Saturday, April 21, 2018

Public Lectures at CSIR-NISCAIR, on 25-26 April & 01 May

Prof. Gabriel Gomez, Department of Information Studies, College of Education, Chicago State University, USA will be visiting CSIR-NISCAIR under the Fulbright Specialist Program during 19 April – 4 May 2018.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Workshop on Responsible Innovation & How to Do It | at CSSP, JNU | 23rd April

Workshop on Responsible Innovation & How to Do It

Venue: Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Monday 23rd April 2018 | 10:30 am to 17:30 pm

How to Apply? Application to be sent to with short CV & motivation letter stating why do you want to participate in the workshop, how it will benefit you, and why you are the best candidate for attending. A total of 20 participants will be shortlisted for the workshop. Last date for applying is 21st April, 2018 & communication of selected participants by 22nd April, 2018. NO FEE for registration & participation.

SRISTI- UNICEF Summer School on Inclusive Innovation 2018

SRISTI announces the Sixth Summer School on inclusive innovation 2018

Dates: 12 May to 6 June, 2018

How about working together with other innovation champions in designing empathetic innovative products, App or service to meet an Unmet Social Need this summer break? The SRISTI, part of the Honey Bee Network Invites budding technologists/innovators/social entrepreneurs to work on designing solutions in the following broad domains: - Electronic Sensor based products for women, children, elderly and other social segments - Mechanical Engineering based devices for urban poor, workers/small farmers in farm/non-farm sector, processing, construction, handloom, crafts, any other related sector - Designing Apps/smartphone based platforms for seeking and spreading innovative ideas, on farm trials, social diffusion of innovations, natural product lab, peer learning among children, educational support for disadvantaged children, industrial/product/commercialization design for improving web presence of database, social media analysis for defusing innovation etc. Eligibility: UG/ PG / PhD students of Design, Engineering, Architecture, Social Science and other fields who are passionate to address social challenges. SRISTI welcomes socially sensitive students to engage with communities, peers and a set of distinguished global and national mentors
Apply: While submitting your application, please look around and list 10 unmet social needs – 5 rural + 5 urban needs. Illustrate one need (from among the 10) which you would like to take ahead from idea to prototype. SRISTI will also share a few unmet social needs with the selected participants. You are free to work on a problem of your choice also at the workshop, which can be different than the one you submit during application. As long as it addresses a clearly defined unmet need of disadvantaged section of society, it will be welcome. However, the group work will be pursued on already identified social challenges unless a team can convince the group that its chosen problem is far more important and urgent.
Application deadline: April 25, 2018
Target group size: 60 candidates to be announced by May 01, 2018
Outcome: Five to seven proof of concept, processes, Apps and service/system design to move from mind to market-social or commercial. It is understood that several ideas/products will need considerable more design and fabrication effort to make them useful for the target users/communities. SRISTI is committed to follow up each solution and keep original group informed and engaged if they so wish. All the solutions will be shared with the user community in open source. In some cases defensive patent may be filed to prevent any third party monopolizing the design. SRISTI will have full right to share the solutions developed during summer school to modify, change or improve for the larger social good.
Fees: SRISTI, which means creation, is a developmental voluntary organization set up to strengthen the creativity of grassroots inventors, innovators and ecopreneurs engaged in conserving biodiversity, developing eco-friendly educational, cultural or institutional solutions to local problems. We want to ensure that every student who is sincerer, insightful, and deeply interested can join us for the summer school. Expenses for field research, material for prototyping, laboratory and basic accommodation in a Gandhian institution, Gram Bharati, would be covered. The contribution towards food alone is Rs 6,000 per person (Rs 250 per day) for the 25 day event and logistic. No one will be denied participation due to lack of funds. Please write to us if you feel you deserve the merit cum means scholarship to waive your contribution.
Venue: National Innovation Foundation Fablab, Gandhinagar, Gujarat | Ph +91.79.27912792 / 93 | You are required to reach the venue at your own expense.

Monday, April 16, 2018

CfP -- IGIDR Visiting Scholars Program 2018


Visiting Scholars Program 2018

Overview:  The Visiting Scholar Programme (VScP) has been instituted at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) as one of its outreach activities with the objective of supporting research being conducted by Ph.D. Scholars and junior faculty members of colleges and universities in India.  The scholarship will enable up to five selected scholars to spend three months at a stretch at IGIDR anytime during 1st May 2018 – 31st March, 2019 to work on a proposal that can be satisfactorily completed during their stay.

Eligibility:  At the time of application, applicants should possess a Masters degree in any field and be registered for Ph.D. on a topic broadly involving any area of economics including energy and environmental policy.  Applicants are required to submit their curriculum vitae (CV), a research proposal and two letters of recommendation.  One of the letters of recommendation should be from the concerned Ph.D. supervisor in the case of a Ph.D. student, and the principal of the College/University in the case of a junior faculty member.  Recommendation letters should clearly give the contact details of the Referee.  Candidates should clearly mention in the application the preferred three-month period of stay at IGIDR.

Research Proposal:  The proposal should involve economic issues including those related to energy and environment.  It should be strictly within 1,500 words, and its scope should be such that the project can be completed in three months.  Proposals in both theoretical and empirical issues will be considered.  The research proposal should be accompanied by a signed certification by the applicant as well as by the concerned thesis supervisor/Principal, stating that the research proposal is original work of the applicant, and has not been submitted to any journal for publication.

Selection will be based on a joint evaluation of the CV, letters of recommendation and the quality of the research proposal submitted at the time of application.

Emoluments:  Selected scholars will be paid a stipend of Rs.17,000/- per month, to and fro three-tier AC train fare, and provided free accommodation on campus for their duration of stay.

Requirements:  Selected scholars will be required to submit a progress report of the research project at the end of six weeks and a complete research report along with a seminar presentation of the research findings at the end of three-month stay.  Failure to submit a progress report on time may lead to the termination of the scholarship programme.  Once the research project is completed and published, the scholar should acknowledge IGIDR in an appropriate way.

Application Deadline & Notifications:  Applications can be sent electronically or by post to reach IGIDR by 31st August, 2018 (Block II).  Letters of recommendation should be sent by the concerned persons directly to IGIDR via email/post by the respective last date for application.  The subject head for email and top of the envelope for post should indicate APPLICATION FOR VISITING SCHOLARS PROGRAM 2018.  Selected applicants will be notified via email/post by 15th September 2018 (Block II).  Those selected will have to accept the offer latest by 30th September, 2018 (Block II)   

Address for Communication:

Visiting Scholars Program 2018

Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR)

Gen A. K. Vaidya Marg, Goregaon (E), Mumbai 400 065 (INDIA)


For Specific queries contact: Ms. Jayashree Borkar - 28416586

Further Details

Essay Writing Contest 2018, on Sardar Patel

CfP: Research and Orientation Workshop in Migration and Forced Migration Studies | 25-30 November | CRG, Kolkata

Research and Orientation Workshop in Migration and Forced Migration Studies
25-30 November 2018
CRG, Kolkata 

Applications are invited for a Research and Orientation Workshop to be held in Kolkata from 25 November to 30 November 2018. The workshop will be held by Calcutta Research Group (CRG) in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. It will address the following themes: 
(a) Global compact on migration and refugees; promises and paradoxes;
(b) Racialisation of migration: race, religion, gender, and other fault lines in the global protection system; 
(c) Power and responsibility in the protection system (global, regional, and national) in the context of mixed and massive population fl ows; the need to redefi ne the "responsibility to protect"; 
(d) Migrant and refugee labour and immigrant economies, camps, and urban refugees; privatisation of care and protection; 
(e) Statelessness, international conventions, and the need for new initiatives; 
(f) Refugee crisis in Asia, in particular South Asia: common features with the Europeans scenario; and 
(g) Perspectives on the need for New Global, Regional, and National Responses (with special reference to Asia).

Research papers relevant to the themes mentioned above will be presented by selected participants in the workshop which will deliberate on the findings, and reports will be prepared in the working group discussions. These reports will be presented in a plenary conference with which the programme will end. 
Applicants must have (a) experience in research work in migration and forced migration studies or policy work in relevant areas, or, at least 5 years' experience in the work through different mediums for the protection of the migrants and the victims of forced migration, and (b) profi ciency in English. Besides giving all necessary particulars an application must be accompanied by two recommendation letters and a 1,000 word write-up on how the applicant's work is relevant to the themes of the workshop.
Selected participants from South Asia will have to pay a registration fee of Rs. 5,000 (or USD 100) and from outside South Asia USD 500. CRG will provide board and lodging for six nights. Inquiries relating to the application process are welcome. Application form can be downloaded from the CRG website
Application addressed to the Programme Coordinator can be sent by email to with cc to or by post to the following address – Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, GC 45 (first floor), Sector 3, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700106, West Bengal, India (ph: 033-23370408). Last date of application is 30 April 2018. Further Details

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Registration open: Join the Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar on MOOCs for Higher Education (11-13 June 2018, Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China)

Greetings from UNESCO Bangkok!

We hope this message finds you well.

We are pleased to announce that the Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar on MOOCs for Higher Education: Seizing digital opportunities to achieve SDG4, will be held from 11-13 June 2018, in Shenzhen, People's Republic of China. The regional seminar is being co-organized by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok), the National Commission of the People's Republic of China for UNESCO, the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) and the International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHEI).

The main objectives of the seminar are:

  • Highlight state-of-the-art technologies from the public and private sectors to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in higher education;
  • Identify strategies to strengthen institutional governance and partnerships for technology-enriched learning to reach the most vulnerable in Asia-Pacific;
  • Convene experts from national platforms to exchange experiences and assess readiness for a regional network on MOOCs in Asia-Pacific;
  • Develop a research framework for a new flagship publication to analyze gaps and opportunities for MOOC policies and practices to achieve SDG4.


For more information and further updates, please visit the event's webpage:

To join the Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar on MOOCs, please register online at by 25-April-2018 (Wednesday). Official letters will also be sent to UNESCO National Commissions. Please note that limited funding is available for participants to cover their travels, accommodations and meals during the seminar. Due to limited space, please wait for confirmation of acceptance to join the seminar.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

We look forward to your responses and are excited to welcome you in Shenzhen in June 2018.

Best regards,


Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD)


Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD)

Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education


Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building

920 Sukhumvit Rd.,
Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Tel.: +66 23 91 05 77 Ext 371

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018

Call for Papers : Asian Biotechnology and Development Review (ABDR)

Call for Papers : Asian Biotechnology and Development Review (ABDR)

Asian Biotechnology and Development Review (ABDR) is published by RIS (Research and Information System for Developing Countries), New Delhi with three issues per year.  RIS is a policy research think tank based in New Delhi, India ( ABDR is an international, peer reviewed journal, published with support from UNESCO. Since its launch in 1997, 18 volumes have been published  and  19th Volume is the current volume.  ABDR is published with support from UNESCO and is indexed or covered by CAB International, Scopus Elsevier Database and EBSCO host™ database.  ABDR has an international editorial advisory board. The journal's webpage is

ABDR publishes articles, book reviews and review articles, on socio-economic impacts/implications of biotechnology, broadly speaking ,and including (but not restricted to) economic impacts, regulation, ethical and legal issues, conservation, and, access and benefit sharing of genetic resources , policy, governance, socio-economic aspects and innovation related issues. We are open to consider contributions on emerging technologies such as nanobiotechnology, new plant breeding technologies, synthetic biology, genome editing and gene drives and also on technological convergence..

ABDR does not generally consider articles that are purely scientific and technical nature for publication unless they are invited/commissioned articles. Prospective contributors can have a look at the contents of the issues to get an idea about the scope and coverage of articles and book reviews published in ABDR.

ABDR invites articles, book reviews and review articles for consideration for publication. The articles are subjected to double bind peer review besides being assessed by the editorial group in RIS. Articles are accepted and considered on a rolling basis and all contributions are acknowledged as and when they are received.  Articles can be in the range of 5000-11000 words while articles with more 11,000 words can be considered in exceptional cases.  Shorter articles ranging from 2000 to 5000 words are also considered for publication. Book reviews in the range of 1000-2000 words and review articles of two or more books in a related theme/topic are also considered for publication.  The Guidelines for Contributors is given below.

We strive to get the articles reviewed and revised after the review and get published as early as possible. Publishers/author(s) who want to get the books reviewed by ABDR are requested to send the details regarding the book(s) by email. ABDR does not charge fees or does not accept any other monetary consideration for publication. It does not accept commercial advertisements nor publishes promotional material. Authors of published articles and book reviews are encouraged to share, disseminate and archive their work(s).

Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi is the editor of ABDR. Dr.Krishna Ravi Srinivas is the Managing Editor and Dr.Amit Kumar is the Assistant Editor.  For queries relating to ABDR, including, article/book review proposals and articles/reviews for consideration please write to the Managing Editor < >. Contributions can be sent by email as an attachment in MS-WORD format to the Managing Editor.

Guidelines for Contributors:


1. ABDR is a refereed multi-disciplinary international journal. Manuscripts can be sent, as email attachment, in MS-Word to the Managing Editor, Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), Core 4B 4th Floor, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003, India (Email: +91-11-24682177-80; Fax: +91-11-24682173/74).

2. Manuscripts should be prepared using double spacing. The text of manuscripts should not ordinarily exceed 11,000 words.. Manuscripts should contain a 200 word abstract, and key words up to six.

3. Use 's' in '-ise' '-isation' words; e.g., 'civilise', 'organisation'. Use British spellings rather than American spellings. Thus, 'labour' not 'labor'.

(2 per cent, 3 km, 36 years old, etc.). In general descriptions, numbers below 10 should be spelt out in words. Use thousands, millions, billions, not lakhs and crores. Use fuller forms for numbers and dates— for example 1980-88, pp. 200-202 and pp. 178-84. for example 'the eighties', 'the twentieth century', etc.



References should be appended at the end of the paper. References must in double space, and should be same author(s) is cited, then arrange them chronologically by year of publication.

All references should be embedded in the text in the anthropological style–for example '(Hirschman 1961)' or '(Lakshman 1989:125)' (Note: Page numbers in the text are necessary only if the cited More than one reference of the same date for one author should be cited as 'Shand 1999a, 1999b'.

The following examples illustrate the detailed style of referencing:

(a) Books:

Hirschman, A. O. 1961. Strategy of Economic Development. New Haven: Yale University Press.

(b) Edited volumes:

Shand, Ric (ed.). 1999. Economic Liberalisation in South Asia. Delhi: Macmillan.

(c) Articles from edited volumes:

Lakshman, W. D. 1989. "Lineages of Dependent Development: From State Control to the Open Economy in Sri Lanka" in Ponna Wignaraja and Akmal Hussain (eds) The Challenge in South Asia: Development, Democracy and Regional Cooperation, pp. 105-63. New Delhi: Sage.

(d) Articles from Journals:

Rao, M.G., K. P. Kalirajan and R. T. Shand. 1999. "Convergence of Income across Indian States: A Divergent View". Economic and Political Weekly, 34(13): pp. 769-78.

(e) Unpublished Work:

Sandee, H. 1995. "Innovations in Production". Unpublished Ph.D thesis. Amsterdam: Free University.

(f) Online Reference:

World Health Organisation. 2000. "Development of National Policy on Traditional Medicine ". (Last accessed on 12/11/2015)

Please go through the published articles in the journal to get an idea on these.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Tomorrow at CSSP | Farewell Function to felicitate Professor VV Krishna and Book Release

Farewell Function to felicitate Professor VV Krishna for his contribution to the Centre for Studies in Science Policy


The release of his book

Universities in the National Innovation Systems: Experiences from the Asia-Pacific. Edited by V.V. Krishna, Routledge, India. 2017.

Date: 06-04-18

Time: 10: 30 AM to 1:30 PM

Venue: 227, CSSP, School of Social Sciences 1,  JNU.

10:30-11:00 AM

Tea and Snacks

11:00-11:30 AM

Introductory Remarks:  Saradindu Bhaduri, Chairperson

Book Release: Sachin Chaturvedi

11:30-1:00 PM

Panel Discussion on the book

About the Book: V. V. Krishna

   Panelist: Sachin Chaturvedi (Chair),  Deepak Kumar, Pranav N. Desai


Felicitation and Farewell by CSSP

Farewell Note: Madhav Govind

Felicitation: Students and Staff

Farewell Note by Students

1:30PM onwards