Sunday, June 17, 2018

CfP: 1st GLOBELICS Pre-Conference for Young Scholars on Financing of Innovation and Infrastructure for Development

Call for Participation: 1st GLOBELICS Pre-Conference for Young Scholars on Financing of Innovation and Infrastructure for Development 

The YSI Economics of InnovationEconomic Development and Africa Working Groups, in partnership with Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems (GLOBELICS), Globelics Alumni, are organizing the 1st GLOBELICS Pre-Conference for Young Scholars entitled 'Financing of Innovation and Infrastructure for Development'.

The 1st GLOBELICS Pre-Conference will be taking place on 23 October 2018 in Accra, Ghana, i.e. the day before the main GLOBELICS annual conference, and will be held at the conference venue.

The pre-conference aims at bringing together young researchers and senior experts working on issues of financing, innovation and development and to serve as a forum for exchange of research agendas and networking. The pre-conference also aims at building linkages between academic and public policy perspectives on the topic of financing and development. To facilitate this, we encourage both young academic researchers as well as researchers working in relevant public sector organizations to apply (please refer to eligibility criteria below).

Idea: the topic of financing in innovation and development studies remains somewhat neglected despite its importance. In practical terms, external financing in African countries, as well as other developing countries, has been fraught with contradictions. While such financing, in terms of aid and loans, can be important sources of investment, it is often associated with conditionalities that restrict national policy space to pursue innovation-led growth. Scholarship on innovation has been favouring entrepreneurial dynamics and knowledge-creation while neglecting the role of financing aspects but perhaps nowhere the issue of financing (on both micro- and macro-levels) is so apparent and relevant as in the context of developing African economies. While constraints to finance were an integral component of the so-called 'high development theory,' with Ragnar Nurkse emphasizing the capital needs faced by developing countries,  rarely has this emphasis found its way into the post-WWII external policy advice, which has dominated policies in most of developing countries worldwide. Despite their critique of 'high development theory', Raul Prebisch and Celso Furtado also agreed on the financial constraints and the nature of finance that is accessible to periphery economies as a central feature of underdevelopment. Therefore, reviewing scholarship on financing of innovation and financing of development, and the connection between these two issues, is highly relevant.

Furthermore, in the last decades, an overwhelming consensus emerged on the relevance of urban infrastructure for development – including for transportation, communication, sanitation, and housing.  On one hand, there are many gaps in the debates on how to finance infrastructure in general; on the other hand, the role of the urban land-infrastructure-finance-innovation nexus is still incipient in the academic and policy debate. A number of development strategies based on technopolis, tech parks, cyber cities, smarts cities, airport cities, knowledge cities, and so on, have sparked debate throughout the developing world – including Accra's Airport City and Cyber City projects, Ecuador's Ciudad del Conocimiento, Seoul's Songdo high-tech island, Portugal's PlanIT Valley, Belo Horizonte's Aerotropolis aspirations and Bogota's Calle 26project. In this panorama, there is a policy-related and academic need to explore these relationships in a growing urbanized world, where STI policies have been (re)shaping the cities we live in.   

Format: The pre-conference will consist of three thematic workshops (2.5 hrs each) and a social event in the evening of October 23rd. Participants will be provided reading materials for every workshop ahead of time.

Workshop I: 'Macroeconomic policies and Financing of Innovation and Development' by Prof. Augustin Fosu (Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana)

Workshop II: 'Financing of Infrastructure for Development' by Prof. Elisa Van Waeyenberge (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

Workshop III: 'Micro-Foundations of Financing, Digital Innovation and Development' – Prof. Jayati Ghosh (Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Admission and logistics: admission is based on a motivation letter (300 words). Participation in the pre-conference is free of charge, one night of accommodation (October 22nd to 23rd) and meals will be provided to all successful applicants. A limited amount of travel stipends is available to participants coming from certain group of countries (lower-middle-income, upper-middle-income, high-income countries as follows from the most recent classification by the World Bank (2017)) and who will NOT be receiving any travel support from GLOBELICS. Please also note that admission to the pre-conference does not extend towards admission to the main GLOBELICS conference, i.e. pre-conference participants who would like to attend the main conference will need to register for the main conference separately.

Eligibility criteria: for applicants working in academia – no more than 7 years should pass since receiving MA or PhD degree or an equivalent; for applicants working in public sector organizations – no more than 7 years should pass since receiving a university diploma (either BA or MA or PhD or an equivalent).

Submissions: due to highly limited capacity of pre-conference, applicants are encouraged to follow the early-bird deadline 1 July 2018. Final (hard) deadline is 15 July 2018.Applications received after 15 July will not be considered.

Inquiries: please contact the pre-conference organizing team at

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Friday, June 15, 2018

9th STIP Forum Lecture "Science, Technology and Innovation in Building a Knowledge Economy" by K. Vijay Raghavnan, Principal Scientific Adviser, GoI | IHC on 19 June

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

We request your gracious presence at the Ninth STIP Forum Lecture on

Science, Technology and Innovation in Building a Knowledge Economy

Prof. K. Vijay Raghavnan
Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India and Chairman, SAC-C

Chair: Amb. Bhaskar Balakrishnan, 
Former Indian Diplomat and Science Diplomacy Fellow, RIS

Date: 19 June 2018 | Tuesday | Time: 7.00 PM
Venue: Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi (Entry from Gate No.3)

About the speaker: Professor K. VijayRaghavan is the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, succeeding Dr. R. Chidambaram on April 3, 2018. He was Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India from January 28, 2013 to February 2, 2018. The Principal Scientific Adviser will work with all arms of the Government, with our States, our citizens, national and international agencies. The goal is that the benefits of science, technology and innovation solutions reach the most needy, for the sustainable development of India and for the well being of our planet. Prof. VijayRaghavan is also a Distinguished Professor at the National Centre of Biological Sciences (NCBS), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Bangalore (TIFR) and was the NCBS Director till 2013. He studied Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research was a Senior Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. His research is on nerves and muscles and how complex behaviour emerges during animal development. Prof. VijayRaghavan is a Fellow of the Indian Science Academies, the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK) and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013.

About the Chair: Dr. Bhaskar Balakrishnan is a Science Diplomacy Fellow at RIS. He has been a career diplomat and has served as Ambassador of India to Greece, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and has also worked in Sudan, Syria, Zambia and Austria. He has worked for over ten years with various UN organizations in Geneva and Vienna, including three years as Special Assistant to the Director General, UNIDO. He headed the Investment & Technology Promotion Division of the Ministry of External Affairs concerned with promotion of foreign investment and technology flows, economic reforms, energy, and transportation. He was educated at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (B.Sc Hons), and Stonybrook University, New York, USA (Ph.D in Physics).

About STIP Forum: The Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum has been set up with the objective of promoting debate on various aspects of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. The Forum would go beyond the disciplinary boundaries by taking into account the intersectionality of S&T and I. It aims to 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. The monthly lecture series of public lectures has been launched to sensitize the public discourse on science, technology and innovation policy. Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA), Vigyan Prasar and India Habitat Centre (IHC) are the collaborating institutions.

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

Monday, June 11, 2018

Enrolment of Indian and Global Desalination Solution Providers for the National Mission on Desalination

Government of India
Ministry of Science & Technology
Department of Science & Technology

Enrolment  of Indian and Global Desalination Solution Providers for the National Mission on Desalination

The National Mission on Desalination (NMD), conceptualised in 2017 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Govt. of India in partnership with concerned ministries and departments at the behest of NITI Aayog, aims  to ensure water security of the country and provide clean and safe drinking water to water-scarce areas of the country. NMD envisages making use of desalinated water as a sustainable solution for water supply in the coastal states across India. It is proposed to enlist all technologies (developed and commercialized, developed and awaiting commercialization, and likely to be developed in next 5 years) and enroll all Indian and Global desalination technology Solution Providers in this Mission. As an initial step in this direction, it is planned to identify technology solution providers offering diverse technology options both from India and abroad for conversion of seawater/ brackish water into water for different end use (domestic/agriculture/ industrial) under the National Mission on Desalination (NMD).

Department of Science & Technology (DST) seeks to enroll the solution providers on the choice of technologies/ solutions. Based on the information, a Compendium of Technological Solutions will be prepared for use by state governments, urban local bodies and other organizations regarding selection and use of appropriate technologies for processing of seawater/ saline/ brackish water to be made safe for human, agricultural and industrial consumption. The information bank on desalination technologies, and operational desalination units will be used by the central, state and local governments to take an informed decision on appropriate technology choices suited in specific socio-economic context and would provide an opportunity to enrolled solution providers to be a part of activities of National Mission on Desalination.

Technology solution providers are requested to submit information online in the questionnaire at the following link: latest by 31st July 2018.

For any queries, you may write to: desalinationmission[@]

Softcopies along with supporting documents and photos of technology components and operational systems may be submitted to desalinationmission[@]  These documents and photos can also be sent by post to Dr. Neelima Alam, Scientist E, Technology Mission Division, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-110016.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Vacancies in Nalanda University; MoES, IICA

Vacancies in Nalanda University; MoES; IICA
  • Assistant/ Associate Professors at different Schools (e.g., History of Science, Climate Change, etc) in Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar.  ADVT.
  • Professors/ Associate Professors in the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (An Autonomous body under Ministry of Corporate Affairs), IMT Manesar. ADVT.
  • 35 posts of Scientists in different levels (Scientist C,D,E & F) in MoES. Last date for submission of online application: 29th June 2018.  ADVT.

Call for Nominations: INSA Young Historian of Science Award, 2018

Call for Nominations: INSA Young Historian of Science Award, 2018 

RS PSC Invites Suggestions on the Subject Issues Relating to Functioning of University Grants Commission (UGC)

Parliament of India | Rajya Sabha Secretariat

Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development Invites Suggestions on the Subject Issues Relating to Functioning of University Grants Commission (UGC)

1. The Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development headed by Dr. Satyanarayan Jatiya, M.P., Rajya Sabha has taken up the subject "Issues relating to Functioning of University Grants Commission (UGC)" for examination.

2. The University Grants Commission, a statutory body of Government of India is an apex regulator of Higher education in the country. The mandate of the UGC includes promoting and coordinating University education, determining and maintaining standards of teaching, examination and Research in Universities, framing regulations on norms and standards of education, disbursing grants to the Universities and colleges, serving as a vital link between the Union and the State Governments and institutions of higher learning and advising the Central and State Governments on the measures necessary for improvement of higher education.

3. The Committee while examining the subject will like to consider the role of UGC in promoting quality and excellence in higher education, giving affiliation to Universities and colleges and promotion of research, innovation and skill development.

4. The Committee, accordingly, invites memoranda, containing views/suggestions from individuals/organizations interested in the subject. Those desirous of submitting memoranda to the Committee may send their written memoranda, either in English or Hindi to Shri Vinay Shankar Singh, Additional Director, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Room No. 141, 1st Floor, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi- 110001 (Telephone No. 23035446 and Fax- 21410346) email or within fifteen days from the date of publication of this advertisement (i.e., on or before 25th June 2018). Those who are willing to appear before the Committee for oral evidence besides submitting the memoranda may indicate so. However, the Committee's decision in this regard shall be final.

5. The memoranda submitted to the Committee would form part of the records of the Committee and would be treated as confidential and would enjoy privileges of the Committee.

Source: davp 31202/11/0001/1819

Thursday, June 7, 2018

IIC Lecture "Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation" by Prof. Soumitra Dutta | 8th June at 18:30 pm

"Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation"

08 June 2018 at 18:30 pm

Venue: India International Centre, New Delhi (SEMINAR ROOMS I,II & III, KAMALADEVI COMPLEX)

Speaker: Prof. Soumitra Dutta, Professor of Operations, Technology and Information Management, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, New York, founding Dean Professor of Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and Chair, Board of Directors, Global Business School Network (GBSN), Washington DC
Chair: Dr. Ambuj Sagar, Vipula and Mahesh Chaturvedi Professor of Policy Studies, IIT Delhi

Summary: Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, Singapore, the Netherlands and the United States are leading the world when it comes to generating economic impact from investments in information and communications technologies (ICT), according to the World Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report 2016. all known for being early and enthusiastic adopters of ICT and their emergence is significant as it demonstrates that adoption of ICTs – coupled with a supportive enabling environment characterized by sound regulation, quality infrastructure and ready skills supply among other factors – can pave the way to wider benefits. Innovation is broad based capability is societies around us, both in developed and developing markets. The Global Innovation Index 2017 indicates that data can be analysed in various ways, which result in rich insights that are hard to obtain otherwise. Besides numerical, data is fundamental in terms of values
(Collaboration: Niti Aayog; and Centre for Policy Research)