Thursday, January 31, 2019
New Book | Modi Doctrine, Science Diplomacy: Changing Dynamics of Foreign Policy of India | by Dr Pawan Sikka
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
All Research Fellows also Entitled to HRA as per Central Government Norms
With effect from January 1, 2019, Central Government has enhanced the fellowship of PhD students and other research personnel enrolled in any area of science and technology, including Physical and Chemical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Life Sciences, Pharmacy etc.
Congratulating research scholars, Union Science & Technology Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that PhD scholars, working in science and technology, are the most significant contributors to the knowledge base of the country for its industrial competitiveness, academic vibrancy and technology led innovations.Emphasizing on the commitment of the government Dr. Vardhan said that improving the value of Ph.D research cannot be a one-time exercise but requires constant input and efforts which the Government is fully committed to undertake.
The hike in fellowship will directly benefit over 60,000 Research Fellows and also provide a template to the States to consider increase in their fellowship rates. Fellowship of the Junior Research Fellows in the first two years of PhD programme is increased from the current rate of Rs.25,000/- to Rs.31,000/- per month. Similarly, in the remaining tenure of PhD, Senior Research Fellow will get Rs. 35,000/- per month instead of the present Rs.28,000/- per month.
Further, there is substantial 30-35% enhancement in the financial rewards for the scientists involved in the R&D projects as Research Associates. The top bracket of Research Associateship is fixed at Rs.54,000/-. All the research fellows are also entitled to HRA as per Central Government norms.
Government has ensured that this empowering mechanism is uniformly applicable across all the fellowship granting Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Academic and Government R&D Organizations of the country. Science & Technology is a fast moving area in which a dynamic and holistic vision is required to secure the future of the nation.
For the first time, the Government has also recommended a set of strong financial and academic incentives to enhance and recognize the performance of our research fellows. This will be a performance based addition to the fellowship. An Empowered Inter-Ministerial Committee has been constituted to periodically examine all the fellowship matters that have a bearing on enhancing the value, quality and experience of doctoral research, including the quantum of fellowship. One of the recommendations is to involve PhD students in undergraduate teaching and managing research infrastructure during their doctoral research. This will not only widen their scope of training but also enhance their career prospects.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
CfPs: "Post-Automation? Exploring Democratic Alternatives to Industry 4.0: An International Research Symposium" | SPRU, Brighton, UK, 11-13 September
- analyse subversions of society-technology relations characteristic of post-automation;
- discuss how the idea of post-automation might contribute to future work, sustainable development, and technology politics; and
- map out critical issues in post-automation and develop an agenda for future research and action.
- develop new visions on how post-automation can foster more sustainable and democratic modes of production.
- How can post-automation alter perspectives, understandings and practices in technology-society relations?
- What methods can bring insight, facilitate dialogue, and assist developments in postautomation across the scales of projects, workshops, sectors and societies?
- How is post-automation manifesting in different places and circulating between places, for example across the global North and global South?
- How might social theory in post-automation reframe public debate and move policy beyond reactions to automation, and into proactive alternatives for sustainable technology-society relations?
- How post-automation might help to re-imagine an economy based on commons goods?
- January: Symposium announced and proposals called for
- 20 March: deadline for abstracts and review
- 15 April: people notified if their abstract has been accepted
- 20 July: papers submitted
- 11-13 September: Symposium
- December: revised papers submitted to journal for peer review
Monday, January 28, 2019
UNESCO Media Advisory No.2019-06
UNESCO launch of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements
Paris, 28 January—The International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements will be launched on 29 January at UNESCO's Headquarters (Room I). Events and activities will be held throughout the year to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the organization of the periodic table by Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev, one of the fathers of modern chemistry.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, will open the event with Mikhail Kotyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Pierre Corvol, President of France's Académie des Sciences, and Andrey Guryev, CEO of PhosAgro. The event will bring together scientists, representatives of the private sector. It will feature a lecture on the "Periodic Table for Society and the Future" by the Professor Ben Feringa, 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.
At the launch, UNESCO will present its educational initiative, 1001 Inventions: Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry. Consisting of educational material and science experiments to help young people improve their understanding of chemistry and its numerous uses, the initiative will be brought to schools around the world during 2019.
Other notable activities organized in the framework of the International Year include a periodic table challenge:
- An online competition to test the knowledge and stimulate the curiosity of secondary education students on the subject
- Women and the Periodic Table of Elements, an international symposium in Murcia (Spain), 11 and 12 February
- The periodic table at 150, symposium at the 47th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, (Paris, France, 5 to 12 July)
- Mendeleev Congress on General and Applied Chemistry, in Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation), 9 to 13 September
The General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT 2019) on 20 December 2017.
Journalist wishing to cover the event are invited to request accreditation from Djibril Kébé, UNESCO Media Section, +33(0)145681741,
Media Contact: Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Media Section, +33(0)145681764, email@example.com
UNESCO, 7, place de Fontenoy, PARIS, NA FRANCE France
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
- S&T Policy making: institutional perspective
- Policy for science, science for policy – Indian and International Experience
- Technology-led innovation policies
- R&D ecosystem for innovation led economic development
- Circular economy policies for industries
- Technology forecasting
- Science policy and networking - engaging scientists with policy makers
- The current and future political environments for science
- 10 Big ideas and the role of innovation
- Strengthening linkages between knowledge institutions and industry
- Regulatory framework for science policy
- Science for diplomacy – EU, BRICS, ASEAN, US partnerships
Call for Book Chapters & Essay Competition | Productivity Research Book on "Circular Economy for Productivity & Sustainability"
National Productivity Council (under Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India)
Notice No. PA/PW/Advt.-02/2018-19; Date: January 07, 2019
Productivity Research Book
National Productivity Council (NPC) is an apex organization to promote productivity consciousness across all sectors of the economy. Like in the previous years, the NPC will be organizing the observance of 12th February 2019 as Productivity Day and the seven-day period from 12th to 18th February, 2019 as National Productivity Week throughout the country. On the eve of Productivity Week celebration, NPC invites research articles for Productivity Research Book on the following selected theme: "Circular Economy for Productivity & Sustainability"
Last date to receive the article is 31st January 2019.
Who Can Apply?
- A student/scholar who has undertaken meaningful research in the field related to the theme.
- An academician/exert who can propose alternative/implementable solutions related to the theme.
- A professional/practitioner who has demonstrated the use of effective tools and techniques related to the theme with the promise of scale up.
All submissions have to be made in MS Word format with Font size 12- and 1.5-line space. Co-authorship is allowed to a maximum of 3 Authors. 3 separate certificates will be provided to each author. Papers must be written solely by the candidate, in English. All submissions must be the original and unpublished works of the author. The contributions shall be evaluated on the basis of originality, innovativeness, clarity and technical correctness. The articles are invited in the following four categories:
1. Long Article: shall be of 5000-8000 words and must engage in comprehensive analysis of the chosen issue.
2. Short Article/Essay: This category of papers must be concise (both in scope and conceptualization) and deal with more specific issue, making an easily discernible, concrete. It should be within 3500 to 5000 words.
3. Case Comment, Legislation Review or Treaty Appraisal: Papers in this category are expected to undertake an original and critical analysis of important judicial decisions (preferably recent), legislations or treaties falling within the broad theme. It should be within 2000 to 3500 words.
4. Commentary, Book Review or Short Notes on Contemporary Developments:
Brief Commentary, Book Review or Short Notes relevant to subject matter of journal are invited, preferably within 1500 to 2000 words (exclusive of footnotes). This category includes critical reviews of recent developments in law or policy, books, articles, or even movies.
5. All articles must be original ideas.
6. The articles received through this competition will become the property of NPC and it will be used for further propagation and dissemination of concept or idea presented to the masses.
All articles shall be evaluated on factual conclusion, meaningful representation and novelty of the idea.
The applicants of selected Articles/Research Papers shall be invited to the Paper Presentation Conference at Delhi.
The best ten articles will be selected by a Committee of Experts/Jury from the total articles received.
Award of Selection
The best ten awardees shall be felicitated on Special Event organized by NPC.
The best ten awardees shall be awarded the cash prize as stated below:
- 1st Prize : Rs. 20,000/- (one)
- 2nd Prize : Rs. 20,000/- (one)
- 3rd Prize : Rs. 20,000/- (one)
- Consolation Prizes : Rs. 10,000/- (Seven)
All participants including awardees whose articles are received and published shall be provided with a certificate of participation and copy of the published book.
How to Apply: The Individual/Group is requested to submit their Research Paper/Article in the above-mentioned prescribed format to the following address:
Dr. Nitin Aggrawal, Dy. Director – Productivity Awareness, National Productivity Council, 5-6, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 011-24607336/335
NPC Workshop on Circular Economy, a Force Multiplier for Productivity & Sustainability | 14 February 2019
"Workshop during Productivity Week-2019"
NPC Workshop on "Circular Economy, a Force Multiplier for Productivity & Sustainability"
Date: 14th February, 2019 (10.00 am to 03.40 pm)
Venue: National Productivity Council, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
National Productivity Council (NPC) of India; an autonomous organization under Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India; was founded on 12th February, 1958 with mission to promote productivity for socio economic development of the country. NPC has been organizing observance of its Foundation Day (12 February) as "Productivity Day" and the ensuing week (12 – 18 February) as "Productivity Week" throughout the country. It has been decided to adopt "Circular Economy for Productivity and Sustainability" as the theme of the Productivity Week for year 2019. As part of Productivity Week celebrations, NPC plans to organize a Workshop on "Circular Economy, a Force Multiplier for Productivity and Sustainability" on 14th February, 2019 (10.00 am to 03.40 pm) at NPC Conference Hall, New Delhi. The Theme Paper and Tentative Schedule for workshop are available online. The eminent speakers are going to deliver lectures or make presentations during the workshop. NPC invites you as participant to attend the above mentioned workshop. There is NO participation fee but registration is ESSENTIAL. Please send a line of confirmation to any of following e-mail IDs along with your Name, Academic Qualification, Organization's Name, Years of Experience, E-mail ID and Mobile No.: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. NPC will confirm your participation and it would be NPC's sole discretion to accept your participation. You may contact at 011-24607368/325 for any other related information.
Saturday, January 19, 2019
The open session of the IFLA Regional Section for Asia and Oceania – RSCAO (organised by the Regional Standing Committee – RSCAO) plans to contribute to this year's WLIC theme of "Libraries: Dialogue for Change", by exploring how libraries have empowered their communities by way of creating trusted space and stimulating dialogue.
Important dates and other details:
1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) and full author details is Friday 15 February 2019. Selection of papers is based on the abstract. Due to the large number of submissions received, only the successful presenters will be notified by 10th April 2019.
2. Full texts of papers are due on 15 June 2019. Abstracts should be submitted as a 'pdf' file.
3. The committee will evaluate the submitted abstracts against criteria which include: innovative content, topical relevance, regional interest, clarity of exposition, originality, and overall quality.
4. Papers must be original submissions not presented or published elsewhere – (IFLA rule).
5. Papers should not be more than 4,000 words, single spaced in Times New Roman 12 point.
6. Papers and abstracts should be in English.
7. The author(s) should include their full contact details and brief biographical notes.
IFLA Resional Standing Committee Asia & Oceania (RSCAO)
Dr. Takashi Nagatsuka
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