Saturday, November 18, 2017

New Book | India as a Pioneer of Innovation | ed by H Singh, A Padmanabhan, and EJ Emanuel

India as a Pioneer of Innovation
Edited by Harbir Singh, Ananth Padmanabhan, and Ezekiel J Emanuel, Oxford University Press, 2017, ISBN: 9780199476084.

What does innovation mean to and in India? What are the predominant sites of activity where Indians innovate, and under what situations do they work or fail? This book addresses these all-important questions arising within diverse Indian contexts: informal economy, low-cost settings, large business groups, entertainment and copyright industries, an evolving pharma sector, a poorly organized and appallingly underfunded public health system, social enterprises for the urban poor, and innovations-for-the-millions. Its balanced perspective on India's promises and failings makes it a valuable addition for those who believe that India's future banks heavily on its ability to leapfrog using innovation, as well as those sceptical of the Indian state's belief in the potential of private enterprise and innovation. It also provides critical insights on innovation in general, the most important of which being the highly context-specific, context-driven character of the innovation project.

Offers insights on diverse contexts across which innovation happens in India, including business, health, policy, entertainment, and the informal economy.
Discusses how traditional notions of innovation have been reshaped in the Indian context.
Includes contributions from experts across various fields.

Table of Contents
1: Historical Perspectives on Innovation in Indian Business, Claude Markovits
2: Innovation in the Informal Economy of Mofussil India, Barbara Harris-White
4: Innovation in Indian Business Groups, Prashant Kale and Harbir Singh
5: From 'Pharmacy' to 'Laboratory': The Global Biologics Revolution and the Indian Bio-Pharmaceutical Industry, Chirantan Chatterjee and Shreekanth Mahendiran
6: Fair Use and Fair Dealing: Two Approaches to Limitations and Exceptions in Copyright Law, Shyamkrishna Balganesh and David Nimmer
7: Innovations in the Organisation of Public Health Services for Rural and Remote Parts of India, Sundararaman Thiagarajan and Rajani Ved
8: India as a Hub of Innovation for the Millions (I4M), Vijay Mahajan
9: Market-Based Solutions for Poverty Reduction in India, Brian English

Thursday, November 16, 2017

CfPs: International Conference on Achieving Youth Specific SDGs: Key Challenges and Policy Responses | 15-17 February | RGNIYD, Sriperumbudur

International Conference on Achieving Youth Specific SDGs: Key Challenges and Policy Responses
15-17 February 2018
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, India 

Call for papers
Papers are invited on any of the following sub-themes with focus on SDG targets. It may please be noted that youth, gender, marginalized communities and disabled section are themes cutting across the sub-themes mentioned below:

Thematic Areas:
I: Skill Development & Entrepreneurship
II: Employment & Labour Market
III: Youth & Climate Change
IV: SDGs through the lens of Migration
V: Gender
VI: Education for Sustainable Development
VII: Youth Centric Institutions & Strengthening Social Equality for Youth and Communities
Researchers and academicians, including those from outside India, are invited to contribute papers on any of the themes mentioned above. Interested scholars may send an abstract of 500 words and the full Papers submitted should not exceed 8000 words (including tables and appendices).

Publication Opportunity: The shortlisted papers will be submitted to Routledge for academic review. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) has shown initial interest and would like to see and review the complete manuscripts to be published by Routledge. In case more number of quality papers are available, Routledge would be interested in publishing them as a separate volume. 

Important Dates
Last date for submission of abstracts: 28 November 2017
Notification of selected abstracts: 2 December 2017
Last date for submission of full papers: 2 February 2018
Last date for Registration: 2 January 2018
Conference Dates: 15-17 February 2018

Delhi Tech Talks on 'Embedding Human Rights in Cybersecurity' | 21st November, at India International Centre

on November 21st at 6 pm at the India International Centre! 

This edition will focus on 'Embedding Human Rights in Cybersecurity', and it takes place on the eve of the Global Conference on Cyberspace, 2017.

Two-Week Capacity Building Programme on Research Methodology for Faculty Members in Social Sciences | at IIT Guwahati, 7-18 March

Two-Week Capacity Building Programme on Research Methodology for Faculty Members in Social Sciences

March 7-18, 2018

Organised by: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati 

Sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi

The objective of the course is to develop research capabilities among young faculty and turn completed research into publishable material in the form of journal articles/books. Specifically, the objectives will be to:
  • Develop capacity for conceptualising and writing research proposals.
  • Enhance skills to prepare an appropriate research design, including conducting an overview of literature, formulating research questions and hypotheses, collection of information and analysis
  • Enhance level of competency for writing a research paper/review of books for publication.
  • Develop the capacity for planning and writing a book.

Capacity Building is much more than training and includes the following:
  • Human Resource Development: The process of equipping individuals with the understanding, skills and access to information, knowledge and training that enables them to perform effectively.
  • Organizational Development: The elaboration of management structures, processes and procedures, not only within organizations, but also the management of relationships between the different organizations and sectors (public, private and community)
  • Institutional and Legal Framework Development: Making legal and regulatory changes to enable organizations, institutions and agencies at all levels and in all sectors to enhance their capacities

Eligibility: The course will be open to all faculty members of social science disciplines in research institutions, colleges and university postgraduate departments. Participants should have a minimum of a post-graduate degree. 
An applicant must show evidence of her/his research aptitude and s/he should submit her/his academic details in the registration form (downloadable from the CB 2018 website) including her/his academic plan to engage in research and publication after undertaking the course.
A person engaged in teaching and research in rural areas will be preferred. At least 33 per cent of the participants should be women. Applicant belonging to SCs, STs, OBCs and minorities should be given preference. Person with disabilities should also be given preference. The duly filled-in application form must be accompanied by the following: (a) 400-word write-up on the research and publication plan after the workshop, (b) 400-word write-up on any book/research report/article that s/he has read in the past year and (c) 200-word write-up on how research engagement will influence her/his teaching and engagement with the students.

Financial Support: There is no registration fee. Travel allowance by AC 3-tier train (shortest route) and bus will be reimbursed on the production of valid tickets.
Accommodation: Shortlisted candidates will be provided free accommodation facility in IIT Guwahati guesthouse. Faculty members of social science disciplines in research institutions, colleges and university postgraduate departments from NE region as well as SC/ST category are encouraged to apply.

Selection: Intake of participants for the course will be restricted to 30. The selection of candidates will be done as per the ICSSR guidelines. Decision of the Selection Committee in this regard is final. Those who are interested to attend the course must submit their application in the prescribed format (enclosed) to the address mentioned below or by email to latest by January 20, 2018. Decision on selection will be displayed on the event website by January 25, 2018. Applicants must confirm their participation in CB 2018 by January 31, 2018. Application and details of the programme can also be downloaded from

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

DWIH Science Circle Lecture - Affordable Excellence: How frugal innovations can turn into an engine for growth in India and abroad, 29 November

The German Embassy New Delhi and the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi cordially invite you to the

Science Circle Lecture
Affordable Excellence - How frugal innovations can turn into an engine for growth in India and abroad

by Dr. Stephan Buse and Dr. Rajnish Tiwari, Institute of Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) of Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 at 5:00 PM
The lecture will be followed by snacks.

To attend register here.
Affordable Excellence - How frugal innovations can turn into an engine for growth in India and abroad

Current research at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), conducted with support from Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), shows that Frugal innovations are increasingly becoming crucial for success in emerging economies and beyond. Also, further research demonstrates that India is also a lead market for frugal solutions that are able to diffuse in other markets with socio-economic similarities. So can frugal innovations go beyond mere low-cost solutions? And finally, is affordable price just a necessity or a sufficient condition for success?

Dr. Stephan Buse is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) at Hamburg University of Technology and co-leads the research programs "Global Innovation " and "Mobile Commerce ". In addition, since 2007 he has been the program-coordinator of the international Joint-Master Program "Global Innovation Management" which he also co-founded. His main research and teaching activities are in the fields of Global Innovation Management and International Business Strategy, particularly questions regarding internationalization and the international division of labor. Furthermore, he is a co-founder and member of the management team of the Center for Frugal Innovation at TIM.

Dr. Rajnish Tiwari is a Senior Research Fellow and Program Leader at Institute of Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) of Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), currently pursuing his post-doctorate. At TIM, he co-leads the research program on "Global Innovation" that includes work on frugal innovations. He is one of the founding members of Center for Frugal Innovation (CFI) and a part of its management team. Additionally, he is a member of the Advisory Circle of ITA, a program imitated by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Thursday, November 9, 2017

📢 The UNESCO Courier – 03/2017

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The UNESCO Courier | October - December 2017


Culture: the bedrock of peace

A historic resolution to protect cultural heritage

Catherine Fiankan-Bokonga

Curbing the spoils of war

Samuel Hardy

Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi: "I plead guilty"

Interview by Anissa Barrak​

Deeyah Khan: "They chose to pick up a gun, I choose to pick up a camera"

Interview by Jasmina Šopova

Breaking the cycle of vengeance

Marie Angélique Ingabire

The story of Magdalena, South Sudan

 Magdalena Nandege


Hijacked Education

Text: Katerina Markelova
Photo: Diego Ibarra Sánchez / MeMo


Philosophy versus tribalism

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Refugee scientists: quiet pioneers dedicated to discovery

Sarah Willcox


Ouided Bouchamaoui: "Prosperity springs from trust"

Interview by Mounir Charfi


A Crystal Palace houses a shipwreck

Jiang Bo

Around the globe in the world's first clean-energy ship

Virginie Jourdan

Harnessing submarine cables to save lives

Bruce Howe and Kate Panayotou

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Culture: the bedrock of peace

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