Thursday, August 29, 2019

CfPs: Frugal Innovation and its Implementation: Leveraging Constraints for Driving Innovations on a Global Scale

Frugal Innovation and its Implementation: Leveraging Constraints for Driving Innovations on a Global Scale

Call for Book Chapters 
Over the past decade, Frugal Innovations have garnered the attention of management scholars and practitioners due to their high economic potential and rapidly growing adoption in business. With its roots in emerging economies, Frugal Innovation as a concept has come a long way from focusing on subsistence marketplaces to being applied to address global challenges such as changing demographics and climate change. Specifically, in light of the ongoing digital revolution and arrival of new business models such as sharing and circular economy, Frugal Innovations are being explored on a global scale from various new perspectives. The focus is drifting away from merely being 'cost' and 'BoP' driven innovations to being 'green' and 'sustainable' innovations. However, unlike this shift, a large part of current research on Frugal Innovation is still oriented towards BoP markets and low-cost strategies. Marking the start of a new wave of Frugal Innovation research, this book comes at an appropriate time to encourage academicians to explore the concept of Frugal Innovation from new perspectives and set future research agenda. To discuss different product development strategies and tools that are being employed by organizations across the globe to implement Frugal Innovations. Furthermore, this book also aims to discuss the recent and upcoming trends and their impact on frugal innovations strategies. Hence, the aims of this book are:
Starting a new wave in Frugal Innovation research
Exploring Frugal Innovation from new perspectives
Set future research agenda

Topics include but are not limited to:
  • Frugal Innovation as a worldwide phenomenon
  • Reverse Innovation – the global answer to frugality?
  • Frugal Engineering fostering Frugal Innovation
  • Digital Revolution as a driver of frugality
  • Circular Economy and Sustainability
  • Technological Innovation and Disruption
  • Frugal Ecosystems in the age of Sharing Economy
We encourage specific papers from both a SME and MNC perspective.
Prospective authors should send their manuscripts electronically to the following email address: (, with the subject title as: "Frugal Innovation and its Implementation- Book Chapter". Submitted manuscripts will be refereed by at least two independent and expert reviewers for quality, correctness, originality, and relevance. Submitted manuscripts (around 20 pages) should conform to the standard guidelines of the Springer's book chapter format.

  • Submission of full manuscripts: November 1st 2019
  • Review Feedback:   January 15th 2019
  • Revised paper submission: March 15th 2020
  • Publication:   Winter 2020

Call for Papers -- FORE International Conference on Frugal Approach to Innovation | Dec 13-14, Delhi | Submit Abstract by Sep 15

Eighth FORE International Conference on "Frugal Approach to Innovation"
13-14 December 2019 | New Delhi

We are glad to inform you that Center for Research and Innovation in Frugal Technology Management (CRIFT) at the FORE School of Management (New Delhi) is proud to organize the eighth annual FORE International Conference, centered around the theme of "Frugal Approach to Innovation," scheduled for 13th -14th December 2019. 
This first of its kind conference etches out and symbolically celebrates the soft power of India's "Frugal Innovation". Frugal innovation is primed to present growth, thus it interests practice and academia alike; our conference is also envisioned to have parallel academic and practitioners' track. We appreciate an emphasis on the "doing" and "real" parts of frugal innovation and are striving to ensure that the conference does not remain a theoretical debate only, but also an action plan capable of being the preferred choice for innovators, startups and key stakeholders.
We seek your scholarly contributions to this conference. For submission guidelines and technical requirements for papers, posters and case studies, please visit:

Academic Track: Within this overall theme, the main topics of the academic track include, but are not limited to:
  • Technological Enablers of Frugality Synergies of Artificial Intelligence and Digitization with Frugal Innovation Frugal Business Models
  • Frugal Approaches to Education and Healthcare Solving
  • Urban Distress through Frugal Philosophy
  • Psychological Attributes of Frugal Innovators/Teams Future of Planet and "Frugality"
  • Social Contours of Frugal Innovation Roots of "Frugal" Philosophy and Perils of "Abundance"
  • Ethnographical Accounts of Frugal Innovators
  • Frugal Innovation for Business Sustainability

Practitioner Track: Within this overall theme, the main topics of the practitioner track include, but are not limited to:

  • Urban Problems and Frugal Solutions Industry Specific Enablers and Challenges for Frugal Innovation
  • Auto-ethnography/Autobiographical treatise on Frugal Innovation
  • Accounting for Real Challenges on Field through "their" Stories
  • Way Forward for Frugal Approach to Innovation
Important Dates
Abstract registration deadline – September 15, 2019
Communication of Acceptance – October 7, 2019
Submission deadline – November 1, 2019
Registration Closes – November 15, 2019

We hope to infuse the practicing frugal innovator's experience with their academic perspective for the conference, creating an exciting to follow and easy to adapt approach. We are happy to inform you that on the academic front following list amongst our esteemed academic/knowledge partners: 
  • Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA)
  • The Australasian Frugal Innovation Network (AFIN)
  • The Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) Paris  
We are also proudly associated with the "Smart Village Movement", ICE& SDGs, and Maker's Asylum as our knowledge partners; and PotHoleRaja, Sanshodhan, SunMoksha and CLEAN (Clean Energy Access Network) as our industry partners, and Srijan Sanchar (Nagpur) as one of our long-standing innovation partners. 

We hope this conference functions as an excellent platform to spark the much-needed discussion around "frugal innovations", bringing together policymakers, practitioners, and academicians ready to create sustainable change in India. For more details, do visit our conference website at   

We look forward to your kind participation. 
With Warm Regards,  
Organizing Team 
FORE International Conference on Frugal Approach to Innovation

For enquiry, kindly contact (Student Team):
Aditya Agarwal | +91 8359036654
Kushal Khandelwal | +91 9891192669
Priyanka Bansal | +91 9996225113

FORE School of Management
Adhitam Kendra, B - 18, Qutub Institutional Area,
New Delhi, Delhi (India) 110016.

RIS Paying Tribute to Prof. Ashok Parthasarathi | 2 September at IIC New Delhi

As you are aware Professor Ashok Parthasarathi, a distinguished Indian S&T policy maker, passed away on 12 August 2019.  
A condolence meeting to recall the contribution of Professor Ashok Parthasarathi is being organised jointly by RIS and India International Centre at 6.00 p.m. on Monday, 2 September 2019.  
Venue:  Multipurpose Hall, IIC
The programme will be as follows:
  • Shri N.N. Vohra, President, IIC
  • Professor Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General, RIS
  • Dr. V. Siddhartha, former Emeritus Scientist, DRDO
  • Dr. Shiv Visvanathan, Professor & Vice Dean and Executive Director, Centre for the   Study of Science, Society and Sustainability, Jindal Global Law School
  • Ms. Seema Mustafa, Editor, The Citizen
  • Dr. Dinesh Abrol, Professor, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID)
  • Dr. Jairam Ramesh, former Union Minister
Interventions from the floor

Friday, August 23, 2019

A conversation on Emerging Technologies and the International Order | 3rd September at ORF

Greetings from the Observer Research Foundation!

You are cordially invited to a conversation on Emerging Technologies and The International Order, between Ambassador Tobias Feakin, Australia's Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Dr. Samir Saran, President, ORF. It will be held at the ORF Conference Hall, New Delhi on 3rd September from 11.00 AM-12.30 PM, followed by lunch.

Event description:

Rapid advances in emerging technologies are implicating the international balance of power in complex and uncertain ways. Managing tensions fueled by new technologies will require governments to anticipate risks to domestic institutions and processes, adapt to changes in military strategies and postures, develop international law and norms, and prevent disputes on trade and investment. However, the onset of a multipolar world will make this endeavour more challenging, as states and business engage in a zero sum race to monopolise the strategic benefits of emerging technologies.
In this context, Ambassador Tobias Feakin and Dr. Samir Saran will offer their perspectives on how emerging technologies will implicate the international order and will also outline a roadmap for Australia-India cooperation in this field. 
About Dr. Tobias Feakin
Dr Tobias Feakin is Australia's inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs. He leads Australia's whole‑of‑government international engagement to advance and protect Australia's national security, foreign policy, economic and trade, and development interests in the internet and in cyberspace.
Ambassador Feakin was a member of the Independent Panel of Experts that supported the Australian Cyber Security Review to produce Australia's 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. He was the Director of National Security Programs at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute from 2012 to 2016 and established the Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre.
He has also held a number of research and advisory positions, including with the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, the Oxford University Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre, the Global Commission on Internet Governance and the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.
10:30 – 11:00 hrs: Registration
11:00 – 12:00  hrs: Discussion between Dr. Samir Saran and Ambassador Tobias Feakin                         
12:00 – 12:30 hrs: Q and A
12:30 hrs onwards: Lunch

We look forward to your participation

Team ORF  
Copyright © 2019 Observer Research Foundation, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
20, Rouse Avenue Institutional Area,
New Delhi-110002, India
Phone: +91 11 4352 0020

Augmenting Nature by Green Affordable New-Habitat (ANGAN 2019): Call for Exhibitors

International Conference and Exhibition on Building Energy Efficiency
9-11 September 2019 | New Delhi, India. 

We are pleased to inform you that an "International Conference and Exhibition on Building Energy Efficiency" is being organized by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power, Government of India and Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF), GIZ from 9th to 11th September 2019 in New Delhi, India.
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency and GIZ have been working cohesively to enhance the contribution of energy efficiency within the climate change goals as committed by the Government of India during the Paris Climate Agreement. The partnership has been extended across various sectors to enhance efficiency levels. Keeping in view, increasing building stock and urbanization, the partnership has been extended to work aggressively for promoting energy efficiency in the buildings sector.
The theme of the International Conference and Exhibition is "Augmenting Nature by Green Affordable New-Habitat (ANGAN)". It would serve as a platform to foster National and International strategic collaborations, partnerships, networks and information exchange to promote energy-efficient habitat. Eminent technology providers from around the world will gather to exhibit innovative solutions to enhance sustainability in the context of buildings. Furthermore, a brief note on each exhibited technologies is scheduled to be published as part of the compendium.
Given your expertise and leadership in energy-efficient solutions for buildings, we are pleased to invite you to participate in the ANGAN exhibition. We look forward to receiving your consent to participate along with a brief concept note. To register, please visit this link and submit all the required details. You will receive a confirmation on your registered id. Please note that no costs towards travel, boarding or lodging for the exhibition shall be borne by GIZ. The deadline for online submission of concept notes ends on the 25th of August, 2019.
Should you have any further queries, please reach us through the Quick Enquiry panel on the website. To refer to the agenda of the programme, visit this link.
Looking forward to see you at ANGAN 2019!
Thanking You
ANGAN 2019 [Augmenting Nature by Green Affordable New-Habitat (ANGAN)]

Thursday, August 22, 2019

TARAgram Yatra 2019, 23-26 September | Call for Participation

SNU-IIC Lecture on De-securitisation of Himalayan River Basins by Douglas Hill | 26 August, IIC Delhi

De-securitising Himalayan River Basins: People, Ecology and Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues

RIS-EU RRI Practice Project 2nd Newsletter

RRI-Practice Second Newsletter is out!
RRI-Practice is approaching the end of three intensive and highly productive years of work. Its second and final newsletter presents a quick overview of the main outcomes of the project: an RRI Handbook to help organisations to foster RRI in practice; policy recommendations to support European policy makers to strengthen RRI; RRI-Practice Policy Workshop; the "Pathways to Transformation" conference; a Declaration on the Future of RRI; scientific publications, and more. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

International Student Essay Contest, 2019: Internet Responsibility

CSSP JNU invites you to a Condolence Meeting Remembering Professor Ashok Parthasarathi | 21st August

Centre for Studies in Science Policy

Jawaharlal Nehru University


Invites you to a 

Condolence Meeting Remembering Professor Ashok Parthasarathi 



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


Date: Wednesday, 21st August 2019 | Time: 11:30 AM



About Professor Ashok Parthasarathi

Professor Ashok Parthasarathi, a physicist, electronics engineer, S&T policy researcher and S&T policymaker, served the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University as a Professor during Feb. 2000 - July 2005. His commitment to the promotion of S&T and their applications to the development of security of the nation have been acknowledged by many and has led him to hold important positions in the Government of India – former Secretary in the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), the Department of Electronics (DoE) and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). He also served as S&T Adviser to late Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi, working from the Prime Minister's Secretariat for about a decade. He was involved in establishment of different public sector companies in electronics sector making hi-tech electronic products ranging from microchips to optic fibre and satellite-based communication systems. Professor Parthasarathi's contribution to the development of the defence electronics sector has been widely acknowledged as has been his contribution to solar electric systems. He died on 12th August 2019, at the age of 79 years.


CSSP Fraternity and All Others are welcome to attend the Meeting.


Coordinator, CSSP Lecture Series

Job Announcement: Vacancies at UoH; CUO

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Launch of IndiaRxiv on the eve of India's 73rd Independence Day: Press Release

Press Release


Bengaluru | 14th August 2019 

Research outputs find a home at IndiaRxiv, India's first Preprints Service

Open Access India partners with the Center for Open Science to launch IndiaRxiv on the eve of India's 73rd Independence Day as the country joins the global march for open science.

Open Access India and the Center for Open Science have collaborated to launch IndiaRxiv, India's first preprint service. IndiaRxiv began as a vision for a single open platform that could provide free access to all publicly-funded research outputs (publications) from India and to provide Indian scholars with a way to share their scholarly outputs. Today, on the eve of India's 73rd Independence Day, we are happy to introduce IndiaRxiv. Beginning 15th August, 2019, the preprint service will be open to all researchers and scholars of India and others who are working on issues related to India.

IndiaRxiv is being launched not only for scholars to share their articles and read the work published by their peers, but also to provide public access to the latest research, allowing authors to gather feedback and ideas and build upon existing work.

NITI Aayog, the policy think tank of the Indian government envisions in its 'Strategy for New India @ 75' that by 2022, five of the scientific research institutions in India should be among the top 100 in the world. The Open Access India community believes that when research produced by the research institutes is made freely available, it will reach a wider audience having a larger impact and increase in collaborations. It is hoped that the IndiaRxiv repository will become a portal for sharing and showcasing the latest research produced across all the institutes and universities in the country and the open access community will strive towards this goal.

What are Preprints?


Preprints are the first draft of the versions made by the authors before submitting to the journals for publication. The researchers posting preprints in public repositories will help them in date stamping their work and showcasing the same for making grant applications or for applying for any positions.


There is growing support from eminent scientists and academic bodies like Indian National Science Academy (INSA) for preprints and advocating that preprints should be used for evaluation at par with the peer reviewed publications in the recruitment of postdocs or faculty and also for funding grants.


 "Let's give freedom to our scholarly literature and make it available freely to the world." - Sridhar Gutam, Convenor, Open Access India and Senior Scientist, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru.


"IndiaRxiv should now be the flagship and window of cutting-edge science happening in India; a first choice publication platform." - Biswapriya Misra, Steering Committee Member, Assistant Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA.


"I am really happy to see the dream of IndiaRxiv – the 'freedom' statement of free India – come true. India gained her political freedom over seven decades back; she now aspires to earn her academic freedom through IndiaRxiv, a noble initiative in matured open access research and learning. IndiaRxiv will be fully indexed in National Digital Library of India to reach every corner of the world within a single click." - Partha Pratim Das, Joint Principal Investigator, National Digital Library of India Project and Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Kharagpur


IndiaRxiv is managed by a steering committee comprised of researchers and scientists from various institutes and universities, and its advisory board includes internationally renowned advocates and supporters of open science and open access. With the support of COS and the international steering committee, the Open Access India community previously launched AgriXiv, an open access scholarly repository for agriculture and allied sciences.

The desired outcome is that journal publishers and funding agencies in India will amend their policies to allow their authors to submit preprints to IndiaRxiv, which accepts all scholarly works in all Indian languages. IndiaRxiv has a policy to moderate all the submissions and the same will be made available on the license terms of CC-BY-NC-SA or CC-BY-Attribution 4.0 International.

IndiaRxiv is the 26th community preprints service built on the COS's flagship platform, OSF, which helps researchers design and manage their project workflow, store their data, generate DOIs, and collaborate with colleagues. COS has leveraged the platform to help the research communities in many disciplines to discover new research as it happens and to receive quick feedback on their own research prior to publication. COS's preprints platform provides an easy, robust, and stable solution for organizations that want to launch their own preprints service. COS is currently supporting branded services in marine and earth sciences, psychology, social sciences, engineering, agriculture, imaging, paleontology, sports research, contemplative research, law, library and information science, nutrition, as well as national, multidisciplinary services in Indonesia, France, the Arab nations, and Africa.


About the Center for Open Science
The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit technology and culture change organization founded in 2013 with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. COS pursues this mission by building communities around open science practices, supporting metascience research, and developing and maintaining free, open source software tools. The OSF is a web application that provides a solution for the challenges facing researchers who want to pursue open science practices, including: a streamlined ability to manage their work; collaborate with others; discover and be discovered; pre-register their studies; and make their code, materials, and data openly accessible. Learn more at and


About OSF Preprints

The branded preprints platform from COS provides organizations that want to launch their own preprints service an easy, robust, and stable solution. The platform can be configured to match their brand, editorial focus, licensing requirements, and taxonomy. Once configured, a new service can be up and indexing new preprints in a matter of days. Preprints contributors are also encouraged to include links to their research, if available. If the preprint is associated with an existing OSF project, that project can also be easily accessed and explored. OSF Preprints uses SHARE to aggregate search results from a variety of other preprints providers like arXiv, bioRXiv, PeerJ, CogPrints and others into its archive. 


About Open Access India

The Open Access India is a community of practice was initially an online Facebook group formed on 8th July 2011. The community members are working for taking forward the Open Access movement in India with the following aims and objectives. 

  • Advocacy – sensitizing the students, researchers, policy makers and the general public about Open Access, Open Data and Open Education.
  • Development of community e-infrastructure, capacity building and framework for policies related to Open Access, Open Data and Open Education.


To support the cause and to work for the aims and objectives, we have fantastic Ambassadors, a committed Working Group, few Convenors and the best Advisory Board. Everyone who as interests in Open Access, Open Data and Open Education and wish to be part of the Open Access Movement in India, are welcome to join.


Contact for IndiaRxiv | Open Access India
Media: Sridhar Gutam |
Web: |
@IndiaRxiv | @OAIndia

Contact for the Center for Open Science
Media: Claire Riss
Starting a Branded Preprints Service: Nici Pfeiffer

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Enrollment started in Swayam e-Certification Courses on Data Analytics/ Data Sciences

Enrollment started in Swayam e-Certification Courses on Data Analytics/ Data Sciences
Enrollment is free. But if you opt for certification, an examination fee is there.