School of Social Sciences
First Chris Freeman Annual Lecture
"Chris Freeman's Enduring Contribution to the Economics of Innovation"
Professor Mammo Muchie
on Friday, 31st July 2015 at SSS Committee Room, JNU
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Jawaharlal Nehru University
Cordially invites you to the
First Dr. K. R. Narayanan Memorial Lecture
Child Labour: A Human Rights Violation
An Impediment in Economic Growth
Sh. Kailash Satyarthi
Recipient of Nobel Peace Prize & Human Rights Activist
on Monday, 3 August, 2015
at Auditorium-I, Convention Centre, JNU
5:25pm - Welcome - Prof. Sudha Pai, Rector
5:35pm - Reflection on LIfe & Works of Dr. K. R. Narayanan
Sh. S. N. Sahu, Joint Secretary Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Parliament of India
5:42pm - Inaugural address - Prof. S. K. Sopory, Vice-Chancellor
5:50pm - Lecture - Mr. Kailash Satyarthi
6:35pm - Question & Answer session
6:50pm - Vote of Thanks by Prof. Prasenjit Sen, Rector
7:00pm - Departure
Please find attached and below the 2015 Call for Student Papers from ASIS&T SIG/MET. Please excuse any cross postings and feel free to distribute widely. Please direct any questions regarding the contest or submission guidelines to Kim Powell at email@example.com
2015 ASIS&T SIG/MET Student Paper Contest
Are you tired of preparing papers which immediately migrate into your professors' files and have not been seen ever since?
Recover your papers and send your most promising papers to the 2015 ASIST SIG/MET Student paper contest!
SIG/MET (http://www.asis.org/SIG/SIGMET/) seeks to encourage the development and networking opportunities of all those interested in the measurement of information. This contest is intended to foster student growth and promote the generation of new ideas and research in metric-related topics, including bibliometrics, scientometrics, informetrics, and altmetrics.
The first author of contest submissions must be a full-time student at the time of submission, irrespective of ASIS&T or SIG/MET membership. SIG/MET reserves the right to request proof of enrollment. Submissions should not be published work,
Papers should discuss theories, methods, policies, case studies, etc. on aspects of the measurement of information production and use. Topics could include: Metric-Related Theory, Methods and new techniques, Citation and co-citation analysis, Indicators, Information visualization, Research policy, Productivity, Journals, databases and electronic publications, Collaboration/Co-authorship, Patent analysis, Knowledge and topic diffusion, Altmetrics
Papers will be reviewed by SIG/MET officers and advisors to the SIG/MET workshop. At least one winner will be chosen. In the past, we have also given commendation to other particularly outstanding papers. Selection criteria include the quality of the research, the presentation of the results, and the originality of the research question.
The winner will be awarded a one-year membership to ASIS&T and a cash prize. Authors of highly rated papers will be invited to present their research under their own expense at the SIG/MET workshop held during the 2015 Annual ASIS&T Meeting (https://www.asist.org/events/annual-meeting/annual-meeting-2015/).
Submissions can be of any length and format, but should ideally reflect typical standards of a journal article (i.e., approximately 6,000 words and in an appropriate citation style for the social sciences).
Submission & Deadline
Authors are invited to submit manuscripts by midnight EST on Monday August 31, 2015, to the following website:
Authors will be notified about the results by September 12, 2015. For inquiries and further information please contact
Kim Powell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) offers fellowships to scholars to pursue research in (i) Modern Indian History and Contemporary Studies (ii) Perspectives in Indian Development (social, economic and cultural) and (iii) India and Changing Trends in World Economy and Polity.
The fellowships are offered at three levels: Junior Fellow, Fellow and Senior Fellow. The emoluments, including allowances, will correspond to that of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of Central Universities, respectively. CPF/GPF facilities will be extended only to scholars having permanent jobs who take up the fellowship after taking leave without pay from their parent departments. Fellowships offered are for a duration of two years only. Fellows will be based in Delhi except for a maximum of five fellows of the total strength who may be permitted by the Selection Committee to be based outside Delhi.
Senior Fellow:: Scholars of eminence who have made a significant contribution to the knowledge in their respective fields and preferably have experience of conducting and guiding research.
Fellow: Good academic record, a Ph.D. or equivalent published work and at least five years teaching/post doctoral research experience.
Junior Fellow: These positions are open to candidates with a good academic record and/or scholarly publications, and preferably a Ph.D. degree.
Interested scholars are requested to send an application along with a note of about 2,000 words on the proposed project to be undertaken with the following information in an envelope clearly marked "Application for Fellowship" to the Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, New Delhi – 110011. 1) Name. 2) Address. 3) Date of Birth. 4) Academic Record from High School onwards. 5) Details of post-graduate work and list of publications with copies of at least two recent publications. 6) Details of how employed so far and 7) Recommendations from two referees. Candidates in employment should apply through proper channel.
Applications for the current round of fellowship should reach the NMML on or before July 24, 2015. The NMML however reserves the right to accept applications that may come in even after the last date. In general, applications can be sent at any time of the year and they shall be retained on file for consideration periodically. The NMML reserves the right to invite any scholar who may not have applied to, to accept fellowship at any level to pursue research on any project in the three areas broadly defined.
Intellectual Property Rights in India: Innovation and Competitiveness in the Indian Context
by Amit Kapoor and Sankalp Sharma
NBR Working Paper, 2015
This paper looks at the broad contours of India's current intellectual property rights (IPR) regime and offers an assessment of the current situation as well as scenarios for continued advancement.
In looking at the needs for India's next stage of growth, both industry and policymakers are focusing on strategies for fostering capacity for innovation. The link between innovation and competitiveness can be clearly demonstrated at a national level, and at a subnational level there is also a growing need for understanding the dynamics of innovation and to take requisite steps accordingly. With this in mind, a stable IPR regime is the foundation of a globally competitive nation, drawing in investments, specifically from FDI. Ultimately, India will do well in the long term if it enables a robust IP ecosystem and protects the IP of its own companies. It will also provide a stable framework for multinational companies wanting to enter India. Yet there are some critical impediments, which have hampered prospects for broader acceptance of IPR norms, and if addressed may enable greater economic cooperation between countries.
The first public draft of the national IP policy seeks to clear the air on a lot of issues pertaining to the Indian IPR regime and is a step in the right direction.
Future steps that could help improve the acceptability of a more robust IPR regime include actions such as establishing a special IP court with trained human resources and ensuring protection for trade secrets, as well as research that can better highlight the linkage between IP and innovation.
At present there are very few policies aimed at bettering IP and innovation potential in Indian states. Such regimes could augur well for an improvement in the investments under these regimes.
The paper looks at the overarching laws and protections afforded to specific types of IP in India. It examines the present scenario, both theoretically as well as through data and analysis, to provide a quick assessment of India's present IPR regime. Also, bringing to light a case study of fostering innovation in India's pharmaceutical sector. The paper lastly concludes by putting forth solutions for removing bottlenecks and helping India to create a more robust and stable IPR regime.
Sylff Leadership Initiatives: Call for Applications
Issues of pressing concern today are becoming more and more intertwined with other complex, global-scale problems, and no one country can resolve them alone. The parties affected by the problems may not all have the same values and interests or share economic or political orientations. Underlying the Sylff philosophy is the desire to support "leaders" with the passion and ability to serve the common interests of humanity, transcending narrow national, religious, ethnic, and other differences to undertake socially constructive leadership initiatives and act in an inclusive manner, respecting diversity in cultures and values.
To encourage Sylff fellows to take initiatives that put the above philosophy into action in an effort to change society for the better, the Tokyo Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the renewed Sylff Leadership Initiatives (SLI). The Foundation will provide financial support for activities that respect and lead to the fulfillment of the above philosophy. There are two categories of SLI activities: (1) social action projects and (2) organization of a forum, conference, seminar, or workshop. Category (2) projects should be aimed at the betterment of society, although they may be academic in nature. An important consideration in screening your application is whether or not the project has been launched under your own initiative. For examples of past SLI activities, see "Awardees & Reports." (http://www.tokyofoundation.org/sylff/support_programs/sli/awardees-reports) Please note that SLI, in its current manifestation, cannot be used to finance "straight research" activities.
(1) Applications must be submitted by one or more current/graduated Sylff fellows.
(2) The proposed project must be geared toward making a contribution to society.
(3) SLI awards may be used for various activities associated with (1) social action projects and (2) forum projects, but they are not designed to support research activities.
(1) The maximum support per project is $10,000. Extra funding may be provided in special cases if requested by the applicant and approved by the Foundation.
(2) An SLI award may be used to cover the following expenses:
International travel, domestic transportation, living expenses, meeting room/hall rental, refreshments served at meetings, acquisition of resource materials, printing and copying of documents, consumables, supplies, communication costs, etc.
(Note) It may NOT be used for the following:
(3) Awards will be provided for approximately five projects per year.
(1) Period of Application
Application will be accepted throughout the year starting on April 1, 2013.
(2) Application and Screening Procedures
Application and screening procedures consist of the following two stages:
a. Preliminary Application (Concept Paper)
Applicants must submit a concept paper (no prescribed format) at least four months prior to the project's implementation (exceptions may be considered in unavoidable circumstances; please contact the Tokyo Foundation for details).
The paper must not exceed 850 words and should include:
The concept paper will be reviewed by Leadership Development program officers; successful applications will proceed to the formal application stage.
b. Formal Application
Applicants whose concept papers have been approved are invited to submit a formal application consisting of the following:
The detailed proposal must not exceed 2,500 words and should address the following:
- Issue: What is the key issue in question and why should you address it?
- Proposed objectives and activities: Explain your proposed objectives and activities.
- Relevance and significance: Why is the project relevant and significant to society?
- Feasibility: Provide arguments for the feasibility of the proposed project.
- Number: Indicate the number of project participants and their respective roles.
- Expected outcome: Outline expected outcomes.
- Others: Describe other aspects to help reviewers judge the proposed project.
Submit a brief biographical sketch (within 120 words) for each applicant and other project members, including their background, current position or occupation, academic or professional interests, and role in the proposed project.
Submit two letters of recommendation written by those who endorse the applicants and their proposals. One of the two letters should preferably be written by a member of the Sylff steering committee, but this is not a requirement.
After reviewing the formal applications, the Tokyo Foundation may arrange for interviews with applicants and/or referees on the phone, in person, or through other formats. The Foundation will thereupon make a final decision on the award.
Applicants will be notified of the results of the review so as to provide sufficient lead time for the implementation of the project.
(4) Awards Disbursement
a. The award will be disbursed directly to successful applicants.
b. An Agreement will be signed between the applicant and the Tokyo Foundation calling for more than half of the award to be paid before the project's implementation period. The percentage will be determined in consultation with the Foundation.
c. A project report, including a narrative description of the results and a financial report, shall be submitted by all applicants. The financial report must be accompanied by receipts. The remainder of the award will be paid upon the submission of the project report. Should actual expenditures turn out to be significantly less than the amount of the first disbursement, the Foundation will request a refund of the unexpended funds.
SLI awardees will be requested to share the outcome of their projects with the Foundation and the Sylff community in a variety of formats, including articles on the Sylff website.
*Please be sure to read this page in the original language (English), not just as a translation using the "Translate" function. The Tokyo Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy or appropriateness of the translation, which is offered through Google Translate for reference purposes only.
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Inquiries and applications should be directed to:
The Tokyo Foundation
Attn: Sylff Leadership Initiatives Coordinator
The Nippon Foundation Bldg. 3rd Floor
1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan
Phone: +81-3-6229-5503 / Fax: +81-3-6229-5507
Email: leadership [a] tkfd.or.jp
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The Call for Applications (Updated March 2014) is available in PDF file. Please note that the application form and related documents are available in the text version only. Download these documents from the links on this page. We accept applications throughout the year.
The Tokyo Foundation will accept inquiries related to this program via email ONLY.
An international seminar entitled "Community Media Sustainability: Strengthening Policies and Funding" will reunite broadcasting regulators, community and public media professionals, civil society and academic experts from more than 20 countries to innovate sustainability in the community media sector.
Actors from the judicial and legal communities will take part in an international conference in San José, Costa Rica, on 9 and 10 October, as an advance commemoration of the International Day against Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
The Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova today urged the Mexican authorities to shed light on the killing of three journalists Filadelfo Sánchez Sarmiento, Gerardo Nieto Alvarez and Juan Mendoza Delgado, who died between 26 June and 2 July.
A more positive attitude towards mitigating and preventing climate change will come about with journalists keeping the people sufficiently informed, so that they can bring pressure on their leaders.
UNESCO's online tool for monitoring endangered languages has integrated new information and resources provided by users worldwide.