Monday, February 25, 2019

Libri - Call for Student Papers

Best Student Research Paper Award 2019




DOI 10.1515/libri-XXXXXX


Since 1950, through 67 volumes, Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies has been a leader among scholarly journals in the international library and information science world. As part of its strategy to remain one of the premier library and information science journals, Libri is issuing a call for "Best Student Research Paper of 2019." This competition supports Libri's goal of publishing the best articles from the next generation of library and information science professionals. We are proud once again to recognize the very best article with this special award.


Students who are currently enrolled for a Masters or PhD or who have completed their Masters or PhD during the 24 months preceding the closing date of the competition[1] are invited to submit articles with clarity and authority. There is no stated theme. Research papers should address one of the significant issues facing today's librarians and information professionals. Case studies, best practices, and pure research papers are all welcome.


  • Length: approx. 5,000 – 7,000 words (excluding the abstract and list of references)
  • Language: English
  • Deadline: June 30, 2019


The best paper will be selected by an independent panel consisting of selected members of the Editorial Board, the Advisory Board and other international experts. Submissions will be judged on the basis of


  • originality of thought and observation
  • depth of research and scholarship
  • topicality of problems addressed
  • the international readership of the journal
  • the quality of the composition


The article will be published in the 2019:4 issue. The author of the winning article will be honoured with an award of 500.00 € and with a complimentary subscription to Libri for 2020.


If the quality of competition warrants, some papers may be designated as honourable mention and the authors will receive complementary subscriptions to Libri for 2020.  All winners will receive access to e-prints of their winning submission. 


Manuscripts should be submitted to When submitting a paper for the Best Student Research Paper Award, please choose "Best Student Research Paper Award" at the drop-down menu "Manuscript Type." Author instructions and further indications of the scope of papers suitable for publication in Libri are available at the Libri site at


All submissions should include a cover sheet confirming:

  • the name of the institution where the student is or was enrolled
  • the degree for which the student is or was enrolled
  • the dates when the student is or was enrolled
  • the degree/course/module for which the paper was prepared
  • the date when the paper was written


[1] Exception: Senior information scholars returning to school for additional degrees outside the field of library and information science are not eligible for this award.

Call for Nominations: 2019 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship

2019 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship


Call for Nominations



The Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship consists of an award of USD 3,000 (donated by the Eugene Garfield Foundation) to cover any research related expenses (including traveling) of the grant recipient, contingent upon the recipient's attending ISSI2019, the next ISSI biennial conference. This conference will be held in Rome, Italy, September 2-5, 2019.



The purpose of this scholarship is to foster research in informetrics, including bibliometrics, scientometrics, webmetrics and altmetrics by encouraging and assisting doctoral students in the field with their dissertation research.



The scholarship recipient must meet the following qualifications:

(a) Be an active doctoral candidate pursuing research using informetric, bibliometric, scientometric, webmetric or altmetric methodology in a degree-granting institution;

(b) Have a doctoral dissertation proposal accepted by the institution or by their dissertation advisor.

Clarification: an active doctoral student is someone who has not yet obtained the doctoral degree at the moment he/she receives the award. Moreover, the applicant need not be a member of ISSI to be considered for this scholarship.



The award is sponsored by the Eugene Garfield Foundation with the cooperation of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and is administered by the Board of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI).



Submission should include the following:

(a) The doctoral research proposal, including a description of the research, methodology, and significance, 5 pages or less in length, double-spaced, and in English;

(b) A copy of the paper submitted for presentation at the ISSI Conference; 

(c) A cover letter from the dissertation advisor endorsing the proposal and confirming that the contents of this proposal are accepted by the institute, or at least by the advisor;

(d) An up-to-date curriculum vitae.



Deadline for submission is March 15, 2019. All proposals should be submitted in PDF by e-mail to ISSI Board member Birger Larsen at An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to candidates.



All the submitted material, in particular the doctoral research proposal, and the paper submitted to this year's ISSI conference, will be taken into consideration in the evaluation. The evaluation committee will consist of a subcommittee of no more than four individuals, with one ISSI Board member serving as Chair.



The recipient of the award will be given the opportunity to present his/her work either during a normal session (if his/her paper has been  accepted for presentation), either as a special lecture on the same level as research in progress. This presentation will be referred to as the special Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship Lecture.


Some further clarifications

a) The candidate must have the intention to attend the conference, as shown by a submitted paper.

b) The awardee is free to use the award money as he/she pleases. The award does not have to (but of course may) be used for travelling to the conference.

c) The awardee is not automatically entitled to an (extra) travel grant from the conference organizers or from ISSI. Of course he/she may apply for such a grant (if such grants are made available by the organizers) like any other conference participant.


 Further Details

Digital Bharat, Saksham Bharat: A Compendium on Digital India released

Digital Bharat, Saksham Bharat: A Compendium on Digital India released 
Source: Press Information Bureau | 21-February 2019 |

A Digital India Compendium on Digital Bharat, Saksham Bharat was released by Hon'ble Minister for Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
The objective of the document is to disseminate and propagate the success of Digital India among masses. The document is divided in two sections- Digital profile of India and Digital profile of States & UTs. Digital profile of India comprises a in-depth analysis, comparative study of implementation of Digital India Programme and transformation it has brought out in the lives of citizens. It has simplified the way citizens avail various Government services and has brought transparency and accountability. Digital profile of States/ UTs reflects the State/ UT wise implementation of various initiatives taken under Digital India Programme.
The document emphasizes Digital India initiatives that aim to transform India into a knowledge-based economy and digitally empowered society by ensuring digital access, digital inclusion, digital empowerment and bridging the digital divide.

CSSP is among the Top S&T Think Tanks in TTCSP 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report

RIS Discussion Paper | "Government's Policies and Growth of Pharmaceutical Industry in India 1947-2018: A Review"

Government's Policies and Growth of Pharmaceutical Industry in India 1947-2018: A Review
by Prasanta Kumar Ghosh, RIS Discussion Paper, No. 236, January 2019.
Abstract: The Indian Government policies on the development and growth of pharmaceutical industry, since India's independence in 1947 to 2018 have registered a sea-change. The establishment of the public sector undertakings (PSUs) at the beginning was to reduce foreign dependence for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) . The policies framed in late 1960s and early 1970s were built on perturbed economic situation and on experience of wars and on the observations that local multinational companies (MNCs) were not ready to invest on infrastructure for APIs unless compelled to. Indian industrial laws for manufacture and trade, abatement of monopoly, control of foreign exchange outflow as also protection of intellectual property rights on inventions were framed and modified to encourage manufacturing of APIs and formulations locally with the primary aim of import-substitution; the indigenous industry was 'protected' for a long period up to 1991 by administering 'cost-plus' prices on selected APIs and formulations made there from; their imports were regulated by levying heavy import duties. The prices of essential formulations were thus controlled. The drugs prices control orders (DPCOs) from 1970 to 1994 were for maneuvering the country through price-controlled regimen of diverse kinds, from more controls to lesser control measures over years. After India joined the World Trade Organization in 1991, the legal instruments changed fast, setting the process of liberalization into motion. Industrial licensing policies were liberalized. The drugs policies and pricing measures were altered, intending to gradually move towards price- monitoring regime, as was reflected in DPCO2002 and 2013 and the draft Drug Policy 2017. Such measures led to price rise of several medicines in trade thereby raising out-of-pocket medical expenses of people. The local API industry was affected because of liberalization. The promulgation of future policies in 2019 and thereafter would have to be a judicial balancing between expectations of the consumers to have 'fair prices' of essential medicines and the concerns of the industry to remain financially healthy, and at the same time ensuring a strong API production base in India. 
Keywords: Essential Drugs, Drugs Price Control Order, DPCO, Drug Policy, Indian Pharmaceutical Industry, NPPA, Industrial Licensing Policy, I(D&R) Act, R& D Incentives, Pharma R&D.

NISCAIR Panel Discussion on "Indian Scholarly Journals: Contemporary Issues and Aspects" | 27 February 2019, CSIR-NISCAIR, Pusa

NISCAIR Panel Discussion on "Indian Scholarly Journals: Contemporary Issues and Aspects"
27 February 2019, CSIR-NISCAIR, Pusa

Marie Skłodowska Curie Post-doctoral Fellowship is Awarded to Dr. Anwesha Borthakur of CSSP, JNU

Marie Skłodowska Curie Post-doctoral Fellowship is Awarded to Dr. Anwesha Borthakur

"During the Marie Skłodowska Curie postdoctoral fellowship, I shall analyse why emerging economies adopt E-waste policies that seem inadequate and ineffective in their local contexts and identify alternative approaches. My research will involve two case studies towards analyzing the effectiveness of E-waste policies - 1) India and 2) South Africa. The research aims to make conceptual, empirical and policy-relevant contributions. During this fellowship, I shall be based at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium (ranked 48th in the World University Rankings 2019)." 
--- Dr. Anwesha Borthakur (former Doctoral Student at CSSP, JNU).

Thursday, February 14, 2019

A Talk on "Changing News Media Landscape in India" | Today at JNU

An interactive session with Mr Milind Khandekar, Digital Editor, BBC India on 'Changing News Media Landscape in India' on Friday, February 15, at 3 pm in Room No. 344, School of International Studies II , JNU, New Delhi

All are welcome to attend.

Release of Report "Exports to Jobs: Boosting the Gains from Trade in South Asia" | 28 February at IHC New Delhi

Release of the Report "Exports to Jobs: Boosting the Gains from Trade in South Asia"

on Thursday, February 28, 2019

at Tamarind Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Organized by ICRIER, World Bank Group and International Labor Organization (ILO)


09:30 – 10 am: Registration

10:00 – 11:30 am: Welcome AddressProf. Anwarul Hoda, Chair Professor, Trade Policy and WTO Research Programme, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

Special Address: Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog | Shri Heeralal Samariya, Secretary (L&E), Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India

Opening Address: Mr. Junaid Kamal, Country Director India, World Bank | Ms. Dagmar Walter, Country Director-India, International Labour Organization

Release of the Report | "Exports to Jobs: Boosting the Gains from Trade in South Asia"  World Bank Group and International Labor Organization

Presentation of the Report | By Ms. Gladys Lopez-Acevedo, World Bank and Mr. Daniel Samaan, International Labour Organization

11:45 am – 01 pm: Panel Discussion on How to Reinvigorate the Labor Market through Greater Export Growth

  • Chair: Ms. Nidhi Mani Tripathi, Joint Secretary – TPD (Services), Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India


  • Mr. Srinivasan Iyer, Program Officer, The Ford Foundation
  • Ms. Sabina Dewan, President and Executive Director, Just Jobs Network
  • Ms. Radhicka Kapoor, Senior Fellow, ICRIER
  • Mr. Martin Rama,  Senior Advisor, World Bank
  • Prof. Ajit Ghose, Visiting Professor, Institute for Human Development

01 pm – 01:30 pm: Question and Answer

01:30 – 01:35 pm: Vote of Thanks | Mr. Martin Rama, Senior Advisor, World Bank



Dr. Rajat Kathuria, Director & Chief Executive, ICRIER

Core-6A, 4th Floor, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi - 110003, India

Tel: 01143112400; Fax: 24620180 | E-mail: rajat.kathuria[@]


Call for Participation: "Re-Greening India - Water for All: Critical need for coherence in policies and actions" | 23rd February at IIC Delhi

Re-Greening India - Water for All: Critical need for coherence in policies and actions

Date & Time: Saturday, 23rd February 2019; 1300 - 1730 Hrs

Venue: Multipurpose Hall, India International Centre, New Delhi

Organized by: The Club of Rome-India

We hope you will accept our kind invitation and join us at this very interesting forum as it may carve out way for 'Right to Water Act' in India.

Fundamental Issues

Water is the most important resource for the survival of life on this planet, it is a fundamental human need and a critical national and an international asset. In every drop of water, there is a story of life and livelihoods. Unfortunately, this precious resource is depleting swiftly everywhere. The world's water resources are, however, under increasing pressure from a growing human population, expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, and increasing per capita consumption of water, the demand for water will grow by about 55 percent between now and 2050 exacerbating current pressure. India has about 17 percent of the world's population as compared to only 4 percent of its water resources. The water sector in India has faced significant and problematic issues related to management. Despite a sizeable water resource base and vast land resource, challenges of water sector infrastructure requirements, including operating and upkeep costs, etc. are significantly higher. Earth science and environmental policy issues confronting society are the potential changes in the Earth's water cycle due to climate change. Global climate change will affect the water cycle, creating perennial droughts in some areas and frequent floods in others. 


  • 'Water for All' means for ALL living things and not only for humans.
  • Per capita, water availability must include disparity in water allocation and access
  • Comprehensive assessment of India's water sector, from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Exploring Alternative strategies
  • Educating technocrats with integration skills.
  • Erratic distribution of rain, often contributing to floods and droughts in several areas
  • Water use inefficiency 
  • Unregulated groundwater extraction
  • Water pollution
  • Decreasing water quality due to poor waste management laws
  • Interstate river disputes
  • Growing financial crunch for the development of resources
  • Safe drinking water
  • Private investments and private sector partnership in Water for all

Debate Needed Today

The essence of the 'debate needed today' for policy coherence, revolving around:

(a) Social Equity

(b) Healthy Environment and

(c) Viable Economy

We should move away from conventional, narrowly defined approaches that focus primarily on specific projects and activities – such as big dams and large-scale projects.


Water is an immeasurably political issue. This resource interacts with a highly inequitable society marked with class, caste and gender differentiation. Techno-managerial reforms in the water sector cannot tackle the issues of inequity in the water supply. India has signed the 2010 United Nations (UN) declaration of water as a right, this gives equal opportunities for all. The focus of the seminar is to evolve an environment where water is available for all in a sustainable manner—safe drinking water for basic needs, adequate water for agriculture, water for industry and for the ecosystem. So, the challenge before our meeting is to identify the Innovations, Investments, and Convergences that India now has to bring about to create a development pathway that provides all its citizens, rich and poor, with an adequate quality of water without destroying its sources.

Register Online 

Further Details 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

17th STIP Forum Lecture "Science, Technology, and Society: The Challenge of Reaching Out" by Prof. M. Sai Baba | 15 February, IHC New Delhi

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


Science, Technology, and Society: The Challenge of Reaching Out


Prof. M. Sai Baba

[T.V. Raman Pai Chair Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangaluru]


 Chair: Shri Gauhar Raza [Leading Science Communicator and Former Scientist, CSIR]


Date: 15 February 2019 (Friday) Time: 7:00 PM 

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

[apeid.higher_education.bgk] Deadlines approaching - Final Evaluation and Feasibility Study

Dear Colleagues,


Warm greetings from UNESCO Bangkok! We hope your 2019 is off to a great start.


For those of you who haven’t yet seen the links, below we are pleased to share two opportunities for our higher education unit – a final evaluation and a new feasibility study (details via the link below). Deadlines are approaching so thank you for following up.


If there are any questions, please feel free to let us know (via Wesley Teter:


Wishing you all our best for the new year!


Libing Wang


UNESCO Bangkok
Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD)




Please find below the announcement on our website:


Call for Consultancy --- Final evaluation of UNESCO’s higher education project

Jan 25, 2019

Application date

Jan 25, 2019 - Feb 28, 2019

Developing Regional Quality Tools to Facilitate the Cross-Border Mobility of Students in Asia and the Pacific (2015-2019)

Type of contract

Contract for Individual Consultancy

Duration of contract

15 March -17 June 2019

Closing date

28 February 2019

File attachment

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Call for Proposals -- Feasibility Study and Policy Brief on Credit Recognition and Transfer Systems in Asia-Pacific

Jan 25, 2019

Application date

Jan 25, 2019 - Feb 15, 2019

Type of contract

Contract for Services

Duration of contract

1 March - 30 June 2019

Closing date

15 February 2019

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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






DST Special Call for proposals under SC & ST Category under ICPS programme | Last Date 15-02-2019

DST Special Call for proposals under SC & ST Category under ICPS programme
The Scheme: Proposals are invited from SC & ST categories only for conducting the following:
1. Conduction of national level Conferences/workshops/Seminars/brain storming sessions etc of three days duration.
2. Training programmes: In-house Short term training/FDP Programmes for Faculty/UG/PG/Doctoral students of two weeks duration.
3. Building awareness at School level and at ITI, Polytechnic, Advanced Training Institutes (ATI).

The above are to be conducted under broader indicative topics like 
1. Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Applications
2. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL)
3. Data Science and Big Data Analytics
4. Quantum Science & Technology
5. Cyber Security, crypt analysis and security for physical infrastructure
6. Block chain Technology
7. Sensor Networks, Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Everything
8. Robotics and advanced Manufacturing

Further Details | Last Date for Submission: 15-02-2019

Panel Discussion on 'Information Technologies – Computing, Communications and Machine Intelligence: The Next Twenty Five Years' | IIC New Delhi, 19 February

NITI Aayog, India International Centre and Centre for Policy Research are pleased to invite you to the valedictory session on

Information Technologies – Computing, Communications and Machine Intelligence: The Next Twenty Five Years

N N Vohra, President, India International Centre

Opening Remarks by:
Ambassador Shyam Saran, Life Trustee, India International Centre
Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog   
Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research

Keynote Speaker:
Arogyaswami Paulraj, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, USA 

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Multipurpose Hall, Kamla Devi Complex, India International Centre, New Delhi

Metamorphoses Website

Sign up for the event at this link. This is necessary given seating requirements.

We are at the dawn of a new era in Information Technologies, driven by the recent breakthroughs in Machine Intelligence, and supported by impressive advances in Computing and Communications. This talk will outline the history of Information Technology and its likely evolution in the near future. And, more importantly, discuss the potential societal impact of these technologies. The talk will then survey India's record in developing Information Technologies and the opportunities for the country to become a significant innovator in this vital domain.

The talk will be livestreamed on the IIC website; streamed through Facebook-live on the Metamorphoses Facebook page; and video recordings will be available on YouTube, as well as disseminated through social media channels hosted on the Metamorphoses website. The promotional video for Metamorphoses can be accessed here.

Questions will be taken on a special number through SMS, provided at the venue, and selected ones will be answered given time constraints.

Arogyaswami Paulraj is an Emeritus Professor at Stanford University. He is the inventor and a pioneer of MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) wireless technology, the key to all modern wireless networks. He has authored over 400 research publications, several text books and a co-inventor in 80 US patents. He founded three technology companies in the US which were later acquired by Intel, Broadcom and Hewlett Packard Enterprises. His major recognitions include the Friendship Award from the Government of PR China, US Government National Inventors Hall of Fame, the Marconi Prize and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell medal. He is a fellow of several National Academies in Eng. and Sciences in the US, China and Sweden. Paulraj served in Indian Navy for 25 years where he developed ASW Sonar Technology and later founded three Labs - CDAC (DEITY), CAIR(DRDO) and CRL(BEL/MOD). His recognitions in India include the Padma Bhushan, a civilian national award.

Metamorphoses is a modest effort to try and bridge the gap between digital technologies, which are transforming our lives, and our understanding of their multiple dimensions. It will unfold in a series of nine interactions covering different aspects of the digital revolution.

This series will examine the impacts of digital technologies on the human psyche and on societies – exploring ways in which some of the negative elements may be mitigated. There will be a peep into the future – of what machine learning and artificial intelligence may bring to human experience – and the moral and ethical dilemma associated with these. It will also delve into issues relating to data privacy and cyber security as well as the emerging legal regime to regulate this critical domain.

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Centre for Policy Research · Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri · New Delhi 110021 · India

Lecture "Genetic Disorders of Dietary Excess: Getting to the Heart of the Matter" | by Dr Helen Hobbs | 15th February at AICTE Auditorium, JNU Campus

The TNQ Distinguished Lectures in the Life Sciences 2019
"Genetic Disorders of Dietary Excess: Getting to the Heart of the Matter"
Speaker: Dr Helen Hobbs
15th February 2019 | AICTE Auditorium, JNU Campus
Breakthrough Prize Laureate Helen Hobbs is the 2019 Speaker of the TNQ Distinguished Lectures in the Life Sciences.

About the Speaker: Dr Helen H. Hobbs, Investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Director of the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, is the 2019 Speaker of the TNQ Distinguished Lectures in the Life Sciences. As part of this lecture series, now in its ninth edition, she will be giving lectures in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and New Delhi. Professor Hobbs' work is focussed on searching for genetic factors that contribute to, and protect us from, diseases arising from dietary excess as food has become easily available and human beings more sedentary. In 1999, along with her colleagues, Professor Hobbs established the Dallas Heart Study (DHS) aimed at identifying factors that contribute to coronary heart disease and metabolic disorders. This 3500+ population group study showed that mutations in the protein PCSK9 result in lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the cholesterol in the blood that leads to atherosclerosis or the clogging of arteries. These observations led to the rapid development of two FDA-approved, anti-PCSK9 antibodies for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia and the prevention of coronary atherosclerosis. More recently, Dr Hobbs' team has identified sequence variations that are associated with the full spectrum of alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (FLD), including steatosis, steatohepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Dr Hobbs and her team found that mutations in the protein PNPLA3 were strongly linked to this condition. Yet another screen showed that a mutation in TM6SF2 led to an increase in fat content. Dr Hobbs' team has shown that this protein helps the liver secrete fat into the blood in triglyceride-rich lipoproteins. Dr Hobbs attended Stanford University and Case Western Reserve Medical School before training in internal medicine at the Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr Joseph Goldstein and Dr Michael Brown, she joined the faculty of UT Southwestern. Dr Hobbs was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2004 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2007. 

Admission to the lectures is free and open to all.  Online Registration

Monday, February 11, 2019

CSD Training workshop on Qualitative Methods in Social Sciences: Ethnography, Narratives and Social Stories | 11-15 March

One week programme on Qualitative Methods in Social Sciences: Ethnography, Narratives and Social Stories
11-15 March 2019
Venue: Council for Social Development, Lodi Estate, New Delhi
Organized by Council for Social Development, New Delhi; G B Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad; & Anthropological Survey of India, Govt. of India
Last Date of Application: 28 February 2019

This workshop will critically examine the practices in social science researches on India society, which often miss out the nuances of social plurality. Most of the existing qualitative research methods are based on Western anthropology or ethnography, which have limitations for understanding Indian society that has some unique characteristics, apart from the plurality of caste and communities and diversities of regions. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a training in qualitative research methods to capture the pluralistic nature of Indian society. This workshop will orient the researchers to explore their own eyes to understand Indian society in the context of locale and indigenous veracity.

Session 1: Understanding qualitative research and Specificities of Indian society
Session 2: Preparing the researcher for qualitative research and introducing different methods
Session 3: Selecting the field: deconstructing the debate of own society vs. others societies
Session 4: Relating with field: blurring the boundaries of outsider and insider
Session 5: Field research: selection of respondents; family tree and biographical notes of respondents; retrieving the memories; semi structured and un-structured interviews (Baat-se-baat methodology); focused group discussions (FGDs) to validate the facts and fill in the incomplete stories; field diary, notes and queries of observations; capturing the silence, murmuring, half sentences
Session 6: Data analysis: transcription; reading the field notes; inclusion of left out resources (proverbs, folk stories and songs); content analysis and discourse analysis; understanding the casteorality
Session 7: Visual representation of qualitative data
Session 8: How to write social stories

Course Contribution: Rs 3,000/- (three thousand) per participant for kit bag, course material, lunch and refreshment. The participants will have to make their own arrangements for accommodation.
Last Date for Nomination/application: 28 February 2019

Contact for further information or any clarification: Please contact: Dr. Susmita Mitra, Assistant Professor, Council for Social Development, 53 Lodi Estate (KK Birla Marg), New Delhi, 110003 | E-mail: susmita[@] Telephone: +91-11- 24615383 (ext 220) | Dr. Archana Singh, Assistant Professor, G B Pant Social Science Institute, archanaparihar[@]



UNESCO Press Release No.2019-14



In 2019 awards are extended to include mathematics and computer science


Paris, 11 FebruaryOn the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science celebrated on 11 February, the L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have announced the laureates of the 21st International Awards For Women in Science, which honours outstanding women scientists, from all over the world. These exceptional women are recognized for the excellence of their research in the fields of material science, mathematics and computer science.

Each laureate receive €100,000 and their achievements will be celebrated alongside those of 15 promising young women scientists from around the world at an awards ceremony on 14 March at UNESCO's Headquarters in Paris.


Mathematics is a prestigious discipline and a source of innovation in many domains, however, it is also one of the scientific fields with the lowest representation of women at the highest level. Since the establishment of the three most prestigious international prizes for the discipline (Fields, Wolf and Abel), only one woman mathematician has been recognized, out of a total of 141 laureates.[1]

The L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have therefore decided to reinforce their efforts to empower women in science by extending the International Awards dedicated to material science to two more research areas: mathematics and computer science.[2]

Two mathematicians now figure among the five laureates receiving the 2019 For Women in Science Awards: Claire Voisin, one of five women to have received a gold medal from the the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and the first women mathematician to enter the prestigious Collège de France, and Ingrid Daubechies of Duke University (USA), the first woman researcher to head the International Mathematical Union.


In the field of scientific research, the glass ceiling is still a reality: Women only account for 28% of researchers,[3] occupy just 11% of senior academic positions,[4] and number a mere 3% of Nobel Science Prizes.

Since 1998, the L'Oréal Foundation, in partnership with UNESCO, has worked to improve the representation of women in scientific careers, upholding the conviction that the world needs science, and science needs women.

In its first 20 years, the For Women in Science programme supported and raised the profiles of 102 laureates and more than 3,000 talented young scientists, both doctoral and post-doctoral candidates, providing them with research fellowships, allocated annually in 117 countries.







Professor Najat Aoun SALIBA – Analytical and atmospheric chemistry

Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Nature Conservation Center at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Professor Saliba is rewarded for her pioneering work in identifying carcinogenic agents and other toxic air pollutants in the in Middle East, and in modern nicotine delivery systems, such as cigarettes and hookahs. Her innovative work in analytical and atmospheric chemistry will make it possible to address some of the most pressing environmental challenges and help advance public health policies and practices.




Professeur Maki KAWAI – Chemistry / Catalysis

Director General, Institute of Molecular Sciences, Tokyo University, Japan, member of the Science Council of Japan 

Professor Maki Kawai is recognized for her ground-breaking work in manipulating molecules at the atomic level, in order to transform materials and create innovative materials. Her exceptional research has contributed to establishing the foundations of nanotechnologies at the forefront of discoveries of new chemical and physical phenomena that stand to address critical environmental issues such as energy efficiency.




Professor Karen HALLBERG – Physics/ Condensed matter physics

Professor at the Balseiro Institute and Research Director at the Bariloche Atomic Centre, CNEA/CONICET, Argentina

Professor Karen Hallberg is rewarded for developing cutting-edge computational approaches that allow scientists to understand the physics of quantum matter. Her innovative and creative techniques represent a major contribution to understanding nanoscopic systems and new materials.




Professor Ingrid DAUBECHIES – Mathematics / Mathematical physics

Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, United States 

Professor Daubechies is recognized for her exceptional contribution to the numerical treatment of images and signal processing, providing standard and flexible algorithms for data compression. Her innovative research on wavelet theory has led to the development of treatment and image filtration methods used in technologies from medical imaging equipment to wireless communication.





Professor Claire VOISIN – Mathematics / Algebraic geometry

Professor at the Collège de France and former researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Professor Voisin is rewarded for her outstanding work in algebraic geometry. Her pioneering discoveries have allowed [mathematicians and scientists] to resolve fundamental questions on topology and Hodge structures of complex algebraic varieties.






Among the 275 national and regional fellowship winners we support each year, the For Women in Science programme selects the 15 most promising researchers, all of whom will also be honoured on 14 March 2019.


Dr. Saba AL HEIALY – Health sciences

L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid University for Medicine and Health Sciences

Dr. Zohra DHOUAFLI – Neuroscience/ Biochemistry

L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Tunisia, Center of Biotechnology of Borj-Cédria

Dr. Menattallah ELSERAFY – Molecular biology/Genetics

L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Egypt, Zewail City of Science and Technology

Dr. Priscilla Kolibea MANTE – Neurosciences

L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology



Dr. Jacquelyn CRAGG – Health sciences

L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Canada, University of British Columbia



Dr. Maria MOLINA – Chemistry/Molecular biology

L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Argentina, National University of Rio Cuarto

Dr. Ana Sofia VARELA – Chemistry/Electrocatalysis

L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Mexico, Institute of Chemistry, National Autonomous University of Mexico



Dr. Sherry AW – Neuroscience

L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Singapore, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology

Dr. Mika NOMOTO – Molecular biology / Plant pathology

L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Singapore, University of Nagoya

Dr. Mary Jacquiline ROMERO – Quantum physics

L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Australia, University of Queensland



Dr. Laura ELO – Bioinformatics

L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Finland, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University

Dr. Kirsten JENSEN – Material chemistry, structural analysis

L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Denmark, University of Copenhagen

Dr. Biola María JAVIERRE MARTÍNEZ – Genomics

L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Spain, Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute 

Dr. Urte NENISKYTE – Neuroscience

L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Lithuania, University of Vilnius

Dr. Nurcan TUNCBAG – Bioinformatics

L'Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Turkey, Middle East Technical University





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[1] Source : Abel Prize, Fermat, Fields, Shaw and Wolf.

[2] In addition to chemistry and physics.

[3] UNESCO report on science towards 2030 (2015).

[4] BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP study for the L'Oréal Foundation (2013) on 14 countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Morocco, South Africa, Spain, USA, UK).

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