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 interest:

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

Post-doctoral Policy Fellow

DST-CPR, Indian Institute of Science

Research Intersts: 

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 catalysis Moumita 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, biofuels etc. Currently she is a post-doctoral researcher at the DST-CPR, IISc.  

Moumita has 1 patent, 12 journal publications, two book chapters for Springer book series in her credit. 


Book Chapters:

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. Topicsin Heterocyclic Chemistry. Springer. 



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


Schaaf, P.; Bayer, T.; Koley, Biocompatible metal-assisted C-C cross-coupling combined with biocatalytic chiral reductions in a concurrent tandem cascade. Chem Commun201854, 12978. 

Koley, M.; Wimmer L.; Schnuerch, M.; Mihovilovic, M. D. J. heterocyclic. Chem2013, 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. 20134, 1189-1195. 

Koley, M.; Dastbaravardeh, N.; Mihovilovic, M. D.; Schnuerch, M. P Chem.Cat.Chem. 20124, 1345–1352. 

Koley, M.; Schnuerch, M.; Mihovilovic, M. D.  Tetrahedron  201167, 4169-4178. 

Koley, M.; Wimmer L.; Schnuerch, M.; Mihovilovic, M. D.  Eur. J. Org. Chem2011, 1972-1976. 

Koley, M.; Schnuerch, M.; Mihovilovic, M. D.  Synlett201010, 1505-1510. 

Koley, M., Sarkar, B.; Ghumaan, S.; Bulak, E.; Fiedler, J.; W. Kaim, W.; Lahiri, G.K.  Inorg. Chem200746, 3736-3742 


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

Mohua Charkraborty Choudhury

Mohua Charkraborty Choudhury

Mohua Chakraborty Chaudhury

Post-doctoral Policy Fellow

DST-Centre for Policy Research, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

Research Interests 

Mohua works on health policy research focusing on aspects of equitable and inclusive health that can benefit all sections of society. She has specific interest in understanding the challenges faced by the rare disease community in India and identifying the policy and public health interventions that can help to provide better quality of life to such individuals and families. To address these issues, she also takes special interest in analysis of Orphan Drug approval system and Clinical trials data. Further, as a part of the STIP 2020 Secretariat, she has gained first-hand experience of a national policy formulation process.



Post-doctoral Research Fellow (2019-2020)  

Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology, Bengaluru 

Involved in a project to quantify the reporting of clinical trials of orphan drugs in by comparing them with those that were mentioned in FDA approval documents. 


National Post-doctoral Fellow (2017-2019)  

Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology, Bengaluru 

Analyzed clinical trials associated with approval of all the orphan drugs approved by the US-FDA. Captured the present scenario of rare disease treatment and management in India through a series of interviews with key persons in the patient advocacy groups and orphan medicinal product industry. [Related publications: Ref* 1, 2, 3, Presentation 1] 

 Ph.D in Biotechnology (2011-2015) 

Assam University, Silchar 

Taxonomic and molecular identification of Indian freshwater fishes along with genomic data analysis and molecular phylogenetic analysis to identify species, developing DNA barcode libraries and resolve discrepancies in species classification. 

 M.Sc in Bioinformatics (2008-2010) 

Banasthali University, Banasthali, Rajasthan 



Choudhury MC, Saberwal G: The work, goals, challenges, achievements, and recommendations of orphan medicinal product organizations in India: an interview-based study.Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2019; 14:241 

Choudhury MC, Saberwal G: The role of patient organizations in the rare disease ecosystem in India: an interview-based study.Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 2019; 14:117 

Choudhury MC, Saberwal G: Patient advocacy.Current Science 2019; 3:116 

Chakraborty M, Dhar B, Ghosh SK. Design of character‐based DNA barcode motif for species identification: A computational approach and its validation in fishes. Molecular Ecology Resources 2017;17:1359–1370. 

Chakraborty M, Ghosh SK: An assessment of the DNA barcodes of Indian freshwater fishesGene 2014, 537(1):20-28. 

Chakraborty M, Ghosh SK: Unraveling the sequence information in COI barcode to achieve higher taxon assignment based on Indian freshwater fishesMitochondrial DNA 2014, 0(0):1-3 

Dhar B, Chakraborty M, Devi NN, Malvika S, Chakraborty M, Trivedi S, Aloufi AA, Ghosh SK Molecular Identification of Reptiles from Tabuk Region of Saudi Arabia Through DNA Barcoding: A Case StudyIn: DNA Barcoding and Molecular PhylogenyEdited by Trivedi S., Rehman H., Saggu S., Panneerselvam C., Ghosh S. Springer International Publishing 2018, 397-411 

Chakraborty M, Ghosh SK, Khomdram B: Revealing the genetic diversity of Clarias batrachus using DNA barcode. Journal of Environment and Socio-biology 2013, 10(1):25-32. 

Chakraborty M, Chatterjee A, Krithika S, Vasulu TS: A Statistical Analysis of MicroRNA: Classification, Identification and Conservation Based on Structure and Function. In: Growth Curve and Structural Equation Modeling: Topics from the Indian Statistical Institute. Edited by Dasgupta R. Cham: Springer International Publishing 2015, 223-258 

Mahadani P, Devi KM, Das MM, Chakraborty M, Rahman F, Hansa J, Ghosh SK: Bioinformatics in DNA Barcoding. In: A text book on DNA Barcoding 2013, ISBN 81- 922989-4-8. 

Talukdar FR, Ghosh SK, Laskar RS, Mahadani P, Chakraborty M, Dhar B, Bhattacharjee MJ: Implication of nucleotide substitution at third codon position of the DNA barcode sequencesJournal of Environment and Socio-biology 2013, 10(1):55-63. 

Sengupta A, Vasulu TS, Varshney M, Mohapatra R, Chakraborty M: Statistical Analysis of Human miRNAProceedings of the Ninety ninth Session of the Indian Science Congress Section of Mathematical Sciences; Bhubaneshwar 2012. 

Ghosh SK, Bhattacharjee MJ, Ksh MD, Ahanthem M, Kundu S, Mahadani P, Dhar B, Khondram B, Chakraborty M, Rahman F, Mondal R, Hansa J, Laskar RS, Mazumdar TH, Sarkar P, Rajbonshi S, Chakraborty A, Das MM, Ghosh PR, Das KC and Laskar BA: DNA Barcoding: Digital Taxonomy of BioresourcesStrategic Physiological Research for Sustainable Animal Biodiversity 2011, 268-275.

Jenice Jean Goveas

Jenice Jean Goveas

Jenice Jean Goveas

Post-doctoral Policy Fellow

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

Research Interests:

STI Policy, STI Diplomacy, Emerging Technologies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Women in STEM


Jenice Jean Goveas is a Postdoctoral Policy Fellow hosted at the O/o PSA. Her research involves Women in Science and Science Diplomacy. Prior to this, she did a brief stint as a research consultant for the Science Diplomacy Program at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

Jenice has a Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Nanochemistry, having worked on the Synthesis, Characterisation and Applications of mixed metal oxide nanoparticles and Alloy Coatings. She also has an experience of nine years as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. She is trained in science journalism and as an amateur science writer has contributed to the ‘Science last fortnight’ column of ‘Current Science’ Journal. She is also a member of the executive team of the Science Policy Forum an online platform for stakeholder engagement in science, technology and innovation policy (STIP).


Research Papers:

Jenice J. Goveas, Sandhya Shetty, Naveen P. Mascarenhas, Renita D’Souza and Richard A. Gonsalves*. (2020). “Electrochemical Synthesis of ZnO-WO3 Nanocomposites and their Photocatalytic Behaviour.” J. Appl. Electrochem. 50, 501–511.

Jenice J. Goveas, Sandhya Shetty, Naveen P. Mascarenhas, A Chitharanjan Hegde and Richard A. Gonsalves*. (2018). “Corrosion inhibiting action of Ni–Mo alloy coatings in the presence of mixed metal oxide nanocomposites” New J. Chem., 42 (16), 13660-13666.

Jenice J. Goveas, Ajay S. Khandagale, Sandhya Shetty and Richard A. Gonsalves*. (2020). “Photocatalytic, Anti-Microbial, Antioxidant and Cytotoxic Activity of Electrochemically Synthesized ZnO-TiO2 Nanostructures.” Res. j. chem. sci. (Accepted for publishing).

Jenice J. Goveas, Sandhya Shetty, Naveen P. Mascarenhas, Renita D’Souza and Richard A. Gonsalves*. (2019). “Electrochemical Synthesis and factors affecting photocatalytic behaviour of ZnO-V2O5 Nanocomposites.” J. Appl. Chem., 8 (4), 1657-1664.

Conference Proceedings:

Jenice J. Goveas, Richard A. Gonsalves*, Prerna Rao, and Rencita Pinto. (2016). “Synthesis and Characterization of Zinc-Molybdenum Oxide Photocatalysts using an Electrochemical-Thermal Process” AIP Conference Proceedings, 1731, 050107.

Jenice J. Goveas, Naveen P. Mascarhanas and Richard A. Gonsalves*. (2016). “Photocatalytic Degradation of Rhodamine- B by Advance Oxidative Process using Electrochemically Synthesized ZnO-V2O5 Nanostructures” Springer online Lecture Notes on Multidisciplinary Industrial Engineering, Kurian Antony and J. Paulo Davim (Editors): Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Science, 978-3-319-76275-3, 453895_1_En, (26).

N. P. Mascarenhas, R. A. Gonsalves, J. J. Goveas, T. C. S. Shetty, and V. Crasta (2016). “Preparation and characterization of chitosan – polystyrene polymer blends” AIP Conference Proceedings, 1731, 140039.

Naveen Praveen Mascarenhas, Jenice Jean Goveas, Richard Adolf Gonsalves, T. Chandra Shekara Shetty and Vincent Crasta*. (2016). “Facile Synthesis and Characterisation of Nanocomposite Doped Chitosan – Polystyrene Polymer Blends”. Springer online Lecture Notes on Multidisciplinary Industrial Engineering, Kurian Antony and J. Paulo Davim (Editors): Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Science, 978-3-319-76275-3, 453895_1_En, (26).

Opinion Pieces:

April 19, 2020, Global Politics discourses, Commentary, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) “Women, Peace and Security, Twenty Years of UNSC 1325”.

April 28, 2020, “When We All Fall Down: Epidemics Through the Lens of History”, News Karnataka.

Event Reports:

Zille Anam, Jenice Goveas, June 18, 2020, “STIP 2020 Town Hall Meet: A Recap“, Science Policy Forum.

Suryesh Namdeo, Jenice Goveas and Zvikomborero Manjengwah September 02,2020, “Looking Inside InnSciD SP 2020”, Science Policy Forum.

Sneha Sinha, Jenice Goveas, Joanna Siekiera “Warsaw Science Diplomacy School 2020 – A Flashback”, Science Policy Forum.


Jenice Goveas, 05 November 2020,“#SayNoToManels- A Hype or an Urgent Need?” – In conversation with Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Science Policy Forum.



Anurag Panda

Anurag Panda

Anurag Panda

Post-doctoral Policy Fellow

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Research Interest:

Anurag is interested in understanding how India’s formal and informal industrial sectors are transforming in the context of climate challenge. Currently he is studying the role of public policy in helping Indian firms adapt to the international market demand for low-carbon technologies.


Anurag did his PhD at the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor, where he studied the physics of third-generation semiconductors, now used in improved solar cells and LEDs. He then did a postdoc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he led a research program to prototype third-generation solar technology and to deploy them to increase irrigation access for farmers in India. In the past he has been involved in many last-mile energy access efforts, both in India and Ghana. Both at UM and MIT Anurag was an active participant in numerous public policy courses and student groups.


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