Wednesday, December 30, 2015

IERB JNU invites to "Third Annual Conference on Revisiting the Discourse on Duties and Responsibilities in Health Research" | 7th January | JNU Convention Centre

Institutional Ethics Review Board, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Cordially invites you to
"Third Annual Conference on "Revisiting the Discourse on Duties and Responsibilities in Health Research"

Date: 7th January 2016
Venue: JNU Convention Centre (Committee Room)

Inauguration Program11:30am to 1:00 p.m.Welcome Address | Prof. S.K. Sopory | Vice Chancellor, JNU |" Remembering Late Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury"
Chief Guest & Keynote Address | Prof Nirmal Kumar Ganguly | Former Director General, ICMR
Chairperson's Address | Prof. Shiv Kumar Sarin | Chairperson, IERB/ Director ILBS

Programme Schedule

Registration : 9:30-10:00am
10:00-1130 | Session 1:  Methodological Issues in Community Health Research
Chair: Prof. Rajib Dasgupta JNU
Panelists: Prof. Madhav Govind, (Chair CSSP/JNU), Ms. Vibhuti Sharma (ILBS), Dr. Sunita Reddy CSMCH-JNU)

11:30am-1:00pm | Session 2: Inauguration
Lunch 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m

2:00 -3:30 pm | Session 3: Issues concerning Juveniles
Chair: Prof. Ved Kumari, Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi
Mr. E. I Malekar. Former member Human Rights Commission India. Head of Jewish Community Delhi, Ethical Perspectives in Juveniles delinquency and issues of single parenthood, childhood abandonment, trafficking and child labour
Dr. Shashank Shekhar,Lawyer: Law & Justice Concerns
Prof. R.K Chadda. Dept.. of Psychiatry AIIMS New Delhi, Mental health aberration, psyco-social-behavioural issues among juvenile.
Dr. K.K.Ganguly Senior Scientist ICMR New Delhi , Ethical and researchable issues in addiction and de-addiction, among adolescent.

3:30-5:00pm | Session 4: Concerns during research on Women
Chair: Prof. K.K.Ganguly ICMR
Prof. Pikee Saxena & Prof. Anupam Prakash Lady Harding Medical College New Delhi, Issues in reproductive health, sexual abuse, mal practices and HIV AIDS current perspectives :
Sukriti Chauhan, CSLG , HIV AIDS affectedAbandoned Housewives:
Prof. Kusum Chopra formerly at CSRD JNU Nutrition, Poverty and Health:

5:00-6:00 pm | Session 5: Vulnerable communities, caste, race, scarcity, poverty, disability
Chair: Prof. Sanghamitra Acharya Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health,JNU
Prof. Manu Mittal, Chair Equal Opportunity Office JNU
Prof. Munir Masoodi J&K Srinagar, Prof. of Community Medicine, Polio Certification Committee, NCCPE.(childrens' vulnerability)
Dr. Anjum Soni, ICRC,Delhi,(Chattisgarh Conflict Zones)
Dr. Sudesh Mukhopadhyay , Educational consultant
Vote of Thanks : Prof. Susheel K.Jha IERB

All are cordially invited. RSVP Dr. Rahila Sikander |

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

IIDS Panel Discussion on Caste, Discrimination and Exclusion in Modern India | IIC Delhi | 4 Jan

Indian Institute of Dalit Studies
Cordially invites you to a panel discussion on
Caste, Discrimination and Exclusion in Modern India | Sage Publications, New Delhi

Monday, 04 January 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Venue: Lecture Room II, India International Centre Annexe, 40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi-110003


6:00 p.m. Tea and Registration
6:15 p.m. Welcome Remarks | Prof. Sanghmitra S Acharya, Director, liDS
6:20 p.m. Introductory Remarks | Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research
6:35 p.m. About the Book | Prof. Vani K Borooah, Emeritus Professor, University of Ulster, UK
6:50 p.m. Discussion on the Book | Chair: Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat
Prof. Amaresh Dubey, Professor, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, JNU
Prof. Vidhu Verma, Professor, Centre for Political Studies, JNU
Dr. Sunita Reddy, Associate Professor, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, JNU
Dr. Amit Thorat, Assistant Professor, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, JNU
7:40 p.m. Question and Answer
8:00 p.m. Vote of Thanks
8:05 p.m. Dinner

RSVP: Dr. Vinod KMishra | Tel.: +91 9899014035 |

IDS Evidence Report "The Future of Knowledge Sharing in a Digital Age: Exploring Impacts and Policy Implications for Development"

The Future of Knowledge Sharing in a Digital Age: Exploring Impacts and Policy Implications for Development
by Gregson, J., Brownlee, J.M., Playforth, R. and Bimbe, N.
IDS Evidence Report #125, 2015.

Abstract: We live in a Digital Age that gives us instant access to information at greater and greater volumes. The rapid growth of digital content and tools is already changing how we create, consume and distribute knowledge. Even though globally participation in the Digital Age remains uneven, more and more people are accessing and contributing digital content every day.
Over the next 15 years, developing countries are likely to experience sweeping changes in how states and societies engage with knowledge. These changes hold the potential to improve people's lives by making information more available, increasing avenues for political and economic engagement, and making government more transparent and responsive. But they also carry dangers of a growing knowledge divide influenced by technology access, threats to privacy, and the potential loss of diversity of knowledge.
Our research sets out with a 15-year horizon to look at the possible ways in which digital technologies might contribute to or damage development agendas, and how development practitioners and policymakers might best respond.

Download This Publication

Thursday, December 24, 2015

UNDP India launches Social Sector Service Delivery: Good Practices Resource Book 2015

UNDP launches Social Sector Service Delivery: Good Practices Resource Book 2015

The Social Sector Service Delivery: Good Practices Resource Book 2015 showcases good practices by States and Union Territories in ensuring better public service delivery in the country. The publication is a joint effort of NITI Aayog, Government of India and UNDP.

Download Social Sector Service Delivery: Good Practices Resource Book 2015 (28.6 MB)

Related Article: The Good News: A compilation of state-level good practices gives reasons to be optimistic.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Current Science: "Environmental Justice Atlas ( India reaches the top while mapping the ecological conflicts and environmental injustices"

Environmental Justice Atlas ( India reaches the top while mapping the ecological conflicts and environmental injustices.
Current Science, 2015, 109(12): 2176-77, 25 December. 

{Apologies for the cross-posting}

Pakistan Science and Innovation Review 2015 is launched

Dear All,

I am glad to inform you that launching of 'Pakistan Science and Innovation Review 2015' produced and published by: Pakistan Innovation Foundation. This report provides an accessible and practical snapshot of science, technology and innovation (STI) in Pakistan which I believe will be useful to many STI /STS scholars in this group.  This report is an in-depth study undertaken by Dr. Athar Osama, Founder & CEO, Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF) , who holds a PhD in public policy with a specialization in science, technology, and innovation policy from the Frederick S. Pardee – RAND Graduate School for Public Policy in Santa Monica, CA. Please share your valuable feedback and critical comments with the author and his team at

Kind Regards
Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad 
PhD Researcher (Informal Sector Innovations/Informal Economy/Grassroots Innovations)
Book Review Editor@ AJSTID, Taylor and Francis, Routledge, UK. 
Co-Editor: Informal Sector Innovations:Insights from Global South , Routledge, Taylor and Francis, Oxford UK.

Invitation | Regional Dialogue on Science & Technology Policy in the Context of Biotechnology | 30th Dec | RCB, Faridabad, India

Regional Dialogue on "Science and Technology Policy in the Context of Biotechnology"

Organised by Regional Centre for Biotechnology

Date: 30th December 2015

Venue: RCB Seminar Hall, NCR Biotech Science Cluster, Faridabad, India

All are cordially invited.

RSVP/ For transportation to and from JNU, please contact Dr B Chandrasekar <>.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Fox International Fellowship Invites Applications from JNU students

Fox International Fellowship

As per the MOU with the Yale Centre for International and Area Studies (Yale University), USA, two Fox International fellows from Yale will spend a year at JNU and fellows from JNU finally selected by Yale will spend a year at Yale and the students of JNU will be fully funded by Yale University.

The Committee shall recommend PhD students to be sent to Yale University in order to conduct research in any of the following fields: Economics, Finance, Political Science, International Relations, Law and Contemporary History. Although the Committee shall decide regarding selection of students of the University for the year 2015-2016, the Fox International Fellowship will be awarded by the Yale University for the year 2016-17.
The final Selection will be done by a Committee at Yale.

Eligibility Criteria: Consideration for the award of Fox International Fellowship: The applicant should be confirmed in PhD Programme. The applicant should not have completed more than 06 semesters from the date of his/her registration/admission in the PhD programme as on 1st January 2016. The application form and selection criteria communicated by Yale University are available at

Applications may be sent through proper channel in the appropriate proforma at the earliest, not later than 12th January, 2016.

Monday, December 21, 2015

CfPs: Global Development Awards Competition 2016

Global Development Awards Competition 2016

Do you stay up nights, thinking of ways to solve a development challenge?
If you are a researcher from a developing or transition country, or have started an NGO that has already demonstrated impact, but is looking for ways to scale up, you may be in luck!
Your idea could be the next winner of the Global Development Awards Competition 2016.
Every year, GDN awards $US 90,000 worth of grants to research proposals and innovative development projects as part of the Global Development Awards Competition. The awards  are granted in two categories: the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development and the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project.
The proposals for the developing projects being accepted for the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project are not based on any theme.
The Competition, administered by GDN and generously funded by the Government of Japan, will also offer grants and travel expenses to finalists to present their research and development project proposals at GDN's next conference in Peru in March 2016.
This year, the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development is based on four research themes on the topics of Education:
  •     Skills for Tomorrow
  •     Public Finance and Public Policy
  •     Pedagogy, Technology and Institutions
  •     Research and Policy
The deadline for proposals for research and development projects is January 15, 2016

For more information log on to

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New Books "Technology Management and Innovation: Make in India, IPR, Digital India and Skill India" and "Environmental Laws in India: New Testaments" | by Pawan Sikka

Technology Management and Innovation: Make in India, IPR, Digital India and Skill India
by Pawan Sikka; Uppal Publishing, New Delhi, 2015, ISBN: 9788176580878.
Book Summary:
The Government of India is the chief patron for the promotion and development of science & technology and innovation in the country. The national support system in India for the management of technology and innovation related activities towards nation building comprises: national policy framework for science, technology and innovation, development of indigenous technology and its commercialization, skill development and technical manpower for managing new technologies, technology financing, patent (IPR) facilitating etc. are all covered in this book for the benefit of techno-entrepreneurs towards attaining their technological competence in the domestic as well as in the world-market. New initiatives of the government of India, like: Make in India, Skill India and Digital India will catalyze investments, employment and financial inclusion. It also incorporates India's national policies viz. Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy 2013, National IPR Policy 2015 (draft), National Skill Development Policy 2009, National Manufacturing Policy 2011, and National Policy on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015. It is a first book of its kind. A very useful reference book for the techno-entrepreneurs, students of MBA and BTech degrees, academicians of technical and management schools, policy-planners, researchers, management and technical establishments, enterprising youths, industrial experts, etc. for carrying out the techno-vation programmes in challenging new and upcoming technologies for the building of modern India of the 21st century. Technology management will enable us to create a better future for us.

Further Details

Environmental Laws in India: New Testaments
by Pawan Sikka; Uppal Publishing, New Delhi, 2015, ISBN: 9788176580861.
Book Summary: The Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, Government of India, as a nodal agency, is overseeing the implementation of India's environment and Forest policies and programmes, well supported by a set of legislative and regulatory measures, aimed at the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment. These are: National Environment Policy 2006; National Green Tribunal Act 2010; National Forest Policy 1988, a Policy Statement on the Abatement of Pollution 1992; Natural Conservation Strategy and Policy Statement for Environment and Development 1997. Besides, National Water Policy 2002; National Agriculture Policy 2000; Environment Protection Act 1986, etc. The original texts of these new testaments as national policy declarations and programmes etc. enabling sustainable development are incorporated here, as an academic exercise, for the benefit of researchers, policy-planners, civil servants, legal personnel, academicians, etc. Besides, this book, Environmental Laws in India: New Testaments, enabling sustainable development would be a very useful reference document for the libraries in India and abroad.
Further Details

About the Author: Dr. Pawan Sikka (b. 1944) is a former Scientist G/Adviser, Government of India, Ministry/Department of Science and Technology, India, where he served in various senior positions, during 1974-2004. Besides he had his fruitful association with Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) and Technology Development Board, New Delhi, respectively. He has received his M.Sc., PhD as well as D.Sc. degrees in Physics and Visiting Fellowship (Science Policy Studies), University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He is also a recipient of UNESCO, Italian, German and Swiss government scholarships for pursuing further studies there, in the new and emerging fields of science and technology. Professor Pawan Sikka, in the recent past, has delivered special lectures on the science and technology policy related issues, to the M.Phil. and PhD students, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He is best known for his contributions to science and technology policy studies in India and abroad. He is a life member of the Materials Research Society of India, Semiconductor Society of India, Association of British Scholars, and Oxford and Cambridge Society of India, New Delhi.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Seasons' Greetings UNESCO Office in Bangkok

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


Additionally, kindly be reminded that the Newsletter Survey will be closing at 23:59 on 20 December 2015 (Bangkok time), so if you have not done so, kindly fill out the survey at your convenience to help us improve this experience for everyone. Many thanks, and happy end of the year to you all!


Seasons' Greetings

December 2015 | UNESCO Bangkok Office

Greetings from the ICT in Education team, with our last e-newsletter issue of the year!

With this special holiday edition we wish to acknowledge all of our dedicated readers for your support, feedback, input, and interest. We especially wish to thank our donors and partners, including Korean Funds-in-Trust, Malaysia Funds-in-Trust, UNICEF, SEAMEO INNOTECH, South China Normal University, Korea Education & Research Information Services (KERIS), YTN, ASEAN Cyber University (ACU), Chung-Dahm Learning, Inc., and Blackboard, as well as Ministries of Education of multiple Member States, whose generous support and cooperation have been instrumental in helping us achieve our goals.

This newsletter will highlight some of the accomplishments that we have achieved over the year thanks to your support.

We hope you enjoy reading through this edition!

Happy end of the year to you all!


Looking Back at 2015 and Forward to 2030

As the year 2015 marked a catalysing milestone and deadline in the achievement of Education for All (EFA) goals, launched in 2000, this year has been witness to much progress across the world with the evident efforts of governments, civil society and the international community. Today, we can say that the number of out-of-school children and adolescents has decreased by almost a half since 2000. Gender parity and enrolment rates have also enjoyed rapid progress with an estimated 34 million more children attending schools: in 2012, the world witnessed a two-third increase in pre-primary education enrollment, while it is estimated that primary school enrolment ratio will reach 93% in 2015. Moreover, severe gender disparity has been much better addressed: in 13 years, the 33 countries with fewer than 90 girls enrolled in primary education (for every 100 boys) decreased to 16. Governments have made commendable strides in focusing on learning outcomes through assessments to ensure that not only access to, but the quality of education is provided and sustained.[1] EFA has also brought forward the unfinished tasks the global community has yet to reach. Access to, quality of, and equity in education remain as grand targets that are yet to be achieved. 

To continue the strides of EFA 2015, the global community had joined hands once more, committing to a renewed education agenda (Education 2030), through the adopted Incheon Declaration in May of 2015, to "ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all." UNESCO is expected to lead the education commitments within the Education 2030.

The new Education 2030 Agenda has been adopted as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which was endorsed by 193 Members States in September 2015. One of the distinctive features of the Education 2030 Agenda is acknowledging the potential of ICT in achieving the targets for quality lifelong learning for all. The UNESCO Bangkok ICT in Education programme will continue our best effort to support our Member States in harnessing the full potential of ICT to strengthen overall education systems, knowledge dissemination, information access, quality and effective learning, and more effective education service provision, as stated in the Incheon Declaration.  

[1] For more information, refer to UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report 2015:


2015 Achievements Major Projects and Programmes
Learn more about the major projects and achievements that have been made throughout the year, including the Supporting Competency-Based Teacher Training Reforms to Facilitate ICT-Pedagogy Integration, the work of the Resource Distribution and Training Centres, promotion of Safe, Effective and Responsible Use of ICT, ICT for TVET and open and distance e-learning. Country Support
The ICT in Education team has had the privilege to support Myanmar ICT for Education developments, as well as provide technical assistance and advice to the Kyrgyz Republic. International Cooperation
ICT in Education and APEID promote policy level support, capacity development as well as encourage regional and international cooperation through such major events as Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education, the 1st Asia-Pacific Meeting on Education 2030, EDUsummIT, and projects such as KScience. Knowledge Sharing
To foster knowledge exchange, development, and dissemination, ICT in Education has undertaken a few publications, including the theme of digital citizenship status in the Asia Pacific region, as well as the 5 country cases worlwide on developing and implementing ICT competency standards for teachers. Additionally, the monthly newsletter aims to provide the latest information on ICT in Education. 


Resources Not to be Missed OpenEMIS
Developed by UNESCO with the strong technical support of the Community Systems Foundation (CSF), the OpenEMIS is a free system that can be utilized and customized to specific needs by Member States. For the OpenEMIS website, follow the link. ICT in Education Toolkit
The Toolkit is intended to provide education policy makers, planners and practitioners with a comprehensive approach to formulating, planning, and evaluating education development programmes. It consists of six toolboxes, a total of 19 tools that include interactive instruments and guidelines. Portal for Teachers
The Portal aims to support teachers and educators through a range of useful ICT in Education information, such as guidelines, lessons plans, tools, and links to ICT teacher training courses. ICT in Education Teacher Training Series
This freely downloadable collection of e-learning tools and materials provide support for instructed learning and self-learning for educators, students, and learners.


Prospects for Year 2016 2016 will be marked as the first year that the new Education 2030 Agenda be actually adapted at the national levels. In this prospect, the ICT in Education at UNESCO Bangkok will support the Member States in effectively integrating ICT in education systems across the sectors and harnessing its potential to help achieve equitable and quality lifelong learning for all. specifically, we plan to continue to provide Member States with various regional/sub-regional platforms to facilitate policy dialogues on desirable/appropriate roles of ICT in achieving the new education goals and more importantly on setting up indicators to measure the impact of ICT on education and learning. This will include the Asia Pacific Ministerial on ICT in Education (AMFIE) and the Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education, to name a few.

To support evidence-based policy development, the ICT in Education at Bangkok will continue to conduct comparative research and case studies on current issues in educational and learning technology, and turn the major findings into policy briefs. 

As part of the on-going Korean Funds-in-Trust project ("Supporting Teacher Training Reforms to Facilitate ICT-Pedagogy Integration"), the ICT in Education at Bangkok will be moving on to its third phase in 2016. In this phase, the project team will help build the capacity of national teacher institutions in operationalizing the national ICT competency standards for teachers, starting from the three pilot countries (Nepal, Philippines and Uzbekistan).

Once again, UNESCO Bangkok would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, participation and inspiration. We wish you a happy and healthy new year ahead!

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