Thursday, November 30, 2017

Current Science article "Visions for India: Public Participation, Debate and the S&T community" | by P Sekhsaria and N Thayyil

Visions for India: Public Participation, Debate and the S&T community
by Pankaj Sekhsaria and Naveen Thayyil
Current Science, 2017, 113(10), 1835-1840.
Abstract: This article is an exploration into the nature, width and scope of science and technology visioning exercises in India, particularly in the context of how these narratives are presented and discussed in Current Science, one of India's premier science journals. We categorize these visions into two broad categories – one is a vision that is more individual and/or domain-specific; the other is the institutionalized vision that has a larger mandate and canvas and that creates imaginaries of the future and/or provides horizons for society and S&T to move towards. Prominent examples of the latter are India's Technology Vision 2020 and the most recent, Technology Vision 2035. We observe that visioning exercises in the country have been and continue to be taken up quite prominently, but narratives and debates around them are present only marginally in Current Science. We discuss possible reasons for this and conclude with the hope that more attention will be paid to such exercises and documents on the accounts of investments that are made in them, on the implications these visions have and the importance of imaginaries of the future they create for society, country and for S&T.
Keywords: Technology visions, technology assessment, visioning exercise.

Current Science article "Indo-French Cooperation in Water Sciences" | by Shilpa and Sujit Bhattacharya

Indo-French Cooperation in Water Sciences: Capturing Research Dynamics through Co-authorship Analysis
by Shilpa and Sujit Bhattacharya
Current Science, 2017, 113(09), 1668-1674.
Abstract: Water scarcity and quality are among the key challenges of the 21st century. Compelling necessity to address this problem has led to the emergence of various types of international collaboration. India is one of the countries seriously affected by water scarcity and quality. International collaboration has emerged as an important component of India's strategy for mitigating the water-related challenges. One of the key linkages in India's international cooperation in water sciences is observed with France. This cooperation has led to the establishment of two joint laboratories: Indo-French Centre for Groundwater Research and Indo-French Cell for Water Sciences. The present study examines the structure of this research cooperation through co-authorship analysis. Analysis over a period of time showed that authors from the two laboratories played a key role in developing the network. The importance of this network is also discussed. 
Keywords: Co-authorship network, international collaboration, research dynamics, social network analysis, water sciences.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CSSP Talk "Urban Road Traffic Congestion - Biggest Challenge to India" by Errampalli Madhu,CSIR-CRRI | 1st December, 11:30 a.m.

Centre for Studies in Science Policy

School of Social Sciences, JNU

Invites you to

Talk on

Urban Road Traffic Congestion - Biggest Challenge to India


Dr. Errampalli Madhu

Head, Transportation Planning Division, Central Road Research Institute (CSIR-CRRI)

Venue: Room No. 227, 2nd Floor, SSS-1

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Date: Friday, 1st December 2017


Abstract: Road Transport in India significantly contributes to economy of the country, however on the other side, country is losing these benefits from the ill-effects generated out of that namely congestion and road crashes. Further, the other impacts on environment and effects on human health will be added to this in the urban areas. India has vast road network with heterogeneous vehicular mix, wide variation in driver behavior and different socioeconomic group of road user population which make completely different from any other country. The solutions which are effective in other developed/ developing countries would not work if they are directly implemented. Keeping this in view, one has to critically examine local conditions in depth to arrive at solutions. Though the technologies and expertise available in India these days, there are lot of challenges that are faced by the authorities/ policy makers in improving the travel conditions in the urban areas especially. For instance, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) has been implemented in many countries and reaping the benefits, however, India is still struggling to implement the same to improve traffic conditions. One of the main reasons for this is inability to collect accurate traffic data because of so many issues namely heterogeneity, driver discipline and other obstacles in implementation. The other important measure is designing and implementation of integrated public transportation systems which is highly essential in improving traffic conditions of our cities. In this paper, the traffic problems being faced by urban areas would be discussed in order to understand the present state of the problem. The challenges that exist which hinder in taking up different improvement measures by various authorities and policy makers to implement the solutions and the way forward would be discussed keeping the India road traffic situation.

About the Speaker: Dr. Errampalli Madhu is Principal Scientist and also Head, Transportation Planning Division in Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), New Delhi and has an experience of about 19 years in R&D and Consultancy activities in the field of Transport planning, Traffic flow modeling and Microscopic simulation, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Road safety audit, Soft-computing techniques application in transport modeling such as fuzzy logic, neural network etc. He is a recipient of Japanese Government Scholarship (Monbugakusho) for 2004 - 2008 and completed PhD during this period at Gifu University, Japan. He has received Bronze Medal Award for two times from Indian Roads Congress (IRC) for his publications in the year 2004 and 2011. As part of his PhD thesis, he had developed a Fuzzy logic based microscopic traffic simulator (FLoMiTSiM) which simulates vehicles as well as commuters at urban road network level and devised a mechanism to evaluate various transport policies. He has also received Best Article Award by ASRTU in 2009 for his publication in Indian Journal of Traffic Management and also Session Best Presentation Award in SCIS & ISIS 2006, University of Tokyo, Japan. He has also received CIDC Viswakarma Award for the category of Scientist in the year March 2016. He was associated in national importance projects namely Road User Cost Studies (RUCS), Urban Road Traffic and Air Pollution (URTRAP) for 8 Major Metropolitan Cities etc. He is a Champion (Project Leader) for the 12th Five Year Plan Network Project (2012-17) titled "Development and Application of Technologies for Sustainable Transportation (SUSTRANS)". This project has received SKOCH Order of Merit Award in December 2015 and "Excellent" grade by SMC of CSIR. He has published 1 book, chapters/ articles in 3 books and about 122 research papers in various SCI and refereed journals and also in conference proceedings both national and international with 204 citations (Google Scholar) and total SCI impact factor of 6.113.  

All are welcome to attend the lecture.

Coordinator, CSSP Lecture Series

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Abstracts submission for the 2nd HEIRRI Conference | Vienna, 27th April

2nd HEIRRI Conference 'Education towards a Responsible Society, Transforming Universities through RRI' 
To be held in Vienna on the 27th April 2018 

Only one week to go! Last days for abstracts submission for the 2nd HEIRRI Conference.
Deadline for abstract submission: November 30th, 2017 (23:59 European Central Time)

The 2nd HEIRRI Conference 'Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI' will present the results of nearly three years of project activities designed to promote the integration of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) within the education of scientists, engineers and other professionals involved in the R&D process. It will be held in Vienna on the 27th April 2018.

Call for abstracts is now open! We are seeking for contributions presenting RRI practices, projects, programmes and initiatives that demonstrate the application of RRI in higher education.

Specifically, HEIRRI invites applications that put a spotlight on activities designed to integrate more democratic governance in research and innovation with an emphasis on positive societal impacts along with a promotion and application of a more anticipatory, reflexive, inclusive and responsive approach to research and innovation into higher education curricula. The main emphasis should be placed on specific educational outcomes and achievements. The project is seeking for applications from different countries, context and disciplines, both from the humanities and the natural and social sciences.

Key Dates:
Opening of abstract submission: October 26th, 2017
Deadline for abstract submission: November 30th, 2017 (23:59 European Central Time)
Notification of acceptance/rejection: December 20th, 2017

2nd HEIRRI Conference website:

⇒ Call for abstracts (download pdf file)
⇒ Free registration is open. Please, fill in this form with your personal information.
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HEIRRI - integrating RRI into Higher Education Institutions

GIAN Short Course "Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation: Empirical Approaches and RCTs" at IIT Indore | 10-14 January

Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation: Empirical Approaches and Randomized Control Trials (RCTs)
Venue: School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Indore
10-14 January 2018

Course details

Scientific advances and technological progress are key drivers of innovation and economic growth. Moreover, innovation in firms is vital in gaining advantage over other firms and sustaining survival in a competitive industry. Thus, policymakers give considerable importance to supporting innovation activities of scientists and firms, as they help fuel economic progress. In light of this, an understanding of the economics of science, technology and innovation is of immense significance for a growing economy like India to provide insights to managers and policymakers in order to incentivize and stimulate the process of innovation.
The course will examine the microeconomic foundations of the determinants of innovation and technical change and how science, technology and innovation can foster economic growth, with a focus on the issues facing emerging economies like India. The course will provide an in-depth overview of recent empirical research related to these topics, with a particular emphasis on the role of patents, R&D funding, and the mobility and collaborations of scientific personnel and inventors.
The course will cover several empir ical methods that economists use to provide r igorous, evidence-based analysis of innovation. Significant attention will be devoted to use of randomized control tr ials (RCTs), which is cur rently anunderutilized method in the field of innovation economics, despite its wide use in other fields of economics, notably in development economics. RCTs have great potential for providing policymakers with evidence about which tools, policies and programs work in increasing innovation and foster ing economic growth. 

Objectives of the Course
Participants will learn about the microeconomic theoretical foundations for the determinants of innovation and how innovation can increase economic growth.
They will learn the core econometric tools used for empirical research in innovation. 
The use of randomized control trials (RCTs) will be covered in depth.
Participants will become familiar with important empirical evidence from research on innovation and technical change.
In teams, participants will develop a proposal for an RCT that could be used to study an innovation policy question.

Who Can Attend
  • Research scholars in the field of economics of innovation and intellectual property rights, industrial organization and public policy.
  • Business executives in the area of IP management
  • Postgraduate students of Economics and Law.
How to Register
  • Stage 1: Register on GIAN portal
  • Stage 2: Course Registration (GIAN Portal)
  • Click on Course Registration option given at "Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation: Empirical Approaches and Randomized Control Trials (RCTs)". 
  • Confirm your registration by clicking "Confirm". 
  • Selected candidates will be intimated through e-mail by course coordinator about further process of registration and fee paymant. Candidates may be directly contact course coordinator at for further information.
Last date to register: 30th November 2017

Teaching Faculty
Dr. Ina Ganguli: is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a core faculty member of the Computational Social Science Institute. She holds a PhD from Harvard University and a Master's in Public  Policy from the University of Michigan. Her primary research areas are labor economics and the economics of science and innovation, and she has run several randomized control trials in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. Her recent research has focused on the migration of high-skill  workers, the formation of scientific collaborations, and the role of information in entry into scientific careers. Ina is also a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) at the Stockholm School of Economics, and a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard University. She is a recent recipient of an NBER Innovation Policy grant, a Nesta Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) innovation, entrepreneurship and growth experiments grant,  and an Early Career Research Award from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Her research has been published in journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, and Research Policy. The above fee includes all instructional materials and internet facility. 

Coordinator Course: Dr. Ruchi Sharma is an Associate Professor of Economics at Indian Institute of Technology Indore. She has worked as an Assistant Professor at IIT Delhi and held visiting position at IIM Indore. Her research areas are Economics of Innovation, Patent Policy and Technology Transfer (FDI and Licensing). Currently, her research group is working on R&D and patenting by Indian firms, patenting by Indian universities and academic institutions and the impact of FDI on innovation by Indian firms. She has completed sponsored research project funded by Indian Council of Social Sciences Research. She has published research papers in international journals of repute like Economics of Innovation and Technology, Journal of Economic Studies, Global Economic Review and Journal of Intellectual Property Rights and World Patent Information. She was awarded Kusuma Young Faculty Incentive Fellowship at IIT Delhi. 

Dr. Ruchi Sharma, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, Simrol, Indore, Madhya Pradesh 453552; Email: | Website:

GIAN Short Course "Technology, Urban Space and Culture: Emerging Paradigms for Global India" at IIT Kharagpur | 8-13 December

Technology, Urban Space and Culture: Emerging Paradigms for Global India
Venue : IIT Kharagpur
Duration : 08-12-2017 to 13-12-2017

The inter-related or densely overlapping forces of technology and urbanity have transformed human "cultures" beyond familiar recognition. In such a scenario the emerging paradigms of the spiraling globality of the Postcolonial India will rest on how effectively they appropriate and negotiate with this technology and its "differential expressive molarities". However the need of the hour is to find out whether there could be any indigenous, "non-western approaches", resistances and responses to technetronic globality intertwined with the neo-liberal ideology and imperial schemas of the West — hence the course puts emphasis on culling the nuanced "Non Western" and Indian responses to the neo-liberal ideologies of the Western postcolonial Empire The question that it finally aims to ask is whether there could be ways of spiritualizing or affectualizng technology, a technology that is not controlled by "market mandarins" and does not work solely for profit and produces what is called "capitalocenes", but works for enhancing the potencies of the "bio-sphere" 

A: Theorizing the Mecanosphere : December 8-December 9
B: Cultures of Postcolonial agency and its limits: December 10-December 11
C The Indian responses: December 12-December 13

Number of participants for the course will be limited to 30.
• You are a Research scholar or a Fellow pursuing your Doctorate or M Phil from Academic Institutes and your Research Area is concerned with using Continental, Postcolonial and Indian Epistemic Constructs and Theoretical Lenses to address Socio-Cultural Issues
• You are a MA MTech Student or a Faculty from academic institutions/Universities interested in Critical Humanities and Liberal arts
• You are a Cognoscenti, Writer, Intellectual, Member of the Intelligentsia or some Industrial House interested in and likely to benefit from Critical Theory, Philosophy, Art and Literature, Politics, Socio-Cultural concerns or Interdisciplinary Mode of Research Who Should Attend 

The Faculty 
  • Professor Ian Buchanan is currently the Director of Social Transformation Research, University of Wollongong, Australia. Prof Buchanan has published on a wide variety of subjects across a range of disciplines, including literary studies, cultural studies, communications studies and philosophy. He is the founding editor of "the international journal of Deleuze Studies".
  • Professor Ashis Nandy works in CSDS, New Delhi and his research interest centers on the political psychology of violence, cultures of knowledge, utopias and visions, human potentialities and futures. Nandy is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, Melbourne. Nandy received the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007 and was chosen as one of top 100 public intellectuals in the world in 2008.
  • Professor Sundar Sarukkai is currently a professor in The National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. His research interests include philosophy of science and mathematics, phenomenology and philosophy of language and art, drawing on both Indian and Western philosophical traditions. He has been a Homi Bhabha Fellow, Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies at Shimla.
  • Dr Saswat Samay Das is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social sciences, IIT Kharagpur, India. He carries out research in critical Theory, postmodern and post-colonial studies and continental Thinking. 

The participation fees for taking the course is as follows:
Participants from abroad : US $500
From Industry/ Research Organizations within India: 20000
From Academic Institutions within India: 3500
No Participation fee for the students or MPhil PhD research scholars of Institutes/Universities/Colleges 
The above fee include all instructional or Course materials. The participants will be provided with accommodation on payment basis.

Course Co-ordinator
Dr Saswat Samay Das, Phone: 03222-283610, 9434019044, Email:

Registration Process: 
Registration for GIAN courses is not automatic because of the constraints on maximum number of participants allowed to register for a course. In order to register for one or multiple non-overlapping courses, you have to apply online using the following steps: 
1. Create login and password at
2. Login and complete the registration form.
3. Select courses
4. Confirm your application and payment information.
5. Pay Rs. 500 (non-refundable) through online payment gateway.
The course coordinators of the selected courses will go through your application and confirm your selection as a participant one month before the starting date of the courses. Once you are selected you will be informed and requested to pay the full fees through online payment gateway service.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Just Released "World Intellectual Property Report 2017: Intangible Capital in Global Value Chains"

World Intellectual Property Report 2017: Intangible Capital in Global Value Chains
by World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, 2017, ISBN: 9789280528954.

About the Report
The World Intellectual Property Report 2017 examines the crucial role of intangibles such as technology, design and branding in international manufacturing. Macroeconomic analysis is complemented by case studies of the global value chains for three products – coffee, photovoltaic energy cells and smartphones – to give an insightful picture of the importance of intellectual property and other intangibles in modern production.

Foreword | by Francis Gurry, Director General, WIPO
Technological innovations and openness of trade have profoundly changed the face of global production. Converting raw materials into parts and components, assembling final products and delivering them to the end consumer involves supply chains that span an increasing number of economies across the globe. 
The emergence of these so-called global value chains has been a force for good: they have made a large range of consumer products more affordable, stimulated economic growth and promoted the integration of developing countries into the global economy – creating opportunities for economic development and the alleviation of poverty.
Intangible capital – notably in the form of technology, design and branding – permeates global value chains in important ways. It accounts for a good part of what consumers pay for in a product and determines which companies are successful in the marketplace. It also lies at the heart of the organization of global value chains: decisions on where to locate different production tasks and with whom to partner are closely tied to how companies manage their intangible capital.
A large number of research reports have been published on the causes and consequences of the rise of global value chains, and many of these reports have acknowledged the key role played by intangible capital. However, few insights are available on why, how and how much. With our World Intellectual Property Report 2017, we hope to help unpack the intangibles black box, in particular by shedding light on how intellectual property (IP) fits into this box.
The report begins by reviewing how global value chains have come about and how they are organized. Against this background, it reveals new estimates of the macroeconomic contribution of intangible capital to global value chain production. These estimates show that intangibles account for around one-third of production value – or some 5.9 trillion United States dollars in 2014 – across 19 manufacturing industries.
Following the approach of our 2015 report, we complement these economy-wide perspectives with case studies of specific global value chains – namely, coffee, photovoltaics and smartphones. These three cases highlight the different mix of intangibles embedded in different consumer products and provide concrete insight into the role that different forms of IP play in generating returns to investments in innovation and branding. In addition, they explore how developing economies – notably China – have succeeded in participating in global value chains by building their own intangibles, and what opportunities may exist to pursue similar strategies in the future.
The evolution of global value chains has been disruptive, with some companies thriving and others failing. It has accelerated the structural transformation of economies, with some workers losing their jobs and others seeing their skills richly rewarded. Technology continues to transform global patterns of production and is bound to lead to further disruption. For example, advances in 3D printing, robotics and automated manufacturing may well lead companies to relocate certain production tasks closer to the end consumer. In addition, the fast growth of emerging economies is set to prompt shifts in the geography of global value chains. 
Policymakers need to respond to the disruptive forces unleashed by globalized production. Global value chains are a human creation and could be reversed, but this would risk even bigger disruption. Shaping them in such a way that they benefit societies as a whole is thus an important policy imperative. 
As always, a report of this nature leaves important questions open. Most importantly, while we present – for the first time – concrete estimates of how much income accrues to intangibles in global value chain production, it remains to be established who ultimately gains this income. At the level of countries, cross-border ownership and sharing of intangible assets make it difficult to associate assets and earnings with a particular country location. At the level of individual earnings, little systematic evidence exists on how intangibles affect the compensation of workers at different skills levels. Future research that offers empirical guidance on these questions would be of great value. 
We hope that this report will inform discussions on the evolving nature of global value chains taking place in different policy forums, and look forward to exploring the contribution of the IP system to global value chain production in our ongoing dialogue with Member States.

Table of contents
Chapter 1: IP and other intangibles add twice as much value to products as tangible capital
Chapter 2: Intangibles are key to seizing new opportunities in the coffee market
Chapter 3: Innovation is transforming the photovoltaic industry
Chapter 4: Success in the smartphone industry is based on intangibles

Monday, November 20, 2017

STIP Lecture Series: Technology and Indian Foreign Policy: Tends and Opportunities on Nov 30 at IHC

[apeid.higher_education.bgk] Comparative Education Review - Book review for Recalibrating Careers in Academia

Dear Colleagues,


We are pleased to share with you a book review for Recalibrating Careers in Academia: Professional Advancement Policies and Practices in Asia-Pacific (2017).


We are particularly pleased to have this increased visibility as part of the 20th Anniversary of UNESCO's Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel (1997). Below, please find an excerpt from Comparative Education Review.


We welcome your feedback and future involvement with our research and capacity building efforts.


With our thanks for your support and active engagement,


Libing Wang




From the above synthesis, all the chapters are well organized and offer an informative portfolio of professional advancement policies and practices in Asia-Pacific regions. Closely related with the purpose of the research, this volume begins with a brief illustration of the UNESCO 1997 Recommendation and the framework of the following chapters, clarifying the research approach. Combined with the introduction to higher education development in a country/region, each chapter describes the concrete elements of the system and examples, based on which relevant issues are analyzed. With historical and comparative perspectives, this volume is easy to follow, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the contents.


However, the case studies should have included more dimensions. For example, as academic freedom plays an important part in sustaining higher education, in those countries where teaching personnel are civil servants and higher education is under government's firm control, the issues that could occur are not fully discussed. This review has emphasized the external requirements for academics' advancement, but "preparation for the profession, individual rights and freedoms, as well as the role of external peer review in performance evaluations" (16) remains an area for further analysis




Recalibrating Careers in Academia:
Professional advancement policies and practices in Asia-Pacific

Bangkok: UNESCO, 402 p.

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ISBN: 978-92-9223-573-4 (print version)
ISBN: 978-92-9223-574-1 (electronic version)






Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD)

Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education


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920 Sukhumvit Rd.,
Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Tel.: +66 23 91 05 77 Ext 371



Saturday, November 18, 2017

New Book | India as a Pioneer of Innovation | ed by H Singh, A Padmanabhan, and EJ Emanuel

India as a Pioneer of Innovation
Edited by Harbir Singh, Ananth Padmanabhan, and Ezekiel J Emanuel, Oxford University Press, 2017, ISBN: 9780199476084.

What does innovation mean to and in India? What are the predominant sites of activity where Indians innovate, and under what situations do they work or fail? This book addresses these all-important questions arising within diverse Indian contexts: informal economy, low-cost settings, large business groups, entertainment and copyright industries, an evolving pharma sector, a poorly organized and appallingly underfunded public health system, social enterprises for the urban poor, and innovations-for-the-millions. Its balanced perspective on India's promises and failings makes it a valuable addition for those who believe that India's future banks heavily on its ability to leapfrog using innovation, as well as those sceptical of the Indian state's belief in the potential of private enterprise and innovation. It also provides critical insights on innovation in general, the most important of which being the highly context-specific, context-driven character of the innovation project.

Offers insights on diverse contexts across which innovation happens in India, including business, health, policy, entertainment, and the informal economy.
Discusses how traditional notions of innovation have been reshaped in the Indian context.
Includes contributions from experts across various fields.

Table of Contents
1: Historical Perspectives on Innovation in Indian Business, Claude Markovits
2: Innovation in the Informal Economy of Mofussil India, Barbara Harris-White
4: Innovation in Indian Business Groups, Prashant Kale and Harbir Singh
5: From 'Pharmacy' to 'Laboratory': The Global Biologics Revolution and the Indian Bio-Pharmaceutical Industry, Chirantan Chatterjee and Shreekanth Mahendiran
6: Fair Use and Fair Dealing: Two Approaches to Limitations and Exceptions in Copyright Law, Shyamkrishna Balganesh and David Nimmer
7: Innovations in the Organisation of Public Health Services for Rural and Remote Parts of India, Sundararaman Thiagarajan and Rajani Ved
8: India as a Hub of Innovation for the Millions (I4M), Vijay Mahajan
9: Market-Based Solutions for Poverty Reduction in India, Brian English

Thursday, November 16, 2017

CfPs: International Conference on Achieving Youth Specific SDGs: Key Challenges and Policy Responses | 15-17 February | RGNIYD, Sriperumbudur

International Conference on Achieving Youth Specific SDGs: Key Challenges and Policy Responses
15-17 February 2018
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, India 

Call for papers
Papers are invited on any of the following sub-themes with focus on SDG targets. It may please be noted that youth, gender, marginalized communities and disabled section are themes cutting across the sub-themes mentioned below:

Thematic Areas:
I: Skill Development & Entrepreneurship
II: Employment & Labour Market
III: Youth & Climate Change
IV: SDGs through the lens of Migration
V: Gender
VI: Education for Sustainable Development
VII: Youth Centric Institutions & Strengthening Social Equality for Youth and Communities
Researchers and academicians, including those from outside India, are invited to contribute papers on any of the themes mentioned above. Interested scholars may send an abstract of 500 words and the full Papers submitted should not exceed 8000 words (including tables and appendices).

Publication Opportunity: The shortlisted papers will be submitted to Routledge for academic review. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) has shown initial interest and would like to see and review the complete manuscripts to be published by Routledge. In case more number of quality papers are available, Routledge would be interested in publishing them as a separate volume. 

Important Dates
Last date for submission of abstracts: 28 November 2017
Notification of selected abstracts: 2 December 2017
Last date for submission of full papers: 2 February 2018
Last date for Registration: 2 January 2018
Conference Dates: 15-17 February 2018

Delhi Tech Talks on 'Embedding Human Rights in Cybersecurity' | 21st November, at India International Centre

on November 21st at 6 pm at the India International Centre! 

This edition will focus on 'Embedding Human Rights in Cybersecurity', and it takes place on the eve of the Global Conference on Cyberspace, 2017.

Two-Week Capacity Building Programme on Research Methodology for Faculty Members in Social Sciences | at IIT Guwahati, 7-18 March

Two-Week Capacity Building Programme on Research Methodology for Faculty Members in Social Sciences

March 7-18, 2018

Organised by: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati 

Sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi

The objective of the course is to develop research capabilities among young faculty and turn completed research into publishable material in the form of journal articles/books. Specifically, the objectives will be to:
  • Develop capacity for conceptualising and writing research proposals.
  • Enhance skills to prepare an appropriate research design, including conducting an overview of literature, formulating research questions and hypotheses, collection of information and analysis
  • Enhance level of competency for writing a research paper/review of books for publication.
  • Develop the capacity for planning and writing a book.

Capacity Building is much more than training and includes the following:
  • Human Resource Development: The process of equipping individuals with the understanding, skills and access to information, knowledge and training that enables them to perform effectively.
  • Organizational Development: The elaboration of management structures, processes and procedures, not only within organizations, but also the management of relationships between the different organizations and sectors (public, private and community)
  • Institutional and Legal Framework Development: Making legal and regulatory changes to enable organizations, institutions and agencies at all levels and in all sectors to enhance their capacities

Eligibility: The course will be open to all faculty members of social science disciplines in research institutions, colleges and university postgraduate departments. Participants should have a minimum of a post-graduate degree. 
An applicant must show evidence of her/his research aptitude and s/he should submit her/his academic details in the registration form (downloadable from the CB 2018 website) including her/his academic plan to engage in research and publication after undertaking the course.
A person engaged in teaching and research in rural areas will be preferred. At least 33 per cent of the participants should be women. Applicant belonging to SCs, STs, OBCs and minorities should be given preference. Person with disabilities should also be given preference. The duly filled-in application form must be accompanied by the following: (a) 400-word write-up on the research and publication plan after the workshop, (b) 400-word write-up on any book/research report/article that s/he has read in the past year and (c) 200-word write-up on how research engagement will influence her/his teaching and engagement with the students.

Financial Support: There is no registration fee. Travel allowance by AC 3-tier train (shortest route) and bus will be reimbursed on the production of valid tickets.
Accommodation: Shortlisted candidates will be provided free accommodation facility in IIT Guwahati guesthouse. Faculty members of social science disciplines in research institutions, colleges and university postgraduate departments from NE region as well as SC/ST category are encouraged to apply.

Selection: Intake of participants for the course will be restricted to 30. The selection of candidates will be done as per the ICSSR guidelines. Decision of the Selection Committee in this regard is final. Those who are interested to attend the course must submit their application in the prescribed format (enclosed) to the address mentioned below or by email to latest by January 20, 2018. Decision on selection will be displayed on the event website by January 25, 2018. Applicants must confirm their participation in CB 2018 by January 31, 2018. Application and details of the programme can also be downloaded from

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

DWIH Science Circle Lecture - Affordable Excellence: How frugal innovations can turn into an engine for growth in India and abroad, 29 November

The German Embassy New Delhi and the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi cordially invite you to the

Science Circle Lecture
Affordable Excellence - How frugal innovations can turn into an engine for growth in India and abroad

by Dr. Stephan Buse and Dr. Rajnish Tiwari, Institute of Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) of Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 at 5:00 PM
The lecture will be followed by snacks.

To attend register here.
Affordable Excellence - How frugal innovations can turn into an engine for growth in India and abroad

Current research at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), conducted with support from Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), shows that Frugal innovations are increasingly becoming crucial for success in emerging economies and beyond. Also, further research demonstrates that India is also a lead market for frugal solutions that are able to diffuse in other markets with socio-economic similarities. So can frugal innovations go beyond mere low-cost solutions? And finally, is affordable price just a necessity or a sufficient condition for success?

Dr. Stephan Buse is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) at Hamburg University of Technology and co-leads the research programs "Global Innovation " and "Mobile Commerce ". In addition, since 2007 he has been the program-coordinator of the international Joint-Master Program "Global Innovation Management" which he also co-founded. His main research and teaching activities are in the fields of Global Innovation Management and International Business Strategy, particularly questions regarding internationalization and the international division of labor. Furthermore, he is a co-founder and member of the management team of the Center for Frugal Innovation at TIM.

Dr. Rajnish Tiwari is a Senior Research Fellow and Program Leader at Institute of Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) of Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), currently pursuing his post-doctorate. At TIM, he co-leads the research program on "Global Innovation" that includes work on frugal innovations. He is one of the founding members of Center for Frugal Innovation (CFI) and a part of its management team. Additionally, he is a member of the Advisory Circle of ITA, a program imitated by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Monday, November 13, 2017

Five Laureates Named for 2018 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards

UNESCO Press Release No. 2017-136


Five Laureates Named for 2018 L'ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards

Paris, 13 November–The L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have selected five outstanding women scientists from Argentina, Canada, China, South Africa, and the United Kingdom who will receive the 2018 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards in life sciences on 22 March  2018 in Paris.

The L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards recognizes women who are still under-represented in various fields, including science, where the glass ceiling remains a reality. Nowadays, barely 28% of researchers are women. All of this year's nine scientific Nobel Prizes were awarded to men and, since the creation of the Nobel Prizes in science, fewer than 3% have been awarded to women.

Yet, numerous women are making major contributions to science. For almost 20 years, the L'Oréal Foundation, in partnership with UNESCO, has celebrated five exceptional female researchers every year and has been committed to promoting equality between women and men in science.

The five women scientists celebrated by the 2018 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards were selected by an independent jury of ten high-profile members of the international science community, chaired this year by Professor Elizabeth H. Blackburn, laureate of the 2008 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award and of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009.

Each Laureate will receive €100,000 in prize money for her outstanding contribution to advances in science. They will be celebrated in a ceremony to be held on 22 March 2018 in Paris, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme.

Africa and Arab States

Professor Heather ZAR , South Africa, Professor, Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital  and Director Medical Research Council Unit (MRC), University of Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA.

Medicine and Health Sciences/Pediatrics

"For establishing a cutting-edge research program in pneumonia, tuberculosis and asthma, saving the lives of many children worldwide."



Professor Meemann CHANG, China, Professor, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology

Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, CHINA

Biological Sciences/Paleontology

"For her pioneering work on fossil records leading to insights on how aquatic vertebrates adapted to life on land."



Professor Caroline DEAN, United Kingdom, Professor, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park

Biological Sciences/Molecular biology

"For her groundbreaking research on how plants adapt to their surroundings and climate change, leading to new ways for crop improvement."


Latin America

Professor Amy T. AUSTIN, Argentina, Professor, Agricultural Plant Physiology and Ecology Research Institute (IFEVA) - CONICET, School of Agriculture, University of Buenos Aires

Ecology and Environmental sciences

"For her remarkable contributions to understanding terrestrial ecosystem ecology in natural and human-modified landscapes."



Professor Janet ROSSANT, Canada, Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, University Professor, University of Toronto, President, Gairdner Foundation (CANADA), Biological Sciences/Developmental biology

"For her outstanding research that helped us to better understand how tissues and organs are formed in the developing embryo."




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Monday, November 6, 2017

[apeid.higher_education.bgk] APQN-INQAAHE Survey

Dear Colleagues,


For your information, please find two survey links below from APQN-INQAAHE.


Best regards,

Jihye Hwang




Topic: Survey of Internal and External Quality Assurance Landscape


Dear All:

Greeting from APQN Secretariat!

The establishment of genuine quality culture both in internal quality assurance (IQA and external quality assurance (EQA) is the guarantee of sustainable quality for the next-generation quality assurance in higher education.

In order to improve the establishment of quality culture in the Asia-Pacific Region as well as the regions in the whole world, APQN-INQAAHE jointed to carry out a survey titled "Quality Assurance: Internal and External Quality Assurance Landscape". The survey consists of two surveys: the IQA survey is for higher education institutions (HEIs); the EQAA survey is for quality assurance agencies (QAAs).The questionnaire is made up of the following 5 parts: 1) the Operations and Impacts of Internal/External Quality Assurance; 2) National Qualification Framework (NQF); 3) Quality Assurance of Doctoral Programme; 4) Quality Assurance of Distance Education; and 5) Quality Culture.

Please click the following linkage to fill in the questionnaire:

EQA Survey for QAA

IQA Survey for HEIs:

We appreciate your active participation in this survey. Great thanks for your support and contribution!

APQN Project Group

APQN Secretariat

Oct.25, 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2017

3rd Chris Freeman Lecture: by Smita Srinivas | 5th Nov, 16:30 ─ 18:30 | JNU CC

3rd Chris Freeman Lecture: 

Smita Srinivas: Evolution from the Economics of Innovation to Economic Development Plans

Chair: Prajit Basu

5th November 2017 | 16:30 ─ 18:30 | JNU Convention Centre

You are cordially invited.