Wednesday, December 30, 2015

IERB JNU invites to "Third Annual Conference on Revisiting the Discourse on Duties and Responsibilities in Health Research" | 7th January | JNU Convention Centre

Institutional Ethics Review Board, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Cordially invites you to
"Third Annual Conference on "Revisiting the Discourse on Duties and Responsibilities in Health Research"

Date: 7th January 2016
Venue: JNU Convention Centre (Committee Room)

Inauguration Program11:30am to 1:00 p.m.Welcome Address | Prof. S.K. Sopory | Vice Chancellor, JNU |" Remembering Late Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury"
Chief Guest & Keynote Address | Prof Nirmal Kumar Ganguly | Former Director General, ICMR
Chairperson's Address | Prof. Shiv Kumar Sarin | Chairperson, IERB/ Director ILBS

Programme Schedule

Registration : 9:30-10:00am
10:00-1130 | Session 1:  Methodological Issues in Community Health Research
Chair: Prof. Rajib Dasgupta JNU
Panelists: Prof. Madhav Govind, (Chair CSSP/JNU), Ms. Vibhuti Sharma (ILBS), Dr. Sunita Reddy CSMCH-JNU)

11:30am-1:00pm | Session 2: Inauguration
Lunch 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m

2:00 -3:30 pm | Session 3: Issues concerning Juveniles
Chair: Prof. Ved Kumari, Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi
Mr. E. I Malekar. Former member Human Rights Commission India. Head of Jewish Community Delhi, Ethical Perspectives in Juveniles delinquency and issues of single parenthood, childhood abandonment, trafficking and child labour
Dr. Shashank Shekhar,Lawyer: Law & Justice Concerns
Prof. R.K Chadda. Dept.. of Psychiatry AIIMS New Delhi, Mental health aberration, psyco-social-behavioural issues among juvenile.
Dr. K.K.Ganguly Senior Scientist ICMR New Delhi , Ethical and researchable issues in addiction and de-addiction, among adolescent.

3:30-5:00pm | Session 4: Concerns during research on Women
Chair: Prof. K.K.Ganguly ICMR
Prof. Pikee Saxena & Prof. Anupam Prakash Lady Harding Medical College New Delhi, Issues in reproductive health, sexual abuse, mal practices and HIV AIDS current perspectives :
Sukriti Chauhan, CSLG , HIV AIDS affectedAbandoned Housewives:
Prof. Kusum Chopra formerly at CSRD JNU Nutrition, Poverty and Health:

5:00-6:00 pm | Session 5: Vulnerable communities, caste, race, scarcity, poverty, disability
Chair: Prof. Sanghamitra Acharya Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health,JNU
Prof. Manu Mittal, Chair Equal Opportunity Office JNU
Prof. Munir Masoodi J&K Srinagar, Prof. of Community Medicine, Polio Certification Committee, NCCPE.(childrens' vulnerability)
Dr. Anjum Soni, ICRC,Delhi,(Chattisgarh Conflict Zones)
Dr. Sudesh Mukhopadhyay , Educational consultant
Vote of Thanks : Prof. Susheel K.Jha IERB

All are cordially invited. RSVP Dr. Rahila Sikander |

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

IIDS Panel Discussion on Caste, Discrimination and Exclusion in Modern India | IIC Delhi | 4 Jan

Indian Institute of Dalit Studies
Cordially invites you to a panel discussion on
Caste, Discrimination and Exclusion in Modern India | Sage Publications, New Delhi

Monday, 04 January 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Venue: Lecture Room II, India International Centre Annexe, 40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi-110003


6:00 p.m. Tea and Registration
6:15 p.m. Welcome Remarks | Prof. Sanghmitra S Acharya, Director, liDS
6:20 p.m. Introductory Remarks | Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research
6:35 p.m. About the Book | Prof. Vani K Borooah, Emeritus Professor, University of Ulster, UK
6:50 p.m. Discussion on the Book | Chair: Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat
Prof. Amaresh Dubey, Professor, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, JNU
Prof. Vidhu Verma, Professor, Centre for Political Studies, JNU
Dr. Sunita Reddy, Associate Professor, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, JNU
Dr. Amit Thorat, Assistant Professor, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, JNU
7:40 p.m. Question and Answer
8:00 p.m. Vote of Thanks
8:05 p.m. Dinner

RSVP: Dr. Vinod KMishra | Tel.: +91 9899014035 |

IDS Evidence Report "The Future of Knowledge Sharing in a Digital Age: Exploring Impacts and Policy Implications for Development"

The Future of Knowledge Sharing in a Digital Age: Exploring Impacts and Policy Implications for Development
by Gregson, J., Brownlee, J.M., Playforth, R. and Bimbe, N.
IDS Evidence Report #125, 2015.

Abstract: We live in a Digital Age that gives us instant access to information at greater and greater volumes. The rapid growth of digital content and tools is already changing how we create, consume and distribute knowledge. Even though globally participation in the Digital Age remains uneven, more and more people are accessing and contributing digital content every day.
Over the next 15 years, developing countries are likely to experience sweeping changes in how states and societies engage with knowledge. These changes hold the potential to improve people's lives by making information more available, increasing avenues for political and economic engagement, and making government more transparent and responsive. But they also carry dangers of a growing knowledge divide influenced by technology access, threats to privacy, and the potential loss of diversity of knowledge.
Our research sets out with a 15-year horizon to look at the possible ways in which digital technologies might contribute to or damage development agendas, and how development practitioners and policymakers might best respond.

Download This Publication

Thursday, December 24, 2015

UNDP India launches Social Sector Service Delivery: Good Practices Resource Book 2015

UNDP launches Social Sector Service Delivery: Good Practices Resource Book 2015

The Social Sector Service Delivery: Good Practices Resource Book 2015 showcases good practices by States and Union Territories in ensuring better public service delivery in the country. The publication is a joint effort of NITI Aayog, Government of India and UNDP.

Download Social Sector Service Delivery: Good Practices Resource Book 2015 (28.6 MB)

Related Article: The Good News: A compilation of state-level good practices gives reasons to be optimistic.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Invitation | Regional Dialogue on Science & Technology Policy in the Context of Biotechnology | 30th Dec | RCB, Faridabad, India

Regional Dialogue on "Science and Technology Policy in the Context of Biotechnology"

Organised by Regional Centre for Biotechnology

Date: 30th December 2015

Venue: RCB Seminar Hall, NCR Biotech Science Cluster, Faridabad, India

All are cordially invited.

RSVP/ For transportation to and from JNU, please contact Dr B Chandrasekar <>.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Fox International Fellowship Invites Applications from JNU students

Fox International Fellowship

As per the MOU with the Yale Centre for International and Area Studies (Yale University), USA, two Fox International fellows from Yale will spend a year at JNU and fellows from JNU finally selected by Yale will spend a year at Yale and the students of JNU will be fully funded by Yale University.

The Committee shall recommend PhD students to be sent to Yale University in order to conduct research in any of the following fields: Economics, Finance, Political Science, International Relations, Law and Contemporary History. Although the Committee shall decide regarding selection of students of the University for the year 2015-2016, the Fox International Fellowship will be awarded by the Yale University for the year 2016-17.
The final Selection will be done by a Committee at Yale.

Eligibility Criteria: Consideration for the award of Fox International Fellowship: The applicant should be confirmed in PhD Programme. The applicant should not have completed more than 06 semesters from the date of his/her registration/admission in the PhD programme as on 1st January 2016. The application form and selection criteria communicated by Yale University are available at

Applications may be sent through proper channel in the appropriate proforma at the earliest, not later than 12th January, 2016.

Monday, December 21, 2015

CfPs: Global Development Awards Competition 2016

Global Development Awards Competition 2016

Do you stay up nights, thinking of ways to solve a development challenge?
If you are a researcher from a developing or transition country, or have started an NGO that has already demonstrated impact, but is looking for ways to scale up, you may be in luck!
Your idea could be the next winner of the Global Development Awards Competition 2016.
Every year, GDN awards $US 90,000 worth of grants to research proposals and innovative development projects as part of the Global Development Awards Competition. The awards  are granted in two categories: the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development and the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project.
The proposals for the developing projects being accepted for the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project are not based on any theme.
The Competition, administered by GDN and generously funded by the Government of Japan, will also offer grants and travel expenses to finalists to present their research and development project proposals at GDN's next conference in Peru in March 2016.
This year, the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development is based on four research themes on the topics of Education:
  •     Skills for Tomorrow
  •     Public Finance and Public Policy
  •     Pedagogy, Technology and Institutions
  •     Research and Policy
The deadline for proposals for research and development projects is January 15, 2016

For more information log on to

See more at:

New Books "Technology Management and Innovation: Make in India, IPR, Digital India and Skill India" and "Environmental Laws in India: New Testaments" | by Pawan Sikka

Technology Management and Innovation: Make in India, IPR, Digital India and Skill India
by Pawan Sikka; Uppal Publishing, New Delhi, 2015, ISBN: 9788176580878.
Book Summary:
The Government of India is the chief patron for the promotion and development of science & technology and innovation in the country. The national support system in India for the management of technology and innovation related activities towards nation building comprises: national policy framework for science, technology and innovation, development of indigenous technology and its commercialization, skill development and technical manpower for managing new technologies, technology financing, patent (IPR) facilitating etc. are all covered in this book for the benefit of techno-entrepreneurs towards attaining their technological competence in the domestic as well as in the world-market. New initiatives of the government of India, like: Make in India, Skill India and Digital India will catalyze investments, employment and financial inclusion. It also incorporates India's national policies viz. Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy 2013, National IPR Policy 2015 (draft), National Skill Development Policy 2009, National Manufacturing Policy 2011, and National Policy on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015. It is a first book of its kind. A very useful reference book for the techno-entrepreneurs, students of MBA and BTech degrees, academicians of technical and management schools, policy-planners, researchers, management and technical establishments, enterprising youths, industrial experts, etc. for carrying out the techno-vation programmes in challenging new and upcoming technologies for the building of modern India of the 21st century. Technology management will enable us to create a better future for us.

Further Details

Environmental Laws in India: New Testaments
by Pawan Sikka; Uppal Publishing, New Delhi, 2015, ISBN: 9788176580861.
Book Summary: The Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, Government of India, as a nodal agency, is overseeing the implementation of India's environment and Forest policies and programmes, well supported by a set of legislative and regulatory measures, aimed at the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment. These are: National Environment Policy 2006; National Green Tribunal Act 2010; National Forest Policy 1988, a Policy Statement on the Abatement of Pollution 1992; Natural Conservation Strategy and Policy Statement for Environment and Development 1997. Besides, National Water Policy 2002; National Agriculture Policy 2000; Environment Protection Act 1986, etc. The original texts of these new testaments as national policy declarations and programmes etc. enabling sustainable development are incorporated here, as an academic exercise, for the benefit of researchers, policy-planners, civil servants, legal personnel, academicians, etc. Besides, this book, Environmental Laws in India: New Testaments, enabling sustainable development would be a very useful reference document for the libraries in India and abroad.
Further Details

About the Author: Dr. Pawan Sikka (b. 1944) is a former Scientist G/Adviser, Government of India, Ministry/Department of Science and Technology, India, where he served in various senior positions, during 1974-2004. Besides he had his fruitful association with Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) and Technology Development Board, New Delhi, respectively. He has received his M.Sc., PhD as well as D.Sc. degrees in Physics and Visiting Fellowship (Science Policy Studies), University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He is also a recipient of UNESCO, Italian, German and Swiss government scholarships for pursuing further studies there, in the new and emerging fields of science and technology. Professor Pawan Sikka, in the recent past, has delivered special lectures on the science and technology policy related issues, to the M.Phil. and PhD students, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He is best known for his contributions to science and technology policy studies in India and abroad. He is a life member of the Materials Research Society of India, Semiconductor Society of India, Association of British Scholars, and Oxford and Cambridge Society of India, New Delhi.

Friday, December 11, 2015

JNU-UMA Joint Faculty Retreat in the area of Climate Change | 17 -19 Dec

"JNU-UMA Joint Faculty Retreat in the area of Climate Change"

Visit of Delegation from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, US to JNU
(17 -19 Dec 2015)

Theme: Climate Change

Prime objective of this joint faculty retreat is to understand strengths from each side and engage faculties in research/teaching collaborations in the area of mutual and National interest.

Tentative program

Day 1: 17th December: Inauguration

(Venue: SLS committee room, II Fl., School of Life Sciences, JNU).

[Breakfast at their respective hotels/guest house and pick up from IIC at 9:00AM
while pick up from CGH at 9:30 AM]

10:00 AM: Inauguration function to be chaired by Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, JNU - Professor S K Sopory

  • Welcome by Hon'ble VC, JNU
  • Remarks by Provost Katherine Newman
    Remarks by John (Jack) Ahern
  • Introduction of the program- themes for the next three days (A. Pareek)
  • Deans of SLS, SSS, SES and SIS to briefly share their school activities related to CLIMATE CHANGE (5 minutes each).

11:00AM                Tea/coffee break

11:30               Visit to SLS CIF and AIRF

1:00                 Lunch at University Cafeteria

2-5 PM :Session I: SLS faculty Interaction on "Climate change and plant adaptation"
A Pareek (Nodal Faculty)
(Venue: SLS committee room, II Fl., School of Life Sciences, JNU).
Chair: B C Tripathy  (Dean SLS)
Ashish Nandi
Saumya Prasad
Ashwani Pareek

4:00 PM          Tea/coffee break

Presentations from U Mass group and discussion

Depart for hotel at 5:30  PM
Dinner at IIC at 7:30 PM

Day 2: 18th December

[Breakfast at their respective hotels/guest house and pick up from IIC at 9:00AM
while pick up from CGH at 9:30 AM]

10-1PM:  Session –II  SSS faculty interaction on Climate Change, remote sensing, land Use and Vulnerabilities"
MilapPunia (Nodal faculty)
(Venue: CSRD Committee Room, SSS_III)
Dean SSS: Chair
S S Jodhka
Milap Chand Sharma
S Sen
Deepak Mishra
Sunita Reddy
Milap Punia

11:30AM                Tea/coffee break

Presentations from U Mass group and discussion

 1:00                 Lunch at University Cafeteria

2-5 PM:Session –III  SES  faculty interaction on "Climate change and its dynamics"
A P Dimri (Nodal faculty)
(Venue: Committee Room SES, JNU, New Delhi)
Chair: I S Thakur  (Dean SES)
Al Ramanathan
N Raju
S. Yadav
S. Mukherjee
D. Mohan
A P Dimri

4:00 PM                Tea/coffee break

Presentations from U Mass group and discussion

Depart for hotel at 5:30  PM
Dinner at CGH at 7:30 PM

Day 3: 19th December

[Breakfast at their respective hotels/guest house and pick up from IIC at 9:00AM
while pick up from CGH at 9:30 AM]

10 AM-1 PM       Session –IV SIS  faculty interaction on "Indian Perspectives on Climate Change, Energy Issues and Global Negotiations"
(Venue:Room  344, SIS II, JNU, New Delhi )
Chair: AnuradhaChenoy  (Dean SIS)
Girijesh Pant
Bharat Desai
Mahendra K Lama
Meeta K Mehra
Nanda K Janardanan

11:30AM                Tea/coffee break

Presentations from U Mass group and discussion

1:00                 Lunch at University Cafeteria

2-4 PM Concluding meeting
(Venue 225, Admin)
Chair: S K Sopory (Vice Chancellor, JNU)

Summary from each group and discussion on possible future activities

CfPs: 11th Annual Conference of Knowledge Forum on "Globalisation of Technology and Development"

11th Annual Conference of Knowledge Forum
Conference Theme: Globalisation of Technology and Development
(In partnership with Tata Trusts)
November, 2016
Venue: TBD

Call for Papers
Under this overall theme the following topics would be discussed:
  • FDI and outsourcing.
  • Global business
  • Strategic partnerships
  • FDI in R&D
  • R&D Collaborations
  • University – Industry relationships
  • Technology development and small and medium enterprises

Conference Format
The conference will have an introductory session followed by Competitive Sessions. In the competitive sessions all the papers will be refereed before accepted for presentations. Send the abstracts and paper to

Key Dates:
Last date for submission of title of papers and abstracts May 30, 2016.
Last date for full paper submission July 30,2016

Further Details:

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Inviting Entries of Student Projects for GYTI (Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award) 2016

Dear Colleagues

Greetings from techpedia.sristi.orgat Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI).

We are happy to invite submissions of projects/innovations by students for the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards 2016. It is a SRISTI initiative to foster youth-driven innovations. The awards will be given during the Festival of Innovations, March 12-18, 2016 hosted by The Hon'ble President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

 Four categories of awards are: 

  • MLM (More from Less for Many) or Frugal Innovation Award: Technologies that use significantly less material/energy compared to existing alternatives to create sustainable solutions.
  • SRISTI Social Innovation Award: A demonstrable proof of concept/ prototype that possesses a significant amount of novelty and social application.
  • Technological-edge Award: A breakthrough or a significant technological advance in any field of engineering, pharmacy, medical, agricultural, or other disciplines will entitle a student to qualify for this award.
  • BIRAC-SRISTI award for biotechnological/medical/healthcare innovation: A technology having potential for reaching the masses and/or addressing a felt social need or making it extremely affordable compared to available solution will be selected. Up to ten of the selected innovations may be given a grant of Rs.15 lakh each and another hundred idea may be granted Rs. One lac each for taking the idea forward.

Any student project that has been completed in or after 2012 is eligible for submission. Students presently enrolled in a programme or those who have recently graduated from technical institutions/universities may submit their applications. The faculty members who in the past have supervised projects by students, who have graduated, are also eligible to apply on behalf of their students. The full project report of the shortlisted projects will be needed for final evaluation.


Last date for submission of entries is 31st December 2015. The nominations have to be submitted at

We also request that you  may get abstracts of all the UG/PG projects along with the name of the students, their guide, department, college, contact information and key words, uploaded at this will not only give visibility to the work done by your students, but also promote originality and collaboration. In due course, the linkage with grassroots innovators, MSME and other sectors may also be forged.


For any queries, please connect with Hiranmay Mahanta at 

We look forward to your enthusiastic cooperation in making India innovative and spread the spirit of the Honey Bee Network.

Best wishes and greetings for the New Year

Yours sincerely,

Anil K Gupta | | |

वस्त्रपुर, अहमदाबाद - ३८००१५


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Today Discussion on Impact of WTO-GATS on Education in India | at SIS New Building

Discussion on Impact of WTO-GATS on Education in India

Organized by JNUTA

Date: 9 December 2015.

Time 2.30pm- 4.30pm

Venue Room No 344, SIS New Building


  • Prof Biswajit Dhar
  • Prof Manoj Pant
  • Prof Saumen Chattopadhyay
  • Dr Nupur Chowdhury

You Are Welcome to Attend.

Bhaswati Sarkar

Secretary JNUTA

3 December 2015

CfPs on Science, Technology and Innovation in BRICS and MINT Countries | For special issue of African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID)

Call for Papers for a Special issue of


African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID):


Science, Technology and Innovation in BRICS and MINT Countries


The term 'BRIC' (Brazil, Russia, India and China) was coined in 2001 by Jim O'Neill a former Goldman Sachs economist. He anticipated that these emerging economics would be global economic powerhouses in the mid-21st century. A decade later, South Africa was added to this group of countries and the term thenceforth became 'BRICS'. Today, the term has become a very common jargon and is increasingly playing an important role in the global economic landscape. These five countries are now joined in an association to foster mutual development.[1] Jim O'Neill further predicted that Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey (MINT) will be the next economic powerhouses. These countries share common socio-economic and demographic conditions, for example, young population, crucial geographical locations and so on. The huge number of skilled workers is an advantage for these emerging economies. Although, in recent years MINT member countries are undergoing rapid growth and showing potential, they face many issues that are typically not part of the mainstream discourse. One such issue is mutual development in the area of science, technology and innovation (STI). Despite their commonalities, the flow of technology and knowledge among the BRICS and MINT economies still fall far behind the inflows from the global North. Moreover, the origin of these groups of countries is rooted in macroeconomic analyses of national conditions. It remains to be seen, therefore, whether these countries hold similarly strong prospects at the microeconomic level, especially in relation to STI. The BRICS economies have been the subject of many studies but the MINT group is relatively under-studied. Considering the foregoing, this special issue of African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID) is seeking original research contribution in the various aspects of Science Technology and Innovation studies in these two groups of emerging economics.


About the Journal


African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID) is a peer reviewed, multi-disciplinary international journal. The journal deals with the various issues of science, technology, and innovation in developing economies, with a special reference to Africa. It started in 2009 and publishes 6 issues in a year by Taylor and Francis. This special issue may come as an edited volume after two years of its publication. The journal is recognized by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and is in the process of indexing in globally recognized indexing and abstracting databases.


Topics for the Special Issue


This special issue of AJSTID calls for original research papers on, but not limited to, the broad topics outlined below. Individual country cases and cross-country studies from the BRICS and MINT countries are solicited on the following issues:

  • National, Regional, and Technological Innovation Systems
  • Technological Capability building
  • Science Technology and Sustainable Development
  • Role of these economics in the globalization of R&D
  • University-Industry relations
  • Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
  • Science and Technology collaboration in and among these countries Traditional knowledge systems
  • Creative Industries   

Perspective authors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts on topics beyond the broad theme of the special issue. However, all submissions must fit within the broader domain of the journal (Science Technology and Innovation Studies) and follow AJSTID's policy statements. Current PhD students and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to make submissions.


Submission Information


All manuscripts will go through double blind review. The manuscript should comply with the formatting guidelines of AJSTID. Detailed instructions to authors and manuscript preparation guidelines are available at More information about the journal can be found at Manuscript is to be prepared in MSWord format, and to be sent as an email attachment to For more information, please contact the Special Issue Editors.




Deadline for Submission of Full paper           : March 31st 2016

Feedback to Authors                                      : June 30th 2016

Tentative Publication Date                             : December 2016


Guest Editors


Swapan Kumar Patra (, Abiodun Egbetokun (

[1] One of the real-world consequences of the BRICS club for the member countries is that it is generally easier for them to reach agreements in their small club than as part of a much larger group. For instance, Brazil and China concluded a currency swap deal in the 2013 BRICS summit.

Fwd: Call for post-doc fellowships at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Israel

Science, Ethics, and Democracy

Post-Doctorate Fellowships


The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University is accepting applications for its 2016-17 post-doctorate fellowship program. The Center offers grants to outstanding researchers who study the interplay between scientific and technological developments, politics, and ethics.


The fellowship is open to researchers from all disciplines and fields, including humanities, cyber and computer sciences, social sciences, law, medicine and bioethics.


Grant Amount: $28,000


Candidates must have a PhD from a recognized institution in Israel or abroad, and must have received their degree after February 15th 2011.


Candidates with permanent positions at universities or colleges are not eligible. Preference will be given to researchers whose degree is not from Tel Aviv University.

Additional funding for travel for non-Israelis fellows is available.

The Research Fellows will be part of the Center's research group and will take part in the Center's activities. While in residence, the fellows are expected to dedicate their full time to research.


Applicants must submit:

  •  Approval indicating eligibility for a doctorate degree, or certification of the submission date of their dissertation.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Preferably, at least one recommender should not belong to the academic institution where the applicant was a doctorate student.
  • Summary of the dissertation and brief description of the research plan (both up to two pages).
  • CV, including a list of publications (if applicable).


Deadline for submission of all application materials: February 15, 2016

Application materials should be sent by mail to:


Selection process may also include personal interviews.


Additional information about the Center, research fellows and activities can be found at:



Hagai Boas, PhD.

Program Director

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Tel Aviv University

Tel: 03-6406952

Fax: 03-6407720


Monday, December 7, 2015

New article "Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's Vision for Renewable Energy Sector in India"

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's Vision for Renewable Energy Sector in India.
Anup Kumar Das
Akshay Urja
, 2015, 9(2)
: 34-35.

Abstract: A firm believer in creating and encouraging science-based solutions for the benefit of mankind and society at large, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, was a visionary, scientist, and people's President. The author through this article presents valuable insights into Dr Kalam's views of how science can contribute to regeneration of the environmental resource base and a better energy future.

Download English
Version | Hindi Version.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Invitation: Side Event at COP 21 Paris

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Invitation: Side Event at COP 21 Paris

Monday, November 30, 2015

JNU Talk "The Euro, the Crisis and the Future of the European Union" by Prof Michael Heinrich | 2nd December

PC Joshi Archives on Contemporary History

School of Social Sciences, JNU and


Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, South Asia - INSAF


Invite you to a lecture on


The Euro, the Crisis and the Future of the European Union



Prof. Michael Heinrich

University of Applied Sciences, Berlin


Wednesday  2nd December 2015     3.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room, Ground Floor, School of Social Sciences I.


Prof. Michael Heinrich teaches Economics in University of Applied Sciences, Berlin and is Managing Editor of PROKLA: Journal for Critical Social Science.

The Lecture will focus on the banking crisis of 2008 overcome by an enormous intervention of the European states. The consequence was a state debt crisis. However this state debt crisis hit the members of the EU in rather different ways and degrees. Especially the southern member states, Portugal, Spain and especially Greece had and have huge problems, while Germany is the clear winner of the crisis. This unequal situation creates the biggest challenge the EU ever saw.

Tea at 4.30 pm

Friday, November 27, 2015

JNU Talk "Censure and Censorship Academic Freedom and Public Comment" | 1st Dec | JNU Convention Centre

International Collaboration

is organising a Public lecture by

Vice Chancellor and Principal
The University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Censure and Censorship
Academic Freedom and Public Comment

on 1st December, 2015
at 4:00 PM
in Auditorium II, Convention Centre, JNU

This Public Lecture is to commemorate the valuable partnership between The University of Sydney and JNU.

Professor S.K. Sopory, Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University will preside over the function.

All are cordially invited.

Centre for Media Studies
School of Social Sciences
The University of Sydney

is conducting a Workshop on

Media and Transnational Civil Society

and cordially invites you to a talk by

Dr. Alana Mann
(Media & Communication, University of Sydney)

Food Politics: Media and Human Rights

Date &Time: 01st December 2015, 01.30-2.45PM
Venue: CMS Committee Room

Dr Alana Mann teaches media studies, public opinion and international relations in the BA (MECO), Masters of Strategic Public Relations and Bachelor of International and Global Studies. The focus of her research is political communication, specifically the engagement of non-state actors in international politics. She applies an interdisciplinary approach with a strong focus on democracy, social justice and citizenship that is reflected in her focus on the power relations between the media, governments, institutions and civil society actors in the field of food politics. Dr. Mann published widely which includes her recent book Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan). The book draws on grounded case studies of agrarian movements in countries including Chile, Mexico and Spain to theories a diversity of counter-movement organising strategies and political alliances.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Call for Participation: National Consultation on Open Educational Resources | 1-2 December | JNU Convention Centre, New Delhi

National Consultation on Open Educational Resources
1–2 December 2015
JNU Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

UNESCO, the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) and Jawaharlal Nehru University are jointly organizing a National Consultation on the theme 'Open Educational Resources for Inclusive Development: Identifying Challenges, Addressing Opportunities'.

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the event, which will take place at the Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University on 1–2 December 2015. The concept note for the event has been uploaded here and the programme will be posted shortly.

The National Consultation will work towards identifying (a) present challenges to the creation and use of OER; and (b) opportunities for intervention for inclusive development through OER at the institutional and national levels. All discussions will be recommendation-oriented and action-oriented. In particular, the Consultation will focus on up to seven themes, each of which will be addressed by a dedicated consultative session. The themes are as follows:

1. Examining the benefits and implications of the 2014 Open Licensing Policy Guidelines of the National Mission on Education through ICT
2. Examining good practices and case studies on OER-based learning
3. Exploring the role of digital libraries vis-à-vis OER initiatives
4. Adapting existing institutional OER policies
5. Developing and applying frameworks to assess the quality of OER
6. OER for persons with disabilities
7. OER for skill development

We would be glad if you could confirm your availability and participation by 27 November 2015 at the latest. Please email Mr Anirban Sarma, National Programme Officer, UNESCO ( and Dr Manas Panigrahi, Programme Officer, CEMCA ( to confirm your participation.

Yours sincerely,
Anirban Sarma
National Programme Officer
Communication and Information Sector
UNESCO New Delhi


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Short Term Course on Times Series Modeling and Forecasting | NIT Rourkela | 27-30 January

Short Term Course on Times Series Modeling and Forecasting
Venue: National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela
Dates: 27 -30 January 2016

NITR is pleased to announce A Four Day Short Term Course On "Times Series Modeling and Forecasting: Using E-Views Package" 27 -30 January, 2016. The primary objective of this training programme is to provide first-hand experience to the participants in analysing and interpreting data using E-Views software package along with the theoretical conception.  Additionally, through interactive sessions this programme will provide training to effectively communicate research findings to policy audiences. Since research is best learnt by hands-on experience, this training programme emphasizes on "DO-IT-YOURSELF" approach. All methods will be demonstrated using large scale secondary data sets like RBI, WDI, IFS, India Stat, CMIE, DLHS, and NSS etc.


Faculty members of NIT, Rourkela, and experts from premier institutes will deliver lectures, followed by interactive sessions on the subjects.


The workshop is designed for faculty members in social science and humanities having less than/ up to five years of teaching experience and who are currently involved in teachings and research in social science and humanities of Central/ state Institution/ University Department, etc. Besides these the participants can be any of the following careers, such as: Finance Professionals, Market Analysts, Bankers, Business Planners and Analysts, Business Executives, Managers, Academicians, Development Practitioners and Research Scholars.


A maximum of 30 participants will be considered for this training programme. Application will be accepted on first-cum-first serve basis. Accommodation will be provided to out-station participants in the Institute Guest House on twin-sharing basis. Certificate will be given to the participants after successful completion of the Course under the Continuing Education Programme of the Institute.


Last date for registration is 31st December, 2015.


If you have any queries, then feel free to contact us at:

Dr. Mantu Kumar Mahalik | Principal Coordinator

Assistant Professor |  Economics

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HS)

National Institute of Technology, Rourkela

Sundargarh-769008, Odisha, INDIA

Phone: 06612462792 (O), +91-8093505772  (M)

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IFLA Journal Article "Legacy of the Bengal Renaissance in Public Library Development in India", December 2015

Legacy of the Bengal Renaissance in Public Library Development in India
by Anup Kumar Das
IFLA Journal, 2015, 41(4): 370–380. DOI: 10.1177/0340035215603992

The 19th- and 20th-century Bengal Province in India was a nerve-centre with hosts of socio-cultural and religious reform movements due to its early association with secular liberal western education. Modern institutions of higher learning, established by colonial rulers, European missionaries and contemporary social reformers, led to the awakening of Bengali educated communities. This Bengal Renaissance had contributed towards strengthening production of Bengali literature and the development of the Bengali language. Socially active reformers established community libraries as community learning space in their respective localities. Many century-old libraries are still in existence. These community libraries extended their access to the youth, students, industrial workers and lifelong learners. With this background, this paper aims at in-depth analysis of the legacy of the Bengal Renaissance in the development of public libraries in India during colonial British rule. This paper also looks into the role of the individual reformist genres in the design and delivery of effective public library services and library outreach services in the province.
Keywords: History, community libraries, public libraries, metropolitan libraries, India, South Asia, Bengal Province, Bengal Renaissance, British Raj

Call for Participation: India International Science Festival (IISF2015), 4-8 December, at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

India International Science Festival  (IISF2015)
4-8 December 2015
Venue: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

India International Science Festival (IISF 2015), a joint event of Ministry of Science and Technology (DST, DBT and DSIR/CSIR) and Ministry of Earth Sciences, is being organized during December 04-08, 2015 at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) have been chosen as the nodal government institution to organize this mega event in collaboration with Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA). IISF aims to provide a single platform to promote interaction among the people and scientists from South Asian Countries to share and spread scientific ideas and discoveries. Around 3500 participants, delegates, invitees, renowned experts are expected to attend various components of IISF 2015.

IISF 2015 is being organized with the following objectives:
  •     Exposing the fruits of Science and Technology to the masses
  •     Building strategy to instill scientific temper among the people
  •     Showcasing Indian contributions in the field of S&T over the years
  •     Providing platform to young scientists from South Asian and other neighbouring countries for exchange of knowledge & ideas
  •     Supporting flagship programmes like Make in India, Digital India, Start-up India, Smart Villages, Smart Cities etc. initiated by the Govt. of India

The events to be held under IISF 2015 are as follows:
  •     Young Scientists' Conference
  •     Industry Academia Conclave
  •     National Level Exhibition & Project Competition (NLEPC) under 'INSPIRE' Programme of DST
  •     Techno-industry Expo
  •     Science Film Festival
  •     Practical Science Laboratory Demonstration

Young Scientists' Conference
Young Scientists' Conference, the key component of IISF 2015 would focus on presentation of technical papers and posters in the following sub-themes :
  •     Indigenous knowledge
  •     Innovative agricultural practices & livestock management
  •     Integrated healthcare including innovative diagnostic aids
  •     Vector control & mitigation
  •     Remote sensing applications
  •     Smart design and advanced manufacturing technologies in line with 'Make in India'
  •     Green energy
  •     Waste to wealth technologies, water & ocean resources, environmental management & climate change

IISF 2015 targets to involve and include commoners with a view to improve their scientific understanding, temperament and appreciation for various feats in science & technology. IISF also targets to showcase innovative practices and achievements by Indian science & technology system. Another important milestone of IISF 2015 would be to promote India's Indigenous Knowledge, well acclaimed in the world. IISF 2015 would provide an effective platform for the scientists-students interactions and also host large-scale practical science laboratory demonstration. Concurrent with the conference, another component of IISF would encompass techno-industrial expo with the participation of national agencies such as DRDO, BARC, ISRO etc. along with the leading PSUs. Science communication by effective media interception such as science documentaries, films etc. would another key component of IISF 2015. All of these are expected to make IISF 2015 stand apart from other events held in the country.

Download IISF2015 Brochure:

Online Register Here:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Current Science articles & book reviews | 25 November 2015

Accounting for gender research performance differences in ranking universities
by Giovanni Abramo and Ciriaco Andrea D'Angelo
Current Science, 109(10): 1783-9, 25Nov

Abstract: The literature on the theme of gender differences in research performance indicates a gap in favour of men over women. Beyond the understanding of the factors that could be at the basis of this phenomenon, it is worthwhile understanding if it would be appropriate to conduct the evaluation per population in a manner distinguished by gender. In fact, if there is some factor that structurally determines a penalization of performance by women researchers compared to men, then the comparative evaluation in the performance of organizations' that do not take gender into account will lead to an advantage for those that employ more men, under parity in the capacities of their staff. In this work we measure the differences in the performance and the rank of research institutions as observed when gender is taken into account compared to when it is ignored. The study population consists of all Italian universities and the performance measured in the hard sciences for the period 2006–2010.

Indian Solar Radiation Atlas is launched
by Anup Kumar Das,
Current Science, 109(10):1765, 25Nov

Book Review "India: Science & Technology, Vol3, edited by CSIR NISTADS"
Current Science, 109(10):1875-6, 25Nov

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New Book "Needham's Indian Network: The Search for a Home for the History of Science in India" by Dhruv Raina

Needham's Indian Network: The Search for a Home for the History of Science in India

by Dhruv Raina, ZHCES, JNU

New Delhi. Yoda Press, 2015, 148 pages, Paperback, ISBN: 9789382579113.

Abstract: Needham's Indian Network traces the attempts to create a space for the disciplinary history of science in India in the first few decades after Independence. It does so by narrating the efforts of an important transnational network of historians and historians of science who attempted to institutionalize the history of science in India during the 1950s – a crucial decade as far as science and technology in India are concerned. An important part of this network was the remarkable intellectual and historian of science, Joseph Needham. This book delineates, for the first time, the connections between Needham and Indian historians of science as well as his lasting influence on many of them. During the first decade in the life of a newly independent nation, historians of science like A. Rahman tried to develop a curriculum for undergraduate and graduate teaching, while reflecting on the prioritization of research themes and programmes, and the central concerns of the historiography of science. With its narrative located at the end of the Second World War and the first decade of decolonization, this book also focuses on the problematic nature of the historiography of science and its relation with theories of modernity and modernization that were central to the projects of nation building.

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