Friday, September 22, 2017

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships
The Swiss Government has recently launched its call for applications for its Excellence Scholarships for the academic year 2017-2018. For candidates from India, PhD, research and post-doctoral scholarships are available. More information on the scholarships is available at http://www.sbfi.admin.ch/scholarships_eng

Swiss Government Excellence Research Scholarships for foreign students
  • Academic year: 2018-2019
  • Beneficiary Country: India
  • Submission deadline: 12 November 2017

With Best Wishes

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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
Twitter: @AannuuppK | @IndiaSTS
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STIP Lecture "Sustainable Development: Role of Science, Technology and Innovation" by Dr R Chidambaram, chaired by Dr Harsh Vardhan | IHC, 26 September, 7:00 pm

You are cordially invited to the first lecture under 
Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum Lecture Series
(a collaborative initiative of RIS, TERI, CSE, CEFIPRA and IHC)
on
"Sustainable Development: Role of Science, Technology and Innovation"
by
Dr. R. Chidambaram 
Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India & DAE Homi Bhabha Chair Professor

Chair: Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Hon'ble Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences & Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Date: 26 September 2017, Tuesday | Time: 7.00 PM

Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi (Entry from Gate No.2)


About the Speaker: Dr. R. Chidambaram is the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet. He is also a Member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change, Chairman of the High-Level Committee for the National Knowledge Network and a member of the Space Commission. Dr. Chidambaram is one of India's distinguished experimental physicists and he has made outstanding contributions to many aspects of basic science and nuclear technology. Dr. Chidambaram has been awarded the Padma Shri in 1975 and Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in India, in 1999. 

About the Chair: Dr Harsh Vardhan, at present Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Government of India, was a practicing ENT surgeon before entering public life in 1993. He took over as Minister for Science &Technology and Earth Sciences in November 2014. He is committed to set a roadmap for the implementation of the "Make in India" programme by building a robust R&D infrastructure and promoting synergies between industry and scientific research institutions. The World Health Organisation recognised his contribution to society and awarded him the Director-General's Commendation Medal at a prestigious function held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, in May 1998.

About the Series: Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum has been initiated with the objective of promoting debate on various aspects of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. The STIPF will go beyond the disciplinary boundaries by taking into account the intersectionality of Science & Technology and Innovation. It will also bridge the gap between the science and society for dissemination of scientific achievements as well as for generalising debate of societal aspirations and promoting responsible research and innovations. 

RSVP: Dr. K Ravi Srinivas/Mr. Tish Malhotra, Tel.: 9958269111/011-24682176, Email: ravisrinivas@ris.org.in, dgoffice@ris.org.in

Applications are invited for two posts for the DST-funded Project at CSSP, SSS

Applications are invited for the following posts for the DST-funded Project titled "A Comparative Study of India's Research Performance in Scientific and Technological Areas of Clean Energy and Water (2007-16)"
  • Project Associate
  • Research Fellow
Last Date for Application by email: 06-10-2017

Further Details: https://jnu.ac.in/career, see under Current Projects. 

Research Paper "Frugality and Cross-Sectoral Policymaking for Food Security" by Bhaduri, Sinha & Knorringa

Frugality and Cross-Sectoral Policymaking for Food Security
by Saradindu Bhaduri, Kinsuk Mani Sinha & Peter Knorringa, NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.njas.2017.08.002. 

Abstract: The growing concerns about food security, especially in the disadvantaged regions of the world, often point out the inadequacies of strictly sectoral approaches to addressing the problems of agriculture. Such policy approaches coincided with the rise of a global, top-down, formal, science-driven development of agriculture. Over time, such interventions have drawn criticism from multiple corners as inadequately addressing the need for local variation in institutional contexts. The objective of this paper is to adopt a bottom-up perspective to address the need for cross-sectorality in food security policies. Sustainable Rural Livelihood (SRL) and Grassroots Innovation (GI) are two well recognized schools of thought which emphasize the cross-sectoral approaches to livelihood and local level problem-solving. By embracing a frugality lens, we can offer a conceptual regularity in the patterns of behaviour and decision-making highlighted by the SRL and GI schools of thought. Taking a step further, the frugality lens, by focusing on the usefulness of a decision in the actual environment, emphasizes the need to diagnose local institutions better. Note, however, that the contention of the current paper is not to posit 'top-down' and 'bottom-up' as two competing paradigms. It only argues that a frugality lens helps us to better appreciate the strengths of a bottom-up approach for effective policy formulation, an appreciation of which would promote a dignified marriage between the two perspectives.

Highlights:- The need for a cross sectoral policymaking is suggested to better achieve food security in local contexts. Frugality thinking in policymaking is an important way to achieve such cross-sectorality. Frugality can offer a theoretical framework for discourses on grassroots innovations and Sustainable Rural Livelihood. A frugality lens can ensure diagnosis of local institutions needed for policymaking. Two Kenyan cases were discussed as an illustration.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Report of the Symposium on SDGs, Knowledge and Democracy: Re-imagining Purposes and Opportunities, held at SNU, Greater Noida

Report of the Symposium on SDGs, Knowledge and Democracy: Re-imagining Purposes and Opportunities, organized at Shiv Nadar University (SNU), Greater Noida, U.P., by SHSS, SNU, and CSSP, Jawaharlal Nehru University, during 16-17 January 2017. Report was prepared by Rajeswari S. Raina, SHSS, SNU, March 2017.



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SIS Book Discussion | Marching with Billion: Analysing Narendra Modi's Government at Mid-Term| Sept 21 Invite



-- 
Manish S. Dabhade
Assistant Professor of Diplomacy and Disarmament,
Center for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament,
School of International Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi - 110067 India
Contact: 
New Delhi: 91 9810397303 (mobile) 91 11 2670 4102 (off.) mdmanish@gmail.com

[apeid.higher_education.bgk] A survey for 2017 World Teachers' Day: Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers!

Dear Colleagues,

 

Greetings from UNESCO Bangkok!

 

This year's World Teachers' Day (5 October) will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Training Personnel. To celebrate this landmark anniversary and in keeping with this year's theme, "Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers", we want to hear from you about the progress made and challenges still facing teaching personnel in higher education, and also spark a conversation around how to empower teachers by completing a short survey :

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wtd17

 

We will feature highlights from the survey on social media on 5 October and later on, so please follow us on Twitter at @UNESCO_AsiaPac and Facebook at Facebook.com/UNESCOBKK.

 

If you have any questions about the survey, please email: Educational Innovation and Skills Development, UNESCO Bangkok: eisd.bgk@unesco.org. Thank you!

 

Best regards,

UNESCO Bangkok

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P.S. We are thrilled to share our synthesis report and case studies on the 1997 Recommendation: Recalibrating Careers in Academia (UNESCO, 2017). E-copies are online, and please feel free to download!

 

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Download pdf (full version)

 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

RIS Special Lecture on "International Order and Rule of Law in Times of SDGs" by Irene Khan, DG, IDLO| New Delhi, 27 September, 6.30 pm

Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), jointly with the Indian Law Institute,
organizes
 
Special Lecture on "International Order and Rule of Law in Times of SDGs"
by 
by Ms. Irene Khan, 
Director-General, International Development Law Organization (IDLO), Rome. 

Date: Wednesday, 27 September 2017, at 6.30 pm

Venue: Aftab Hall, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road, New Delhi


STIP Lecture "Sustainable Development: Role of Science, Technology and Innovation" by Dr R Chidambaram | IHC, 26 September, 7.00 pm

Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum Lecture Series

Organized by Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), Jointly with TERI, CSE, CEFIPRA, Vigyan Prasar and IHC

First Lecture on 
"Sustainable Development: Role of Science, Technology and Innovation"

by 
Dr. R. Chidambaram, 
Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India and DAE Homi Bhabha Chair Professor

Date: Tuesday, 26 September 2017 | 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Today IHC-ICRIER Urban Conversations Series Lecture "Imagining Water Secure Cities" by Arunabha Ghosh

IHC-ICRIER Urban Conversations Series

 

Subject

:

"Imagining Water Secure Cities"

Speaker

:

Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer, Council on Energy, Environment and Water

Moderator

:

Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, Board of Governors, ICRIER

Venue

 

:

Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi 110003

(Entry through Gate No. 3)

Date

:

Monday, September 18, 2017, 7:00 pm

 

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Dr. Arunabha Ghosh is a public policy professional and is the founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, since 2010.  He has been actively involved in the design of the International Solar Alliance since inception and is founding board member of the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN). With experience in 42 countries, he previously worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP (New York), and WTO (Geneva). Dr. Ghosh advises governments, industry, civil society and international organisations around the world.

 

With best regards,

 

Rajat Kathuria

 

Dr. Rajat Kathuria

Director & CE

Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

4th Floor, Core 6A,

India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003
O: +91 11 43112460 / 43112460 / 24645218 X 460/461

F: +91 11 24620180

E-mail: rajat.kathuria@icrier.res.in

W: www.icrier.org

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

CSRD, JNU organizes Interactive Workshop on Integrated Urban Water Management including Rainwater harvesting | 13 September

Centre for the Study of Regional Development

 

Cordially invites all to Interactive Workshop on Integrated Urban Water Management including Rainwater Harvesting


Date: September 13, 2017


Time: 2:00 p.m. onwards.

 

By
Sri S. Vishwanath,  
Director, Biome Environmental Solutions, Bengaluru

 

Venue : Room Number 135, CSRD, 1st floor, SSS III, JNU, New Delhi

 

Mr  Vishwanath  is  a  Civil  Engineer  and  Urban  Planner  by  training  but environmentalist  by  passion.  He  worked  with  HUDCO  for  fourteen  years  on various urban development projects before he went on to dirty his hand in the field.  He  has  extensively  worked  on  the  issue  of  sustainable  development especially water and sanitation. He has also been instrumental in documenting traditional  water  harvesting  systems  in  India  and  also  their  revival. He  has designed  several  hundred  rainwater  harvesting,  groundwater  recharge,  eco-sanitation,   wastewater   recycling   systems.   He   was   Ex-Secretary   General  International Rainwater Catchment Systems  Association and at present holds various   positions   including   Director   and   Trustee,   Biome   International; Advisor,   Arghyam;   Trustee,   Gram   Vikas   and   Policy   Advisor   for      the Government  of  Karnataka  and Bengaluru City  on  Rainwater  Harvesting, Waste  Water  and  Faecal    sludge  management.  He  also  enjoys  teaching  and immersive research and at present is an Adjunct Professor at the Asim Premji University and is actively engaged in Planning and Design Schools including CEPT University Ahmedabad. 

IERB JNU organizes a one day seminar on "Ethics in Public Services" | 13th September

Institutional Ethics Review Board, JNU invites you to 

One Day Seminar on "Ethics in Public Services"

Wednesday 13th September 2017

Committee Hall, Convention Centre

 

Registration: 9:30am

Round Table 1, 10:00 am to 11:00 am | "Ethics as Primordial or Regulatory"

Chair: Prof. Satish Malik (Psychiatrist, Ganga Ram Hospital)

Discussant: Dr. Sushil K.Jha (Life sciences JNU)

Speakers:

Prof. Vaishna Narang (Linguist,JNU)

Prof. Madhuri Behari (Former Head ,Deptt. of Neuro Sciences AIIMS)

Prof. Manu Mittal (SL, JNU)

Prof. Madhav Govind (Science Policy,JNU)

 

Tea: 11:00-11:15am

 

Special Session:11:30am-1:30pm

Chair of the Session: Dr. S.K.Sarin , Chairperson, IERB, & Director, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences

Welcome Address: Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, Vice Chancellor JNU

Chief Guest: Dr. Brij Bihari Kumar, Chairman ICSSR

Will Release the Book Ethics in Governance in India (Routledge)

by Prof. Bidyut Chakrabarty, Political Science Department, Delhi University | Author's perceptions

Guests of Honour: Prof. Virendra Kumar Malhotra, Member Secretary ICSSR

Few Questions

Lunch: 1:30-2:30 pm

 

Round Table 2: 2:30 to 3:30 pm. | "Legal and Psychological Care Givers in a Disturbing Social Ethos" 

Chair: Dr. Sunil Mittal

Prof. Bupinder Zutshi (CSRD,JNU)

Dr. Tripti Khanna (Deputy Director ICMR)

Dr. Vibhuti Sharma (ILBS,Delhi)

Advocate Ms. Omika Dubey  (Supreme Court)

Advocate Ms. Ruksana Choudhury (Supreme Court)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Call for Applications: NITTTR-ITEC Advanced Certificate Course on Modern Library Practices at NITTTR, Chennai, India


NITTTR-ITEC Advanced Certificate on Modern Library Practices 

Where: National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Chennai, India

When: 29th November 2017 to 23rd January 2018 (8 Weeks)

Aims of the Course: To develop appropriate competencies and skills of Library and Information Faculty/ Professionals in the digital era - streamlining library processes, promoting and enhancing reading habits among the users - Managing and developing web / traditional resource collections, services and facilities.

Eligibility Criteria for Participants: Applicants for this course must be: Faculty in Library and Information Science or practicing library professionals; completed a diploma / degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent; Minimum of two years experience in teaching / administration of Library; Good proficiency in English; Preferably not more than 45 years. 

Allowances: The Programme covers return travel of the participants between his/her home country and India, accommodation, etc., as per the rules governing ITEC/SCAAP Programme of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Further details can be viewed from the ITEC website: www.itec.mea.gov.in

Participation: Only applicants from the least-developed countries (LDCs)/ developing countries will be selected. 

Further Details and Application LinkCourse Brochure | ITEC Website | Visit the Website of Indian Mission in Your Country

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Call for Applications: RIS-ITEC Programmes on South-South Coopeartion Courses at RIS, New Delhi

[Apologies for Cross Postings]

RIS-ITEC Programmes on South-South Coopeartion Courses at Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi:
  • Science Diplomacy | 8-19 January 2018 | Last date for submission of Application Form to Indian Missions: 31 December 2017
  • Learning South-South Cooperation | Last date for submission of Application Form to Indian Missions: 12 November 2017
  • International Economic Issues and Development Policy (IEIDP) | 12 February to 9 March 2018 | Last date for submission of Application Form to Indian Missions: 15 January 2018

Allowances: The Programmes cover return travel of the participants between his/her home country and India, accommodation, living allowance, book allowance etc., as per the rules governing ITEC/SCAAP Programme of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Further details can be viewed from the ITEC website: www.itec.mea.gov.in

Participation: Only applicants from the least-developed countries (LDCs)/ developing countries will be selected. 


Further DetailsVisit the Website of Indian Mission in Your Country | ITEC Website

Call for Participation: International Conference on Burning Fields, Bio Fuels, and Bettering Farm life: Pursuing Responsible Research and Innovation through Mutual Learning | 11-13 September | IIT-Delhi

International Conference

  

Burning Fields, Bio Fuels, and Bettering Farm Life:

Pursuing Responsible Research and Innovation through Mutual Learning

 

11-13 September 2017

 

Venue: Room # 213, Lecture Hall Complex (LHC), IIT-Delhi

 

 Organized by

Maastricht University Science, Technology and Society (MUSTS) Program, The Netherlands

&

The Centre of Excellence for Science, Technology and Policy, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-Delhi


Programme Outline is enclosed.

Call for Papers: JNU TRCSS and SASH&KN Symposium on Sustainability Studies | JNU New Delhi | 26-27 September

Announcement

Symposium on Sustainability Studies

JNU Researchers' Interaction

September 26-27, 2017; Committee Hall, Convention Centre, JNU

 

The TRCSS and SASH&KN invites research scholars, faculty and students, of all Schools and Centres of JNU to participate in an interaction that focuses on Sustainability and Sustainability Studies. We perceive Sustainability as a societal concern for creating and leaving behind for future generations social, economic and environmental conditions that promote the health and wellbeing of ecosystems and human beings. This is obviously a wide, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary area that requires transitioning to other kind of developmental path(s) and governance modes than has been dominant world-wide over the past decades. Much research in the university relates to these issues, and we would like researchers to use this platform of the TRCSS to share views and theoretical formulations, research methodologies and findings, innovative policy implications, among other dimensions of Sustainability so as to enrich this field of study and develop a contextualised South Asian version of how to conceptualise and operationalise Sustainability and Pathways to Sustainability.

We invite submission of abstracts by those who would like to present their M.Phil./Ph.D./Faculty research that relates to any dimension of Sustainability Studies, including but not limited to the following:

·         Conceptualising Sustainability

·         Food security

·         The Political Economy of Sustainability

·         Sustainability through gender/ caste/ class lenses

·         Knowledge Generation for Sustainability

·         Health and wellbeing of all

·         Emerging Concepts related to Sustainability

·         Sustainable and ecological health care

·         Pathways to Sustainability

·         Addressing Inequalities—Social Sustainability

·         Examining the Sustainable Development Goals

·         Economic prosperity and sustainability

·         Science and technology studies from a sustainability lens

·         Critiquing Sustainability

·         Built Structures, Architecture, Aesthetics and Sustainability

·         Planning for Sustainability

·         Policy Approaches to Sustainability

·         Local initiatives and Grassroots Innovations

·         International Dimensions of Sustainability

·         Governance and Sustainability

·         Sustainability from a South Asia and Third World Lens

·         Sustainable land use and green cover

·         Assessing Sustainability Measures

·         Environmental Integrity and Degradation

·         Ecologically sustainable livelihoods and related knowledge systems

·         Environmental Pollution and Remediation

·         Climate change, mitigation and innovative sustainable adaptations

·         Issues of Waste and Waste management

·         Sustainable Regional Development

·         Sustainable Urbanisation

·         Multiple dimensions of Poverty

·         Sustainable energy sources

·         Production and Consumption Patterns

·         Sustainable Rural Development

·         Issues of Water; local to global water systems and issues of sustainability

·         Literature, Arts and Culture for Sustainability

·         Livelihoods, especially in the 'informal' sector

·         Teaching Sustainability

·         Conditions of work, social security and occupational health


 

We also invite faculty members who are interested in the area of related studies but do not wish to make a presentation to let us know, so we can interact and engage in other ways.

 

Last Date for submission of abstracts: 10th September. Abstract should not be more than 500 words. It submitted online to –  trcsssymposium2017@gmail.com 

 

Authors should clearly mention their complete name, affiliation or programme of study (M.Phil./Ph.D.), Centre and School in JNU along with the title of the presentation and an abstract.  

 

Note: TRCSS is considering award/recognition for outstanding papers of research students. For this, interested students must submit their complete papers by September 22, 2017.

 

TRCSS Members: Ritu Priya, Dinesh Abrol, Pranav N. Desai, Ramila Bisht, Atul Sood, Sucharita Sen, Milap Punia, Archana Prasad, Bikramaditya K. Choudhary, Pradeep Shinde, Vikas Bajpai, Pravin Kushwaha

 

Transdisciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies (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). South Asia Sustainability Hub & Knowledge Network (SASH&KN) is a joint initiative of JNU and STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Call for Feedback: UGC (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations 2017

University Grants Commission (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations 2017


University Grants Commission had constituted a Committee of experts to look into issues of Plagiarism and recommend some institutional mechanism to eliminate the scope of this menace in higher education system in the country. The objective of the regulations is to promote academic research and deterrence from plagiarism by developing systems to detect plagiarism. As a result, the Committee emphasized on the needs to refer plagiarism in a broader way by putting appropriate systems and checks in place.


The draft University Grants Commission (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations, 2017 prepared by the Committee is attached herewith for observations and suggestions of stakeholders. The Feedback and comments on the above draft may be sent to UGC on pgmhei.2017@gmail.com on or before 30th September, 2017.


(P.K. Thakur, Secretary, UGC).


Download draft UGC (...) Regulations 2017

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

AJIP Papers "Inclusive Innovation in India: Contemporary Landscape" & "Inclusive Innovation in India: Historical Roots" | by VV Krishna

Inclusive Innovation in India: Contemporary Landscape
by Venni V Krishna, Asian Journal of Innovation and Policy, 2017, 6(1): 1-22.
Abstract: The essence of inclusive innovation is to serve poor, marginalized and underprivileged sections of society to improve their livelihoods and enable them to climb up the socio-economic ladder. In this article, we explore the contemporary Indian landscape. There is a diversity of institutions and institutional approaches, multiple methodologies and goals in promoting inclusive innovations in this landscape. There are grassroots innovation institutions. All these institutions and groups have demonstrated how to improve the living conditions of poor people and enhance their income. They have developed different methodologies of inclusive innovation to intervene, build capacities and capabilities of poor people towards bridging informal and formal sectors of economy. Indian landscape can now boast of some successful models and a "social laboratory" for inclusive innovation. The challenge, however, remains to replicate and multiply these models to impact other sectors of Indian informal economy.
Keywords: Inclusive innovation, inclusive growth, contemporary landscape, grass roots innovation, organizational innovation, Barefoot College, demystifying technology, White Revolution.



Inclusive Innovation in India: Historical Roots
by Venni V Krishna, Asian Journal of Innovation and Policy, 2017, 6(2): 170-191.
Abstract: Inclusive innovation refers to different types and forms of innovation activities or performance by which we can get more for lesser cost and which could cater and meet the needs and demands of more people. The essence of inclusive innovation is to help poor, marginalized and underprivileged sections of society to improve their livelihoods and enable them to climb up the socio-economic ladder. In the current phase of economic slowdown, increasing unemployment and inequalities, World Bank, OECD and various governments are turning towards inclusive innovation as a new source of optimism or even as a new innovation strategy. Whilst it is being reframed or packaged as a novel or a new strategy, one can trace its historical roots to the AT movement and the Gandhian ideas of economy and society in the 1940s and 1950s. These ideas have inspired and influenced a range of individuals, institutions and civil society groups in inclusive innovation.
Keywords: Inclusive innovation, inclusive growth, grass roots innovation, Barefoot College, demystifying technology, White Revolution.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

New Report | Greening the Grid: Pathways to Integrate 175 Gigawatts of Renewable Energy into India's Electric Grid, Vol. I - National Study

Greening the Grid: Pathways to Integrate 175 Gigawatts of Renewable Energy into India's Electric Grid, Vol. I - National Study

by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), Power System Operation Corporation Ltd. (India), and the United States Agency for International Development (USA), June 2017.

 

Abstract

The use of renewable energy (RE) sources, primarily wind and solar generation, is poised to grow significantly within the Indian power system. The Government of India has established a target of 175 gigawatts (GW) of installed RE capacity by 2022, including 60 GW of wind and 100 GW of solar, up from 29 GW wind and 9 GW solar at the beginning of 2017. Using advanced weather and power system modeling made for this project, the study team is able to explore operational impacts of meeting India's RE targets and identify actions that may be favorable for integration.

Our primary tool is a detailed production cost model, which simulates optimal scheduling and dispatch of available generation in a future year (2022) by minimizing total production costs subject to physical, operational, and market constraints. Our team comprises a core group from the Power System Operation Corporation, Ltd. (POSOCO), which is the national grid operator (with representation from the National, Southern, and Western Regional Load Dispatch Centers) under Ministry of Power, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), and a broader modeling team that includes Central Electricity Authority (CEA), POWERGRID (the central transmission utility, CTU), and State Load Dispatch Centers in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan, and Andhra Pradesh. Our model includes high-resolution wind and solar data (forecasts and actuals), unique properties for each generator, CEA/CTU's anticipated buildout of the power system, and enforced state-to-state transmission flows.

Assuming the fulfillment of current efforts to provide better access to the physical flexibility of the power system, we find that power system balancing with 100 GW of solar and 60 GW of wind is achievable at 15-minute operational timescales with minimal RE curtailment. This RE capacity meets 22% of total projected 2022 electricity consumption in India with annual RE curtailment of 1.4%, in line with experiences in other countries with significant RE penetrations (Bird et. al. 2016). Changes to operational practice can further reduce the cost of operating the power system and reduce RE curtailment. Coordinating scheduling and dispatch over a broader area is the largest driver to reduce costs, saving INR 6300 crore (USD 980 million) annually when optimized regionally. Lowering minimum operating levels of coal plants (from 70% to 40%) is the biggest driver to reduce RE curtailment - from 3.5% down to 0.76%. In fact, this operating property is more influential than faster thermal generation ramp rates in lowering the projected levels of curtailment.

While this study does not answer every question relevant to planning for India's 2022 RE targets, it is an important step toward analyzing operational challenges and cost saving opportunities using state-of-the-art power system planning tools. Further analysis can build upon this basis to explore optimal renewable resource and intrastate transmission siting, system stability during contingencies, and the influence of total power system investment costs on customer tariffs.

 

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Study Scenarios, Assumptions, and Methodology

3 Customizing the Model for the Indian Context

4 Operational Impacts of 175 GW RE

5 Strategies to Improve RE Integration

6 Impacts of Other RE Targets on the Indian Power System

7 Conclusion

 

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