Friday, 13 October 2017
New Book | National Industrial Policy of India: New Initiatives of the Government, Public Policy & Governance in India | by Dr Pawan Sikka
Call for Applications: STEPS Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability | 14-25 May 2018, at IDS, U.K.
- "A great way to expand your network as a PhD student and find like-minded people who I hope to keep in touch with and work with the future." 2017 participant
- "I can honestly say it has been the best 2 weeks of the PhD so far. To be in such an amazing, supportive and inspiring group has been fantastic" 2016 participant
- "Wonderful opportunity. A fantastic group of participants, and the very knowledgable faculty treated us as colleagues on this journey towards sustainable pathways together." 2014 participant
- "Beautiful to have 24 nations in the same room thinking and discussing global to local issues!" 2013 participant
- "I liked the fact that it really was an open space in which everyone's (teachers AND students) ideas and experiences could be shared and critically engaged with." 2012 participant
Friday, 22 September 2017
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
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Report of the Symposium on SDGs, Knowledge and Democracy: Re-imagining Purposes and Opportunities, held at SNU, Greater Noida
Thursday, 7 September 2017
Call for Applications: NITTTR-ITEC Advanced Certificate Course on Modern Library Practices at NITTTR, Chennai, India
- 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
Sunday, 3 September 2017
AJIP Papers "Inclusive Innovation in India: Contemporary Landscape" & "Inclusive Innovation in India: Historical Roots" | by VV Krishna
Saturday, 2 September 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.
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
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
Sunday, 27 August 2017
Thursday, 24 August 2017
PrefaceChapter 1. Three Year Action Agenda: An OverviewPart I: Three-Year Revenue And ExpenditureChapter 2. Context and StrategyChapter 3. Growth Outlook and Resource Envelope ForecastsChapter 4. ExpenditurePart II: Economic Transformation In Major SectorsChapter 5. Agriculture: Doubling Farmers' IncomesChapter 6. Trade, Industry and Services: Creating Well-Paid JobsPart III: Regional DevelopmentChapter 7. Urban DevelopmentChapter 8. Rural TransformationChapter 9. Regional StrategiesPart IV: Growth EnablersChapter 10. Transport and ConnectivityChapter 11. Digital ConnectivityChapter 12. Public Private PartnershipsChapter 13. EnergyChapter 14. Science and TechnologyChapter 15. Creating an Innovation EcosystemPart V: GovernmentChapter 16. GovernanceChapter 17. Taxation Policy and AdministrationChapter 18. Pro-Competition Policies and RegulationChapter 19. The Rule of LawPart VI: Social SectorsChapter 20. Education and Skill DevelopmentChapter 21. HealthChapter 22. Towards Building a More Inclusive SocietyPart VII: SustainabilityChapter 23. Environment and ForestsChapter 24. Sustainable Management of Water Resources
Friday, 11 August 2017
Call for Applications for ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowships (AIRTF) for ASEAN Researchers
Supported by ASEAN-India Science & Technology Development Fund (AISTDF)
Objectives: The AIRTF scheme is a fellowship scheme with the following objectives:
- To promote mobility of scientists and researchers from the ASEAN Member States to India and provide them opportunity to work at Indian R&D/ academic institutions to upgrade their research skills and expertise.
- To facilitate exchange of information and contacts between the scientists and researchers of India and ASEAN Countries and create a network for building research collaborations.
As a spin-off, the Fellowship awardees may also have opportunity to get co-supervisors from India for their research projects for Ph.D. or Master's degree on their return to their home countries.
Number of Fellowships: Initially to start with 100 (One Hundred) Fellowships per year shall be awarded to young scientists and researchers from ASEAN Member States to get affiliated with Indian academic and R&D institutions. These Fellowships shall be equally distributed among ASEAN Member Country. Initially, 10 Fellowship shall be allocated for each ASEAN country. However, this number could be re-adjusted in accordance with the number of applicants from respective each ASEAN Member State.
Duration of Fellowship: The duration of the Fellowship will be for a period of up to six months. A minor variation in the duration would be allowed on recommendations of the Indian host Institute/ University depending upon the actual requirement of the research project as mutually agreed between the Fellowship holder and the Indian host institution.
Areas in Which Fellowships Are Available: The area/ topic of research for availing AIRTF must be ASEAN centric and must be aligned with the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI)-2016-2025. A copy of the APASTI is placed at Appendix-I. Fellowship will be offered for working in research topics under any of the following broad disciplines:
- Science Policy / IPR Management / Technology Transfer & Commercialisation
- Other multi-disciplinary areas of Science, Technology and Innovation in alignment with APASTI (e.g., Open Access Movement, Scientometrics, Open Science, Open Research Data, Open Innovation, Grassroots Innovation, etc.)
A suggestive list of Indian institutions along with the areas of research offered by them is enclosed as Annexure-I. The Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP) of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is one of the research centres identified to host AIRTFs. For further information/ scientific collaboration please contact the undersigned.
Dr. Anup Kumar Das
Centre for Studies in Science Policy
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi - 110067, India
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
What can justly be called the 'Data Revolution' offers many opportunities coupled with significant challenges. High among the latter is the need to develop the necessary data professions and data skills. Researchers and research institutions worldwide recognise the need to promote data skills and we see short courses, continuing professional development and MOOCs providing training in data science and research data management.
In sum, this is because of the realisation that contemporary research – particularly when addressing the most significant, inter-
The CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science has developed a short course, summer school, style curriculum that addresses these training requirements. The course partners Software Carpentry (using the Shell command line and GitHub), Data Carpentry (using R and SQL) and the Digital Curation Centre (research data management and data management plans) and builds on materials developed by these organisations. Also included in the programme are modules on Open Science, ethics, visualisation, machine learning (recommender systems and artificial neural networks) and research computational infrastructures.
The school has been successfully piloted at ICTP in Trieste in 2016 and 2017. The vision of the CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science is to develop into an international network which makes it easy for partner organisations and institutions to run the schools in a variety of locations. The annual event at the ICTP in Trieste will serve as a motor for building the network and building expertise and familiarity with the initiative's mission and objectives. The core materials are made available for reuse and the co-chairs and Working Group team will provide guidance to assist partners in organising the school, in identifying instructors and helpers etc. The first school to expand this initiative will take place at ICTP-SAIFR (South American Institute of Fundamental Research), Sao Paolo, Brazil in December 2017.
Further information about the CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science.
Short Report on the First CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, August 2016.
Programme for the First CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, ICTP, Trieste, August 2016.
Materials from the First CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, ICTP, Trieste, August 2016.
Programme for the Second CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, ICTP, Trieste, July 2017.
Sunday, 30 July 2017
New Book | Universities in the National Innovation Systems: Experiences from the Asia-Pacific | edited by V. V. Krishna
Foreword by Professor Jennie Lang1.Introduction: Three Missions of Universities and their Role in National Innovation Systems – Experiences from Asia-Pacific | V V KrishnaJapan, Australia and New Zealand2. Changing University-Industry Links in the Japanese National Innovation System: Towards Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development | Fumi Kitagawa3. Globalisation and the future of Australian universities | Sam Garrett-Jones and Tim Turpin4. Changing role of research and Innovation in New Zealand Universities | Shantha Liyanage and Antonio Díaz AndradeChina and India: Emerging Economies5. Research and Innovation in Chinese Universities | Weiping Wu6. Indian Universities in the National Innovation System | V.V.Krishna and Swapan Kumar PatraSouth Korea, Taiwan and Singapore: Newly Industrializing Economies7. University-industry R&D Collaboration in Korea's National Innovation System | Lee, Kong-Rae8. University-Industry-Government Linkages: the case of Taiwan Ching-Yan Wu and Mei-Chih Hu9. Research and Innovation in Asian Universities: Case study of the National University of Singapore | Seeram Ramakrishna and V V KrishnaSouth East Asian Countries: Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam10. University-Industry Linkages and Innovation Activities in Malaysia | Rajah Rasiah and Hema Subramonian11. Universities in Thailand's National Innovation System: Their Contributions on Industrial and Technological Upgrading | Richard F. Doner, PatarapongIntarakumnerd and Bryan K. Ritchie12. Role of universities in the national innovation system of the Philippines | Raymund B. Habaradas13. Higher Education Institutions in Indonesia: Access, Innovation and Research | R. Alpha Amirrachman14. The Roles of Universities in Vietnam's National Innovation System | Nguyen Ngoc Anh, Nguyen Phuong Mai, Doan Quang Hung and Dao Ngoc Tien15. Asia Pacific Universities in National Innovation Systems: Concluding Synthesis | V.V.Krishna
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
ALIS Article | Science in pre-independent India: a scientometric perspective | by S K Patra and Mammo Muchie
ABDR Article | Role of Innovation System in Development of Biotechnology in South Africa | by S K Patra and Mammo Muchie
Thursday, 29 June 2017
New Book | Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe | by Shobita Parthasarathy
IntroductionChapter One: Defining the Public Interest in the US and European Patent SystemsChapter Two: Confronting the Questions of Life-Form PatentabilityChapter Three: Commodification, Animal Dignity, and Patent-System PublicsChapter Four: Forging New Patent Politics Through the Human Embryonic Stem Cell DebatesChapter Five: Human Genes, Plants, and the Distributive Implications of PatentsConclusionAppendix 1: Major Events Related to the US and European Life-Form Patent ControversiesAppendix 2: Methodological Note
Thursday, 1 June 2017
"Awareness Programme on Indian Foreign Policy", Indian Council of World Affairs announces the second edition of ICWA Essay Competition 2017
- a) What India's Foreign Policy means to Young India/ India's Foreign Policy Priorities for the Youth – (1500 words).
- b) Conflict, Religion and Foreign Policy (2500 words).
- All Essays (soft copy only) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org latest by 30th July 2017.
- The entries should be submitted along with a certificate from School/Institute/College/
University where the participant is currently enrolled.
- The entries should include a separate cover page carrying the following personal information: 1)Name, 2)Father/Mother Name, 3) Class/Programme, 4) Name and Address of School/College/ University, 5) Residence Address, 6) Mobile & Landline Numbers and 7) Email Address.
- Junior Level: (1st prize – Rs 15000), (2nd prize- Rs 10000) & (3rd prize-Rs 5000)
- Senior level: ( 1st prize – Rs 25000), (2nd prize- Rs 15000) & (3rd prize-Rs 10000)
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
DeLCON National Workshop on Strengthening Open Access (OA) Initiatives in India | 23rd June | NBRC, Manesar, Gurgaon, India
- Build awareness among the stakeholder groups and library & academic communities about the importance of OA to scientific research
- Enable the exchange of knowledge, experiences and best practices of various organizations in the OA space
- Contribute towards the creation of a promotional group that will promote OA at National levels of Organizations
- Evaluate current trends and pitfalls towards the OA landscape in India
- Progress policy recommendations for the creation of a national mandate to promote OA
- Encourage collaborations, co-ordinations and partnerships among interested groups
- OA stakeholder groups such as participating Academician members, Scientists, Faculties, Information Scientists, Nodal officers, working Library communities will appreciate the significance of OA, and will have understood the key trends, issues and challenges pertaining to the development of OA in India;
- The innovative character and successful operation of leading OA initiatives in India will have been highlighted;
- The collective efforts and actions behind the OA movement will be understood, and will inspire the next generation of academicians and librarians to become advocates of OA
- Participating stakeholders will engage in a dialogue about possible partnerships and collaborative ventures
- A set of recommendations will be developed for the creation of (a) a national OA mandate and policy framework, and (b) a general template for institutional OA policies, repositories and archives.
- About NBRC: National Brain Research Centre is the only institute in India dedicated to neuroscience research and education. Scientists and students of NBRC come from diverse academic backgrounds, including biological, computational, mathematical, physical, engineering and medical sciences, and use multidisciplinary approaches to understand the brain. Located in the foothills of the Aravali range in Manesar, Haryana, NBRC is an autonomous institute funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, and is also a Deemed University established in the year 1999.
- About ICGEB: The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology provides a scientific and educational environment of the highest standard and conducts innovative research in life sciences for the benefit of developing countries. It strengthens the research capability of its Members through training and funding programmes and advisory services and represents a comprehensive approach to promoting biotechnology internationally. The ICGEB extension laboratory, covering an area of over 3,720 square metres, has been created to decongest the workspace in the existing building. All of the Groups working on malaria, tuberculosis and bioinformatics have shifted to the new wing. The new Group, Synthetic Biology and Biofuel, is also placed here. ICGEB New Delhi component is located within the ICGEB Campus in South Delhi, which comprises an area of 10,000 square meters. It is situated alongside the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Sanjay Van in a bush forest area and was established in the year 1994.
- About NII: The National Institute of Immunology (NII) is an autonomous institution supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. The Institute is committed to advanced research addressing the basic mechanisms involved in body's defence, host-pathogen interactions and related areas with a view to contribute to the creation of an internationally competitive intellectual knowledge base as a sustainable source of innovative futuristic modalities of potential use in health care. The mandate "to undertake, aid, promote, guide and coordinate research of high caliber in basic and applied immunology". Keenly conscious of it's role in helping create a scientific base for innovations relevant to development in India, the following research programs coalesced into four thrust areas: Immunity and Infection, Gene Regulation, Molecular Design, and Reproduction and Development. The Institute imparts long term research training leading to a PhD degree of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and was established in the year 1981.
- About NIPGR: NIPGR (formerly known as NCPGR) was established in 1998 with mandate to undertake, promote and co-ordinate research, train workers and to serve as information resource in identified aspects of plant genome to build a frontline plant genomics institution. The research programme aims to contribute to the understanding of the structure, expression and function of genes along with arrangement of genes on plant genomes and manipulation of plant genes/ genomes to breed improved varieties of food and industrial crops for high yields and of better quality products. NIPGR was established to contribute in the achievement of such hopes as a part of national effort for meeting the challenges in the midst of fast pace of international genomic research and grasping of opportunities on long-term basis.