Sunday, October 28, 2018

NIPFP Talk "Agricultural yield and conflict" | 30 October

Agricultural yield and conflict


By Dr. Satyendra Kumar Gupta

Speaker profile:

Dr. Satyendra Kumar Gupta, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Rohtak.

Date and time:

Tue, 30 October, 2018 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM


Auditorium NIPFP, New Delhi


This research establishes that the emergence and persistence of intrastate conflict incidence since 1960 are influenced by regional agro-ecological factors captured by the extent of variation in potential crop yield. Our results based on cross-country and grid-level analysis indicate that higher potential crop yield variability within a country that is exogenous to both human intervention and regional culture increases the likelihood of intrastate conflict. Our findings are robust to the inclusion of various geographical, institutional, and potentially confounding economic development correlates.

For details:

Please contact

Details on NIPFP site

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Release of "August 2018 Floods in Kerala: A Report on Governance and Environmental Management" | Today at Constitution Club

Special Centre for Disaster Research, JNU; National Institute of Disaster Management; and Constitution Club of India, Delhi invite you to 
Release of "August 2018 Floods in Kerala: A Report on Governance and Environmental Management"
Sharing Concerns
  • Prof. Amita Singh (Research Team, Disaster Research)
A Panel Discussion
  • Dr. Rakesh Sinha (Rajya Sabha, Political Scientist)
  • Ms. Nisha Jose (Relief Team Coordinator Kuttanad , Alappuzha Panchayats)
  • Mr. Robin Roy (Environmentalist Educationist Kottayam)
  • Mr. Sabu Krishnan Nair (Environmentalist, Community worker, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram)
  • Prof. V.K.Malhotra ( ICSSR, Agriculture Economist)
Summing up
  • Prof. Inder Mohan Kapahy (Educationist , Higher Education)

On 26th October | 4 to 7 pm
At Constitution Club of India, New Delhi

(All are requested to join us for high tea after the programme)
RSVP: SCDR Office, 9599853905, 9654484198, 9971649118, Email:

Call for Participation: WIPO's General Course on Intellectual Property (Online)

DL101E - DL-101 General Course on Intellectual Property

Basic Information

  • Venue : Online 
  • Language : English 
  • Duration : 55 hours
  • Tutored : Yes
  • Certificate : Yes
  • Cost :  Free of charge  
  • Course administrator :

Next session


  • Registration :  16-Sep-2018 -  31-Oct-2018
  • Course :  01-Nov-2018 -  16-Dec-2018
  • Next Exam :  14-Dec-2018 -  15-Dec-2018
This course builds on the concepts presented in DL-001 - Intellectual Property Primer. It provides a more in-depth view of the fundamentals of IP law, and is considered as indispensable to pursue more advanced courses of study on specific areas of IP law.
The DL-101 course is comprised of the following modules and final exam:
  • Guide to Studying the Course
  • Module 1: Introduction to IP
  • Module 2: Copyright
  • Module 3: Related Rights
  • Module 4: Trademarks
  • Module 5: Geographical Indications
  • Module 6: Industrial Design
  • Module 7: Patents
  • Module 8: WIPO Treaties
  • Module 9: Unfair Competition
  • Module 10: Protection of New Varieties of Plants
  • Module 11: Summary and Discussion on Intellectual Property Rights
  • Module 12: IP and Development - The WIPO Development Agenda
  • Final Exam
Self-assessment tools are strategically placed throughout each module to assist participants with gauging their respective levels of knowledge and progress, as well as their ability to apply the concepts and facts presented within the course.
Academic support is provided throughout each module by experienced tutors who are expert practitioners in the field of IP.
Final Exam and Certificate
The final exam for this course is comprised of a series of multiple choice questions. A fixed amount of time is allocated for participants to complete and submit the exam on-line. Participants are contacted regarding modalities for accessing the final exam approximately one week prior to the deadline for completion of the DL-101 course.
Participants who pass the DL-101 final exam are awarded an electronic certificate of course completion.
This course is open to individuals who are/will be employed in the field of administration of intellectual property rights; those seeking general knowledge of IP; and those who generate various forms of IP and seek a deeper understanding of the effective management and protection of IPRs.

13th STIP Forum Lecture on Science, Technology and Innovation for Development: Role of Science Diplomacy | 31 October at IHC

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum Lecture Series

You are cordially invited to the Thirteenth STIP Forum Lecture
Science, Technology and Innovation for Development: Role of Science Diplomacy

Dr. Sune Kaur-Pedersen
[Counsellor, Research & Innovation/Deputy Head, Innovation Centre, Embassy of Denmark, India] &
Ms. Tania Friederichs
[R&I Counsellor for India & Bhutan, Delegation of the European Union to India]

Chair: Dr. Bhaskar Balakrishnan, Science Diplomacy Fellow, RIS and Former Ambassador

Date: 31 October 2018 (Wednesday) Time: 7.00 PM

Venue: Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road New Delhi (Entry from Gate No.3)

Mr. Sune Kaur-Pedersen is Counsellor, Innovation and Research and Deputy Head of Innovation Centre Denmark at the Embassy of Denmark in New Delhi. He works to strengthen relations between Denmark and India in the areas of innovation, research and higher education, and is posted to India by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Denmark. He has worked in different positions for this ministry during the past 13 years. Before being posted to India, he was secretary for the Danish Council for Research and Innovation Policy, a high-level advisory council to the government and parliament in Denmark. Mr. Kaur-Pedersen has also worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more than five years.
Ms. Tania Friederichs is Head of Sector for Research and Innovation at the EU Delegation to India. She started her assignment beginning of September 2016. Before that she was working in Brussels for the European Commission in the Directorate General on Research and Innovation, Department for International Cooperation and was responsible for cooperation with the Western Balkan Countries and Turkey. Ms. Tania has worked for more than 15 years on EU research and innovation policy; she was member of the Private Office of European Commissioner Philippe Busquin for research and innovation from 1999 to 2004. Before that she worked at the EU Delegation in Geneva (Switzerland) following the negotiations on trade in services (GATS) under the World Trade Organisation (WTO). She is a lawyer by training and obtained her Law Degree at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels, Belgium in 1980 and a L.L.M. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (US) in 1981. 

ABOUT STIP FORUM: The Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum has been set up with the objective of promoting debate on various aspects of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. The Forum would go beyond the disciplinary boundaries by taking into account the intersectionality of S&T and I. It aims to will also bridge the gap between the science and society for dissemination of scientific achievements as well as for generalising debate of societal aspirations and promoting responsible research and innovations. The monthly lecture series of public lectures has been launched to sensitize the public discourse on science, technology and innovation policy. Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA), Vigyan Prasar and India Habitat Centre (IHC) are collaborative institutes.

RSVP: Mr. Tish Malhotra/Mr. N. N. Krishnan, Tel.: 011-24682176, 011-24682184 Email:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Join in MOOC on "Introduction to Technology-Enabled Learning" | Starts on 29 October


MOOC on "Introduction to Technology-Enabled Learning".

Course Description

Teachers who want to learn more about teaching with technology will find this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Introduction to Technology-Enabled Learning (TEL), informative and engaging. Using up-to-date learning design and simple, accessible technology, the course runs on an easy-to-use learning platform available via the Internet. The course is designed for teachers who want to build on their knowledge and practice in teaching and learning with technology. It will run over five weeks and requires approximately three to five hours of time each week. Designed to accommodate teachers' busy schedules, the course offers flexibility with options for learning the content. You will learn from readings, videos, discussions with other participants and instructors, meaningful exercises, quizzes and short assignments. Certification is available for those who wish to complete all required exercises and quizzes.
Learning Outcomes
Participants will:
  • Meet online with teachers all over the world who are also learning about technology-enabled learning
  • Be supported by instructors who understand technology-enabled teaching and learning
  • Explore easy-to-use technologies for classroom and online teaching
  • Evaluate best fit technologies for teaching/learning contexts
  • Experience a fun and collaborative learning environment via the Internet
  • Receive a certificate on completion of required activities

Interested Teachers and Researchers can join on

Monday, October 22, 2018

CfPs Social Sciences & Health Innovations: Multiplicities | 23-25 May, Tomsk, Russia

4th Biannual Conference
Social Sciences & Health Innovations: Multiplicities

May 23-25, 2019, Tomsk, Russia

Health sciences and care practices have advanced a lot. Yet, the search for an adequate response to contemporary health problems continues to be on the agenda of health policy, research, and practice. Consider antimicrobial resistance and the notorious case of tuberculosis – an ancient disease allied now with the HIV/AIDS epidemic and decreasing drug susceptibility of bacteria is all but dead despite the earlier optimistic expectations. Consider zoonotic diseases that emerge continuously as a result of the interactions between the different species and their environments. Consider health inequalities that persist despite the efforts to address their causes and to increase the accessibility of health care. Solutions are being developed for these and other wicked health problems, but how can these solutions be made to work and why is it that many do not? One inspiring way of approaching these questions starts from acknowledging the need to engage with multiplicities, highlighted in the field of health by Annemarie Mol and others. Currently, we can observe a problematic tendency: efforts to innovate for health often avoid engaging with multiplicity. First, humans are often singled out as being exceptional among other species, with everything else viewed as a risk of threat to human health. Phenomena like mutual dependence and living together are not very well understood, despite that any single organism is always embedded in networks of ecological interactions. Second, the human body(as well as a patient) is expected to be universal. Yet, scholars like Margaret Lock and Maurizio Meloni have highlighted biosocial processes that over time produce what has been called 'local biologies'. Third, diseases are often conceived as stable, discrete, and pre-given entities. Yet, the work of John Law and Vicky Singleton, among others, points to the contrary. They demonstrated, for example, that foot and mouth disease was enacted as many different things during an outbreak in Britain: in veterinary practice it was symptoms like blisters and fever; in the virological laboratory it was the antibodies binding to specific antigens, and in epidemiological research it was a condition that spreads through a susceptible population. Finally, evidence of what works tends to be assessed in terms of one clear hierarchy based on statistical norms regarding what counts as reliable knowledge. However, scholars like Vololona Rabeharisoa, Tiago Moreira, and Madeleine Akrich have discussed the appropriateness of different kinds of evidence for different kinds of questions and the evidentiary value of experiences of living with health conditions. So, while species, bodies, diseases, and knowledges are multiple, the notion of multiplicity is mostly avoided in health care, governance, and sciences, where the strive for uniformity and best practices sometimes comes at the expense of applicability in specific local settings, and of sensitivity to the uncertain consequences of decisions and interventions. This conference invites participants to discuss the notion of multiplicity and to engage with a diverse range of multiplicities that are too often bracketed in attempts to understand and address health problems and health innovations. How can multiplicity be conceptualized? How can concepts of multiplicity inspire productive ways of dealing with health problems? How can we account for and engage with the complexes of many species living together? How can novel health technologies relate to the multiple realities where diseases are practiced differently? This Conference invites participants from social and biomedical sciences, the healthcare sector, and civil society organizations to reflect on the notion on multiplicity and to explore, how to innovate for health and wellbeing in ways that allow for affinity and continuous fine-tuning between diverse realities, knowledge and actors. The aim is to inspire and provide support for making a difference in the world of multiplicities. This conference is meant to serve as a platform to facilitate the dialogue between the social and biomedical scientists, civil society organizations and patient organizations, public health professionals and policy makers. As well, this conference aims to support the dialogue between scholars and practitioners working in the field of health innovations in the post-Soviet region and globally. The conference considers health-related innovations on different levels (from the community level to national programmes and global efforts) and of different kinds (conceptual, organisational, political).

Conference speakers:

  • Vololona Rabeharisoa, Professor of Sociology, Center for the Sociology of Innovation, Mines-ParisTech, Paris, France; author of many contributions on the increasing involvement of civil society organizations in scientific and technical activities
  • Maurizio Meloni, Associate Professor of Sociology, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia; co-editor of the recent Palgrave Handbook of Biology and Society and Biosocial Matters: Rethinking Biology-Sociology Relationships
  • Yan Vlasov, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Samara State Medical University, Russia; Chair of the Patient Protection Council and Co-chair of the Russian Patients Union, Russia
  • Special online contribution by Annemarie Mol, Professor of Anthropology of the Body, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; author of books The Logic of Care and The Body Multiple.

Submit your paper or panel abstract:

We welcome both individual paper proposals and proposals for closed thematic panels. Please submit your proposals via the electronic form by 15 December 2018:

For more information please see the conference webpage:

If you have any questions contact the conference organizers:

Language of the Conference: English

On behalf of the conference committee,

With best wishes,

Olga Zvonareva

Assistant professor, Department of Health, Ethics and Society (HES), School for Public Health and Primary Care (CAPHRI), Maastricht University

Head of Social Studies of Health and Medicine track, Policy Analysis and Studies of Technologies Centre (PAST-C), National Research Tomsk State University
Scientific director of the unit "Integrative approaches to public health and health care", Siberian State Medical University

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Call for Applications: STEPS Summer School 2019 on Pathways to Sustainability

Call for Applications: STEPS Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability 
The STEPS Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability will take place on 13-24 May 2019. Applications are now open for STEPS Summer School 2019. If you are a PhD or post-doc looking to explore the theme of 'Pathways to Sustainability' then we want to hear from you!  

Application is by a selective process, via an online form. The deadline to apply is 23.59 on 27 January 2019. We hope to let applicants know whether or not their application has been successful by the end of February 2019.

About the Summer School
The Summer School is a two-week immersive course on theories and practical approaches to sustainability, through creative, interactive and participatory learning.
Applications are invited from highly motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and with an interest in ideas and practice of transformations, uncertainty, political ecology, natural resources, and methodologies for sustainability.
Participants will explore the theme of pathways to sustainability through a mixture of workshops, lectures, outdoor events and focused interaction with STEPS Centre members. The Summer School takes place on the University of Sussex campus, near Brighton, UK, where STEPS is co-hosted by the Institute of Development Studies and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU).
The school has run since 2012 with the generous support of the ESRC, IDRC and UKIERI. The fee is £1000 GBP – a limited number of scholarships are available.

How It Works
For common questions on the Summer School, view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is the main venue. IDS is on the edge of the Sussex University campus, set in the middle of rolling countryside but with good transport links to Brighton.
The programme includes lectures and discussions, 'walkshops' – longer discussions held on walks through the surrounding area – and social events. The Summer School also includes some time in smaller groups, where participants get to reflect and discuss their own work, led and mentored by members of the STEPS Centre.
The discussion in these groups goes towards a mini-conference, planned and run by participants themselves, with support from the STEPS team.
To find out more and apply:  
Deadline: 27 January 2019

New Paper by SS Tiwari & PN Desai | Unproven Stem Cell Therapies in India: Regulatory Challenges and Proposed Paths Forward

Unproven Stem Cell Therapies in India: Regulatory Challenges and Proposed Paths Forward
by Shashank S. Tiwari & Pranav N. Desai, Cell Stem Cell, 2018 DOI: 10.1016/j.stem.2018.10.007

Abstract: Hundreds of clinics in India offer unproven stem cell therapies despite having remarkably stringent guidelines and regulations for fraudulent advertisements and clinical practice. We discuss the challenges with current regulations, how a recently proposed amendment may further legitimize unproven stem cell therapies, and discuss paths forward in a global context.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

ZHCES talk "Brahmin (men) as Scientists and Science as Brahmins' Calling: Caste in an Indian Scientific Research Institute" by Renny Thomas | 24th October

ZHCES Seminar Series



Brahmin (men) as Scientists and Science as Brahmins' Calling: Caste in an Indian Scientific Research Institute



Renny Thomas

Department of Sociology

Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi



About the Speaker: Renny Thomas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi. He was a Charles Wallace Fellow in Social Anthropology at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK (2017-2018). He is also a recipient of American Academy of Religion's Collaborative International Research Grant (2015-2016), New York, USA. His recent publications include, "Beyond Conflict and Complementarity: Science and Religion in Contemporary India. "Science, Technology and Society, 23(1):47-64 (2018), "Religious Rites and Scientific Communities: Ayudha Puja as 'Culture' at the Indian Institute of Science. "Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 53(1): 95-122, (2018), "Narratives in Feminist Sociology of Science: Contextualizing the Experiences(s) of Women Scientists in India",in Gita Chadha and M.T Joseph (eds) Re-Imagining Sociology in India: Feminist Perspectives, London: Routledge (2018). He is currently working on a book manuscript based on his PhD work, tentatively titled, Scientifically Religious, Religiously Scientific: Science and Religion in Contemporary India.


Abstract: The domination of Brahmins and other upper castesgave a Brahmanical identity to science in India, as they were perceived to be the 'natural' inheritors of scientific practice due to their expertise in Hindu scriptures. This 'natural' knowledge of Brahmin scientists has been constantly reaffirmed in the name of merit by many renowned scientists and students during my fieldwork in Bangalore. Furthermore, merit and passion for doing science was reinscribed and calibrated to denote the alleged castelessness and objectivity of science, thereby obfuscating the deep hierarchies of caste and gender in the practice of science. This paper intends to explore how the deliberate silencing of socio-cultural identities shaped the imagination of science and scientific practice in India. It will use both ethnographic data and biographies of Indian scientists to talk about how they constructed their identities as casteless beings. 



        DATE: 24th October, 2018 (Wednesday)

TIME: 3:00 pm


(All are Welcome)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cultures of Archival Research in Germany and India: Announcement of an Indo-German Workshop and Call for Applications | May 2019, Germany

Cultures of Archival Research in Germany and India: Announcement of an Indo-German Workshop and Call for Applications

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) are pleased to continue their collaboration with an Indo-German workshop and a call for papers.
Archives are and have always been eminently important for historical research. They are recognised places for the production of knowledge, but they are also frequently questioned regarding their influence on the historians' work. In what ways are archives instrumental in shaping the narrative, and can they act as transmitters of „historical truth"? It is to be expected that a critical analysis of archives will result in a better understanding of their structures, their collections, and also of their politics of selecting material and structuring information. In order to counter-balance possible desiderata or biases in material released from an archive, it is attractive to read it against the grain. Marginalised social groups would be looked at more closely, and efforts would be made to analyse and deconstruct the archive's power in the shaping of knowledge. In sum, archives should not be seen in isolation, but in their political, social, and economic contexts. An „archival turn" has also been diagnosed by colonial and imperial historians taking a critical attitude towards colonial archives as possible representatives of former imperial rule, as well as stressing the great relevance of local and regional archives.
In order to promote critical reflection on archives and their uses by historians, a transnational workshop is being planned which will take place in Germany: first in Marburg between 15 and 18 May 2019, and later in Berlin between 18 and 21 May 2019. The workshop will focus on theoretical and methodological concepts of archival work as well as its techniques in German and Indian archives. Participants are invited to reflect on current tendencies in archival research, to work practically with examples from the archives and to discuss problems with which modern, archivally based historiography is confronted. The digitalisation of the political and social world, the role of social media, and problems of currently endangered archives will be discussed in lectures given by professional archivists and historians.
The workshop is particularly addressed to about 20 doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers from Germany and India who have already gained some experience in archival research. German participants should be working on aspects of the history of India while Indian participants should be interested in theoretical and methodological questions of archives. Participants will be given an opportunity to present their own research. Travel (economy flights), accommodation, and catering will be covered.
Applications in English should include a letter of motivation, a CV, and a short outline (1–2 pages) of the applicant's own current research. Candidates should also submit a letter of reference.
All application material should be sent electronically as one PDF file no later than 15 November 2018 both to Prof. Dr. Benedikt Stuchtey and to Dr. Meena Gautam. A joint German-Indian steering committee will make a decision on the placements based on the written applications.

Monday, October 15, 2018

One Day Workshop on Emerging Solutions for Sustainable Management of Paddy Straw Biomass | 31 October | NPC New Delhi

One Day Workshop on Emerging Solutions for Sustainable Management of Paddy Straw Biomass
Organized by National Productivity Council, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Date: 31 October, 2018 | Time: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

National Productivity Council (NPC) is organizing a Workshop on "Emerging Solutions for Sustainable Management of Paddy Straw" on 31st October at NPC Conference Hall, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. You may be aware that Agriculture Residue (Stubble) from rice and wheat crops pose a significant problem to the farming community. Energy from paddy straw can be harnessed through conventional combustion process or through biological process. The conventional biomass power plants are not 100% based on rice straw and have not seen much success due to several operational challenges inherent in the straw. There is an imperative need of sensitizing different stakeholders such as policy makers, Govt. regulators, private developers and investors towards importance of effective management and utilization of crop residue, its associated environmental impacts besides key operational issues and likely solution for promoting the biomass based power generation in India. Eminent speakers would make presentations on emerging solutions in this area. Key discussion topics are:
  • Current Status of Management of paddy straw, associated environmental impacts and need for effective management of paddy straw
  • Solutions for processing / management of paddy straw
  • Technological solutions for 100% utilization of paddy straw in biomass power plant
  • Commercial & Financial aspects related to biomass processing projects
  • Role of State / Central agencies and regulatory support mechanisms for effective management of paddy straw
There is no participation fee for workshop, however prior registration is necessary. The registration for participation should be sent latest by 28th October, 2018 to The confirmation of the participants would be NPC's discretion. You may contact following NPC officials over phone for any additional information: Mr Yogendra Prakash (Dy. Director): 011-24607368 | Mr Vipin Rohilla (Dy. Director): 011-24607315


Thursday, October 11, 2018

CfPs: 42nd Indian Social Science Congress on "Human Future In Digital Era" | 15-19 December at BHU

42nd Indian Social Science Congress
Focal Theme: Human Future In Digital Era
December 15-19, 2018
Venue: Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Organized by Indian Social Science Academy (ISSA)

Indian Social Science Academy (formerly Indian Academy of Social Science, ISSA) in association with Banaras Hindu University shall hold its 42nd Indian Social Science Congress between December 15-19, 2018 at Varanasi. "Human Future In Digital Era" is its focal theme. Teachers, research students, scientists, social activists, policy planners and independent thinkers/philosophers are cordially invited to present their research based papers on subjects/issues in any of the following 21 Thematic Panels:
Thematic Panels
1. Conflicts, War, Peace and Social Security
2. Democracy and Human Rights
3. Ecological and Environmental Protection Movements
4. Ethics of Science and Society
5. Global Warming and Climate Change
6. History and Philosophy of Science
7. Information Technology, Mass Media and Culture
8. Labour in Organized and Unorganized Sectors
9. Nation, States and Emerging Challenges
10. Natural Resources, Bio-diversity and Geographic Information System
11. Patent Laws and Intellectual Property Rights
12. Peasants , Livelihood and Land-use
13. Peoples (Dalit, Tribes, Women, Peasants, etc) Struggles and Movements For Equitable Democratic Society
14. Engineering Science 14. Peoples Health and Quality of Life
15. Political Economy of India
17. Rural Technology, Social Organizations and Rural Development
18. Science Communication and Science Popularization
19. Science Technology and Social Development
20. Social Processes, Social Structures and Social Alienation
21. Unity of Science/Science of Nature-Humans Society

Details of sub-themes of the focal theme, 'Human Future In Digital Era', international symposium/seminars/workshops/colloquium can be had either from the website of Banaras Hindu University or from the General Secretary, ISSA or Organizing Secretary. 
Abstracts of a paper within 500 words should be sent through e-mail as well as by post before October 20, 2018 and the full paper in triplicate before November 10, 2018. One soft copy of the papers should be e-mailed and 3 hard copies with CD and Declaration form should be sent to the General Secretary, ISSA through speed post. Papers can be either in Hindi or in English.
All those whose papers are accepted are requested to register before November 15, 2018. Free hostel/Guest House accommodation, subsidized meals, kits and publication of the Congress will be available to all the registered delegates.
Eighth All India Young Scientists Convention will be held during the Congress Its details will be announced separately. Please mail your paper, registration fee and membership to the General Secretary, Indian Social Science Academy and write to the Organizing Secretary about hostel/Guest House accommodation and Kashi Darshan.
It may be noted that gold medal is awarded for the best research paper. We request you to circulate it among your colleagues and faculty and encourage them to participate in the 42nd Indian Social Science Congress.
Further information can be had either on the Websites and or from the undersigned.
(N. P. Chaubey) General Secretary, Indian Social Science Academy, Iswar Saran Ashran Campus, Allahabad-211004
(Prof. Ajit Kumar Pandey) Organising Secretary, Department of Sociology, Banaras Hindeu University, Varanashi-221005, E-mail:
Organized by Indian Social Science Academy (Formerly Indian Academy of Social Sciences), HQ: Iswar Saran Ashram Campus, Allahabad 211004 | T: (O):0532-2544245, F: 0532-2544170, | E:, W:

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C is Released

Global Warming of 1.5°C: An IPCC Special Report on the Impacts of Global Warming of 1.5°C above Pre-Industrial Levels and Related Global Greenhouse Gas Emission Pathways, in the Context of Strengthening the Global Response to the Threat of Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Efforts to Eradicate Poverty
by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Geneva, October 2018. 

About this Report
Under the Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015, 197 countries agreed to aim to hold the rise in global average temperature to "well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels" and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 °C. As part of the decision to adopt the agreement, the world's governments invited the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to prepare a special report in 2018 on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. At a meeting in Nairobi in April 2016, member states of the IPCC decided to accept the UNFCCC's invitation. A few months later at the next meeting in Bangkok in October, the Panel agreed on the title, outline, and scope of the Special Report. 
The Special Report on 1.5 °C (SR15) is being developed under the joint scientific leadership of IPCC Working Groups I, II and III, with support from Working Group I Technical Support Unit. There are two other Special Reports underway as part of the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Cycle. These Special Reports on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) and on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) will be published in August and September 2019, respectively.

What does it cover?
The Special Report on 1.5 °C consists of five chapters. The Summary for Policymakers (SPM) is based on the key findings from these chapters. A separate Technical Summary collates the Executive Summaries that appear at the start of each chapter into one document. A series of boxes contain case studies or themes that cut across the whole report, such as scenarios or cities. The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C feeds directly into the Talanoa Dialogue. Taking place in December 2018, the Talanoa Dialogue ( is the international process to take stock of collective efforts towards the long-term goal of the Paris Agreement and to inform countries' pledges to reduce their own emissions, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). 
More information about what each chapter and section of the report covers is in the agreed outline. Alongside the main report, there is also be a glossary and a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The FAQs are intended to provide concise, accessible summaries of key topics in the report for non-specialist audiences.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Framing and Context
Chapter 2: Mitigation pathways compatible with 1.5°C in the context of sustainable development
Chapter 3: Impacts of 1.5°C global warming on natural and human systems
Chapter 4: Strengthening and implementing the global response to the threat of climate change
Chapter 5: Sustainable development, poverty eradication, and reducing inequalities

Monday, October 8, 2018

"Actually, the governments are lagging behind the people": William D. Nordhaus

"Actually, the governments are lagging behind the people."

When it comes to climate change, 2018 Economic Sciences Nobel Laureate William D. Nordhaus believes that policies are "miles – miles – miles" behind the science and what needs to be done. 

CESP JNU organises a week-long workshop on Research Methodology in Economics | 5-10 November

The Centre of Advanced Studies-Phase II program

of the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning,

School of Social Sciences,

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi


is organising a week-long Workshop/Course on


Research Methodology in Economics


for 40 Assistant Professors/ Lecturers in Economics, at the Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC), JNU

during the period from 5 to 10 November 2018.

Those interested are requested to apply, with their CVs, through email to or to by
9 October 2018. Selected persons will be informed by email on 10 October.

Selected persons have to reach the HRDC, JNU by the evening of 4 November. They will be provided accommodation, in double seated rooms, and food in the HRDC, JNU, during the period from 5 PM of 4 November till 5 PM on 10 November 2018.

They have to arrange for their own transport. 

Call for Entries: Jayashree Roy Memorial Essay Competition, 2018

Special Centre for the Study of North East India


Jayashree Roy Memorial Essay Competition, 2018


Topic: Northeasterners in the Indian Metropolis: Mobility, Everyday Life and Space-making


Special Centre for the Study of North East India, JNU, invites submission of essays for the Jayashree Roy Memorial Essay Competition, 2018. The topic is "Northeasterners in the Indian Metropolis: Mobility, Everyday Life and Space-making".


The essay competition is open to the students at the level of Masters programme, M.Phil and PhD programmes from JNU, Delhi University, Ambadkar University and South Asian University.


Essays adjudged first and second would be awarded certificates and cash prizes.


Word Length: 4000 to 5000 words


Last Date of Submission: October 26, 2018


Essays may be submitted to:
Special Centre for the Study of North East India
Room 416, 4th Floor
School of Social Sciences – Building I
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Friday, October 5, 2018

New Book | "Conflict over Cauvery Waters: Imperatives for Innovative Policy Options" | by N Ghosh, J Thakur, J Bandyopadhyay

Conflict over Cauvery Waters: Imperatives for Innovative Policy Options
by Nilanjan Ghosh, Jaya Thakur, Jayanta Bandyopadhyay; the Observer Research Foundation, 2018, ISBN: 9789388262255.

About the Report: India is a land of many rivers; in the past several decades, it has become a land of many river conflicts. This monograph addresses one of the most intense and oldest disputes over water in India: that over the River Cauvery. The conflict over Cauvery has grown from a simple question of sharing water flows, to one of political identity for the States of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. While there have been media reports and scholarly publications on the Cauvery, those analyses have not shown a clear direction towards a resolution to the conflict. In this monograph, the authors address the economic, institutional and ecological undercurrents behind the Cauvery conflict. They suggest measures for reducing the water demands of the stakeholder States as well as creating institutional arrangements for conflict resolution. 

New Report | "Future of Work in India: Inclusion, Growth and Transformation – An Enterprise Survey" | by T Chapman, S Saran, R Sinha, S Kedia & S Gutta; ORF & WEF

Future of Work in India:  Inclusion, Growth and Transformation – An Enterprise Survey
by Terri Chapman, Samir Saran, Rakesh Sinha, Suchi Kedia and Sriram Gutta; the Observer Research Foundation and the World Economic Forum, 2018, ISBN: 9789388262323.

About the Report: The future of work in India is uncertain, but full of opportunities. This report answers key questions around the present and future of transformative technology in India and its impact on job creation, workplaces, employment trends, and the nature of work itself. This report outlines findings from the Future of Work, Education and Skills Enterprise Survey. Data was collected from 774 companies in India, from micro-sized firms to those employing more than 25,000 workers. It presents findings on the pace of technological adoption and digitization among Indian companies, and its impact on job creation, displacement and the nature of work. In addition to the effects of the changing nature of jobs on wages, contracts, protections and security. Finally, the report includes recommendations for policies, programmes and action needed for India to leverage the possibilities of technological disruption, manage the associated risks, and enhance its preparedness for the future of work in the digital age.  

Table of Contents
1 Introduction
2 The Vision
3 Methodology
4 Technology Adoption and Digitisation Among Indian Firms
5 Technology Driven Job Creation and Destruction
6 Enhancing Job Quality
7 Conclusion
Appendix / Industry Overviews: Textiles, Banking and Financial Services, Logistics, and Retail

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Donna Strickland, first women to win Nobel Prize in Physics in 55 years



Donna Strickland, first women to win Nobel Prize in Physics in 55 years

"An encouraging sign for women in science and more widely for diversity that fosters innovation"


Paris, 2 October -- UNESCO congratulates this year's 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics laureates:  Donna Strickland, Arthur Ashkin and Gerard Mourou for their groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics.


"In particular, the recognition of Donna Strickland should be an encouraging sign for all women in science and more widely for diversity that fosters innovation," said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.  


Dr. Strickland is the third woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics since its creation, and the first female laureate in 55 years in this discipline after Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963.


"The acknowledgment of Donna Strickland's accomplishments sends an important message of encouragement to girls and women to better commit themselves to the sciences.  More broadly, these three Nobel Prize Laureates should spark the talent of girls and boys who will shape the world of tomorrow. Because great diversity fosters greater innovation, we need ever more brilliant minds to get involved in science, new technologies and innovation to tackle the complex challenges of the 21st Century," said Ms. Azoulay.


UNESCO supports women in science, where they are still too often underrepresented and under-recognized. UNESCO was honored by the participation of Dr. Mourou in the International Year of Light, coordinated by UNESCO, and by the involvement of the Optical Society (OSA), then chaired by Dr. Strickland in devising the International Year of Light's programmes.


The gender bias in science is real and impacts women at all levels, as shown by the UNESCO Science Report.  Less than 30% of researchers are women. Until today, women only represented 3% of Nobel Prize winners in science. Research suggests that women are less represented than men at prestigious universities and among senior faculty, the very positions where researchers publish the most. This leads to less research funding, a lower publication rate, less visibility and slower advancement in their careers.


This gender bias translates into research outcomes, and affects society as a whole. Medical research focusing on men has led to inappropriate treatments for women.  Studies have shown that in the field of Artificial Intelligence, such biases are replicated and amplified.


All of these issues can be addressed. Several fellowship programmes support women scientists at key moments of their careers, through the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS).


For the past 20 years, UNESCO and L'Oréal have joined forces to recognize outstanding women researchers. To date, 102 exceptional women scientists have received the L'Oréal UNESCO for Women in Science Prize. Three of them, Ada Yonath, Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, have since won a Nobel Prize for their scientific achievements.




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