Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Frugal Innovation by the Small and the Marginal: An Alternative Discourse on Innovation and Development | by Dr Saradindu Bhaduri, CSSP
Monday, May 23, 2016
- Technology usage or redesign
- Innovation creation, adoption, diffusion
- Governance of delivery platforms, multi-stakeholder consortiums, public private partnerships, sanitation drives, government programmes
- Deadline for submission: September 30.
- Email confirmation of result: October 15.
- Title Page should include full contact details. Selected Papers will be published as part of the UNU-MERIT working paper series and/or as a Special Issue of an international journal.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
UNESCO Launches GO-SPIN country profiles in science, technology and Innovation policy on Africa and Israel [open access]
UNESCO Launches GO-SPIN country profiles in science, technology and Innovation policy on Africa and Israel
- Mapping Research and Innovation in the State of Israel | GO-SPIN country profiles in science, technology and Innovation policy # 5, UNESCO, Paris, 2016. Open Access Download.
- Mapping Research and Innovation in the Republic of Rwanda | GO-SPIN country profiles in science, technology and Innovation policy # 4, UNESCO, Paris, 2015. Open Access Download.
- Mapping Research and Innovation in the Republic of Malawi | GO-SPIN country profiles in science, technology and Innovation policy # 3, UNESCO, Paris, 2014. Open Access Download.
- Mapping Research and Innovation in the Republic of Zimbabwe | GO-SPIN country profiles in science, technology and Innovation policy # 2, UNESCO, Paris, 2014. Open Access Download.
- Mapping Research and Innovation in the Republic of Botswana | GO-SPIN country profiles in science, technology and Innovation policy # 1, UNESCO, Paris, 2013. Open Access Download.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Spotting predatory events in the wild
So how can you know if a conference is predatory? Here are a few questions worth asking:
1) Is a single group organizing conferences in completely different fields? Similarly, is the scope of a conference too wide or are a variety of conferences held together in the same hotel on the same weekend? For example, an "International Conference on Arts and the Humanities" would be little use to most serious academics but great for maximizing revenues.
2) Are submissions accepted too soon? Getting accepted to legitimately peer-reviewed conferences takes time. If a proposal gets accepted in a matter of days, or before the call for papers has closed, it's worth investigating further before paying the registration fee.
3) Is the conference marketed like a holiday in the sun? Predatory conferences are often held in tourist destinations, advertised through spam and websites resembling travel brochures, and offer tours.
4) Does the conference fee seem high? Do presenters have to pay more than attendees? Forcing presenters to pay extra to make a speech should be a red flag.
5) Who and where are the organizers? Predatory conferences might not list names of all the people involved, or falsely claim the involvement of legitimate scholars. They may also list phone numbers and addresses that are either nonexistent, private homes or virtual offices. The name of the organization might imply they are based in a Western country when in fact they operate out of a developing country. Or their website fails to mention any address at all.
6) Do conference websites try too hard to give themselves a veneer of legitimacy? Look for websites plastered with a plethora of partner organizations and their logos, especially Google Scholar. Long lists of directors, international members, liaisons, advisory board members and so on should also be examined particularly carefully.
7) Has the organization or conference already been identified as suspicious? Online searches may reveal complaints or suspicions.
8) Are fees sent to a separate private company or an individual rather than the organizer itself? Unfortunately many predatory conference organizers use PayPal, which makes it harder to see where the money is really going.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Indian Cabinet approves National Intellectual Property Rights Policy | "Creative India; Innovative India: रचनात्मक भारत; अभिनव भारत"
"Creative India; Innovative India: रचनात्मक भारत; अभिनव भारत"
The Union Cabinet yesterday approved the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy that will lay the future roadmap for intellectual property in India. The Policy recognises the abundance of creative and innovative energies that flow in India, and the need to tap into and channelise these energies towards a better and brighter future for all.
The National IPR Policy is a vision document that aims to create and exploit synergies between all forms of intellectual property (IP), concerned statutes and agencies. It sets in place an institutional mechanism for implementation, monitoring and review. It aims to incorporate and adapt global best practices to the Indian scenario. This policy shall weave in the strengths of the Government, research and development organizations, educational institutions, corporate entities including MSMEs, start-ups and other stakeholders in the creation of an innovation-conducive environment, which stimulates creativity and innovation across sectors, as also facilitates a stable, transparent and service-oriented IPR administration in the country.
The Policy recognizes that India has a well-established TRIPS-compliant legislative, administrative and judicial framework to safeguard IPRs, which meets its international obligations while utilizing the flexibilities provided in the international regime to address its developmental concerns. It reiterates India's commitment to the Doha Development Agenda and the TRIPS agreement.
While IPRs are becoming increasingly important in the global arena, there is a need to increase awareness on IPRs in India, be it regarding the IPRs owned by oneself or respect for others' IPRs. The importance of IPRs as a marketable financial asset and economic tool also needs to be recognised. For this, domestic IP filings, as also commercialization of patents granted, need to increase. Innovation and sub-optimal spending on R&D too are issues to be addressed.
The broad contours of the National IPR Policy are as follows:
Vision Statement: An India where creativity and innovation are stimulated by Intellectual Property for the benefit of all; an India where intellectual property promotes advancement in science and technology, arts and culture, traditional knowledge and biodiversity resources; an India where knowledge is the main driver of development, and knowledge owned is transformed into knowledge shared.
Stimulate a dynamic, vibrant and balanced intellectual property rights system in India to:
- foster creativity and innovation and thereby, promote entrepreneurship and enhance socio-economic and cultural development, and
- focus on enhancing access to healthcare, food security and environmental protection, among other sectors of vital social, economic and technological importance.
The Policy lays down the following seven objectives:
- i. IPR Awareness: Outreach and Promotion - To create public awareness about the economic, social and cultural benefits of IPRs among all sections of society.
- ii. Generation of IPRs - To stimulate the generation of IPRs.
- iii. Legal and Legislative Framework - To have strong and effective IPR laws, which balance the interests of rights owners with larger public interest.
- iv. Administration and Management - To modernize and strengthen service-oriented IPR administration.
- v. Commercialization of IPRs - Get value for IPRs through commercialization.
- vi. Enforcement and Adjudication - To strengthen the enforcement and adjudicatory mechanisms for combating IPR infringements.
- vii. Human Capital Development - To strengthen and expand human resources, institutions and capacities for teaching, training, research and skill building in IPRs.
These objectives are sought to be achieved through detailed action points. The action by different Ministries/ Departments shall be monitored by DIPP which shall be the nodal department to coordinate, guide and oversee implementation and future development of IPRs in India.
The National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy will endeavor for a "Creative India; Innovative India: रचनात्मक भारत; अभिनव भारत".
Cabinet decision: Intellectual Property Rights policy cleared; sops for R&D, startups
By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Published: May 14, 2016 | India's IPR policies are WTO-compliant, FM said in reply to concerns by developed nations on Section 3(D). The policy suggests making the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) the nodal point coordinate for IPRs in India.
The government on Friday unveiled the national intellectual property rights (IPR) policy to create a larger institutional framework to strengthen the IPR regime, with the slogan "Creative India, Innovative India". While the policy focuses on issues like expediting approval processes involving patents or trademarks and consolidating institutional mechanisms to create a robust IPR ecosystem, it refrains from suggesting any change to contentious provisions in the Patents Act, 1970, including Section 3(d) and compulsory licensing, despite concerns expressed by the US and pharma companies.
Nevertheless, the policy provides for constructive engagement "in the negotiation of international treaties and agreements in consultation with stakeholders" and likely accession to some multilateral treaties that are in India's interest. It also suggests tax incentives to boost R&D and the creation of a loan guarantee scheme to encourage start-ups and cover the risk of genuine failures in commercialisation based on IPRs as mortgageable assets.
The policy suggests making the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) the nodal point coordinate for IPRs in India, even though the onus of actual implementation of the plans of action will be on the ministries/departments concerned in their sphere of work. So, for instance, the administration of the Copyright Act, 1957 (now under the department of higher education) and the Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout-Design Act, 2000 (under the department of electronics and information technology) will be brought under the DIPP.
This, it is believed, will lead "to synergetic linkage between various IP offices under one umbrella". Interestingly, it seeks to protect traditional systems like Ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy — be it in oral or in codified form — from misappropriation, and also curb film piracy by suitably amending the Indian Cinematography Act, 1952.
Announcing the approval to the policy by the Cabinet, finance minister Arun Jaitley stressed that India's IPR policies are WTO-compliant. He added that one must encourage invention of life-saving drugs and at the same time "we must also be conscious of the need to make it available at a reasonable cost so that drug cost does not become prohibitive as has become in some parts of the world"
Responding to concerns expressed by developed countries like the US on Section 3(D) and compulsory licensing, Jaitley said: "We do believe that the balancing act which India has struck is responsible for lifesaving drugs available at a reasonable cost in India… So, our model seems to be both legal, equitable and WTO-compliant."
Section 3(d) prevents evergreening of drug patents. Apart from novelty and inventive step, the section provides for improvement in therapeutic efficacy a necessary condition for grant of patents when it comes to incremental inventions. Compulsory licensing allows domestic players to produce cheaper versions of patented drugs. The US and the EU have been pushing India to make appropriate changes to these provisions to boost innovation, R&D and foreign investment. Recently, releasing its annual 301 report, the US retained India on its priority watch list, citing "lack of sufficient measurable improvements" to the IP framework despite robust engagement and positive steps on intellectual property protection and enforcement by the Indian government in the last two years.
The finance minister said by 2017, trademarks can be registered within a month. Currently, in some cases, this process takes even a few years. FE
INDIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
(Ministry of Human Resource Development)
CALL OF APPLICATIONS FOR DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS FOR THE YEAR 2016-17.
ICSSR invites Applications for Doctoral Fellowship Grant provided to PhD scholars to pursue and complete their doctoral thesis in social science disciplines for the year 2016-17. The scholars who are registered for PhD can seek ICSSR financial assistance for doing their doctoral research under the following categories:
INDIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
(Ministry of Human Resource Development)
ICSSR invites applications for Research Programmes for the year 2016-17 from Indian social scientists. The abstract of the study should be in the field of social science disciplines. Details about eligibility, terms and conditions, etc. can be accessed and downloaded as under:
Thursday, May 12, 2016
CALL FOR PAPERS for the REDUCING URBAN POVERTY – 2016. Graduate Student Paper Competition, Policy Workshop, and Publication Grand Prize Winner will attend Habitat III in Quito.
Abstracts due: May 15, 2016.
Background: To encourage a new generation of urban policy makers and promote early career research, Cities Alliance, IHC Global, USAID, the Wilson Center, and the World Bank are co-sponsoring the 7th annual paper competition for graduate students, seeking abstracts on urban poverty in the developing world. Winning papers will be published and selected authors will be invited to present their work in a policy workshop at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. The grand prize winner will receive a travel stipend to attend the United Nations Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016. Papers must be linked to one of the following sub-topics:
- Climate Change
- Cities are grappling
- Arrival Cities: Responding to Migrants and Refugees
- Innovation in Urban Planning
- Financing Sustainable Urban Development
Process and Timeline
This call for papers is directed at PhD students and advanced Masters Students. To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program as of May 15, 2016. Papers can be co-authored, if each author is a graduate student. In this case, only one author will attend Habitat III and present at the Washington policy workshop.
♦ Abstract Submissions
- Abstracts (max 500 words) and a brief CV must be submitted to the selection committee by May 15, 2016. Submissions should be sent to UrbanPaperComp@WilsonCenter.org
- Abstracts should contain a title, paper description, author name and affiliation, and specify which of the sub-topics listed above the paper will address.
For more details please visit the site http://solutionexchange-un.net.in/ftp/drm/resource/Res_12051601_Student_Paper_Competition.pdf
For more information, please contact UrbanPaperComp@WilsonCenter.org
Re-Published| Hill, A.V. (1944). A Report to the Government of India on Scientific Research in India | with a Bibliography of Publications Citing the Report
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Climate Change Research Institute & TRCSS, JNU
Invite you to
Brainstorming Discussion Meeting on Science Diplomacy
12th May, 2016 (Thursday) at 14:00 Hrs.
at Lecture Hall-II, IIC Annexe, New Delhi
WED 2016 "Join the race to make the world a better place"
14:00 Hrs. Registration
14:30 Hrs. INAUGURAL SESSION
- Welcome by Dr. (Mrs.) Malti Goel, President, CCRI and Former Advisor, DST
- Address by Prof. D.P. Agrawal, Former Chairman, UPSC and Chairman GC, CCRI
- Keynote Address by Prof. Pranav N. Desai, Project Coordinator, TRCSS & Director SASH&KN, JNU
15:10 Hrs. PANEL DISCUSSION SESSION
Chairman - Prof. Pranav N. Desai, JNU
- Dr. D.N. Raina, President, ENTECSOL INTERNATIONAL
- Dr. Kavita Sharma, President, South Asian University
- Shri A.K. Jain, Ex-Commissioner (Planning), DDA
- Shri A.B. Agrawal, Executive Director, NHPC
- Shri R. K. Sharma and Dr. Rita Gupta, Scientists 'E', DST
- Prof. Amit Kumar, Regional Programme Advisor, REEEP, TERI University*
17:00 Hrs. High Tea
Coordinators: Dr (Mrs) Malti Goel and Shri Gautam Sen
* to be confirmed
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Grassroots Innovation: Minds on the Margin Are Not Marginal Minds
by Anil K. Gupta. Penguin India, June 2016, Paperback, 288 pages, ISBN: 9788184005875
About the Book
A moral dilemma gripped Professor Gupta when he was invited by the Bangladeshi government to help restructure their agricultural sector in 1985. He noticed how the marginalized farmers were being paid poorly for their otherwise unmatched knowledge. The gross injustice of this constant imbalance led Professor Gupta to found what would turn into a resounding social and ethical movement the Honey Bee Network bringing together and elevating thousands of grassroots innovators. For over two decades, Professor Gupta has travelled through rural lands unearthing innovations by the ranks from the famed Miticool refrigerator to the footbridge of Meghalaya. He insists that to fight the largest and most persistent problems of the world we must eschew expensive research labs and instead, look towards ordinary folk. Innovation that oft-flung around word is stripped to its core in this book. Poignant and personal, Grassroots Innovations is an important treatise from a social crusader of our time.
About the Author
Professor Anil Gupta is the Executive Vice Chair of the National Innovation Foundation, and is also the founder of the Honey Bee Network. He has been a professor at the Centre for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, since 1981. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004. He won the Asian Innovation Award (Gold) in 2000. (less)
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Thursday, May 5, 2016
Date: 04th May, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Nanotechnology: The Emerging Field for Future Military Applications
Nanotechnology is an area of science and technology that holds highly promising prospects for military applications, considering its wide applicability in defensive as well as offensive operations. Given the research and development (R&D) efforts being made in this field by a large number of countries, new products with much superior properties in terms of performance and durability are likely to be realized very soon. The most important aspect of nanotechnology-enabled products is the miniaturization of devices and the diverse functionalities that can be integrated within a singular system. Accordingly, the most profound applications in the future will be realized for the war fighter. Whether it is a battle suit integrated with sensors for nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) weapons protection, bullet injuries and monitoring of vital body parameters, nanotechnology will find its application in camouflage and concealment, weapons, communication, and situational awareness in the battlefield. This monograph traces the R&D initiatives being undertaken in this field, followed by specific applications which are relevant for the Indian defence forces. It also attempts to foresee how nanotechnology-enabled applications are likely to impact the future battlefield.
About the Author
Sanjiv Tomar, an alumnus of Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai, is currently serving in the Indian Army. He was commissioned into the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers in 1989. He has had varied operational and service experience of over 26 years in operational and maintenance management of a wide range of military equipment. Col. Tomar has commanded three Specialized Workshops in various sectors. He has held a Grade I General Staff appointment in Electronics and Mechanical Engineers School, Vadodara and has also served as Joint Director (Planning) at Directorate General of Quality Assurance (Electronics), New Delhi. He is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA.
Monday, May 2, 2016
|From Friday 06 May 2016 - 09:30am |
To Monday 06 June 2016 - 05:30pm
|Location: Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Saket, New Delhi||Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org|
"The Other Thought French-Indian Encounters on Creativity and Innovation" presents the international workshop :
Art and cinema industries in India : Norms, workers and territories
6th May, 2016 at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Saket, New Delhi
The participation of cultural industries to sustainable development has been increasingly acknowledged in the past decades and the necessity to bring forward its potentials in India is urgent. The question of Indian cultural industries, policy and economy remains hardly addressed despite a contribution estimated to 30% of employment and 14% of the country GDP. The abysmal lack of official statistics on the cultural industries pointed out ten years ago by the Taskforce for Creative and Cultural Industry (2006) as not been filled. Workers and territories are emerging from behind veils of unrecognition while international laws are becoming more accurate. More broadly, there is a lack of understanding of the social, political and economic role that cultural industries can play in the development the country and in South Asia.
In the line of recent studies on norms and standardization process in cultural industries (Bouquillion et al. 2013), this workshop explores the articulation between norms and cultural industries in the Indian globalization context. The two sectors at the heart of the analysis will be cinema and visual arts. Among the issues that will be discussed : to what extent have these standards transformed the activities related to visual arts and cinema ? who are the actors producing these norms, working for their implementation or adaptation ? How to take into account the importance of informal system in the production and distribution of cultural goods ? What are the conflicts and forms of resistance encountered with the local socio-economic realities? The aim of this workshop is to shed light on the evolution and impact of norms in cultural policies, on art workers and local territories, the integration the informal systems, and tensions with socio-economic realities.
The workshop will be structured by 4 sessions :
- Norms and Normalization in cultural industries : Theoretical and methodological approaches
- Framework for Art and Cinema statistics in India
- Toward new industrial dynamics : experiences and contributions of workers and entrepreneurs
- Art and Cinema territories in recomposition
This workshop will bring together specialists in policy making, economics, cultural industries, art market and professionals from the art and film industries. The objectives are to boost awareness, research and proactive policy development for cultural industries in India as encouraged in the Jodpur Initiatives. In a long term perspective, the intent is to strengthen Indo-French scientific cooperation on cultural industry research and enhance a transdisciplinary, international and interprofessionnal research group on cultural industries, policy and economy in India.