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Seminar on Science and Science Education

Azim Premji University, Bengaluru in collaboration with Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali will be organizing a seminar on Science and Science Education. The Seminar will be organized at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research campus, Mohali. It is scheduled from October 13 to October 15, 2018.

The proceedings of the seminar will be in Hindi and Punjabi. In order to participate in the seminar, interested participants need to submit their written paper in Hindi or Punjabi. People whose papers are accepted by the expert panel will be invited to attend the seminar.

The concept note of the seminar is attached with details of submission dates and sub-themes. Please help us in circulating this information among the teachers and educationists of your area. Please feel free to write to us at for any clarification.

अज़ीम प्रेमजी विश्वविद्यालय, बेंगलूरु एवं भारतीय विज्ञान शिक्षा एवं अनुसंधान संस्थान मोहाली संयुक् रूप से एक तीन दिवसीय संगोष्ठी का आयोजन कर रहे हैं संगोष्ठी मोहाली में 13 से 15 अक्टूबर,2018 तक होगी संगोष्ठी का मुख् विषय हैविज्ञान और विज्ञान शिक्षा संगोष्ठी हिन्दी तथा पंजाबी भाषा में होगी संगोष्ठी में भाग लेने के लिए प्रतिभागी को अपना परचा हिन्दी या पंजाबी में लिखना होगा पहले परचे का एब्स्ट्रैक् लिखना होगा। एब्स्ट्रैक् प्राप् होने पर विशेषज्ञों का एक पैनल उसका मूल्यांकन करेगा। एब्स्ट्रैक् स्वीकृत होने पर पूर्ण परचा लिखने के लिए कहा जाएगा। पूर्ण परचा प्राप् होने पर पैनल उसका आकलन करेगी। परचा स्वीकृत होने पर लेखक को संगोष्ठी में परचा प्रस्तुत करने के लिए आमंत्रित किया जाएगा

संगोष्ठी के आधारपत्र की पीडीएफ संलग् है जिसमें इस संदर्भ में अन् जानकारी विस्तार से दी गई है निश्चित ही आपकी रुचि इस संगोष्ठी में होगी

संगोष्ठी के संदर्भ में कुछ महत्वपूर्ण तारीखें इस प्रकार हैं

  • संगोष्ठी : 13 से 15 अक्टूबर, 2018 मोहली में
  • एब्स्ट्रैक् भेजने की तिथि :  15 जनवरी, 2018
  • एब्स्ट्रैक् स्वीकृत की सूचना : 15 मार्च, 2018
  • पूर्ण आलेख भेजने की तिथि : 15 जुलाई, 2018

 आपसे यह भी अपेक्षा है कि आप इस जानकारी को आपके क्षेत्र के शिक्षक, अध्यापक शिक्षक तथा शिक्षा में रुचि रखने वालों तक पहुँचाएँ

इस संदर्भ में किसी भी तरह की अन् जानकारी  के लिए कृपया पर सम्पर्क करें


Concept Note – Seminar on Science and Science Education

Letter – Seminar on Science and Science Education


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Translation and Knowledge Society

The National Translation Mission is pleased to announce Translation and Knowledge Society, a three-day three-in-one event from 07 to 09 March 2018.
The event includes a conference, workshop and Translathon. The call for papers is attached herewith.
For details please click here

NTM Conference_Call for papers


Child Citizen and the Nation


please use this link to register at Eventbrite:

A Workshop on Development Financing in India – Oct 28-29

On 28th -29th October, Azim Premji University has scheduled a one and half day workshop on Introduction to Development Finance. Pasted below is information about the workshop. This workshop is also open for interested Bangalore based alumnus. This workshop will have a capacity to accommodate 40 participants, so please do register soon.

To Register, click on the url below and fill in the registration form. For more information and questions, please write to


Development Financing in India

Understanding Trends, Implications and Accountability Mechanisms

28th and 29th October 2017


India is the largest recipient of funds from the World Bank group (IBRD, IDA) loan since 1945 to till 2015 according to its lending annual report 2015 amounting INR: 6,77,841 cr, since 1986 ADB has given INR: 2,39,004cr loan to India till June 2016. Apart from multilateral financial institutions investment, the bilateral institutions like US Exim Bank, Chinese Banks, Korea Exim Bank, JBIC or JICA etc. investment nowadays is rapidly increasing in India. According to the department of economic affairs of the government of India, the bilateral lending stands at more than an INR 4 lakh cr.

The Indian government, for past few decades has stressed the need for large infrastructural projects for the country’s development and these projects are being seen in concurrence with India’s GDP growth. These large infrastructural projects mainly include power projects, dams, highways, ports, urban projects, industrial zones/corridors, smart cities and other mega projects. These need massive infusion of capital from government; domestic banks and financial institutions; multilateral agencies such as World Bank group – IFC, IBRD, IDA and MIGA; regional formations like ADB, AIIB, NDB; and other development financial institutions – national and international both. While the earlier preferred and tried out format was the PPP (Public Private Partnership), it has evolved since then a great deal and is constantly changing, requiring financial reforms, often beneficial to private capital and enterprise. The aim of financial institutions is to influence and make changes in policies to open the countries to international investment. Therefore, understanding the political economy of these institutions is urgent and important.

So what have been the trends in development financing in India in the past few years? What has been the role of IFIs and increasingly National Financial Institutions like LIC for instance in large development projects? How have these determined the trajectory of the economy? What has been the impact of these projects on the people and environment and what have been the diligence processes and safeguard policies set up by the financial institutions in these projects?

Experience shows that the safeguard policies of IFIs do not provide a safety net to people from displacements, loss of livelihood, and protection of their rights. In such a scenario what are the accountability mechanisms that can be accessed by social organisations and communities to demand justice? People’s organisations, in the past, in cases like Sardar Sarovar and Maheshwar dams on river Narmada in 90s, and in recent times in case of POSCO steel plant and Vedanta mining in Orissa have brought to bear their issues with the financial institutions investing in these projects. So there is also a need to understand the possibility of raising issues of social, economic and environmental justice, by monitoring financial institutions and their functioning

About the Workshop:

The two day workshop will focus on developing clarity and building understanding on:

▪ the multiple dimensions of International financial institutions and their operations in India.
▪ national banking and non-banking institutions, external debt status, fiscal responsibility, fiscal deficits and NPAs and also climate finance.
▪ intervening and monitoring various aspects of international development finance and other financial institutions
▪ how to use the limited space available to make these financial institutions accountable and transparent. (Civil society perspective, struggles against IFIs and space for raising justice and rights issues)

Who is the workshop for:

Interested students from third semester of MA Development, MA Public Policy and Governance as well as MA Education.


The methodology of workshop will be participatory in which experts will share their analysis through presentations, lecture and discussion with maximum participation through group discussions, Q&A and relating of personal experiences. A resource kit will be provided to every participant before the workshop, which will cover different aspects related to development finance.

Other Details:

Language: The resource kit would be in English. The workshop would be in  English, with a flexibility for students to ask questions and interact with resource persons in other Indian languages as well.

Resource persons: Joe Athialy, Centre for Financial Accountability, New Delhi; Maju Varghese, Centre for Financial Accountability, New Delhi and Himanshu Upadhyaya, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru

Dates: 28th October 09:00 AM to 6:00 PM and 29th October 09:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Venue: 10th Floor, Seminar Hall, Pixel A

For more information: Please email or call 9972717925 for any queries.


To Register, click on the url below and fill in the registration form.


In the light of recent developments in teacher preparation programs, School of Education, Azim Premji University, is organizing a two-day seminar on November 6 and 7, 2017 in Bengaluru, on “TEACHER EDUCATION CURRICULUM: SHARING EXPERIENCES ON RECENT REFORMS”  with the objective of understanding the implementation of the  new curriculum reforms. We hope that this seminar will be part of a larger attempt to create and sustain a professional community of teacher educators.

The seminar will focus on the three key areas of B.Ed. program: overall curriculum design; Content and pedagogy of foundation courses; Internship and practicums. The seminar will include presentations by eminent speakers who will present on any of the seminar’s focus areas.

We request you to kindly register for the seminar through this link to help us with logistic arrangements:

Participant Registration Form – Teacher Education Seminar at Azim Premji University (Nov 6-7, 2017)




DIALOGUE: Science, Scientists, and Society


In our times of rapid change, driven in significant part by new science and technology,
there is an ongoing and important need to widely and deeply re-examine the relationship between science and society. Science forms an integral part of society, implicitly suggesting an ongoing dialogue between the two. However, there is a wide range of often very divergent notions about how the scientific enterprise is pursued, and the role and relevance of science to society at large. Moreover, in the last few decades, there have been far-reaching changes in the socio-political, cultural and economic spheres worldwide, but very few attempts to systematically re-conceive the basic nature of the science-society contract. Therefore, a sustained introspection and dialogue about
the practice of science in the broadest terms is essential to have an informed and shared vision of the place of science in society, polity, and culture.

Against this backdrop, the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru, has decided that it is essential to have an open-ended and sustained dialogue amongst science practitioners, science policy makers, science administrators and educators, and society at large. It is necessary to have public discussion on these broad themes, so that all stake-holders can engage in discussion on issues pertaining to the practice, teaching and management of science as well as all aspects of the science-society interface.

The hope is that this will give rise to a more inclusive and acceptable vision of the place of science in society, polity, and culture. The Indian Academy of Sciences also intends publication of a journal, DIALOGUE: Science, Scientists, and Society. We hope this will contribute to this multifaceted endeavour.

The first event in this initiative is a “Symposium on Dialogue: Science, Scientists, and Society”, to be held at the Faculty Hall, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, on Friday, 13 th October 2017, starting at 2 pm. The event is open to the public and includes talks and a panel discussion with audience participation.


IIHS Conference: Urban ARC 2018 – Call for Papers

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is pleased to announce a call for panel proposals for Urban ARC 2018, the second edition of our annual research conference. The conference will be held from 11 – 13 January 2018. We invite you to submit a panel proposal or forward this email to those who may be interested in the same.

We have included key information about Urban ARC 2018 below and we also invite you to visit our website for more information. We look forward to your participation.

Urban ARC 2018: IIHS Annual Research Conference | 11-13 January 2018

The second edition of Urban ARC, the annual research conference at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) will be held from 11 – 13 January 2018.

The theme of Urban ARC 2018 is “City and Technology”. Technology has always played a significant role in the ways societies have evolved. This is true in the context of cities as well. The conference aims to unpack the promises and pitfalls of technological interventions in urban spaces by examining a wide-range of intersections – sectoral, disciplinary, methodological and geographic, and offers a space for conversations on theoretical and methodological research interventions across disciplinary silos.

We invite scholars, researchers, and practitioners who work on these themes to submit panel proposals that engage with the role of technology in urban transformation, and in doing so, De/Re-center technology in the evolution of the City. Deadline for panel proposals is 20th October 2017. For more information on the different ways scholars can engage with this year’s theme please visit our website.

Dates and Procedures:
Panel Proposal Submission: Deadline 20 October 2017. All panel proposals will have to be submitted online here.
Researchers whose abstracts have been selected for presentation at Urban ARC 2018 will be informed of the same by 10 November 2017 via email.
Panel organisers must ensure that copies of all papers for their respective panels must be submitted to the conference organisers before 12:00 am, 5 January 2018.
Urban ARC 2018 will take place from 11 to 13 January 2018.

Talk: The Right to Information, The Right to Knowledge 15 Oct, BLR

Sam Pitroda and Carl Malamud will talk about their efforts in India, the U.S., and many other countries to help promote universal access to knowledge. They’ll discuss the constitutional underpinnings of this right in India and some of the information they’ve been making available, including 3 lakh books from the Digital Library of India, 19,000 official standards from the Bureau of Indian Standards, and a raft of other resources such as the entire Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi.

They will discuss how key laws such as the Right to Information make this possible but will focus more on how the world of open source and the Internet can turn that promise into a reality. Universal access to knowledge is the great unmet promise of our times, and they will talk about what we can all do to make this dream possible.

Register here

Time & Date: 15.00 – 16.45, 15 Oct

Cobalt Building, 46/1, Church Street, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Invitation to Intersex Persons’ Rights Seminar

Hello from Solidarity Foundation. We are pleased to invite you to a public consultation as below, on intersex persons’ issues, that we are organizing in collaboration with NIMHANS, on October-23-2017, in Bangalore.


We have learnt through community consultations and our other work, that while broadly mentioning the ‘LGBTQIA’ community in India, very little is known about the ‘I’ in the movement. We realized this further, through one of our fellows, Manjesh, a passionate activist and intersex person, whom we sadly lost to cancer in December, 2015. Also, Astraea published a report We Are Real; The Growing Movement Advancing the Rights of Intersex People and recently launched the world’s first Intersex Human Rights fund. All these enthused us about this consultation.


  • Discuss what is considered a ‘normal body by birth’.
  • Increase the visibility of intersex persons, hoping that this will enhance their acceptance.
  • Help participants understand that the medical fraternity sometimes forces genital mutilation on congenital intersex persons as their bodies rarely fit the boxed understanding of female and male anatomy.
  • Discuss the Malta Declaration, a statement of the Third International Intersex Forum affirming intersex persons’ existence, demanding ending discrimination against intersex people and ensuring the right to bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination.



We have contacted intersex persons from some South Asian countries willing to discuss their experiences and contextualize other discussions. Touching issues of the community wanting to reclaim their identity, would be beneficial. We will try understanding the social support system available for the ‘I’ persons of the movement when little is known about them.

At the consultation, health professionals will also orient the audience on what ‘intersex’ means, physiologically and share experiences of working with intersex individuals and their varied physical and emotional problems. Law and policy professionals will share perspectives on legal platforms for intersex persons to claim an identity and initiate discussions on ‘The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016’ and its implications for the intersex community. We hope to discuss separating intersex persons from transgender people, to ensure they benefit from facilities offered to the latter.

The consultation will screen the documentary ‘Intersexion’, directed by Grant Lahood, that follows Mani Bruce Mitchell, an intersexual person, travelling globally talking to other intersexual people. The film explores the lives of intersexual individuals whose bodies are between male and female, answering “why is this relatively common condition so unknown?”

Way forward

This consultation will be an information sharing forum and help intersex individuals network with organizations and healthcare and legal professionals. It could lay the brickwork for a larger national meet on intersex issues and encourage intersexual persons to openly identify themselves. We will initiate a learning process for ourselves and improve and expand our work with the community, entering unexplored areas. To document learnings culminating from the panel discussions, we will release a report that individuals interested in intersex issues across India can circulate and refer.

Please let us know if you are interested in joining the consultation as an intersex person or a family member of an intersex person or a researcher, activist, legal/policy or healthcare professional working with intersex persons or can contribute resources, ideas or contacts on intersex issues. Do ask Pushpa and the rest of the Solidarity Foundation team (+91-80-40990154) if you need further information.