Monday, January 15, 2018

Meeting to Pay Tribute to Dr. Baldev Raj | Tuesday, 16 January | India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Meeting to Pay Tribute to Dr. Baldev Raj | Tuesday, 16 January | India Habitat Centre, New Delhi 

Dear Colleagues,
All of us are extremely grieved to learn about the sad demise of Dr. Baldev Raj on 6 January 2018.  It is indeed a great loss for the country and the international community.  As you may be aware, Dr. Baldev Raj was also a Member of RIS Governing Council and General Body. 
In order to pay tribute to Dr. Baldev Raj, RIS is organizing a condolence meeting at 4.30 to 6.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 at Jacaranda Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi (Entry from Gate No. 3).
Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology will Chair. Dr Ram Ramaswamy President, Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc) and Ambuj D. Sagar, Head, School of Public Policy, IIT Delhi will pay the tribute.  

I am writing this to request you to join us on this occasion.
With best regards,
Yours sincerely,
Sachin Chaturvedi
Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi
Director General
Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
Core IV B 4th Floor, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi 110003, India Twitter: @sachin_chat 

GIDR organizes Research Methods Workshop: Challenges in Field Research | February 26-27 |

Research Methods Workshop: Challenges in Field Research

Co-Organisers: University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, India

Venue: Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, India

February 26-27, 2018
Core Team: Sharada Srinivasan & Josie Wittmer (University of Guelph) | Tara Nair & Keshab Das (Gujarat Institute of Development Research)

The two-day workshop on research methods aims at emphasizing the importance of reflecting on issues around power dynamics between researchers and human research subjects as these unfold on ground in primary surveys in social science research in India.
- To share knowledge and insights related to research processes, especially, those related to power relations within and without the fieldwork;
- To provide learning resources (e.g., readings, activities) to participants to facilitate their engagement with key principles to undertake ethical and socially responsible research;
- To engage participants in individual and group activities/discussions that foster their understanding and use of these ideas and concepts in their own research.

The workshop will be deeply-interactive and will include short presentations by experienced researchers, panel discussion, activities, and group discussions to reflect on readings and activities. Topics to be covered:
- Why ethical and socially responsible research? How reflexive research methods can facilitate ethical research
- How power, identity, and positionality manifest in field research
- What mediating strategies can be deployed towards reflexive/ethical research?

Selection of Participants:
Up to 15 participants will be selected based on suitability of their project/program and interests for the workshop. PhD students in any of the social sciences currently enrolled in an Indian university who are initiating or in the midst of primary data collection through
fieldwork may apply. Participants must have completed at least one course in research methods and/or attended a research methods workshop.
Interested candidates, please submit the following:
1. A letter from the Supervisor or head of department confirming the stage of your PhD research and details of attendance of research methods course/workshop
2. A brief statement of interest in participation in the workshop (250 words)
3. A brief summary of dissertation research (max. 500 words) that explains
- Working title of your research
- Which institution/university are you enrolled at?
- Which program/fellowship are you part of? Year of study?
- Objective/Question (What is your research focus?)
- Significance of the study (Why is this research important?)
- Methodology (How do you plan to approach and execute this research?)
- What kind of data/ information do you plan to use?
- Respondents (Who will you gather information from?)
- Research location (Where will the research be carried out?)
- Time line of your research plan (When?)
- What ethical issues are you likely to encounter in the course of your research?
- Provide four keywords that explain your research, one of which could be geographical

Application with attachments should be sent to: by 10 February, 2018. Selected participants will be contacted by 15 February 2017. Outstation participants are expected to pay for their travel costs to Ahmedabad. Accommodation, food and study materials for the two days will be provided by the organisers.

CfP: Symposium on Sustainable Development Processes: Engagements in Knowledge and Democracy | IIC Delhi, 16-17 January

Sustainable Development Processes: Engagements in Knowledge and Democracy

The 2nd Inter-Disciplinary Symposium on the SDG

January 16th - 17th 2018

Venue: Seminar Hall 3, (Kamaladevi Complex), India International Centre, New Delhi


Organized by Shiv Nadar University

Symposium on Sustainable Development Processes: Engagements in Knowledge and Democracy, being organized by Shiv Nadar University in IIC, 16th-17th January 2018. Please see the programme attached. 
For complimentary registration, especially students and research scholars, please write an email to Prof Rajeswari S Raina, by Monday (15th Jan.) evening - to enable logistics. 
Looking forward to seeing you at the Symposium

Rajeswari Sarala Raina   
Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh, 201314, India

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Call for Nomination: NIAS-DST Training Programme on "Science Policy and General Management" | 26 February to 9 March | NIAS Bangalore

NIAS-DST Training Programme on "Science Policy and General Management" for Senior Scientists/ Technologists
February 26 to March 09, 2018
at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore, India

The National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) has been organizing with support from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, training programmes to provide the orientation and planning skills required for scientists/ technocrats of the country, and in particular, to offer views of the broader scientific, economic, social and and cultural milieu in which the Indian scientific enterprise could develop in this century. The large-pool of scientific and technical manpower in many Indian institutions has not had the benefit of either induction training or a system of regular in-service training that are available to other cadre-based services. In order to bridge this gap, this Programme for scientist-administrators and technologists at the Senior Level with 15 years of experience and above from various scientific organizations in the country will focus on the theme "Science Policy and General Management". The Course will be conducted during February 26 to March 09, 2018. Consistent with the mission of NIAS, its courses emphasize the development of leadership qualities through the integration of multidisciplinary knowledge.

About the programme: This program will impart training to participants on how science policies are important and are evolved and what is the government's role in the science and technology innovation system. Given the challenges that lie ahead in India's S & T programmes, this training capsule will aim to equip those planning careers in science and technology and related areas. Similarly, the course will dwell on how S&T policies are formulated when government and the society/public look increasingly to experts to do more for the society than conduct research and produce knowledge. This training program will impart sufficient knowledge to participants so that they can contribute to decision making related to S & T issues in public, private and civic settings.

Course Outline: The training programme includes lectures by eminent speakers, presentations by the participants, group discussions, project work, week end technical visits, public lectures, cultural programme, 'Yoga' practice from health point of view and feedback. The defining feature of lecture pattern in our courses consists of interactive sessions with distinguished faculty drawn from different organizations and occupations. The general format is a presentation for 45 minutes followed by lively discussions for 45 minutes. The participants would be encouraged to interact as widely as possible with the speakers.
The course will address broadly the following topics: Origin, evolution and history of science policy; Role of government in regulating, promoting and financing science; Science and Ethics; Science and IPR; S&T in advancement of national goals; Science and Diplomacy; Science and gender; Influence of social, cultural and political forces on the production of scientific knowledge; Science Policy and Security; Science Policy, Education and Culture; Advocacy, Special interest or Action Groups in influencing science policies; Science policy in global context; India's Nuclear Programme; India's Space Programme: Moon Mission, Mars programme, S&T in Defence and Security; Science and Agriculture etc.
More information about the lectures will be provided to the nominated participants.

Infrastructure: NIAS has unique infrastructural facilities like accommodation, dining hall, library, auditorium, lecture hall, browsing centrç, campus with good ambience. Since the programme is residential, NIAS will arrange boarding and lodging facilities. In view of this, it is necessary that all the participants stay in the campus. In addition, the outstation participants will be provided with transport for their pick-up and drop.

Nominations: The participants will be from various institutions like DST, DRDO, DAE, ISRO, ICMR, ICAR, CSIR, DSIR and Universities. No participation fee is involved for attending this essentially residential programme. Only the travel expenses from Head Quarters to Bangalore and back are to be met by the nominating organizations as stipulated by DST. Participation in this Programme is limited to 25 individuals. 

Last Date for receiving Nominations is by 31 January, 2018. Contact emails at National Institute of Advanced Studies:,,

STIP Forum Lecture "Technologies and Strategies for Achieving Excellency in Health Care for Indian Masses" | 15 January, India Habitat Centre

As you are aware, RIS, TERI, CSE, IHC, CEFIPRA and Vigyan Prasar have jointly launched the Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum monthly Lecture Series with the objective of promoting debate on various aspects of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. The STIP Forum is intended to 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. 
As part of this programme, CEFIPRA is organizing the next Lecture by Dr. Vishwa Mohan Katoch, former Secretary, Department of Health Research (DHR), Govt. of India and Ex-Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research on "Technologies and Strategies for Achieving Excellency in Health Care for Indian Masses"  at Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi (Entry from Gate No. 3) on Monday, 15 January 2018 at 7:00 pm.  Prof. Vinod K. Paul, Member, NITI Aayog will Chair the lecture.  A copy of the programme is enclosed for your ready reference.
You are cordially invited you to attend. 
With best regards,
Yours sincerely,
DG Office 
Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
Core IV-B, Fourth Floor
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
New Delhi - 110 003, India
Tel. No. +91 11 24682177
Fax No. +91 11 24682173/74
Email: dgoffice[@]

Sunday, January 7, 2018

One-Week Orientation Programme in Social Science Research | ISID, New Delhi | 19–24 February

One-Week Orientation Programme in Social Science Research
for Research Scholars and Teachers belonging to Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes

February 19–24, 2018

at Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), New Delhi

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

The Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID) is organising a One-Week Orientation Programme for Research Scholars and Teachers belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) from February 19-24, 2018. This programme is sponsored by Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi.

Aim of the Programme:

Quality of social science research has been fallen short of expectations in terms of contribution to the better understanding of socio-economic processes and shaping of public policy. One of the major reason for this is the lack of adequate training on fundamentals of research methodology. ISID has been one of the pioneering research organisations promoting social science research in India through its databases on Indian economy, on-line research referencing of Indian Social Science Journals and Press Clippings etc. and also organising various training and capacity building programmes, conferences, seminars, workshops etc., and through other medium of dissemination of its research activities. This programme specifically aims to develop research capabilities of young social science research scholars from marginalised groups to strengthen their potential as future

Content of the Programme:

Broadly, this is a multidisciplinary programme dealing with various aspects of qualitative and quantitative research starting from research design to writing and dissemination of research output. A week long programme consists of interactive sessions including lectures, group discussions, database familiarisation etc. The following are the key course components:
    Introducing the Basics of Research Methods;
    Research design: Identification of appropriate Research Questions, Effective Review of Literature, developing the conceptual framework, hypothesis formulation;
    Data collection and sampling methods: conducting field survey and field notes preparation, familiarisation of various secondary data sources, undertaking case study;
    Qualitative and Quantitative data analysis: basic statistical and econometric techniques with relevant software packages like Excel, SPSS and Stata;
    On academic writing and publication; and
    Practical sessions/assignments.
In addition, there will be special lectures by eminent academicians on various socio-economic issues such as industry, employment, education, health, poverty, inequality and other social sector issues. Overall, the programme intends to equip the participants to conduct their research more scientifically, i.e. with appropriate theoretical and empirical knowledge in a systematic way.

Who can Apply?

Young social science researchers and teachers from colleges, universities and research institutes belonging to the aforementioned social groups interested in pursuing research related to socio-economic issues will constitute the target audience of this programme. A batch of 25-30 participants will be selected on all-India level, based on suitability. Participants will get free boarding and lodging facility at the campus hostel on twin-share basis and to and fro 3-tier AC train fare by the shortest route will be reimbursed.

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates may send their applications (downloadable from ISID website: in the prescribed format along with CV, 500 words write up in their area of research interest and a letter of consent from the Department/Institution/College through email to on or before January 19, 2018. Further details of the programme updates can be viewed at

Contact Detail: Dr Beena Saraswathy, Assistant Professor and Programme Coordinator, E-mail:, Mobile: +91 85279 31067.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Training Workshop on Mainstream and the Margins: Theory, Practice and Methods | 1-10 February | CSDS, New Delhi

Training Workshop on Mainstream and the Margins: Theory, Practice and Methods
1-10 February 2018
(ICSSR-supported 10-day capacity-building workshop for SC/ST research scholars)
Organized by Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi

CSDS announces its annual workshop for research scholars, designed to hone research skills, impart theoretical knowledge and build methodological capacity. This year's workshop will address the broad theme of "Mainstream and Margins" in Indian society. Participants will engage a range of readings, seminar-style discussions, and special lectures, addressing: (i) inequality and inclusion, (ii) dissent and democracy, (iii) vernacular modernities, (iv) emergent histories, (v) technologies and media forms, and (vi) spaces and habitats, and research methodologies and practices.
The instructors will be primarily from CSDS faculty. 
Registered research students in the beginning to intermediate stages of their doctoral project, and advanced MPhil students may apply. At the end, participants will have the opportunity to review their research proposals in light of what they have learnt during the workshop. The workshop is primarily for SC/ST candidates but applicants from other categories may also apply. All applicants should mention their caste category/tribe in the CV.
The CSDS is organizing a similar workshop for SC/ST Hindi medium students in March 2018. The advertisement for the workshop will follow shortly, therefore Hindi medium research students could apply separately.
The workshop will admit thirty (30) participants, including a maximum of fi fteen (15) outstation candidates. Outstation SC/ST candidates will be provided 3rd AC return train fare and a stipend of Rs. 15,000/- for the duration of the workshop. Course materials will be made available to all selected candidates.
Those seeking admission should write to the CSDS Administrative Officer Ms Jayasree Jayanthan ( with an application letter, a current CV of no more than 3 pages, the names of 2 referees, and a synopsis (600–900 words) highlighting research questions and methodological framework.
The last date for receiving applications is 7 January 2018.