DST – CPR, IISc Policy Lecture Series-Building Research Universities

DST – CPR, IISc Policy Lecture Series-Building Research Universities

DST-CPR-IISc Policy Lecture Series

Lecture 1

‘Building Research Universities’
Date: 11th August 2021,  Time 4:00 PM – 5:00PM  

Research universities (RUs) are those degree-granting institutions which strongly emphasize their research mission while providing excellence and leadership in education, and whose systems are aligned to succeed in this mission. A large higher education system is necessarily a differentiated system of which RUs are a small, but essential and important portion. The seminar will briefly discuss the criticality of RUs even in a relatively poor country like India, and how RUs can be differentiated from the rest. It then mentions some key characteristics of a RU and briefly discusses them – these provide pointers for a university regarding what it can do to improve as a RU, and what can be done to develop strong RUs in the overall HE system.

About the Speaker

 Prof. Pankaj Jalote

Distinguished Professor (CSE), IIIT- Delhi

Pankaj Jalote is Distinguished Professor at IIIT-Delhi, of which he is also the founding Director. Prior to this, he has been a Chair Professor at IIT Delhi, Head of the  Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the IIT Kanpur, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park. 

On leave from academia, he was Vice President at Infosys Technologies Ltd. for 2 years, and a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Corporation, Redmond for a year. He has a B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur, MS from Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

He is the author of five books including the highly acclaimed CMM in Practice, which has been translated in Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc, and the best selling textbook An Integrated Approach to Software Engineering. He has recently authored Building Research Universities in India (SAGE, Nov 2020). 

He writes a blog on Higher Education in India (jalote.wordpress.com ) and has written many opinion articles in leading newspapers. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and INAE.

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International Women’s Day: Mainstreaming Gender in STEM: Policies and Practices

International Women’s Day: Mainstreaming Gender in STEM: Policies and Practices

Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and DST-Centre for Policy Research – IISc Bangalore

invite you to a Panel discussion on

Mainstreaming Gender in STEM: Policies and Practices

Date: 8th March 2021,  Time 6:00 PM IST Onwards
Live on YouTube

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Among the global efforts towards sustainable development goals, addressing Gender Inclusion and Equity is essential to leverage the untapped potential of women trained and educated in STEM. The panel discussion will deliberate on various policies and best practices at national, regional and global levels, and challenges and opportunities in planning and implementation of such interventions, models and frameworks for addressing gender inequities and biases in STEM and STI.

The Panel discussion will revolve around following dimensions:

1. Trends and trajectories of gender disparities in STEM in developed and developing countries

2. Socio-economic, cultural and institutional transformations and best practices in bringing gender inclusion

3. Challenges and way forward in replicating and contextualising policies, frameworks and models for gender mainstreaming in STI


Dr. Anita Gupta

Adviser and Head, National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India


Ms. Janaka Pushpanathan

Director British Council, South India

Dr. Maan Singh Sidhu

Science, Technology and Higher Education Counsellor, Royal Norwegian Embassy in India

Dr. Tonya Blowers

Programme Coordinator, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)

Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan

Global Coordinator of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agribiotech Applications (ISAAA)

Executive Director of Malaysian Biotechnology Information Center (MABIC)


Dr. Nimita Pandey

STI Postdoctoral Policy Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc)

International Women's day: Mainstreaming Gender in STEM- Policies and Practices


Dr. Nimita Pandey

Dr. Pragya Chaube

Mr. Nabil Ahmad Afifi




Dr. Jenice Jean Goveas

Dr. Suryesh K Namdeo

Ms. Pranita Khaire


Prof. T A Abinandanan

Panel Discussion on Open data for Rare diseases

Panel Discussion on Open data for Rare diseases

Discussion on Open data for Rare diseases : An Indian Perspective

Organised by DST-Centre for Policy Research at the Centre for Society and Policy, Indian Institute of Science
Date: 25th February 2021,  Time 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM IST

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Prof. Vijay Chandru

Faculty at the Centre for BioSystems Science and Engineering at IISc.

Executive advisor for healthcare to ARTPark, an innovation hub of DST at IISc.

Founder, OPFORD (Open Platform for Rare Diseases) Foundation.

Commissioner, Lancet Citizens Commission for Reimagining India’s Health Systems.

Prof. Arkalgud Ramaprasad

Director of the Ramaiah Public Policy Center, Bengaluru, India. 

Professor Emeritus of Information and Decision Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.


Dr. Harsha Rajasimha

Founder and CEO, Jeeva Informatics Solutions Inc., Tysons Corner, VA, USA. 

Founder Chairman, Indo US Organization for Rare Diseases, Herndon, VA, USA.

Dr. Shilpi Bhattacharya

Professor of Law at Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University, India 

Trustee of World Without GNE Myopathy (WWGM).

Discussion on Open data for Rare diseases : An Indian Perspective


Dr. Mohua Chakraborty Choudhury 

Dr. Pragya Chaube 

Event Coordinators

Dr. Mohua Chakraborty Choudhury

Dr. Moumita Koley

Dr. Pragya Chaube

Dr. Gautam Sharma

Mr. Nabil Ahmad Afifi

DST CPR Center Head

Prof. T. A. Abinandanan

Discussion on the Draft of 5th National STI Policy

Discussion on the Draft of 5th National STI Policy

       Discussion on the Draft 5th National STI Policy

Organised by DST-Centre for Policy Research at the Centre for Society and Policy, Indian Institute of Science
       Date: 24th January 2021                                               Time: 4:15 PM – 7:00 PM

Open Science – The Way Forward for India

Time: 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM 

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Prof. Rajesh Tandon

Prof. Rajesh Tandon is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He is Founder-President of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a global centre for participatory research & training since 1982. He is also Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education since 2012. He also heads the Forum for Indian Development Corporation (FIDC) as its chairperson.

Prof. Amitabh Joshi

Prof. Amitabh Joshi is a Professor at JNCASR Bangalore, a J. C. Bose National Fellow and the Editor-of-Publications, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore. He is also a Founding Member, and Member, Executive Council of Indian Society of Evolutionary Biologists.

Prof. Sudeshna Sarkar

Prof. Sudeshna Sarkar is a Professor at the Computer Science & Engineering Department and the Head of Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence at IIT Kharagpur. Her broad topics of interest span different areas of Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing.


Fostering Research and Innovation: The Road towards Self Reliance

Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM 

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Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan

Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan is Director and Professor of Strategy at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM B). He was earlier Director of IIM Indore. He held the Jamuna Raghavan Chair in Entrepreneurship at IIMB from 2007 to 2010. His main areas of interest are strategy and innovation. He has been listed in the Thinkers50 India list of most influential management thinkers from India.

Prof. Navakanta Bhat

Prof. Navakanta Bhat is the Chairperson, Centre for Nano Science and Engineering at IISc Bangalore. He was awarded the Infosys Prize 2018 in Engineering and Computer Science.

Dr. Tabassum Jamal

Dr. Tabassum Jamal has worked as Chief Scientist at CSIR National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS). Her long experience with CSIR-NISTADS has contributed significantly in the area of Technology and Social Change.

Dr. Radha Rangarajan

Dr. Radha Rangarajan is the Chief Scientific Officer at HealthCube, responsible for product development, clinical validation and regulatory affairs. She has almost two decades of R&D experience in industry and academia. She was awarded the FICCI Award of Excellence-Women in R&D in 2019. She was selected for the “Champions of Change” initiative of Prime Minister Modi and the NITI Aayog in 2017.

Discussion on the Draft 5th National STI Policy 

Open Science

Open Science

Open Science

The benefits of open science are multifold. It fosters transparency and efficiency of research and encourages collaborations and maximum resource utilisation. Overall, open science stimulates economic growth and meaningful scientific interventions in public lives. If we can adapt the practices of open science, it will be beneficial to guide the Indian research system towards higher competitiveness and quality. Researchers from the publicly funded Universities should share research publications and more importantly, research data, which includes negative results as well. More engagement/ dialogue between researchers and the public must be encouraged to make research more societal-need driven. There is an urgent need to stop relying on a “one-sided evaluation system” based on research articles and journal impact factors for research evaluation, funding. More importantly, the very fundamental of research projects must be the need of the society, not driven by the research choices of high impact commercial journals.

Free flow of science will help promote a transparent, collaborative and inspirational research process. The advancement of digital technologies has created online platforms to organise and publish the results of research projects, scientific publications and large data sets and make them available to a broader scientific community, potential users from the MSME sectors and the public in general. Cross-discipline learning and collaboration became a reality with the advancement of technologies. However, only a smaller section of the scientific community has woken up to support the causes of open science. We need wider participation to make open science a reality. It is very much true for India as well. We are far behind in adopting the open science practices. Nurturing open science will need some push from the system to make the researchers adopt open science practices.  It’s high time for us to embrace the concepts of open science. Open science can potentially navigate the current research ecosystem from publications driven to societal need driven.

For more information, please contact Dr. Momita Koley- moumitakoley@iisc.ac.in

Saurabh Kumar

Saurabh Kumar

Saurabh Kumar

Young Policy Professional

Department of Science & Technology (DST), New Delhi


Saurabh completed his B.Sc in Zoology (Hons) from Shivaji College, University of Delhi, followed by Masters in Life Sciences from the Central University of Punjab. He pursued his research from the National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi, and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. He has more than four years of research experience with several publications in National & International Journals. He has also acted as an invited reviewer for various renowned international journals, including Annals of Neurosciences, Medical Science Monitor, Clinical Microbiology and Infection, and OMEGA – Journal of Death and Dying. He has been awarded the Bharat Nirman Award in the behavioral change category at India International Science Festival (IISF-2017). He is an avid learner and is currently working as a Young Policy Professional at DST, New Delhi. At present, he is a part of the STIP secretariat and is working on the new Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy.


Journal Publications:

  1. Ravi P Cholia, Sanju Kumari, Saurabh Kumar, Manpreet Kaur, Manbir Kaur, Raj Kumar, Monisha Dhiman, and Anil K. Mantha. An in vitro study ascertaining the role of H2O2 and glucose oxidase in modulation of antioxidant potential and cancer cell survival mechanisms in glioblastoma U-87 MG cells. Metabolic Brain Disease. 32 (5), 1705-1716. DOI: 10.1007/s11011-017-0057-6 PMID: 28676971
  2. Deepak Kumar Pal, Ashish Bhalla, Sridhar Bammidi, Shirley Telles, Adarsh Kohli, Saurabh Kumar, Pooja Devi et al. Can yoga-based diabetes management studies facilitate integrative medicine in india? Current status and future directions. Integrative Medicine International. 4 (3-4), 125-141. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1159/000479816
  3. Atul Kumar Goyal, Sanjay Bhadada, Neeru Malik, Abhilasha Anand, Raman Kumar, Sridhar Bammidi, Rahul Tyagi, Shweta Modgil, Kaushal Sharma, Parul Bali, Deepak Kumar Pal, Saurabh Kumar, et al. Guinness world record attempt as a method to pivot the role of Yoga in Diabetes management. Annals of Neurosciences. 26 (1), 21-24. DOI: 10.5214/ans.0972.7531.260105 PMID: 31975768
  4. Akshay Anand, Avijit Banik, Gillipsie Minhas, Sridhar Bammidi, Keshav Thakur, Kaushal Sharma, Rahul Tyagi, Shweta Modgil, Parul Bali, Natasha Sayal, Paramvir Kaur, Deepak Kumar Pal, Atul Kumar Goyal, Vinod Bhatt, Navneet Kaur, Saurabh Kumar, al. Creating a role model for “Academicians” Social Responsibility (ASR) synergizing with Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan: A campus hygiene initiative by PGIMER, Chandigarh. Annals of Neurosciences. 2019. 26 (2), 75-81. DOI: 10.5214/ans.0972.7531.260207 PMID: 31975777
  5. Gurwattan S Miranpuri, Justyn Nguyen, Neydis Moreno, Noemi A Yutuc, Jason Kim, Seah Buttar, Greta R Brown, Sydney E Sauer, Chandra K Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Daniel K Resnick. Folic Acid Modulates Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 Expression Following Spinal Cord Injury. Annals of Neurosciences. 2019. 26 (2), 60-65. DOI: 5214/ans.0972.7531.260205 PMID:31975775
  6. Parul Bali, Navneet Kaur, Abha Tiwari, Sridhar Bammidi, Vivek Podder, Chandra Devi, Saurabh Kumar, Madhava Sai Sivapuram, Abdul Ghani, Shweta Modgil, Neeru Malik, Akshay Anand. Effectiveness of Yoga as the Public Health Intervention Module in the Management of Diabetes and Diabetes Associated Dementia in South East Asia: A Narrative Review.Neuroepidemiology. 54 (4), 287–303. DOI: 10.1159/000505816 PMID: 32074622
  7. Saurabh Kumar*, Shweta Modgil, Sridhar Bammidi, et al. Allium cepa exerts neuroprotective effect on retinal ganglion cells of pterygopalatine artery (PPA) ligated mice. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. 11 (4), 489-494. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaim.2019.08.002 PMID: 32088091
  8. Vivek Podder, Vinod Srivastava, Saurabh Kumar*,et al. Prevalence and Awareness of Stroke and Other Comorbidities Associated with Diabetes in Northwest India. Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice. 11 (3), 467. DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1709369 PMID: 32753814
  9. Saurabh Kumar*#. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: Hope and search for effective therapeutic agent. Letters in Drug Design & Discovery. 17 (8), 940-942. DOI:10.2174/1570180817999200612095513
  10. Saurabh Kumar*, Richa Shri, Sushmita Kaushik, Varinder Singh, Akshay Anand. Electrophysiological assessment of retinal functions by ERG in Ischemia/Reperfusion (I/R) Allium cepa pre-treated mice. Integrative Medicine Case Reports. 2020. 1 (1), 18-28. DOI: 38205/imcr.010118
  11. Saurabh Kumar*, Priya Mehra, Akshay Anand. Policy research into Quality assessment of published data from Medical Institutes can increase the authenticity of translation. Annals of neurosciences. 27 (2), 45-46. DOI: 10.1177/0972753120965877
  12. Saurabh Kumar*#, Sandeep Kumar, Adil Karim, Kamlesh Bisht, Abdul Ghani, Vimal Singh Munda. Outbreak of respiratory infection: nCoV-2019 current status and its impact on global health. Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews. 16 (3), 156-164. DOI: 10.2174/1573398X16999201203162129
  13. Saurabh Kumar*#, Vinit Sharma, and Kanu Priya. Battle against COVID-19: Efficacy of Convalescent Plasma as an emergency therapy. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 41, 244-246. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajem.2020.05.101 PMID: 32505474
  14. Saurabh Kumar*, Akshay Anand, Raghuram Nagarathna, et al. Prevalence of prediabetes, and diabetes in Chandigarh and Panchkula region based on glycated haemoglobin and Indian diabetes risk score. Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. 4 (1), e00162. DOI: 10.1002/edm2.162
  15. Saurabh Kumar*#, Sakshi Sudha, Madhu Chopra, Famida Khan, Kanupriya Sharma. Physical Exercise and Yoga: as an alternative approach towards COVID-19 management. Current Traditional Medicine. Online ahead of print. DOI: 10.2174/2215083807666210322152352
  16. Saurabh Kumar*#, Divya Dwivedi, Madhu Chopra. COVID-19 Outbreak: Neurological Manifestations beyond Cough and Fever. CNS & Neurological Disorders – Drug Targets. 20 (2), 101-104. DOI: 10.2174/1871527319666201120143654 PMID: 33222680
  17. Saurabh Kumar*#. AIDS and COVID-19 infections: impact on vulnerable Indian population. New Microbes and New Infections. 2021. 42 (July 2021), 100903. DOI: 10.1016/j.nmni.2021.100903
  18. Saurabh Kumar*#. Second wave of COVID-19: Emergency situation in India. Journal of Travel Medicine. Online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1093/jtm/taab082 PMID: 34037783

Book Chapters

  1. Saurabh Kumar*, Shweta Modgil, Kaushal Sharma, Akshay Anand. The need for alternative therapies in eye disorders. Essentials in Ophthalmology, Springer Nature. Advances in Vision Research, Volume III. 2021. pp.425-434. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-9184-6_29
  2. Kaushal Sharma, Rahul Tyagi, Priya Battu, Saurabh Kumar, NK Sharma, Akshay Anand. Contribution of rare allele and Junk Genome in AMD complexity. Essentials in Ophthalmology, Springer Nature. Advances in Vision Research, Volume III. 2021. pp.89-96. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-9184-6_7
  3. Saurabh Kumar*#, Chandra Devi, Subhabrata Sarkar, et al. Convalescent Plasma: An Evidence-Based Old Therapy to Treat Novel Coronavirus Patients. Biotechnology to Combat COVID-19. 2021. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.97073

Online content

  1. Saurabh Kumar*#, Madhu Chopra. COVID-19 vaccine development: need for a pre-planned vaccination program. Science Policy Forum. Link: http://thesciencepolicyforum.org/articles/perspectives/vaccinedevelopment/
  2. Saurabh Kumar. Rapid Response: Re: Covid-19: India sees new spike in cases despite vaccine rollout. BMJ. Link: https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n854/rr-0

Ashwini Sunil Dayama

Ashwini Sunil Dayama

Ashwini Sunil Dayama

Young Policy Professional


Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to the Govt of India, New Delhi

Research Interests:

Ashwini’s research is dedicated to intellectual property (IP) management and policy. Her studies address research gaps at the intersection of the IP and medicines. Also, her recent investigations focus on the role of IP in climatology. She is, in particular, interested in the accelerated development and diffusion of climate change mitigation technologies.


Ashwini is currently working as Young Policy Professional at the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India in association with the Department of Science and Technology, GoI, New Delhi and DST Centre for Policy Research, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. As a part of the STIP2020 Secretariat GoI, she is actively involved in the making of India’s new Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy 2020 and National Geospatial Policy 2020.

Before joining Office of the PSA to GoI, Ashwini practised her fellowship at CSIR Unit for Research and Development of Information Products, Pune in the domain of intellectual property management for two and half years. There she handled queries of intellectual property evaluation and commercialisation. By training, Ashwini pursued her post-graduate studies in plant science with the specialisation in pharmacognosy from the Department of Botany, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. She also pursued a post-graduate diploma in intellectual property law.


Sheeraz Ahmed Alaie

Sheeraz Ahmed Alaie

Sheeraz Ahmed Alaie

Post-doctoral Policy Fellow


DST-CPR Panjab University Chandigrah

Research Interests:

Innovation and Innovation system, Agricultural Innovation system, Innovation and Sustainable Development, Science and Innovation Policy.



Doctor of Philosophy (2019) 

Thesis entitled “Horticultural Innovation systems: Diversification and Sustainability Dynamics in the Kashmir Valley of India”. 

Centre for Studies in Science Technology and Innovation Policy, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar-Sector 30, Gujarat, India. 

Master of Philosophy (2014) 

Dissertation Topic entitled: “Regional Innovation System in Horticulture Sector: A Study of Apple Industry of Jammu and Kashmir”. 

Centre for Studies in Science Technology and Innovation Policy, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar-Sector 30, Gujarat, India. 

Master of Sciences in Zoology (2010) 

Specialization in fisheries 

Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India. 

Bachelor of Education (2011) 

University of Kashmir, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India. 

Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural development (2015) 

IGNOU, New Delhi, India.



Alaie SA (2015) Stem Cell Treatment as Innovation in Sustaining Socio-Economic Condition in Health Care Sector in India. Journal of Stem Cell Research Therapy, Volume 5, Issue 269. doi:10.4172/2157-7633.1000269 

Alaie SA (2017) Patenting Lives Life Patents: Culture and Development (Book Review). Journal of Bioresearch Communications, Volume 1 Issue 2. 

Alaie SA (2017) Agriculture sector within the regional innovation system framework: A case of Jammu and Kashmir. “Policy Perspective on Innovation and Sustainable Development” | by CSIR-NISTADS, edited by S. Bhattacharya, Y. Suman, and T. Jamal, CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi, 2017, ISBN: 9781642047400. Volume IV in India S&T Series: NISTADS Tracks in Policy Research NTPR-1. 

Alaie SA (2018) Innovation System and Public Private Partnership interactions in India Agricultural Sector. International Journal of Creative Research Thoughts, Volume 6, Issue 1. 

Alaie SA (2018) Indian Horticultural Sector: Analysing the Growth Scenario. International Journal for Science and Advance Research in Technology. Volume 4, Issue 4. 

Sheeraz Ahmad Alaie, Water crisis: The need for innovative polices, Posted: April 3, 2018, Greater Kashmir. 

Sheeraz Ahmad Alaie, Horticultural risks, Published: August 10, 2018, Rising Kashmir.  

Sheeraz Ahmad Alaie, Framing Environmental Policy, Published: August 28, 2018, Rising Kashmir.

Sheeraz Ahmad Alaie, ‘People do approach timber smugglers’ July 06, 2020, Rising Kashmir. 

Sheeraz Ahmad Alaie, ‘Knowledge and learnings in the horticultural innovation systems: A case for Kashmir valley of India’

Nimita Pandey

Nimita Pandey

Nimita Pandey

Post-doctoral Policy Fellow


Office of Principal Scientific Advisor to the Govt. of India


UNESCO, New Delhi

Research interests:

Nimita’s present work is on “Gender Inclusivity in STI: An Indian Perspective”, aims to assess the status of gender access and retention in STEM education and careers and in S&T and R&D; analyse international good practice in terms of effective mainstreaming of gender in STI policies and monitoring; organize stakeholder consultations and identify opportunities/partnerships to build STI capacity through removal of gender barriers.

Apart from Gender and Science, her research interests include Equity and Inclusion and STI, Innovation Systems and Regional Development; Science Diplomacy; Globalisation of Innovation; STI for SDGs, Biotechnology clusters, to name a few.


Nimita is a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy Fellow at the Department of Science & Technology – Centre for Policy Research, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. She is hosted jointly at Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA), Government of India and UNESCO New Delhi cluster office. A master’s in Business Administration, she holds a Ph.D. in Science Policy from the Center for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Prior to joining, DST-CPR-IISc, she worked with Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a policy research institute at New Delhi, on various projects in the area of Science Policy, Technology Foresight, Responsible Research and Innovation, Science Diplomacy supported by national and international organizations, including DST, O/o PSA, World Bank, FAO, European Commission, Australian National University, and others. She has been the Course Co-coordinator, of ITEC – Science Diplomacy Program (2018- 2020), organized by RIS, with support from Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Some of her associations include Member, Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (GLOBELICS); Associate Member, Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) and Associate Editor, Science Diplomacy Review.


Journal articles/papers (peer-reviewed*):

*Srinivas, K.R. and Pandey, N (2020), ‘Science Diplomacy, techno-nationalism and COVID 19: The Case of Cautious Optimism’(forthcoming).

Pandey, N (2019) ‘Book Review: The Collaborative Era in Science: Governing the Network’, Science Diplomacy Review, Vol. 1 (3), 31-34.

Pandey, N (2019) ‘Brain Drain and Brain Circulation: Why Collaboration Matters?’, Science Diplomacy Review, Vol. 1 (2), 23-26.

*Srinivas, K.R., Kumar, A. and Pandey, N (2018) National Case Study: India, RRI Practice.

*Pandey, N. and Desai, PN (2017) ‘Exploring Global Innovation Networks in the Indian Bio Clusters: A Case of Genome Valley in Hyderabad, India’, Journal of Scientometric Research, 6 (1), 23-35.

*Pandey, N. and Desai, PN (2017) ‘Regions, Knowledge Communities and Innovation Dynamics: A Case of Bangalore Biocluster in India’, Asian Biotechnology Development Review, Vol. 19 (3), 25-46.

Conference Papers:

‘Mapping STI for SDGs: A Policy and Governance Perspective’ EU-SPRI early career event (virtual due to the Pandemic) on June 2, 2020.

‘Global Networks, Regions and Knowledge Communities: A case of Bioclusters in India’, Globelics Conference, Athens (Greece) [October 2017].

‘Global Innovation Networks and Clusters in Indian Biopharmaceutical Sector: A Case Study of Bangalore Helix, Karnataka’, Globelics Conference, Bandung (Indonesia) [October 2016].

‘Global Innovation Networks and Biopharma Clusters: A Case Study of Genome Valley in Hyderabad’, Globelics Conference, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) [October 2014].

‘An Empirical Investigation into the Relationship between Mission Statements and Stakeholder Management’, presented in the International Conference of Corporate Governance Norms at IIT-Kharagpur, West Bengal [September 2009].

Multimedia outputs:

Pandey, N (2020, October 1) ‘Book Review: A Lab of One’s own – One Woman’s Personal Journey through Sexism in Science’, The Wire Science.

Pandey, N (2020, August 9) ‘Indigenous Communities, Traditional Knowledge and Resilience to COVID19’ Science Policy Forum [Audio Podcast].

Pandey, N and Zill-e-Anam (2020, September 9), Gender Biases in Funding Tech Start-ups: A Report Review, Science Policy Forum.

Iyer, S., Das,S., Sarkar,U.D., Maru,N., Pandey, N. and Taye, M. (2019, October 23) ‘Politicising pathways: Illustrating relational power using the vulnerability walk’ STEP Centre Blog.

Moumita Koley

Moumita Koley

Moumita Koley


DST-CPR, Indian Institute of Science

Research interests:

Moumita’s research interest is focused on making science available to everyone. She is passionate about finding the ways to make open science a reality in India. Her research is focused on comparing the open access and open data policies across the globe to find out the suitable open science guidelines for Indian research ecosystem. Her pursuit for open science does not just end at designing policies. She is also interested in finding the ways to disseminate the knowledge effectively among researchers and general publicMoumita is also interested in open source drug discovery and want to expand her research on open science in the field of open source discovery of medicines. She is also interested in science diplomacy and use it as a tool to bring the emerging economies to cooperate and make open science a global reality.  


Moumita has completed her Ph.D from the Technical University of Vienna (TU, Vienna), Austria, in 2010. Her area of expertise is in the domain of synthetic organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry. She was the recipient of the best Ph.D thesis award from the TU Vienna (Hannspeter Winter Preis-2011) She was also awarded Uni:Invent Award from the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research. She continued as a post-doctoral researcher in TU Vienna and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and investigated problems in the research field of metal and enzyme catalysisMoumita then decided to explore teaching and joined the IISc as UG Instructor in chemistryWhile teaching in the UG programme at IISc, she became interested in the science policy research areas, such as Open Science, Open Source Drug Design, Citizen Science, Research Assessment etc. She joined the DST- Centre for Policy Research, IISc Bangalore as a post-doctoral researcher (2020-23) and pioneered to develop an ‘Open Science’ research vertical within the centre. Currently. she is working as a consultant with International Science Council (ISC) for ‘The Future of Scientific Publishing’ project  and a visiting scholar of DST-CPR, IISc Bangalore.


Book Chapters & reports:

Suchiradipta, B. and Koley, M. (2023) Exploring the Current Practices in Research Assessment within Indian Academia. https://sfdora.org/2023/02/16/community-engagement-grant-report-exploring-the-current-practicesin-research-assessment-within-indian-academia/ 

Suchiradipta, B. and Koley, M. (2022). Research assessment in India: What should stay, what could be better? DST-CPR, IISc. https://dstcpriisc.org/iisc/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Research-Assessment-in-India.pdf 

Power Resources of STI Diplomacy in the Global South. Jenice Goveas & Moumita Koley. Science, Technology and Innovation: the International Dimension. Accepted. 

Synthesis and Modification of Heterocycles by Metal catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions: With Contribution by: Á. Balázs, G. Dormán, J. Gerencsér, M. Koley, A. Kotschy, M.D. Mihovilovic, Z. Novák, L. Rycek, M. Schnürch, R.S.G.R. Seixas, A.M.S. Silva, V.L.M. Silva, L. Wimmer. Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry. Springer.

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Open Research Data for India: Exploring Infrastructure and Governance. 


Journal Publications:

Chaube, P.; Koley, M. (2023). Does South Asia need a regional dialogue on Open Science?. Science Diplomacy. Vol 6(4). Perspective Article. Link: https://niscpr.res.in/includes/images/sciencediplomacy/Science-Diplomacy-April-June-2023.pdf

Koley, M.; Lala, K. (2023). Limitations of the “Indian One Nation, One Subscription” Policy Proposal and a Way Forward. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.                                                  (https://doi.org/10.1177/09610006221146771). 

Koley, M. (2022). Open Science in Drug Discovery: Addressing the Gaps in Traditional Model of Developing New Medicines. CSIR NScPR Science Diplomacy (2022). Vol 6. Perspective Article. 

Koley, M. (2022). Analysis of Open Science Policy Recommendations Proposed in India’s 5th Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Draft. Journal of Science Policy & Governance. Vol 21, Issue 02. https://www.sciencepolicyjournal.org/uploads/5/4/3/4/5434385/koley_v21_i02.pdf

Koley, M.; Lala, K. (2022). Changing dynamics of scholarly publication: a perspective towards open access publishing and the proposed one nation, one subscription policy of India. Scientometrics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-022-04375-w

Koley, M.; Lala, K. (2022). Are Journal Archiving and Embargo Policies Impeding the Success of India’s Open Access Policies? Learned Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1002/leap.1441

Koley M., Namdeo S.K., Bhattacharjee S., Affi N. A. (2022). Digital Technologies for Open and Equitable Sharing of Knowledge in India. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/mc8xr

Peramunugamage, A. Kushwaha, P. K., Koley, M. et. al. (2021). Science for Diplomacy: Enabling a Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building Framework for Water and Sanitation in South Asia. RIS Science Diplomacy Review, 3, 27-40. Read here.

Namdeo, S.K. & Koley, M. (2021) Citizen Science in India: Introduction, Challenges and Way Forward. DIALOGUE-Science, Scientist, and Society. http://dx.doi.org/10.29195/DSSS.03.01.0031

Jayaraman, D.; Joy, M.; Koley, M.* Chem. Educator, 2019, 24, 1. 

Schaaf, P.; Bayer, T.; Koley, M. et.al. Chem Commun, 2018, 54, 12978. 

Mike, A. K.; König, K.; Koley, M.; Heher, P.; Wahl, G.; Rubi, L.; Schnürch, M.; Mihovilovic, M. D. ; Weitzer, G.; Hilber, K. Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry 2014, 33, 205-221. 

Koley, M.; Wimmer L.; Schnuerch, M.; Mihovilovic, M. D. J. heterocyclic. Chem. 2013, 50, 1368-1373. 

Koley, M; Mike, A. K.; Heher, P.; König, K.; Schoen, M.; Schnürch, M.; Hilber, K.; Weitzer, G.; Mihovilovic, M. D. Med. Chem.Comm.2013, 4, 1189-1195. 

Koley, M.; Dastbaravardeh, N.; Mihovilovic, M. D.; Schnuerch, M. Chem. Cat.Chem. 2012, 4, 1345–1352. 

Koley, M.; Kirchnar, K.; Mereiter, K. Acta Cryst. 2011, E67, m1842–m1843 

Koley, M.; Schnuerch, M.; Mihovilovic, M. D. Tetrahedron 2011, 67, 4169-4178. 

Koley, M.; Wimmer L.; Schnuerch, M.; Mihovilovic, M. D. Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2011, 1972-1976. 

Koley, M.; Koneig, X.; Hilber, K.; Schnuerch M., Stanetty, P.; Mihovilovic M. D. ARKIVOK. 2011, 6, 45-61. 

Koley, M.; Schnuerch, M.; Mihovilovic, M. D. Synlett. 2010, 10, 1505-1510. Koley, M., Sarkar, B.; Ghumaan, S.; Bulak, E.; Fiedler, J.; W. Kaim, W.; Lahiri, G.K. Inorg. Chem. 2007, 46


US 8,986,994 B2 – Substituted pyridines and pyrimidines. Mihovilovic, Marko; Schnuerch, Michael; Koley, Moumita; Hilber, Karlheinz; Koenig, Xaver.