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.

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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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Monday, November 16, 2015

Where to Purchase Air Tickets in India

PUS Article "It will be a disaster! How people protest against things which have not yet happened" by Mathieu Quet (Visiting Fellow at CSSP)

It will be a disaster! How people protest against things which have not yet happened
by Mathieu Quet
(Visiting Fellow at CSSP)
Public Understanding of Science, 2015, 24(2): 210-224.

Abstract: In the field of science and technology studies, recent works have analyzed the multiplication of promises and predictions as a major evolution of science management. The authors involved in this "sociology of technical expectations" have documented the role played by promises in the elaboration of scientific projects and their impact on the social reception of scientific issues. Yet, little attention has been paid to the predictions regarding undesirable technological futures. This article proposes therefore to analyze the discursive and argumentative practices through which journalists, scientists, and politicians denounce and propose to counter a public issue "which does not exist yet": gene doping (no case of gene doping has been recorded to date). After a literature review of the field of the sociology of technological expectations and a presentation of the corpus, the article describes the structure of predictions and analyzes the discursive strategies according to which social actors predict a disaster in the making. The analysis is based on the study of media discourses about gene doping, in a corpus of 163 French language articles from European newspapers, published between 1998 and 2012.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Indian Express "Behind Historic Top-100 Rank, IISc’s New Research Course"

Behind Historic Top-100 Rank, IISc's New Research Course
In its engineering streams, IISc has seen a surge in collaborative research with industries, forging alliances with global players in the telecom, automobile and aviation sector.
by Johnson T A, Bengaluru | Nov 16, 2015 | Indian Express

A new undergraduate course in research and close attention to details required to enter the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings for engineering and technology universities helped the Indian Institute of Science enter the top 100 rankings for the first time ever for an Indian university, according to IISc director Anurag Kumar.
Bengaluru-based IISc was ranked at 99 in the annual rankings of the top 100 engineering and tech universities by the London-based Times Higher Education last week. No Indian university has figured in the top 100 list for engineering and technology universities in the past.
Although IISc has figured at the highest position for Indian universities in the THE overall world university rankings in the past with a ranking between 276-300 in 2014-15, the institute has never entered the top 100 rankings for engineering and technology universities.
"We have not had the time to compare our rankings in the past with the 2016 rankings. What has given us a good ranking in my view is the completion of the first batch of our undergraduate programme and attention to providing complete data required for the rankings. The completion of the first batch of the UG programme has got us into the ranking," IISc chief Kumar said.
The four-year undergraduate BSc (research) course is a multi-disciplinary programme that combines science and engineering lessons, and prepares students to meet the vocational and research demands of the modern technology world.
For its ranking at 99 in the THE list of engineering and technology universities, IISc was, like other universities, evaluated on five parameters — teaching, international outlook, industry income, research and citations. An overall percentage of marking was also provided.
IISc, which never figured in these rankings in previous years, got an overall tally of 49.3 out of a maximum possible 100 while the top Asian university — the National Technological University of Singapore ranked at 13 — got an overall tally of 88.5 marks.
With a 8:2 student teacher ratio and one per cent international students in its 3,318 population, IISc got a 60.7 per cent marking for teaching, 21.2 for international outlook, 48.8 for industry income, 46.7 for research and 42.4 for citations.
In its engineering streams, IISc has seen a surge in collaborative research with industries, forging alliances with global players in the telecom, automobile and aviation sector.


The Telegraph: " 'Touch-and-Pass' Secret of PhD Theses"

'Touch-and-Pass' Secret of PhD Theses
- Payment paltry, it's 'highly possible' evaluators skim over papers: Veteran
by Basant Mohanty | The Telegraph | Monday, November 2, 2015

New Delhi, Nov. 1: The paltry Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,500 that India's universities pay to experts evaluating PhD theses may be prompting some of them to approve the theses perfunctorily, a veteran academic has suggested.
Bimal Kanti Sen, a former scientist with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, has said that teachers may be following "the rule of touch and pass" in nine out of 10 cases since the payment is a pittance. A university sends a PhD thesis for evaluation to an expert in the subject. Since faculty members tend to be preoccupied with academic work and research, retired teachers are preferred for thesis evaluation. In an article published last week in University News, a weekly published by the Association of Indian Universities, Sen wrote that proper evaluation of a thesis takes at least 15 working days. He cited how a serving professor earns a salary of Rs 80,000 a month while a retired teacher can hope to be paid at best Rs 2,500 for 15 days' slog evaluating a thesis. "There is high possibility that the evaluator will follow the rule of touch and pass," Sen told The Telegraph. He explained that this meant overlooking the references, statistical tables and literature reviews in the thesis and approving it after going through the research objectives and methodology.
A university teacher in Delhi said a Germany-based evaluator had recently written to the institution that the transaction charges he had had to pay his bank to cash his cheque outstripped the payment. Sen said Jadavpur University had recently revised the payment for the evaluators to Rs 2,500 while many universities paid just Rs 1,000. He said Calcutta University had raised the payment from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500 a month ago while Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University paid Rs 2,000 and Rs 1,500, respectively.
Sen said there were irregularities in the way many universities conducted their PhD programmes and that he had mentioned some of these to Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani during a recent meeting. "I have requested the minister to set up a panel to review the quality of research in universities and how students are suffering at the hands of guides," Sen said. He said many guides tended to sit on thesis papers for months and needed much persuasion to clear them for external evaluation. Also, many guides took on more than the eight scholars allowed per teacher by University Grants Commission norms.
N. Raghuram, a professor of biotechnology at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University here, said few universities selected the external thesis evaluator rigorously. Instead, they often appointed retired teachers of questionable expertise who coveted the meagre payment and had friends within the campus, he alleged. "It's a racket. The thesis paper is not sent to genuine experts in most cases. In most universities, a panel of evaluators is prepared merely on the basis of suggestions from senior teachers and without due diligence," Raghuram said. Besides, he said, many universities have abandoned the practice of having research scholars make a presentation on their thesis, defending it and explaining how it differs from existing work in the subject.
University Grants Commission sources said the higher education regulator had asked all the universities for details of how many PhD scholars each of their guides was overseeing. Once the information arrives, the commission will review it and take corrective action, they said.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

ZHCES Seminar Notice on 16-11-2015 at 3:00 p.m. in Committee Room no. 002, SSS-II




Seminar Notice

"The History and Philosophy of Science: From Theory to Practice and Back Again."

Speaker: Prof. Gordon McOuat
Professor, History of Science and Technology Programme,
University of King's College
Halifax, CANADA

November 16, 2015 (Monday) at 3:00 p.m.

Venue: Committee Room No. 002, SSS-II

All are cordially invited

(ZHCES Seminar Incharge)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Call for Participation: OpenDataCamp Delhi 2015, Nov 22

OpenDataCamp Delhi 2015

Date: November 22, 2015

Venue:The Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 29 Rajpur Road, Civil Lines, New Delhi 110054, India

What is OpenDataCamp Delhi?

OpenDataCamp Delhi will be a one day un-conference in New Delhi on Sunday, November 22, 2015. DataMeet organised the first OpenDataCamp in Delhi last year to create a discussion and sharing space for people involved in opening up and working with government and non-government data. This year's Camp will focus on advancing these conversations, especially towards discussing and articulating how the open data agenda should be integrated into the Digital India initiative, the flagship programme of the Government of India to harness the possibilities of information technologies for accountable governance, effective citizenship, and a productive and job-creating digital economy. Recent international processes towards better global availability of interoperable and comparable data, such as the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development initiative of UN and the International Open Data Charter introduced by the Open Data Working Group of Open Government Partnership, will provide the wider context for our discussions.

The first half (before lunch) of the OpenDataCamp will feature keynote address and panel discussions exploring what roles should open (government) data play in the Digital India initiative, and vice versa. We must note here that the open data agenda has already been integrated into the Digital India programme by rechristening the Open Government Data Platform of India as 'a digital India initiative'.

The second half (after lunch) of the Camp will begin with a Show and Tell session for participants to briefly share their thoughts and ongoing/finished engagements with open data. This will be followed by a collaborative writing sprint to develop a community statement on an open data agenda for the Digital India initiative.

We invite you to participate in and support the OpenDataCamp Delhi. For details, read the agenda section below.

Organising the Camp is made possible by generous support from the Sarai programme at CSDS, Akvo, NASSCOM - Global Entrepreneurship Week, Random Hacks of Kindness - India, International Center for Journalists, and unpaid labour of various volunteers and well-wishers.

Register: Register here for ODCDel2015

If you have difficulty with online payment, please write to us at


Name of the speakers and discussants will be announced shortly.

08:30-09:30 Registration

09:30-10:30 Keynote Address - Open Data in Digital India (Speaker: Honourable P.D. Rai)

10:30-11:00 Introductions

11:00-11:30 Tea and Coffee

11:30-12:30 Panel Discussion - Open Data and Digital Governance (Discussants: Anoop Aravind, and Nikhil Pahwa)

12:30-13:30 Panel Discussion - Open Data and Digital Citizenship (Discussants: Dr. Biplav Srivastava, Nicholas Dawes, and Shashank Srinivasan)

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:30 Show and Tell (Open House)

15:30-17:00 Drafting a Statement on Open Data for Digital India

16:30-17:00 Tea and Coffee

17:00:17:15 Closing Remarks

17:15-18:00 Planning Session for DataMeet Delhi (Open and Optional)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CfPs: 9th Doctoral Thesis Conference; at IBS Hyderabad; 21-22 April

9th Doctoral Thesis Conference
21-22 April 2016
Organized by IBS Hyderabad in collaboration with IGIDR, Mumbai

Call for Papers
About the Conference:  IBS Hyderabad, a constituent of IFHE (a deemed to be University) and one among the top B-schools in India, is organizing its 9th Doctoral Thesis Conference (DTC) during 21-22, April 2016 at IBS Hyderabad. We are pleased to inform that in the 9th Doctoral Thesis Conference apart from the track 'Advanced research paper presentation'  (for presenting advanced thesis papers) we are also introducing a special track 'Research Design presentation' for PhD aspirants to present their Ph.D proposals.

Finance and Accounting, Banking and Insurance, Marketing, General Management, Economics, Statistics, Human Resource, Information Technology, Operations, Social Work, Psychology, Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship Development etc.

Submission Procedure and Dates:
Interested doctoral scholars are requested to submit their papers, not exceeding 5000 words for 'Research Design presentation' (track 1) and not exceeding 8000 words for 'Advanced research paper presentation' (track 2), latest by February 1, 2016. The papers should be emailed to Authors of the selected papers will be invited to present their papers in the conference. The IBS Hyderabad will reimburse to and fro 3rd AC train fare in shortest route within India for one of the authors (full time Research scholar) who will be presenting papers in the conference. Contact: Dr. Suresh K. G. (Mob.09951208410), Dr. Aviral Kumar Tiwari (07729803446).
For submission guidelines and other details visit our website:

"What Can Scientists/Science Administrators Do for 'Make In India'?" Current Science Editorial

"What Can Scientists/Science Administrators Do for 'Make In India'?"
Current Science Editorial,
by E. Arunan
Current Science, 10 November 2015, 109(9), 1519-1520.

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UNESCO releases today "UNESCO Science Report, Towards 2030"

UNESCO releases today "UNESCO Science Report, Towards 2030" 

The UNESCO Science Report: towards 2030 provides more country-level information than ever before. The trends and developments in science, technology and innovation policy and governance between 2009 and mid-2015 described here provide essential baseline information on the concerns and priorities of countries that should orient the implementation and drive the assessment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the years to come.

Table of Contents


Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

Perspectives on Emerging Issues
  • Universities: increasingly global players | Patrick Aebischer, President, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • A more developmental approach to science | Bhanu Neupane, Programme Specialist, Communication Sector, UNESCO
  • Science will play a key role in realizing Agenda 2030 | Opinion piece based on a policy brief prepared by the Scientific Advisory Board of the Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Science for a sustainable and just world: a new framework for global science policy? | Heide Hackmann, International Council for Science and Geoffrey Boulton, University of Edinburgh
  • Local and indigenous knowledge at the science–policy interface | Douglas Nakashima, Head, Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems programme, UNESCO

Global Overview
  • A world in search of an effective growth strategy | Luc Soete, Susan Schneegans, Deniz Eröcal, Baskaran Angathevar and Rajah Rasiah
  • Tracking trends in innovation and mobility | Elvis Korku Avenyo, Chiao-Ling Chien, Hugo Hollanders, Luciana Marins, Martin Schaaper and Bart Verspagen
  • Is the gender gap narrowing in science and engineering? | Sophia Huyer

A closer look at regions and countries
  • Canada | Paul Dufour
  • United States of America | Shannon Stewart and Stacy Springs
  • Caricom | Harold Ramkissoon and Ishenkumba A. Kahwa
  • Latin America | Guillermo A. Lemarchand
  • Brazil | Renato Hyuda de Luna Pedrosa and Hernan Chaimovich
  • European Union | Hugo Hollanders and Minna Kanerva
  • Southeast Europe | Djuro Kutlaca
  • European Free Trade Association | Hans Peter Hertig
  • Countries in the Black Sea basin | Deniz Eröcal and Igor Yegorov
  • Russian Federation | Leonid Gokhberg and Tatiana Kuznetsova
  • Central Asia | Nasibakhon Mukhitdinova
  • Iran | Kioomars Ashtarian
  • Israel | Daphne Getz and Zehev Tadmor
  • The Arab States | Moneef R. Zou'bi, Samia Mohamed-Nour, Jauad El-Kharraz and Nazar Hassan
  • West Africa | George Essegbey, Nouhou Diaby and Almamy Konte
  • East and Central Africa | Kevin Urama, Mammo Muchie and Remy Twiringiyimana
  • Southern Africa | Erika Kraemer–Mbula and Mario Scerri
  • South Asia | Dilupa Nakandala and Ammar Malik
  • India | Sunil Mani
  • China | Cong Cao
  • Japan | Yasushi Sato and Tateo Arimoto
  • Republic of Korea | Deok Soon Yim and Jaewon Lee
  • Malaysia | Rajah Rasiah and V.G.R. Chandran
  • Southeast Asia and Oceania | Tim Turpin, Jing A. Zhang, Bessie M. Burgos and Wasantha Amaradasa
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Dr. Anup Kumar Das
Centre for Studies in Science Policy
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi - 110067, India


Monday, November 9, 2015

Call for Papers: Workshop on Quantitative Studies; by Knowledge Forum; January 2016, Delhi

Forum for Global Knowledge Sharing


 Annual Conference of Forum in November 2016


Preparatory Workshop on Quantitative studies of Growth, Diversification and Globalization of S&T

Date: January 8, 2016

Venue: Institute of Informatics and Communication, South Campus University of Delhi


Call for Abstracts

Data is being collected today at an unprecedented rate. At the same time the capability of analyzing data has also increased tremendously in the last decade. Several quantitative techniques such as in Data Envelopment Analysis, Scientometrics, Network analysis in semantic data and collaborations, Predictive Analytics, Simulation techniques and Data Mining have enormous possibilities in uncovering previously unknown patterns in S & T growth that can indicate the future and inform policy. Patterns in data can reveal the nature of growth and diversification in different subjects and applications in new technologies. Analysis of knowledge base of the diaspora can unravel information about diaspora - a vast potential resource for the country.  Deciphered patterns and dynamics of growth in these dimensions can inform future policies and strategies in S & T at institutional, regional and national levels.


Scholars and researchers engaged in quantitative studies of S & T on the above or related dimensions are invited to submit a one-page abstract of their work that they may wish to present and discuss at the Workshop.


Deadline for submission of Abstracts: December 7, 2015.


Dr. M. K. Das, Head, Institute of Informatics and Communication, South Campus, Delhi University


Please inform colleagues and email Abstract to:


Dr. Ashok Jain (, Governing Board Member of Forum for Global Knowledge Sharing (Knowledge Forum) and

Dr. Aparna Basu ( , Member Knowledge Forum


Final programme of the Workshop will be informed subsequently.



What is Forum for Global Knowledge Sharing (Knowledge Forum)


For details see:



It is a specialised, interdisciplinary global forum that deals with the science, technology and economy interface. It provides a platform for researcher and scholar from different disciplines such as economics, sociology, management, basic sciences and technology to interact, collaborate and share their knowledge on changes in industrial, agriculture and service sectors and in science and technology. The refereed papers presented at earlier Annual Conferences have been published either as books by reputed publishers or as special issues of established research journals.


Forum is open to scholars who have been publishing in refereed professional journals. Forum has about 250 registered members belonging to different disciplines, institutions and countries. 



Dr. Aparna Basu
Formerly at National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies
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STS journal article "Trends in Brain Drain, Gain and Circulation: Indian Experience of Knowledge Workers" by Singh & Krishna (of CSSP)

Trends in Brain Drain, Gain and Circulation: Indian Experience of Knowledge Workers
by Jaspertap Singh & V.V. Krishna
Science Technology and Society, 2015, 20(3): 300-321.

In Special Issue: Return from Migration and Circulation of Highly Educated People: The Never Ending Brain Drain [Guest editors: J. Gaillard, A-M. Gaillard and V.V. Krishna]

Abstract: The concepts of brain drain, gain and circulation in the Indian context presents a fruitful sociological and policy relevant experience to understand the phenomena as it unfolded over many decades. As this essay demonstrates, 1960s to 1980s emerged as the phase of brain drain. The country witnessed considerable economic growth and development of S&T infrastructure coupled with the emergence of science community and intellectual climate in the 1990s. The development reversed the process of brain drain. A historical perspective is adopted which presents ample data and empirical evidence to map the evolution and operation of three phases. Towards mapping the last phase of brain circulation, it is shown that the country embarked on the development of ICT software sector and become globally relevant and competitive. In an unexpected way the growth and dynamics of this high technology service oriented sector has unravelled the process of brain drain transforming it into brain circulation.


STS journal published a Special Issue "Return from Migration and Circulation of Highly Educated People: The Never Ending Brain Drain"; 2015, 20(3).

Special Issue: Return from Migration and Circulation of Highly Educated People: The Never Ending Brain Drain
Guest editors: J. Gaillard, A-M. Gaillard and V.V. Krishna
Science Technology and Society, November 2015, 20(3).

Table of Contents

J. Gaillard, A-M. Gaillard, and V.V. Krishna
Return from Migration and Circulation of Highly Educated People: The Never-ending Brain Drain
Science Technology & Society, November 2015, 20: 269-278, doi:10.1177/0971721815597168

Xiao Lu and Wenxia Zhang
The Reversed Brain Drain: A Mixed-method Study of the Reversed Migration of Chinese Overseas Scientists
Science Technology & Society, November 2015, 20: 279-299, doi:10.1177/0971721815597127

Jaspertap Singh and V.V. Krishna
Trends in Brain Drain, Gain and Circulation: Indian Experience of Knowledge Workers
Science Technology & Society, November 2015, 20: 300-321, doi:10.1177/0971721815597132

Inés Andújar, Carolina Cañibano, and Ana Fernandez-Zubieta
International Stays Abroad, Collaborations and the Return of Spanish Researchers
Science Technology & Society, November 2015, 20: 322-348, doi:10.1177/0971721815597138

Hah Zoong Song and Emily Song
Why Do South Korea's Scientists and Engineers Delay Returning Home? Renewed Brain Drain in the New Millennium
Science Technology & Society, November 2015, 20: 349-368, doi:10.1177/0971721815597140

Michael Kahn
Mobility of the Highly Skilled—Towards a Non-racial South Africa
Science Technology & Society, November 2015, 20: 369-388, doi:10.1177/0971721815597146

V.V. Krishna and Sohan Prasad Sha
Building Science Community by Attracting Global Talents: The Case of Singapore Biopolis
Science Technology & Society, November 2015, 20: 389-413, doi:10.1177/0971721815597152

Anne-Marie Gaillard and Jacques Gaillard
Return Migration of Highly Skilled Scientists and Engineers to Morocco: Return or Circulation?
Science Technology & Society, November 2015, 20: 414-434, doi:10.1177/0971721815597157

Country Report
Paola Bayle
Mapping the Return of Argentine Researchers
Science Technology & Society, November 2015, 20: 435-449, doi:10.1177/0971721815597165

STS journal article "Building Science Community by Attracting Global Talents: The Case of Singapore Biopolis" by Krishna & Sha (of CSSP)

Building Science Community by Attracting Global Talents: The Case of Singapore Biopolis
by V.V. Krishna and Sohan Prasad Sha
Science Technology and Society, 2015, 20(3): 389-413.
In Special Issue: Return from Migration and Circulation of Highly Educated People: The Never Ending Brain Drain [Guest editors: J. Gaillard, A-M. Gaillard and V.V. Krishna]

Abstract: Small developing countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa are still struggling with the institutionalisation and professionalisation of science. Many countries in these regions are yet to establish science communities. Singapore case becomes all the more interesting and exemplary as this small country was able to build a small but vibrant science community in relatively a short span of time. As will be shown through the case study on 'Biopolis' (cluster of modern biology laboratories and national university), there is indeed a unique Singaporean approach in building science community by attracting global talents. The process of attracting global talents or what may be seen as a case of brain gain was part of Singapore's national science, technology and innovation (STI) strategy since the 1980s and particularly the 1990s. After exploring the most salient features of STI policies, the essay will focus on two major institutional developments, which were crucial for building Biopolis, based science community. First is on building of world class university and research ecosystem; and second is a empirical research on the structure and composition of scientists in eight major biological labs.


Current Science article "Frugal and Reverse Innovations – Quo Vadis?" by Simula, Hossain and Halme

Frugal and Reverse Innovations – Quo Vadis?
by Henri Simula, Mokter Hossain and Minna Halme
Current Science, 10 November 2015, 109(9), 1567-1572.

Abstract: The concepts of frugal and reverse innovations are recent entrants to the innovation literature. Frugal innovation conveys the important idea of innovating under circumstances of resource scarcity. Reverse innovation refers to another significant turn in thinking and practice–innovations from low-income contexts can enter wealthier markets, a major shift from the previous innovation paradigm. There are some hallmark examples of these types of innovations but the current academic literature is still limited. The purpose of this article is to study these concepts and present a conceptual framework that combines underlying drivers. We also present ideas for future research avenues.

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Today at JNU KC: Raising the Light of Gratitude for the Farmers,

Raising the Light of Gratitude for the Farmers
Date: 9th November
Venue: KC Open Theatre, JNU campus
Time: 3pm to sunset

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Audio Recording of Panel Discussion "Contextualizing Sustainability" held at JNU

Trans-Disciplinary Innovation Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies (TRCSS), JNU organised a Panel Discussion "Contextualizing Sustainability" on 3rd November 2015 at Cartographic Lab, CSRD, First Floor, School of Social Sciences-3, JNU. The following speakers discussed on Sustainability issues in local, national and global contexts:

  • Pranav N. Desai, CSSP, JNU
  • Dinesh Abrol, TRCSS, JNU
  • Atul Sood, CSRD, JNU
  • Ritu Priya, CSMCH, JNU
  • Pradeep Shinde, CIS&LS, JNU

Audio Recording of the Session is available HERE.

TRCSS, JNU is a collaborative initiative of four Centres within the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, namely Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD), Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health (CSMCH) and Centre for Informal Sector & Labour Studies (CIS&LS). One of the major initiatives of the TRCSS, JNU is South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN) – a joint initiative of JNU and STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK.

All are cordially welcome