo (300 dpi image) and a brief bio of not exceeding 200 words. Incomplete papers will not be accepted. Accuracy of all material supplied is the responsibility of the author. Figures, tables and images should follow the references. References are to be added as Endnotes only (given at the end of the paper).

Abstract Submission: 29th June 2013

Notification of Acceptance of Abstract: 1st July 2013

Full Paper Submission: 31stJuly 2013 (3000-3500 words, to be submitted only after notification of the acceptance of abstract)

Notification of Acceptance of Final Paper: 6th August 2013

Submit your abstracts/papers to:

File format- Word Document
Font style - Arial in single column format
Font size - 12 for paper
Font size -14 for the title and authors
Line spacing -1.5 lines

Please note that only original papers that have not been published previously or submitted for publication elsewhere can be submitted. The authors of selected papers must accept to grant the copyright of the papers to the Summit organizers for the use of papers or parts thereof in any of Skoch publications. The authors of selected final papers must confirm their presence through the 33rd Skoch Summit and present their paper at the 17th Thinkers and Writers Forum. At least one author of each accepted paper (in case of joint paper) must be registered for the 33rdSkoch Summit to be eligible for presentation at the Forum.***

Apart from a review by a distinguished jury, the paper(s) will also go through a peer review during the Forum. The author(s) may be asked to update the paper(s) and re-submit, if required. This would be followed by final selection of papers to be published in the Compendium volume.

*Students are not allowed.

** Accommodation will be provided on a twin-sharing basis after confirmed participation by the author/presenter.

*** This is a pre-requisite to present paper during the Thinkers & Writers Forum and for being eligible for the Grant-in-Aid.

Applicable for Resident Indian Nationals Only

Sunday, June 16, 2013

CfPs: Global R&D Summit 2013; 25-26 July 2013, at The Ashok, New Delhi

Global R&D Summit 2013
25-26 July 2013, The Ashok, New Delhi
Organised by FICCI and DST

Global R&D Summit 2013, a two-day integrated conference and exhibition, to be held from July 25-26, 2013 at The Ashok, New Delhi, will be a magnanimous milieu of local and global institutions, academia and industry that constitutes the R&D ecosystem.
Accomplished individuals from India and across the globe, comprising, senior R&D experts, policy-makers, business leaders, innovators, investors and entrepreneurs from various sectors and areas of specialization will be brought together to exchange fire wire ideas, experiences and best practices in R&D management and strategy, delivered through a mix of plenary addresses, panel discussions, presentations and workshops.
The event will also aim to create a high level networking ground for people to explore new collaborations, refresh existing ones and showcase projects, programs and demonstrated success stories to connect with players and stakeholders of R&D community.

Program Objectives
  • India as a preferred destination for global R&D
  • Identify strategic and economic rationale for corporate R&D outsourcing
  • Stimulate industry-academia-public lab partnerships in national R&D
  • Endorse best practices in R&D management and strategy
  • Foster R&D leadership for emerging Indian economy
  • Analyse national R&D environment and policy
  • Create culture of R&D investment and IP creation

Focus Areas
  • Healthcare & Pharma
  • Manufacturing & Production
  • ICT & Telecom
  • Defence & Security
  • Sustainable & Renewable Energy
  • Agriculture & Biotech
  • Water Purification, Recycle & Reuse

Paper Submission
Global R&D Summit 2013 invites researchers from industry, academia, public labs and independent research organisations to submit papers pertaining to above mentioned areas for poster presentation at the event. Papers must be submitted as per following guidelines -
  • Papers must be submitted only as an email attachment (MS Word/PDF format) and sent to Mr. Dipanjan Banerjee, Sr. Asst. Director, S&T/Innovation Division, FICCI, at  
  • Papers must include a one-page abstract not exceeding 300 words, without sketches, tables etc.
  • Each author is entitled to submit only one paper.
  • Selected papers will be allowed only for poster presentation at the event.
  • Organisers will provide standard display boards for poster presentation.
  • Principal author along with one co-author of each selected paper will be entitled for complimentary passes of the event.
  • All participating authors should be able to organise their own travel and stay arrangements.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Invite Suggestions/Views on "The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill 2013 & The Agricultural Biosecurity Bill 2013'"

Parliament of India

Rajya Sabha Secretariat

Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science & Technology, Environment & Forests

Suggestions/Views on "The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority  Of India Bill, 2013"




1. "The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill, 2013" as introduced and pending in Lok Sabha has been referred to the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science & Technology, Environment & Forests, headed by Dr. T. Subbarami Reddy, M.P., Rajya Sabha for examination and report.

2. Modern biotechnology is recognised globally as a rapidly advancing science wherein advanced molecular techniques and processes are employed to develop useful products, processes and services in areas of agriculture, human and animal healthcare, environment management and industry. Biotechnology industry in India has, been growing at an average annual rate of twenty to thirty percent during the last five years and its turnover exceeded Rs. 20,440.00 crores approximately. There are, however, public concerns in respect of organisms and products derived from modern biotechnology on human, animal and environmental safety. Various countries have developed regulatory mechanisms to ensure safe and responsible use of biotechnology organisms and products. But in India, activities and processes involving the genetically engineered organisms and product thereof, are broadly regulated under the 'Rules for Manufacture, Use/Import/Export and Storage of hazardous Micro organisms/Genetically Engineered organisms or cells 1989' notified under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the guidelines published by the Department of Biotechnology. But despite the aforesaid rules and guidelines, India has experienced a number of challenges. A Task Force on the Application of Agriculture Biotechnology constituted by the Ministry of Agriculture in 2003 recommended establishment of an autonomous, statutory and professionally-led National Biotechnology Regulatory Authority which was supported by the other Task Force on recombinant pharma constituted by Ministry of Environment & Forests in 2004.

3. In pursuance of the recommendations of the above Task Forces, this Bill aims inter-alia at establishing an independent statutory regulator to be known as the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India, to regulate research, transport, import, manufacture and use of organisms and products of modern biotechnology to promote the safe use of modern biotechnology by enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of robust regulatory procedures.

4. The Committee has decided to invite Memoranda containing views/suggestions from individuals/organizations interested in the subject matter of the bill.

 5. Those desirous of submitting Memoranda to the Committee may send their written Memoranda either in English or Hindi to Shri Alok Chatterjee, Director, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Room No. 005, Ground Floor, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi-ll0001. [Tel. No. 011-23034597, Fax No. 011-23015585 Email:] within thirty days from the date of publication of this advertisement. Those who are willing to appear before the Committee for oral evidence besides submitting the Memoranda may indicate so. However, the Committee's decision in this regard shall be final. The Memoranda submitted to the Committee would form part of the records of the Committee and would be treated as confidential and would enjoy privileges of the Committee. The Committee will have full right on Memoranda received. It mayor may not use those Memoranda while preparing the report.

6. The Bill has been published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary Part II dated the 22nd April, 2013. Copies ofthe Bill can be had on written request to the above mentioned officer or can be downloaded from the official website of the Rajya Sabha ( under the caption "Bills with the Committees".


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Published on 11/06/2013




Parliament of India

Lok Sabha Secretariat

New Delhi


Departmentally Related Standing Committee on Agriculture

Invites Suggestions On 'The Agricultural Biosecurity Bill 2013'.


The Agricultural Biosecurity Bill, 2013' as introduced in Lok Sabha on 11 March, 2013 and pending therein has been referred to the Departmentally Related Standing Committee on Agriculture under the Chairmanship of Shri Basudeb Acharia, MP for examination and Report to the Parliament. The text of the Bill as introduced in Lok Sabha is available on the Website under the heading 'Legislation'. A copy of the Bill may also be obtained on request from the Committee on Agriculture Branch, Room Nos. 614/616, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi -110001.

The Agricultural Biosecurity Bill, 2013 proposes: -

a)      integration of plant and animal quarantine services;

b)      establishment of an Authority for prevention, control, eradication and management of pests and diseases of plants and animals and unwanted organisms for ensuring agricultural biosecurity;

c)      to meet international obligations of India for facilitating imports and exports of plants, plant products, animals, animal products, aquatic organisms and regulation of agriculturally important micro-organisms;

d)      prevention and control of pest infestation or infection, including declaration of an area as "controlled area" for this purpose and measures for control of such infestation or infection;

e)      provision for inspection, taking samples, entry and search of premises checking of conveyances to ensure compliance of phytosanitary and sanitary measures and also seizure, treatment and disposal of plants, animals and their products to prevent spread of pests by designated officers;

f)       declaration of biosecurity emergency in case of outbreak of orqanisms threatening biosecurity and actions and procedures to deal with it;

g)      removal of plant, animals, their products and other objects imported in violation of the provisions of the proposed legislation.

The Committee invites written memoranda containing suggestions/views comments of Experts/Stakeholders/ individuals/institutions/organizations interested in the subject matter of the Bill.

All those who are interested in submitting written memorandum may sent two copies thereof either in English or in Hindi to The Deputy Secretary (Agr.), Lok Sabha Secretariat, Room No. 616, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi, 110001, Tel No. 23034042, Fax No. 23018865, e-mail within three weeks from the date of publication of this advertisement. Those who wish to appear before the Committee, besides submitting memorandum, are requested to specifically indicate so. However, the Committee's decision in this regard shall be final.

The memorandum submitted to the Committee would form part of the records of the Committee and would be treated as strictly 'Confidential' and not circulated to anyone, as such an act would constitute a breach of privilege of the Committee.


Published on 07/06/2013

Monday, June 3, 2013

CfPs: Second International Conference on Law, Governance and Development; 2-3 August; Bangalore

Second APU International Conference on Law, Governance and Development
Right to Welfare: Education, Food and Work
August 2nd and 3rd, 2013
Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India

Call for Papers
The Law, Governance and Development Initiative is a research initiative at Azim Premji University committed to rethinking the place of law and governance in securing the goals of development. While we skeptical of thin instrumentalist claims about the economic benefits of law and legal system reform we recognize that a well-organized legal system potentially enhances human well being. In 2012 we organized an international conference exploring and analyzing legal system reform in India. The presentations are available on our website ( and the papers presented are currently being compiled and edited to be released as a book later this year.

Our second annual conference will be held on August 2nd and 3rd, 2013, on the theme "The Right to Welfare: Education, Food and Work." This year, we explore the statutory rights based approach to welfare with a specific focus on the statutory entitlements to education, food and work. The relationship between law and development provides the wider theoretical framework for the enquiry into welfare. The panels for this year's conference are:
  • Law and Development,
  • Statutory Rights-Based Approach to Welfare,
  • Statutory Rights and Obligations under the RTE Act, NREG Act and the Food Security Bill,
  • Role of Courts: Recognition of Rights,
  • Role of Courts: Enforcement of Rights, and
  • Implementation of Rights.
Confirmed speakers for this year's conference are Professor Akhil Gupta (UCLA), Professor Arun K Thiruvengadam (NUS, Singapore), Professor Niraja Jayal (JNU), Professor Katharina Pistor (University of Columbia), Prof Sanjay Ruparelia (New School) and Professor Siri Gloppen (University of Bergen).

We invite academics, scholars, graduate and post-graduate students, and lawyers to submit 200-300 word abstracts. Last date for submission of abstracts is June 25, 2013. The last date to submit the final paper is July 25, 2013. The abstracts / papers may be emailed to

Authors of selected papers and the ten best student papers will be informed by the end of June 2013. These authors will be invited to attend the conference and organizers will cover costs of domestic economy travel and accommodation.

For more details including the concept notes and themes for the seminars visit: