Friday, September 22, 2017

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships
The Swiss Government has recently launched its call for applications for its Excellence Scholarships for the academic year 2017-2018. For candidates from India, PhD, research and post-doctoral scholarships are available. More information on the scholarships is available at

Swiss Government Excellence Research Scholarships for foreign students
  • Academic year: 2018-2019
  • Beneficiary Country: India
  • Submission deadline: 12 November 2017

With Best Wishes

Dr. Anup Kumar Das 
Centre for Studies in Science Policy 
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University 
New Delhi - 110067, India
Twitter: @AannuuppK | @IndiaSTS

STIP Lecture "Sustainable Development: Role of Science, Technology and Innovation" by Dr R Chidambaram, chaired by Dr Harsh Vardhan | IHC, 26 September, 7:00 pm

You are cordially invited to the first lecture under 
Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum Lecture Series
(a collaborative initiative of RIS, TERI, CSE, CEFIPRA and IHC)
"Sustainable Development: Role of Science, Technology and Innovation"
Dr. R. Chidambaram 
Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India & DAE Homi Bhabha Chair Professor

Chair: Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Hon'ble Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences & Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Date: 26 September 2017, Tuesday | Time: 7.00 PM

Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi (Entry from Gate No.2)

About the Speaker: Dr. R. Chidambaram is the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet. He is also a Member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change, Chairman of the High-Level Committee for the National Knowledge Network and a member of the Space Commission. Dr. Chidambaram is one of India's distinguished experimental physicists and he has made outstanding contributions to many aspects of basic science and nuclear technology. Dr. Chidambaram has been awarded the Padma Shri in 1975 and Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in India, in 1999. 

About the Chair: Dr Harsh Vardhan, at present Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Government of India, was a practicing ENT surgeon before entering public life in 1993. He took over as Minister for Science &Technology and Earth Sciences in November 2014. He is committed to set a roadmap for the implementation of the "Make in India" programme by building a robust R&D infrastructure and promoting synergies between industry and scientific research institutions. The World Health Organisation recognised his contribution to society and awarded him the Director-General's Commendation Medal at a prestigious function held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, in May 1998.

About the Series: Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum has been initiated with the objective of promoting debate on various aspects of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. The STIPF will go beyond the disciplinary boundaries by taking into account the intersectionality of Science & Technology and Innovation. It 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. 

RSVP: Dr. K Ravi Srinivas/Mr. Tish Malhotra, Tel.: 9958269111/011-24682176, Email:,

Applications are invited for two posts for the DST-funded Project at CSSP, SSS

Applications are invited for the following posts for the DST-funded Project titled "A Comparative Study of India's Research Performance in Scientific and Technological Areas of Clean Energy and Water (2007-16)"
  • Project Associate
  • Research Fellow
Last Date for Application by email: 06-10-2017

Further Details:, see under Current Projects. 

Research Paper "Frugality and Cross-Sectoral Policymaking for Food Security" by Bhaduri, Sinha & Knorringa

Frugality and Cross-Sectoral Policymaking for Food Security
by Saradindu Bhaduri, Kinsuk Mani Sinha & Peter Knorringa, NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.njas.2017.08.002. 

Abstract: The growing concerns about food security, especially in the disadvantaged regions of the world, often point out the inadequacies of strictly sectoral approaches to addressing the problems of agriculture. Such policy approaches coincided with the rise of a global, top-down, formal, science-driven development of agriculture. Over time, such interventions have drawn criticism from multiple corners as inadequately addressing the need for local variation in institutional contexts. The objective of this paper is to adopt a bottom-up perspective to address the need for cross-sectorality in food security policies. Sustainable Rural Livelihood (SRL) and Grassroots Innovation (GI) are two well recognized schools of thought which emphasize the cross-sectoral approaches to livelihood and local level problem-solving. By embracing a frugality lens, we can offer a conceptual regularity in the patterns of behaviour and decision-making highlighted by the SRL and GI schools of thought. Taking a step further, the frugality lens, by focusing on the usefulness of a decision in the actual environment, emphasizes the need to diagnose local institutions better. Note, however, that the contention of the current paper is not to posit 'top-down' and 'bottom-up' as two competing paradigms. It only argues that a frugality lens helps us to better appreciate the strengths of a bottom-up approach for effective policy formulation, an appreciation of which would promote a dignified marriage between the two perspectives.

Highlights:- The need for a cross sectoral policymaking is suggested to better achieve food security in local contexts. Frugality thinking in policymaking is an important way to achieve such cross-sectorality. Frugality can offer a theoretical framework for discourses on grassroots innovations and Sustainable Rural Livelihood. A frugality lens can ensure diagnosis of local institutions needed for policymaking. Two Kenyan cases were discussed as an illustration.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Report of the Symposium on SDGs, Knowledge and Democracy: Re-imagining Purposes and Opportunities, held at SNU, Greater Noida

Report of the Symposium on SDGs, Knowledge and Democracy: Re-imagining Purposes and Opportunities, organized at Shiv Nadar University (SNU), Greater Noida, U.P., by SHSS, SNU, and CSSP, Jawaharlal Nehru University, during 16-17 January 2017. Report was prepared by Rajeswari S. Raina, SHSS, SNU, March 2017.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SIS Book Discussion | Marching with Billion: Analysing Narendra Modi's Government at Mid-Term| Sept 21 Invite

Manish S. Dabhade
Assistant Professor of Diplomacy and Disarmament,
Center for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament,
School of International Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi - 110067 India
New Delhi: 91 9810397303 (mobile) 91 11 2670 4102 (off.)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

RIS Special Lecture on "International Order and Rule of Law in Times of SDGs" by Irene Khan, DG, IDLO| New Delhi, 27 September, 6.30 pm

Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), jointly with the Indian Law Institute,
Special Lecture on "International Order and Rule of Law in Times of SDGs"
by Ms. Irene Khan, 
Director-General, International Development Law Organization (IDLO), Rome. 

Date: Wednesday, 27 September 2017, at 6.30 pm

Venue: Aftab Hall, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road, New Delhi