Thursday, June 30, 2011

CfAs: Lok Sabha Internship Programme 2011

(Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training)


Applications are invited in the prescribed format for five Internship Positions for a one-year Internship Programme in the Lok Sabha. The Internship Programme is aimed to provide an opportunity to young men and women with outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements to acquaint themselves with the working of parliamentary democracy and democratic institutions in general and specifically about the Indian parliamentary system. The Programme also aims at imparting requisite skills and knowledge to enable the Interns to develop a proper perspective about the role of Legislature in the parliamentary system which, in turn, would help them while working in their own chosen fields in future.

Duration: The duration of the Internship Programme will be one year.

The Internship shall be open to Indian citizens between 21 and 28 years of age as on 31st December 2011.
Qualifications: The applicant should have completed a two-year Post-Graduate Degree from a recognised Indian or Foreign University with 55% marks in any of the areas/disciplines such as Social Sciences, Law, Journalism, Finance, Management, etc.
The applicant should submit a recommendation letter from the Principal of College/Head of the Institution he/she last attended or is enrolled in to pursue higher studies along with the completed application form. The applicant must also submit a brief statement in 250 words which should inter alia state why he/she intends to join the Internship Programme; his/her career goals; and how the Internship will help him/her in achieving those goals. The short listed applicants will be called to appear for an Interview.

Reservation for Candidates belonging to SC, ST and OBC: Reservation of Internship positions belonging to the category of SC, ST and OBC will be made as per Government of India policy. Candidates belonging to the above categories should attach requisite certificate in support of their claim issued by the Competent Authority.

Stipend and Other Facilities: The Interns will be paid a consolidated stipend of Rs. 20,000/- per month during the Internship period. In addition, a sum of Rs. 10,000/- shall be given as a one-time expenditure towards stationery and typing expenses. Expenses on accommodation, travelling, etc. shall be borne by the Interns themselves.

The selected Interns will have to sign a Memorandum of Undertaking and conditions attached thereto separately. The Lok Sabha Secretariat shall have all right to cancel the Internship awarded to any Intern, without stating any reason, during the course of the Programme at any point of time. The Lok Sabha Secretariat shall issue a Certificate to the Interns on the successful completion of the Internship Programme.

The completed application in the enclosed format should reach the Additional Director, Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training (BPST), Lok Sabha Secretariat, Room No. F-077, 'J' Block, Parliament Library Building, New Delhi-110001, latest by 15 July 2011.

Further Details

"Knowledge Swaraj: An Indian Manifesto on Science and Technology" by Knowledge in Civil Society

Knowledge Swaraj: An Indian Manifesto on Science and Technology

by Knowledge in Civil Society (KICS), India

This is a HindSwaraj-inspired document for the 21t Century. It asks what "self-rule (swaraj) for India" can mean, one century after Mohandas Gandhi wrote his manifesto for an independent India on board a ship from Europe to Africa. Swaraj today in the 21st century has to include the important domain of self-rule in science and technology too. If Mahatma Gandhi gave prominence to science and technology in the form of law, medicine and railways in the original Hind Swaraj, for the 21st century we see on centre stage: biotechnologies, tribal knowledge, space technology, hand-loom, information and communication technologies, and ayurvedic medicine. This Indian Manifesto on Science and Technology argues for Indian self-rule of its science and technology, for a knowledge democracy that draws its agenda for research and technology on the richness of Indian culture and the needs of the Indian people. more...

Download Full-text PDF

KICS welcomes comments on manifesto at

CfAs:: Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellowships

Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellowships

These research fellowships, for a maximum period of nine months, are designed for scholars who are registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution and also for professionals with significant work experience and accomplishments.

Applications from all disciplines will be considered. Priority fields are: Agricultural Sciences; Economics; Education; Energy, Sustainable Development and Climate Change; Environment; International Relations; Management and Leadership Development; Media and Communications with focus on Public Service Broadcasting; Public Administration; Public Health; Science and Technology; Study of India with focus on contemporary issues; and Study of the United States. For Study of India or the Study of the United States (American Studies) the areas could include: language and literature, history, government, economics, society and culture, religion, and film studies.

Grant Benefits
These fellowships provide a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per US Government guidelines, round-trip economy class air travel, applicable allowances and modest affiliation fees, if any. Selected scholars will have opportunities to audit non-degree courses, conduct research and gain practical work experience in suitable settings in the US. No allowances are provided for dependents. The grant is not sufficient to support family members.

Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the General Prerequisites, the applicants:
* who are working on their Ph.D.s should have done adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India and the U.S. They should be registered for their Ph.D.s at an Indian institution at least one year prior to the date of application and should enclose a certificate from their Ph.D. supervisor commenting on their research work and the usefulness of the fellowship, and indicating the Ph.D. registration date;
  • who are professionals should have a master's degree and substantive professional experience in the proposed field;
  • should apply through proper channel, if employed;
  • should enclose a 'writing sample' which could be a copy of an article or paper published/presented or extracts from the M.Phil. thesis; and
  • should preferably be 45 years of age or under

Note: These fellowships are for pre-doctoral level research. Applications from scholars/professionals with Ph.D. degrees or at the final stage of thesis submission will not be considered.

How to Apply
Please refer to Application Procedure and Guidelines and download Application Material:

Application Due Date: July 15, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto" by STEPS Centre, UK

Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto

by STEPS Centre, UK, 2010

Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto
recommends new ways of linking science and innovation to development for a more sustainable, equitable and resilient future.

The Manifesto Project
In 1970 a radical document called The Sussex Manifesto helped shape modern thinking on science and technology for development. Forty years on, what kind of science and technology for development Manifesto is needed for today's world?
The STEPS Centre is creating a new manifesto with one of the authors of the original, Professor Geoff Oldham. With cutting-edge ideas and some Southern perspectives, the New Manifesto recommends new ways of linking science and innovation to development for a more sustainable, equitable and resilient future.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

CfP:: 11th Consortium of Students in Management Research (COSMAR 2011), IISc, 21 October

The 11th Consortium of Students in Management Research
(COSMAR 2011)

on 21st October 2011

at the Department of Management Studies, IISc, Bangalore

COSMAR: The Consortium of Students in Management Research (COSMAR) is an annual Research Consortium organized by the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The Consortium is a forum for interaction between research scholars who specialize in different areas of management and related disciplines.
COSMAR aims to catalyze and showcase quality academic research in management. It also provides an excellent opportunity for interaction among students, researchers, academicians, practitioners and corporate executives.
We encourage prospective student and delegate participants to browse through this website in order to find out more about COSMAR 2011. Prospective participants are welcome to contact us with their queries for any clarifications.

Call for Papers
Papers are invited from all areas of management and allied disciplines, including but not restricted to, the following research areas:
  • Economics
  • Energy & Environment
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Innovation & IP
  • Knowledge Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Project Management
  • Public Policy
  • Statistics
  • Strategy
  • Systems
  • Technology Management
  • Transportation
Please note that this list is indicative and not exhaustive. Paper submissions from other areas of research in management are also encouraged, and will be considered subject to their approval by the Organizing Committee, COSMAR 2011. The decision of the Organizing Committee, COSMAR 2011, shall be final in this regard.

Eligibility Criteria
  • The researcher must be registered as a full-time/part-time scholar in a doctoral programme, i.e. Ph.D/D.Phil/Fellow Programme equivalent to a Ph.D or in an M.S. (By Research), in Management or allied disciplines, of a University/Deemed University/Institute of National Importance/recognized autonomous institution.
  • The researcher should have completed at least two years research in the programme and his/her registration must be active.
  • The paper submitted by the researcher should essentially be based on his/her management research dissertation.
  • Preferably, the thesis for which work is being carried out should NOT have been submitted. If the thesis has been submitted, then the degree should NOT have been awarded as on the date of submission of the Paper and the Certificate of Authenticity.
  • The decision taken by the Organizing Committee, COSMAR 2011, in ascertaining and determining the eligibility of a candidate for participation, shall be final.

Important Dates
The Organizing Committee, COSMAR 2011, has decided on the following deadlines applicable for Paper Submission, Acceptance Notification, and Camera-ready Copy Submission. Prospective participants are requested to take note of and adhere to them. Key Activity Deadline
  • Paper Submission 20 July 2011
  • Acceptance Notification 20 August 2011
  • Camera-ready Copy Submission 31 August 2011

Congratulations winners!! Globelics Academy 2011 announces Best Papers Award

Globelics Academy 2011 announces Best Papers Award 

Two best papers amongst the many excellent papers have now been chosen. Final selection was done by us, i.e. organizers. However, also many comments from the lecturing professors were taken into account. In addition, these two papers were clearly voted the best papers by GA 2011 students. And the best papers are:
  1. "Location, Structure, Motivation and Linkages of Foreign ICT and Biotechnology Firms in India and China" by Swapan Kumar PATRA (Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawharlal Nehru University, India)
  2. "The Dynamics of National Innovation Systems:a panel cointegration analysis of the co-evolution between Innovative Capability and Absorptive Capacity" by José Miguel NATERA (Complutense University of Madrid, Venezuelan)

Further Details:

The winners will get a chance to present their papers at the 9th Globelics International Conference, 15-17 November 2011, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Congratulations winners!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

LSE releases "Maximizing the Impacts of Your Research: A Handbook for Social Scientists"

Maximizing the Impacts of Your Research: A Handbook for Social Scientists
by  The London School of Economics, Public Policy Group, 2011

About this Handbook
There are few academics who are interested in doing research that simply has no influence on anyone else in academia or outside. Some perhaps will be content to produce 'shelf-bending' work that goes into a library (included in a published journal or book), and then over the next decades ever-so-slightly bends the shelf it sits on. But we believe that they are in a small minority. The whole point of social science research is to achieve academic impact by advancing your discipline, and (where possible) by having some positive influence also on external audiences – in business, government, the media or civil society.
For the past year a team of academics based at the London School of Economics, the University of Leeds and Imperial College have been working on a 'Research Impacts' project aimed at developing precise methods for measuring and evaluating the impact of research in the public sphere. We believe the our data will be of interest to all UK universities how to better capture and track the impacts of their social science research and applications work.
Part of our task is to develop guidance for colleagues interested in this field. In the past, there has been no one source of systematic advice on how to maximize the academic impacts of your research in terms of citations and other measures of influence. And almost no sources at all have helped researchers to achieve greater visibility and impacts with audiences outside the university. Instead researchers have had to rely on informal knowledge and picking up random hints and tips here and there from colleagues, and from their own personal experience.
This Handbook remedies this key gap and opens the door to researchers achieving a more professional and focused approach to their research from the outset. It provides a large menu of sound and evidence-based advice and guidance on how to ensure that your work achieves its maximum visibility and influence with both academic and external audiences. As with any menu, readers need to pick and choose the elements that are relevant for them. We provide detailed information on what constitutes good practice in expanding the impact of social science research. We also survey a wide range of new developments, new tools and new techniques that can help make sense of a rapidly changing field.
We hope that this Handbook will be of immediate practical value for academics, lead researchers, research staff, academic mentors, research lab leaders, chairs and research directors of academic departments, and administrative staff assisting researchers or faculty team leaders in their work.

Australia India Institute Emerging Leaders Fellowships 2011-2012

Australia India Institute Emerging Leaders Fellowships 2011-2012

The Australia India Institute, based at the University of Melbourne, is offering a series of 8 week residential fellowships to emerging leaders from India from a variety of fields including media, the arts, academia, the civil service and public life.

The AII encourages distinguished mid-career Indian professionals, who have already demonstrated excellence in their chosen professions, to apply for these Fellowships.

The Fellowships are for truly exceptional individuals who are expected to occupy leadership positions in India in the future.

The Fellowship programme allows time for quiet reflection as well as stimulating interaction with peers in an idyllic University environment. Melbourne has been consistently rated as amongst the most liveable cities in the world and the University of Melbourne is ranked in the top 40 universities of the world.

The Fellows will be expected to deliver a public lecture on a subject of international significance and produce an extended essay of approximately 5,000 words on the same theme, which will be published and widely disseminated by the Institute. Fellows are free to choose any theme, but it is expected that the topic would be of interest to policy audiences in India and Australia.

The Fellowship includes airfares, residential accommodation, office space and a payment of $10,000 (AUD).  Fellows will be housed in a self-contained studio apartment in the University of Melbourne and will be provided office space in the Australia India Institute's premises.

The Fellows are also expected to contribute to the regular programme of the Australia India Institute and it is envisioned that their presence will enrich the Institute and the University of Melbourne. The Australia India Institute will endeavour to customise each Fellowship to maximise interaction with peers across Australia. The Fellows should expect to travel interstate once or twice during their tenure at the University of Melbourne.

The Australia India Institute was launched in Delhi in 2009 by the then Australian Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and it has recently appointed Professor Amitabh Mattoo as the Director. The Australia India Institute was established to contribute to greater understanding, cooperation and partnership between India and Australia.  In 2010, the Australia India Institute provided grants of nearly one million dollars to collaborative research projects between India and Australia. The Australia India Institute sees itself as a bridge between nations by creating strong academic, professional and cultural links.

How to Apply:
* Download and complete the Application Form* Secure three references. Include at least one academic reference.
* Prepare a 400 word statement identifying the theme of the public lecture and essay, and why this topic was chosen.
* Prepare a detailed Curriculum Vitae.

Scan the Application Form, attach the references, the CV, and the 400-word statement and email as an attachment to  by Monday 11 July 2011, 4PM (EST). The selection will be made by a specially constituted jury and successful applicants will be notified by 1 August 2011.  Only electronic applications will be accepted.

Further Details

National Essay Competition on Abundant Foodgrain Stocks, Ample Foreign Exchange Reserves and Poverty...

Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, GoI


National Essay Competition

Topic of the essay
"Abundant Foodgrain Stocks, Ample Foreign Exchange Reserves and Poverty: Addressing the Challenges of India's Development Story"

Last Date of Submission: 31st August 2011

Who Can Participate?
The Competition is open to students who are registered for Ph D/ M.Phil/ Master Course and any undergraduate course in any university or deemed university in India. The participants must submit an attested copy of their student Identity Card along with the essay. The participant must also send a certificate from the Head of the Institution certifying that the candidate is a bonafide student of the university.

The Department of Economic Affairs would honour the winners of the competition as under;
 First prize: 1,00,000/-
 Two second prizes: 50,000/- each
The written submissions may be sent to either as hard copy to the following address:
 Room no 59, North Block,
 Department of Economic Affairs,
 Ministry of Finance
 New Delhi
 Or in electronic format to
Length of the essay: The essay shall be no longer than 3000 words.

Rules and Guidelines of the National Essay Competition:

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

International Climate Champions 2011 : Call for Applications

International Climate Champions 2011 : Call for Applications

British Council India invites applications for International Climate Champions Programme 2011

150 International Climate Champions across India with a passion for the environment and an interest to mitigate the effects of climate change are making a difference. Join them and explore a gamut of opportunities to make a difference in the fight against climate change.

As a British Council International Climate Champion, you will raise awareness, address impacts through a project and contribute to the growing international consensus on the need to tackle climate change. We will support you with training and guidance as well as opportunities but the ideas and time will come from you.

International Climate Champions is a youth oriented programme run by the British Council in partnership with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). This programme is part of British Council's global project called 'Climate Generation' which is delivered through a network of Climate Champions across 60 countries and eight Regions. It is directly aimed at young people aged 18-21 and through them will engage leaders and influencers in the society, as well as reaching out to the wider community. Climate Generation engages young people with a proactive interest in climate change and wish to take positive action at local, national and international levels.

Who can apply?
If you are:
-an Indian citizen
-aged between 18-21 years (as on 26 June 2011) and
-have a climate change project idea that can make a lasting impact on your community, nationally, internationally
then we want to hear from you.

How to apply?
Read the Terms and Conditions

If you meet the criteria click here to apply online

Your application should reach British Council by 26 June 2011 5pm

Before you proceed with filling the application, here are a few things to note:
There are some questions that require detailed answers, so gather your thoughts before you start filling it.

Two sections in the application, will require some thinking before you start writing:
Section 2 - In no more than 150 words tell us why you want to become an International Climate Champion. Illustrate your interest and the work you have been involved in so far in the area of Climate Change and Environment
Section 3 - In no more than 350 words, describe the project you would like to undertake as an International Climate Champion. Please ensure that you cover the points below in your description.
* Your project's aim and objectives
* How you will implement your project?
* Finances required for your project and how you intend to fund the same?
* What your project will achieve (the impact and lasting legacy)?
* How you plan to measure the impact?

Go ahead and apply. if successful, you will become part of this growing network of Climate Champions who are working in 60 countries across the world to make a change.

For any queries
North India: Reesha Alvi

West India: Chetan Mehta

East India: Radhika Singh

South India: Kumaran Sriram
Further Details:

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Launching INDIALICS (Indian Network for Learning about Innovation and Competence Building Systems) during International Seminar on Innovation, Sustainability and Development at NISTADS; June 28-30

International Seminar on Innovation, Sustainability and Development

June 28-30, 2011

Organised by:

NISTADS, New Delhi; Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum; and STEPS Centre, University of Sussex, UK

Venue: Conference Hall, NISTADS, New Delhi, India

NISTADS, New Delhi; Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum and STEPS Centre, University of Sussex, UK invite you to participate in the International Seminar on Innovation, Sustainability and Development to be held from June 28-30, 2011 in NISTADS Delhi in India. All of you are well aware about the Prime Ministerial declaration on the current decade as the decade for innovation, and the Government's strong policy thrust on innovation for inclusive growth. This seminar will provide a structured process for undertaking the state of the art thinking on the theme of innovation and sustainable development to the Indian policy makers, civil society, scientific and technological communities and users in all spheres. Through this seminar we wish to propose that the thinking on innovation should go beyond growth in India. In the past the innovation making processes have revealed insufficient concern about sustainability and development within the contents of S&T and development policy.

In this seminar we also wish to take advantage of the network under development in the name of INDIALICS (Indian Network for Learning about Innovation and Competence Building Systems) as a part of the international Global Network of Economics of Learning, Innovation and competence Building Systems (GLOBELICS). This network would be launched in the concluding session of this seminar. The proposed platform of INDIALICS and the seminar planned by NISTADS in collaboration with CDS and STEPS on innovation, sustainability and development are a step in the direction to find out not only where we stand with regard to the thinking within the community of practitioners of innovation but also a platform for interaction with them to propose solutions on these concerns in the area of implementation of innovation.

We believe that the initiatives being proposed on governance of innovation activity in India should be widely discussed among the academics, S&T leaders, civil society organizations and policy makers. Academic and policy developments in this sphere at the international and national level have also intensified. Innovation surveys, acts and policies, mechanisms for governance and manifestos are being formulated, conducted and implemented. Conventional approaches of translating research results in to innovation are clearly inadequate. Actors involved with innovative activities are dispersed entities and demand efforts for the establishment of appropriate mechanisms for governance.

The organizers wish to contribute through this conference to the development of proper understanding and address the challenge of sustainability and development in innovation. Based on the inputs that we will receive in this conference we propose to put out ultimately a report on the state of thinking on innovation in India as a key deliverable. See the enclosed tentative programme.

Contact for Further Details:

Dinesh Abrol, Sr. Scientist, NISTADS, New Delhi

Email, Mobile +91-9868242691.

Tentative Programme

Call for Participation in Public Opinion Poll designed to institute a rationalized National Test Scheme (NTS) for admission into Tertiary Education in Sciences and Engineering

Call for Participation in Public Opinion Poll designed to institute a rationalized National Test Scheme (NTS) for admission into Tertiary Education in Sciences and Engineering

The proposed National Test Scheme is designed to allow selection of students for admission to tertiary education. It is based on the single examination evaluation instead of the prevailing multiple competitive examination system in the country.

Most nations employ just one test for assessment of scholastic aptitude instead of a plethora of evaluation tests. The current selection systems have, no doubt, resulted in visible benefits. But, the future of Indian youth might need a paradigm shift that ensures opportunity for larger sections of the society.

The extreme level of competitiveness in the screening processes employed for deciding access to professional education is not without its psychological or sociological implications for the society. They do influence the mindset and behavioural changes among the youth.

"Unity in diversity" is the Indian brand value. Unification, while retaining the diversity of educational systems in the country is the underlying strategy of the proposed National Test Scheme. It is motivated by the principle of inclusion for a collaborative excellence rather than exclusion through competitive excellence.

For more about the underlying Philosophy and Principles of the National Test Scheme (Download PDF

Kindly post your valuable response on the Public Opinion Poll designed to institute a rationalized National Test Scheme (NTS) for admission into Tertiary Education in Sciences and Engineering.

Post your Opinion here till 21st June 2011 [Public Opinion Poll]

CfA: “Summer School on Global Warming and Sustainable Water Management”; November 16-22, Braunschweig, Germany

CfA: "Summer School on Global Warming and Sustainable Water Management"

November 16 – 22, 2011 / Braunschweig, Germany

The summer school purposes to increase the understanding of the interactions between climate change and water management. The aim is to clarify causes and effects of climate change and to underline the benefits of a sustainable management of water resources on global warming and on water-, energy- and nutrient cycles. With respect to the different home countries of the participants and their specific questions and problems, strategies will also be discussed how the water sector can contribute to cope with climate change on a local scale. Therefore the participants should be prepared to discuss local problems in their home country due to global warming.

Topics of the summer school:

  • Global Warming – Identifying the problem
  • Activities in the water sector contributing to greenhouse gas emissions
  • Carbon emissions from Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP)
  • Energy production on WWTP
  • Improving energy efficiency of water and wastewater treatment
  • Wastewater reuse in industry and agriculture
  • Energy sources at WWTP
  • Alternative technologies for water management
  • How to change social patterns and government policies
  • Improving social awareness

The course consists of lectures, discussion sessions, participation to the two day international symposium „Re-Water Braunschweig" on water reuse and inspecting the techniques applied for a comprehensive water and nutrient recycling concept in the city of Braunschweig.

Locating Internets: Histories of the Internet(s) in India — Research Training and Curriculum Workshop: Call for Participation

Locating Internets: Histories of the Internet(s) in India — Research Training and Curriculum Workshop: Call for Participation

Deadline for submission: 15th July 2011-06-08;

When: 19th - 22nd August, 2011;

Where: Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad;

Organised by: Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore and CEPT University, Ahmedabad.

Please Note: Travel support is only available for domestic travel within India.
LOCATING INTERNETS is an innovative, multi-disciplinary, workshop that engages with some of the most crucial debates around Internet and Society within academic scholarship, discourse and practice in India. It explores Where, When, How and What has changed with the emergence of Internet and Digital Technologies in the country. The Internet is not a singular monolithic entity but is articulated in various forms – sometimes materially, through accessing the web; at others, through our experiences; and yet others through imaginations of policy and law. Internets have become a part of our everyday practice, from museums and archives, to school and university programmes, living rooms and public spaces, relationships and our bodily lived realities. It becomes necessary to reconfigure our existing concepts, frameworks and ideas to make sense of the rapidly digitising world around us. The Internet is no longer contained in niche disciplines or specialised everyday practices.
LOCATING INTERNETS invites scholars, teachers, researchers, advanced research students and educationalists from any discipline to learn and discuss how to ask new questions and design innovative curricula in their discipline by introducing concepts and ideas from path-breaking research in India.

Comprised of training, public lectures, open discussion spaces, and hands-on curriculum building exercises, this workshop will introduce the participants to contemporary debates, help them articulate concerns and problems from their own research and practice, and build knowledge clusters to develop innovative and open curricula which can be implemented in interdisciplinary undergraduate spaces in the country. It showcases the research outputs produced by the Centre for Internet and Society's Researchers @ Work Programme, and brings together nine researchers to talk about alternative histories, processes, and bodies of the Internets, and how they can be integrated into mainstream pedagogic practices and teaching environments.

Knowledge Clusters for the Workshop
LOCATING INTERNETS is designed innovatively to accommodate for various intellectual and practice based needs of the participants. While the aim is to introduce the participants to a wide interdisciplinary range of scholarship, we also hope to address particular disciplinary and scholarly concerns of the participants. The workshop is further divided into three knowledge clusters which help the participants to focus their energies and ideas in the course of the four days.

Bridging the Gap: This workshop seeks to break away from the utopian public discourse of the Internets as a-historical and completely dis-attached from existing technology ecologies in the country. This knowledge cluster intends to produce frameworks that help us contextualize the contemporary internet policy, discourse and practice within larger geo-political and socio-historical flows and continuities in Modern India. The first cluster chartsdifferent pre-histories of the Internets, mapping the continuities and ruptures through philosophy of techno-science, archiving practices, and electronifcation of governments,to develop new technology-society perspectives.
Paradigms of Practice:One of the biggest concerns about Internet studies in India and other similar developed contexts is the object oriented approach that looks largely at specific usages, access, infrastructure, etc. However, it is necessary to understand that the Internet is not merely a tool or a gadget. The growth of Internets produces systemic changes at the level of process and thought. The technologies often get appropriated for governance both by the state and the civil society, producing new processes and dissonances which need to be charted. The second cluster looks at certain contemporary processes that the digital and Internet technologies change drastically in order to recalibrate the relationship between the state, the market and the citizen.
Feet on the Ground: The third cluster looks at contemporary practices of the Internet to understand the recent histories of movements, activism and cultural practices online. It offers an innovative way of understanding the physical objects and bodies that undergo dramatic transitions as digital technologies become pervasive, persuasive and ubiquitous. It draws upon historical discourse, everyday practices and cultural performances to form new ways of formulating and articulating the shapes and forms of social and cultural structures.

Workshop Outcomes
The participants are expected to engage with issue of Internet and it various systemic processes through their own disciplinary interests. Apart from lectures and orientation sessions, the participants will actively work on their own project ideas during the period in groups and will be guided by experts. The final outcome of the workshops would be curriculum for undergraduate and graduate teaching space of various disciplines in the country.

Participation Guidelines
LOCATING INTERNETS is now accepting submissions from interested participants in the following format:
2.Institutional affiliation and title:
4.Email address:
5.Phone number:
6.A brief resume of work experience (max. 350 words)
7.Statement of interest (max. 350 words)
8.Key concerns you want to address in the Internet and Society field (max. 350 words)
9.Identification with one Knowledge-cluster of the workshop and a proposal for integrating it in your research/teaching practice (max. 500 words)
10.Current interface with technologies in your pedagogic practices (max. 350 words)
11.Additional information or relevant hyperlinks you might want to add (Max. 10 lines)

Notes:Submissions will be accepted only from participants in India, as attachments in .doc, .docx or .odt formats at

Submissions made beyond 15th July 2011 may not be considered for participation.

Submissions will be scrutinized by the organisers and selected participants will be informed by the 20th July 2011, about their participation.

Selected participants will be required to make their own travel arrangements to the workshop. A 2nd A.C. train return fare will be reimbursed to the participants.  Shared accommodation and selected meals will be provided at the workshop.

A limited number of air-fare reimbursements will be available to participants in extraordinary circumstances. All travel support is only available for domestic travel in the country.

Chairs: Nishant Shah, Director-Research, Centre for Internet and Society Bangalore;

Pratyush Shankar, Associate Professor & Head of Undergraduate Program, Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University

Supported by: Kusuma Foundation, Hyderabad

Experts:Anja Kovacs, Arun Menon, Asha Achuthan, Ashish Rajadhykasha, Aparna Balachandran, Namita Malhotra, Nithin Manayath, Nithya Vasudevan, Pratyush Shankar, Rochelle Pinto and Zainab Bawa

Further Details:

IIPA Annual Decision Making/Teaching Case Study Competition 2011

IIPA Annual Decision Making/Teaching Case Study Competition 2011

The objective of IIPAs Case Study Programme is to build a body of knowledge in governance through case studies with a view to promote a deeper and wider understanding of the functioning of Indian Administration in its specific environmental and institutional framework and also to broaden our knowledge and understanding of international best practices. In order to develop relevant case studies for use in the learning process, IIPA has renamed its annual case study competition as the Annual Decision Making/Teaching Case Study Competition.

A case study submitted for this competition should aim to facilitate the development of conceptual, behavioural and analytical skills, highlight areas for reform and promote sensitivity towards important issues, problems and challenges of public administration and governance.

The Case study may cover one or more of the following facets of public administration and governance:
i. Public policy issues and processes: conceptualization; planning; implementation; monitoring; evaluation and review of plans; programmes; schemes and projects with special reference to a specific State;
ii. Area based development policies, programmes, projects and schemes such as MNREGA, Consumer Awareness, Gender Sensitization, Social Empowerment and Social Inclusion, e-Governance, Human Rights, Elections and Electoral reforms; and
iii. Service sectors including physical, social and economic infrastructure development, social services, voluntary organizations, cooperatives, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Public Private Partnership (PPP).

The case study must be in two parts.
Part I is to comprise 5-10 A4 size pages typed in double space using size 12 of Times New Roman font and keeping one and half inches margin on each side of the page.It should consist of a description of an official organizational context concluding with an important decision to be made. The following information could be provided: the decision to be made what, why and who has to make it; a brief history of the organization, its vision/mission/values, goals/objectives; the present scenario; key strengths and weaknesses of the organization; challenges, threats and opportunities; influential personalities/groups relevant to the focal decision their feelings/views (given in quotations) as obtained through interviews or accurately paraphrased; socio-political, economic, technological and cultural pressures; group and personality factors values, attitudes,needs and expectations; skills; organizational reward systems; behaviour modeling and example setting by the organisations leadership and other factors relevant to the focal decision; visualized options/alternatives that seem to be available and their immediate, short, medium and long term consequences- the pros and cons thereof.Finally, instead of merely calling this part of the case study as Part I, it should be given a title based upon either one of the following:-
(i) focal organization / department / division / unit/section, programme / project / scheme;
(ii) focal decision to be made.
Part II is to comprise 1 to 3 A4 size page(s) typed in double space using size 12 of Times New Roman font and keeping one and a half inches margin on each side of the page.It should consist of the case writer(s) perceptions of what actually happened the decision that was actually made, why, with what expectations, the actual consequences that occurred and any views that the case writer wished to share vis-a-vis the case and the important learning problems/concepts/insights and or skills that the case may be utilized for imparting in the teaching/training process.Finally, instead of calling this part of the case study as part II, it should be entitled: Perceptions of the Case Writer (s).
An executive summary of the case study is to comprise 1 to 2 A 4 size page(s) and typed in the same way as Parts I and II mentioned earlier.Three copies each of the case study (i.e., Parts I and II) and the executive summary are to be submitted.
Each case study should be accompanied by the following information: title of the case study; name of the case writer (s); address and telephone(s) of the Case Writer(s) and fax/email where available.The case writer(s) should also state whether the case study has been approved for publication by the concerned organization or whether approval is yet to be taken; and, finally, the signature(s) of the case writer(s).

The competition has a first prize award of Rs.10,000, a second prize award of Rs. 6,000 and a third prize award of Rs. 4,000/.Excluding the award winning case studies, any other case studies that are considered suitable for publication shall be given an honorarium of Rs. 2,000/ each.
Any individual or group of individuals may submit a case study to the Institute for the competition.In case of joint authorship, the award will be equally distributed. However, each individual may submit only one entry for the competition, either individually or as part of a group.
A case study submitted for the competition must fall within the broad areas specified and be in the format prescribed above.The case study should not have been published elsewhere as the copyright will vest with the Institute and the writer, if the case study is selected for award/publication.
The last date for the receipt of the case study is 31 August 2011. The cover should be superscribed with Annual Decision Making/Teaching Case Study Competition 2011 and be addressed to the Registrar, Indian Institute of Public Administration, Indraprastha Estate, Ring Road, New Delhi 110002.

Last Date: 31st August 2011

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IIPA Annual Essay Prize Competition-2011

Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi
IIPA Annual Essay Prize Competition-2011

Entries are invited for the Annual Essay Prize Competition-2011. The value of the prize for the competition will be as under:
First Prize Rs.5,000/-
Second Prize Rs.3,000/-
Third Prize Rs.2,000/-

Any competitor who has got a prize on one occasion will not, on any subsequent occasion, be eligible for an equivalent or lower prize. The joint authorship of essays shall not be allowed and any essay under joint authorship shall not be considered for competition.

The following subjects have been prescribed and it is open to competitors to choose any of them.
1. Role of Audit in Democratic India
2. Judicial Accountability and Democracy
3. Food Security, Food Inflation and the Public Distribution System
4. What the Next Five Year Plan should Focus upon – Five Priority Items
5. Information Technology for the Masses: Bridging the Digital Divide

The essay should be in English or Hindi. The length of an essay should approximately be 5000 words and the competitors must indicate the totalo number of words of the essay contributed by them. Essay exceeding 5500 words will not be accepted. The contestants must indicate the total number of words of the failing which it will not be accepted. All essays must be typed in double space on one side of the paper only and those entries which do not adhere to the stipulation can be rejected. It should be submitted in triplicate under a "nom-de-plume or alias. The full name and address of the competitor should be given on a separate sheet and enclosed in a sealed envelope bearing the nom-de-plume on the outer cover with the following inscription.

All essays should be sent to the Director, Indian Institute of Public Administration, Indraprastha Estate, Ring Road, New Delhi-110002, by Registered Post, so as to reach him not later than the 31st August, 2011. The envelope should be marked "Annual Essay Prize Competition 2011". The entries received after the due date may not be entertained.

The essays will be adjudged by a body of judges selected by the Executive Council of the institute and the award of the judges shall be final. The institute reserves the right not to make any award if none of the essays submitted meets the necessary standard. Any essay which receives an award shall become the joint intellectual property of the author and IIPA.

Last Date: 31st August 2011

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DNA News Article: "Innovation doesn't grow on trees"

Innovation doesn't grow on trees
Published at DNA: Sunday, May 29, 2011, 2:38 IST
By R Krishna | Place: Mumbai | Agency: Reuters 
Environment and forests minister Jairam Ramesh is absolutely right when he says that the research output from our IITs and IIMs is dismal; what he doesn't point a finger at are the roots of this intellectual poverty.
Students at IITs and IIMs are world-class, the faculty is not — this proclamation by Jairam Ramesh stirred the scientific community in the country, even as the environment minister went on to point a finger at the poor quality of research being conducted at these premier institutions. Ramesh's diagnosis is that the research is suffering because the faculty is of a low calibre.
"But whose job is it to recruit and retain good quality teachers?" asks Satyajit Rath, scientist at the National Institute of Immunology. "For instance, the government decided to increase the number of students in the IITs by 27%. But what was their solution to improve the student-faculty ratio? They increased the retirement age of professors from 60 to 65 years. How did that help in improving the student-faculty ratio in any way? Isn't all this part of government policy?"
Poor quality of faculty is not the only reason India has lagged behind in its research output. It has failed to build large R&D institutions with up-to-date equipment and a system that rewards creativity — ironically, these are the very things that attract bright teachers. Further, India has failed to take enough initiatives to simulate industry-academy linkages, and instill an entrepreneurial spirit in universities.

China's ambitious plans
India doesn't have to look too far to study how things are done right. One analysis of research done in the field of computer science by Suresh Kumar and KC Garg of National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies, suggests that India's research activity was significantly higher from 1971 to 1985. From 1986 to 2000, India's research activity declined while China's rose.
A recent study by the Royal Society, London, titled 'Knowledge Networks and Nations', ranked China No. 2 in the world in terms of the number of research papers filed. India is placed at No. 10. Even when it comes to the quality of research, judged by the number of times research papers have been cited by other researchers, China is ranked No. 7. India does not figure in the top 10.
China's rapid rise is a result of ambitious, clear-cut policies and targets set by the government, say experts. "The Chinese government has given a strong message and a clear policy has been defined at the highest level. Road maps for implementation are clearly articulated. In India, on the other hand, we simply state that building science parks is important. How these science parks can be made functional is not clearly stated," says Sujit Bhattacharya, who is part of a group studying China's and South Korea's approach to upgrading their research.
According to Bhattacharya, the State Science Technology Commission of China has several programmes to promote research in the country. "The Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), which is one of the largest research labs in the world, underwent a major restructuring where some researchers were asked to leave. At the same time, the Ministry of Education with the CAS started attracting the best talent from the world by giving huge financial and non-financial incentives to head new world-class research centres. Provinces get into the fray by funding the programmes set at the central level. And as a result, today, universities, industries, and foreign affiliates are part of a chain of science and technology parks. In fact, some universities are inside these industrial high technology zones. These parks compete with each other and you will find special economic zones nearby, thus creating major technological hubs," says Bhattacharya.

India's tardy approach
Far from such tightly integrated ambitious policies, India continues to grapple with basic issues. Funding and infrastructure are not the only areas of concern. The current systemfails to take into account the quality and relevance of research. According to Ram Puniyani, former professor of bio-medical engineering at IIT Bombay, policies should be tailored to reward people who are producing quality research relevant to India. As things stand today, number of papers published is the main criterion to get promotions or even grants for research. "There should be a way to gauge and reward creativity," says Puniyani. But little can be expected from babus in government departments to direct funds to scientific fields and people who show promise.
Moreover, before pointing a finger at the quality of research being conducted at the IITs, the government should consider the way they are operating currently. "In the IITs the facilities are reasonable, but the average teaching load is more than that in a university in the west. This leaves little time to do research. On the other hand, in the universities, the teaching load is less, but the research facilities are poor," says Ashoke Sen, professor, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad. He adds, "In contrast, the research institutes, which have good research facilities and almost no teaching responsibilities, have suffered from the absence of young minds. In my view, this separation of teaching from research has been one of the main reasons for the current shortfall in research output in Indian science."
The government also has to do its bit in promoting linkages between universities and industry. According to Chris Llewellyn Smith, chair of the Royal Society report, the UK government is taking several steps to stimulate the entrepreneurial spirit among researchers. "For instance, consider an academic who has an idea which looks promising but not at a stage where a company or serious investor will put in money. This idea will need an amount of money which is larger than the academic budget usually available to researchers. The UK government has now put money in the hands of universities who can internally fund such ideas."
In India too, the government is finally rethinking its strategy, says Bhattacharya. For example, the government may adopt 'utility-model patents' which is expected to give a fillip to patent filing and innovation, because they are not as difficult, expensive, or time-consuming as it would be to produce 'invention patents'.
But while India trudges along, globally the situation is changing rapidly. As Bhattacharya says, "Look at Google and Facebook. Products coming out of universities are changing the world."


UNDP/MNRE invites Case Studies on Access to Clean Energy

Request for Submission of Case Studies on Access to Clean Energy
Under the UNDP/MNRE Supported Project on Access to Clean Energy (ACE project),  it is proposed to compile the second Compendium of Successful Case studies from all over the country in order to showcase concrete initiatives undertaken by the public and private sectors to promote widespread adoption of cost effective renewable energy technologies especially in rural areas. The models considered for inclusion in compendium should be cost effective, replicable, and financially viable and entrepreneurship based business and delivery models that has led to economic development and strengthening of livelihoods. You are requested to share details of any such model successfully piloted/ demonstrated by your organisation in the indicative format given here <> with relevant photographs, so that the same could be reviewed for inclusion in the compendium proposed to be developed and widely circulated. The details may please be sent by email to, preferably by 30 June 2011.

JRD Tata Memorial Lecture 2011 by Shri Kumar Mangalam Birla on 11 August 2011

JRD Tata Memorial Lecture 2011
Speaker: Shri Kumar Mangalam Birla
11 August 2011
Organized by ASSOCHAM, New Delhi

JRD Tata exemplifies a 'Renaissance Man' in today's context, whose ideology drastically transformed the Indian industrial landscape. The contribution of JRD spans across many sectors of the Indian economy particularly Science & Technology, Aviation, Automobile Manufacturing, Chemical industry and Corporate Governance to mention a few. To commemorate and honour JRD's unparalleled contribution to the Indian industry, ASSOCHAM instituted an annual lecture series titled 'JRD Tata Memorial Lecture' in 1998. The lecture has been focusing on topical issues in the Indian socio-economic milieu and is delivered by renowned personalities in their respective fields.

The last year's Lecture, Thirteenth in the series, was delivered by Dean Nitin Nohria, Harvard Business School, USA. The earlier distinguished eminent speakers have been Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India; Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the then Hon'ble President of India; Shri P. Chidambaram; Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor, Reserve Bank of India; Shri Somnath Chatterjee; Shri M. Damodaran; Late Shri. P.V.Narasimha Rao; Shri Azim H. Premji; Shri N.R. Narayanamurthy; Dr. K Kasturirangan; Prof. M.S. Swaminathan and Dr. C. Rangarajan.

ASSOCHAM is happy to mention that Shri Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group has kindly agreed to deliver this year's Lecture on 11th August 2011 at New Delhi. To make this event a grand success, a Steering Committee has also been formed under the guidance of Mr. Dilip Modi, President, ASSOCHAM as Chairman and Dr. J.J. Irani, Director, Tata Sons Limited as Co-Chairman of the Steering Committee.

On this occasion, ASSOCHAM would be bringing out a prestigious Special Publication containing articles by eminent citizens, acknowledged leaders and experts in their own fields. Broadly, the authors will cover the entire gamut of opportunities and critical challenges that confront the Indian economy and recommend policy prescriptions to achieve the stated goals. The Special Publication being brought on the above occasion will be widely circulated and released by the Chief Guest.

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