Saturday, March 22, 2014

Audio Recording of an Interactive Session with Professor Wiebe E. Bijker; at CSSP, JNU, India

CSSP, JNU, India Organized An Interactive Session with
Professor Wiebe E. Bijker
Professor of Technology and Society, Maastricht University, Netherlands
Date: Saturday, 22nd March 2014
Audio Recording to His Lecture and Interaction:
Few Photos of This Session:

WIPO Academy - Distance Learning Program [DL] invites enrollment in General Course on Intellectual Property

WIPO Academy - Distance Learning Program [DL] invites enrollment in DL101E - DL-101 General Course on Intellectual Property

: This course covers the main areas of intellectual property, namely, related rights, patents, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial design, plant breeders\' rights, unfair competition, international registration systems, and IP and Development.

: The course will be open for ten (10) months and learners may choose to take the exam at six (6) pre-scheduled times
Exam Session Dates:
    Session 2: May 5 to 7
    Session 3: June 23 to 25
    Session 4: August 11 to 14
    Session 5: September 29 to October 1
    Session 6: November 17 to 20
Duration : 55 hours  
Tutored : Yes  
Certificate to be issued: Yes  
Cost : Free of charge  
Course administrator:
Current session: DL101E14S1
Registration: Ongoing till 20-Nov-2014

Enroll Now & Further Details:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

CSSS Panel Discussion "Corporatisation of academic publishing: Global issues in the production and reproduction of knowledge" 18 March

Global Studies Programme,
Centre for the Study of Social Systems

Panel Discussion
Corporatisation of academic publishing: Global issues in the production and reproduction of knowledge

 Satish Deshpande (Professor, DU)
Parnal Chirmuley (Assistant Professor, JNU)
Usman Jawed (M.Phil, DU; Member ASEAK)

Chair: Edward Rodrigues (Professor, JNU)
Discussant: Rajarshi Dasgupta (Assistant Professor, JNU)

3.00 PM, Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Room no. 103, SSS-II, JNU

All are welcome

Nalanda Distinguished Lecture "Ginkgo: The Tree Time Forgot", 20th March at NMML Delhi

Speaker: Professor Peter Crane
Topic:  Ginkgo: The Tree Time Forgot
Date: 20th March, 6:30pm
Venue: NMML, Delhi
Tea at 6:00pm

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Dear All,


The Vice Chancellor, Nalanda University would like to invite you all for a lecture which is part of the Nalanda Distinguished Lecture Series.


Ginkgo: The Tree Time Forgot by Professor Sir Peter Crane FRS, Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean and Professor of Botany, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His new book, "Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot" was released on March 4, 2013. 


SHORT ABSTRACT - Inspired by the historic ginkgo that has thrived in London’s Kew Gardens since the 1760s, Professor Crane will explore the history of the ginkgo from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence. Crane also highlights the cultural and social significance of the ginkgo: its medicinal and nutritional uses, its power as a source of artistic and religious inspiration, and its importance as one of the world's most popular street trees.

LONG ABSTRACT Perhaps the world’s most distinctive tree, Ginkgo is a botanical oddity that has remained stubbornly unchanged for more than two hundred million years. It is the most widely recognized of all botanical living fossils.” Once regarded as a cousin of pines and yews, ginkgo was first distinguished from conifers in plant classifications of the early nineteenth century. The evidence that has come to light since - particularly an astonishing discovery made in Japan in 1896, about the intimate details of its reproduction - has reinforced the isolated position of ginkgo among living plants. Ginkgo barely survived the great Ice Ages and today the only remaining wild populations exist as relics in China. Nevertheless, Ginkgo earned a reprieve when people first found it useful about a thousand years ago and it has been widely cultivated ever since. It was probably introduced into Japan from China in the thirteenth century. Today Ginkgo is beloved for the elegance of its leaves, prized for its edible nuts and revered for its longevity. Beginning with the historic Ginkgo that has thrived in Kew Gardens since the 1760s, the lecture will explore the evolutionary and cultural history of the species from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence. The lecture will also highlight the cultural and social significance of ginkgo: its medicinal and nutritional uses, its power as a source of artistic and religious inspiration, and its importance as one of the world’s most popular street trees.

BIOGRAPHY - Professor Crane’s work focuses on the diversity of plant life: its origin and fossil history, current status, and conservation and use. From 1992 to 1999 he was director of the Field Museum in Chicago with overall responsibility for the museum’s scientific programs. From 1999 to 2006 he was director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Crane was elected to the Royal Society (the U.K. academy of sciences) in 1998. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a member of the German Academy Leopoldina. He was knighted in the U.K. for services to horticulture and conservation in 2004. 


CHAIRPERSON - Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan is a leading Indian scholar of classical Indian dance, Indian art and Indian architecture and an art historian. She was the founder Director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Delhi.She is also the Chairperson of the Asia Project, of India International Centre, Delhi. 


We would greatly appreciate your presence at the lecture. Please find the attached invitation. 


Dr. Gopa Sabharwal

Vice Chancellor
Nalanda University

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CfP: Manchester International Summer School on Emerging Technologies, for doctoral researchers only; 8-13 June 2014; United Kingdom

Manchester International Summer School on Emerging Technologies
8–13 June 2014
University of Manchester, United Kingdom

The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the University of Manchester invites early career researchers to apply for the Manchester International Summer School on Emerging Technologies (MiSET2014).

The Manchester International Summer School on Emerging Technologies provides advanced training, researcher development, and networking opportunities for early career (doctoral) researchers interested in real‐time research and innovation systems assessment and innovation policy development for transformative emerging technologies.

The Summer School welcomes participants from doctoral students at the early stages of research development (in their first and second years). More advanced doctoral students can apply and will be considered if space is available. About 25 doctoral students will be invited to the Summer School.

Tuition, Accommodation and Meals Provided:
All accepted students will receive no‐cost tuition scholarships. Accepted students will be provided with most meals and 6 nights no‐cost accommodation at the Manchester Business School Hotel.

Travel Stipends:
Students registered in universities outside of Europe may apply for travel stipends to offset the cost of economy round‐trip air travel. Reimbursement will require Summer School attendance and presentation of receipts. Further details will be provided to accepted students. Please indicate if you will need a visa to enter the UK (we will provide an invitation letter but you will be responsible for visa application to the appropriate UK Consulate).

To Apply:
Please apply by email, with the subject "MiSET 2014" to sending the following documents
  • Letter of interest explaining your interest in the Summer School (max. 1 page). Indicate if visa required, where you will travel from, and if travel stipend is required.
  • Research abstract of your PhD research (max. 1 page)
  • CV (max. 2 pages), including names of your doctoral academic supervisor and one additional academic reference.
Early application is advised. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis from 21 March 2014 onwards.

Further Details:

Monday, March 10, 2014

CfPs: Conference on Competitiveness, Livability and Creative Economy of Cities; April 18-19; Gurgaon, India

Conference on Competitiveness, Livability and Creative Economy of Cities
April 18-19, 2014
Venue: Gurgaon, India

Call for Papers

The Competitiveness, Liveability and Creative Economy of Cities conference is a forum for young faculty, emerging students and scholars who are engaged in research related to the competitiveness, liveability and creative economy of cities in India. The conference brings together individuals from around the world to share and discuss their research. In particular, the small and focused setting provides participants with the opportunity to: Present their work, Receive feedback, Refine and develop research methods, Join an ongoing network of collaboration and exchange.

The Program
The two-day conference will be a mix of the following: Presentations by participants and experts; One on one-feedback meetings with discussants; Round table discussions; Interactive panel discussions; Opportunities to explore Delhi’s creative scenes and neighborhoods.

Who Should Attend?
Participants: In addition to our featured participants, Kevin Stolarick (Research Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto) and Amit Kapoor (Institute for Competitiveness, India), this conference is geared towards researchers, PhD students, Post-Doctoral Fellows and ‘junior’ faculty members who research one or more aspects of the creative economy and cities in India.

Time Frame
The conference will start on the morning of Friday, April 18 and will end on the evening of April 19. Sessions are scheduled daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On both the days the sessions will have dinner and evening activities. On Friday, April 18 there will be a field trip in the afternoon. Costs There is no registration fee and the conference sponsors will provide the following for all participants: All meals during the conference; Group transportation to events during the conference; For outstation candidates boarding and lodging will be provided for; Some select travel grants may be given to participants depending upon their need

How to Apply
The conference organizers will select up to 25 individuals to attend. Your application to participate must include: A 250 word abstract of a working paper; A list of 3 keywords describing your working paper; A CV that includes an actual or estimated PhD completion date; A 150 word biography; A personal photo to be included in the conference program; email your application package by 5:30 pm IST on or before Monday 24th March 2014 to: and cc to: Kevin.Stolarick@Rotman.Utoronto.Ca.

Notification and Responsibilities
The conference organizers will email you regarding the status of your application by March 28, 2014. Accepted delegates will be responsible for the following during the conference: Submit a completed working paper by 5 pm IST on Friday, April 11, 2014. Give a 15-minute presentation of your working paper; Discuss and provide written comments on another working paper; Actively participate in all discussions; A special issue of "Journal of Competitiveness" would be published which will contain the shortlisted research papers.

Further Details

CfPs: International Conference and Summer School on "Public Health Infrastructure in Transition: Challenges and a Way Forward" at JMI, Feb 16-20, 2015

International Conference and Summer School on “Public Health Infrastructure in Transition: Challenges and a Way Forward”

Venue: Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, INDIA

Dates: February 16-20, 2015

Organized by Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India and School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA


Call for Abstracts/Papers

Thematic area(s) of the conference are social and economic dimensions of health; political economy of health and social development; rural to urban migration and urban infrastructure including access to drinking water, sanitation, housing, roads, transport, electricity and communication; rural, primary healthcare & institutional referral services; inequalities in urban versus rural health systems and access to adequate healthcare facilities; infrastructure for handling emerging diseases (Communicable and Non Communicable Diseases); institutional infrastructure affecting reproductive, adolescent health, maternal, child health, family planning and nutrition; universal health coverage including health insurance; occupational health and safety (formal and informal sectors) and corporate practices-workers health, labour welfare measures and workers compensation; Public health education, training & research; evidence based public health policy; strengthening public health organizations (infrastructure, management systems, health management information systems, health audit, health financing and insurance, trained manpower); new public health management (health policy, planning, regulation, licensing and accreditation); infrastructure for regulation of health service providers; Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in healthcare service delivery and NGO’s in health service delivery and Mobile health, telemedicine (e-health infrastructure), and health communication.

Those who intend to present papers in the conference are requested to submit the abstracts of their papers by email before August 20th 2014 (Abstract) December 15th, 2014 (Full length paper).

Contact: Prof. N U Khan (, Dr. Sigamani P (, of Jamia Millia University and Prof. Gurumurthy Ramachandran ( of School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.

The conference announcement can be found at: Any questions regarding the conference or Abstract submission may be sent to conference email: