Science Communication through Print Media

Short-Term Training Course on Science Communication through Print Media

3-5 March 2010

Organized by
Training Division
National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), New Delhi, India

Broad course contents:

  • Science popularization in the Indian context
  • Basics of popular science writing for magazines and newspapers
  • Research communication versus popular communication
  • Science communication through R&D newsletters, reports, etc.
  • Creation of information resources, e.g. encyclopaedic publications, etc;
  • Use of modern IT tools in science communication;
  • Role of graphic arts in popular science communication
  • Production of S&T publications

COURSE FEE for participants from:

  • India Rs. 1200/= (Without Accommodation); Rs. 1600/= (With Accommodation)
  • SAARC/ Vietnam US$ 80 (With Accommodation)
  • Other Countries US$ 110 (With Accommodation)

How to apply:
Application form is available at or can be obtained by sending an email to Filled in application form along with the appropriate course fee is to be paid by Demand Draft drawn in favour of “Director, NISCAIR” and sent to In-Charge (Training), Education and Training Division, NISCAIR, 14-Satsang Vihar Marg, New Delhi – 110067

Dr. Narendra Kumar,
In-Charge, Training Division,
National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR)
14, Satsang Vihar Marg
New Delhi-110 067
Tel: +91-11-26965094/+91-11-26863617
FAX: +91-11-26862228
E-mail: training[at]; narendrakumar[at]

Further Details


ELITE – A Short-term Program on “Leveraging Technology for Effective Teaching in the Classroom & Beyond” for Teachers in the IT Area

With the advent of Internet technologies and the growing popularity and effectiveness of “Technology Enabled Teaching & Assessments”, the Department of  Information Technology, Government of India, in association with the
International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIITB), has created a unique short term program aimed at facilitating teachers from select institutions to adopt state-of-art pedagogical methods, leverage cutting-edge technologies as well as to enable them to deliver effective teaching in the classroom and beyond the confines of the classroom. The program is specifically designed to create a multiplier effect through high-quality teaching and delivery of outcome-based education.

For details of the programme & application forms, pl. visit

For any clarifications/questions, you can contact the programme coordinator, Prof. N J Rao:

For enrolment related questions, please contact Jayanth Narayanan at 9845990910 or

Advanced Patent Drafting Workshop Being Organised by CII

Confederation of Indian Industry & Andhra Pradesh Technology Development and Promotion Center is organizing an

Advanced Patent Drafting Workshop on Patent Drafting & Technical Skills
(Better Training, Better Writing and Better Patents)
Date: 5-6 October 2009

Venue: National Academy of Agricultural Research Management Campus, Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad 500 407

Fee Structure per delegate: Rs. 5000/-

India is growing in technology in leaps and bounds yet there exists a dearth of professionals who understand the dynamics involved in the field of Patent Drafting and Technical Writing Skills. To bridge this lacuna, APTDC under the aegis of CII is organizing an intense and comprehensive one and half day practical Patent Drafting is aimed and provides you cost effective and high quality patent writing skills development, patent specification drafting includes a written description of the invention, background, drawings, summary abstract of the disclosure, patent analysis, patent mapping and listing of claims conforming to the standards and requirements of an International application.

The Workshop will cover:
1) Improve your patent drafting skills.
2) Understand what drives the framing of critical drafting.
3) Acquire theoretical and practical skills related to patents and patent application procedures and to develop claim drafting skills.
4) The core skills to be imparted include scope of patent, patent application procedures, different types of claims, and claim drafting, in compliance with procedural requirements.

Who should attend?
1) Attending the workshop are scientists, researchers, technology managers, inventors, SME’s and attorneys with technical backgrounds, who will be drafting patent claims in the future.
2) This program is designed for private or corporate practitioners with patent experience who wish to improve their general claim drafting and amendment writing skills. Registrants will have the opportunity to concentrate on the specialized skilld required in their technological area.
3) Course material will include sample problems and model solutions.

Early registration is advisable as enrollment is limited.

Programme Schedule
(Each subject is 1 hour except as noted)
Day One, October 5, 2009

Review – Anatomy of a Patent

I. Goals for each section
II. General drafting strategy

Background – Multiple Theories

I. Purpose of the Background
a) Tell the story
b) Avoid Mistakes
II. Discussing prior art

Drafting for Clarity

I. The art of description
II. Claim construction
III. Ensuring that terms mean what you want them to mean

Drafting for Written Description

I. The Written Description Requirement
a) General
b) Chemical cases
c) Biotech cases.
II. Problem areas prosecution, continuations, priority cases
III. Identifying problems during drafting.

Drafting Enablement

I. The Enablement Requirement
II. Using the level of skill in the art
III. Enabling the full scope of the claims.
IV. Experimentation what is “undue”?

Day Two, October 6, 2009

Avoiding Drafting Pitfalls

I. “Patent Profanity”
II. Prosecution history.
III. “Last step before submission”
IV. Checklist

Claims – Scope and Coverage

I. Using Statutory classes
II. Varying claim scope
III. Claims and Specification developing scope.

Claims – Numbers and Relative Terms

I. Plural and singular
II. Claiming relative terms
IV. Functional claiming
V. Ranges

Claims – Preambles, Terms

I. Preamble as limitation.
II. Definiteness
III. Broadening with claim terms
IV. Broadening with spec terms

Claim Families

I. Identifying Potential infringers.
II. Drafting to cover all possible targets.
III. Using dependent claims
IV. Picket fences

Claims and Spec Together – Claim Interpretation (2 hour)

I. Claim construction Exercise
a) From both sides
b) Present arguments

For any queries, contact:
Kamaraju Chitrapy
Executive Officer – IPR
Confederation of Indian Industry
Andhra Pradesh Technology Development & Promotion Centre
1-11-252/9, Plot No:7 Regal house, II Floor,
Motilal Nehru Nagar, Begumpet, Hyderabad -500 016
Tel: 91-40277765837
Fax: 91-40-27765836
Mobile: 98492-39783
Website :

Indo-US International Congress-Cum-Workshop ON IPR

Indo-US International Congress-Cum-Workshop ON IPR

5 -7 October 2009

Venue: Amity University, Sector 125, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India


The 21st century is known as an era of science and technology. All-round Developments are taking place at very fast pace and these would determine the growth and success of any nation, besides changing the lives of mankind in all areas but one has to keep abreast of these research, innovation and technology can only be useful if it leads to commercial/societal utilization for which Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues are of immense importance.

Seeing its importance, a three-day Workshop is being organized in the area of IPR to provide a platform to researchers and academicians, students and industry partners from India and abroad to come together and share their experiences and to deliberate on: Evolution of Intellectual Property Rights; Trademarks and Geographical Indicators; Patents and Industrial Designs; Copyrights Enforcement; IPR for Economic Growth; Role of Regulatory Bodies; IPR in the Digital Age; Technology Transfer; Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity; and many more.

The lectures will be delivered by national and international experts followed by interactive round table discussions. For further clarification and assistance on practical IPR issues, Amity University IPR experts will be available on the spot.

Submission of Papers

  • Submission of Abstract: 15 September 2009
  • Submission of Full Paper: 30 September 2009
  • Poster: download the instructions and form
  • Full Paper: download the instructions and form


  • Key Dates Registration: 20 September 2009
  • Download the Registration Form

Further Details

Short-term Training Course on Technical Writing and Editing

Short-term Training Course on Technical Writing and Editing

24-28 August 2009

Venue: NISCAIR, New Delhi

Broad course contents:

* Technical communication process

* Linguistics

* Categories

* Structure and functions of technical communications

* Technical editing and editorial process

* Printing/production aspects

* Electronic Publishing.

Eligibility for Short Term Courses

* The short-term courses are offered to R&D personnel, science communicators, middle and senior level managers, research scholars, LIS Professionals, etc.

Fees for Indian participants

* Without accommodation: Rs. 2000.00

* With accommodation: Rs. 2600.00

Payment of Course Fee

* The entire course fee is to be sent in advance by Demand Draft drawn in favour of: Director, NISCAIR payable at New Delhi.

How to apply

* The applications may be sent to:

The In-charge, Training Division


14 Satsang Vihar Marg

New Delhi-110 067

Ph: 011-26965094; 011-26863617

FAX: 91-11-2686 2228

E-Mail: training[at], narendrakumar[at]

More Details:

IUSSTF Third Call for Proposals 2009

The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), established under an agreement between the Governments of India and the United States of America, is an autonomous, not for profit society that promotes and catalyses the Indo-US bilateral collaborations in science, technology, engineering and biomedical research through substantive interaction among government, academia and industry.

The IUSSTF seeks to support innovative programs aimed to stimulate interactions that have a strong potential for generating follow-on activities and building long term Indo-US S&T relationships. The IUSSTF promotes program that nurtures contacts between the young and mid career scientists and technologists and fosters active public-private partnership in R&D.

The IUSSTF solicits proposals thrice a year (submission deadline – February, June, October) jointly submitted by the US and Indian Principal Investigators from academia, government institutions/laboratories and private R&D entities for:

  • Knowledge R&D networked and Public–Private networked Indo-US centres
  • Indo-US workshops, conferences, symposium
  • Training program/advance schools
  • Travel grants

Detailed format available at

12th Workshop on ‘Biomedical Informatics and Communication’

12th Workshop on ‘Biomedical Informatics and Communication’

(Supported by DBT & ICMR)

20-21 November 2009

Venue: Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, Wardha, Maharashtra

12th Biomedical Informatics Workshop is being organized to expose Medical / Science Teachers, Scientists & PG / Ph D Students to basics & advances in Biomedical Informatics & communication. Interesting Lectures on Biomedical Informatics, Telemedicine, Telepathology, Genomics, Proteomics, Evidence Based Medicine, Hospital Information System, Healthcare Management, Biomedical Communication, Biomedical Information Retrieval, Interactive session through Video Conferencing along with Demonstrations and Hands on sessions will be conducted by the Eminent Resource Persons to promote use of Biomedical Informatics in health care management and retrieval of information for research. Hands on Sessions, will also be arranged with desktop work on Gene and protein sequence analysis and other techniques related to Biomedical Informatics and Communication.

Organizer also plans to have Oration and Interactive Session with eminent Healthcare Managers using Video Conferencing platform during the workshop. Besides, second day of the Workshop is scheduled for Biomedical Communication supported by ICMR. Special attention will be given on writing and publishing of Research Papers in Biomedical Sciences; preparing Research project proposal, Choosing a right journal; Grammar and syntax in Scientific writing exploring web resources for Biomedical informatics etc. Overall contents of Biomedical Communication session consisting of Lectures, Hands on session, assignment etc will help in promoting Biomedical scientific communication skills of participants to write review articles, research papers and scientific proposals.

Organizer is expecting Eminent Speakers from DBT, ICMR; C-DAC, Pune; Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore; Anna University, Chennai; IIT, New Delhi; IVRI, Izatnagar; SGBAU, Amravati; NIV, Pune; ISRO, Ahmedabad; PMC, Karamsad; Hingoli; Hyderabad etc. Dr. K. Satyanarayana (Sr. DDG & Chief, P&I, ICMR) and Prof. Shripad Deshpande (BHU) will coordinate Biomedical Communication session.

  • Last Date of Application October 15, 2009
  • Selection Confirmation October 25, 2009
  • Registration Fee Rs. 600/-
  • Accommodation Charges Rs. 400/- for 2 days

Contact: Dr Satish KumarProfessor, Dy Coordinator BIC, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram 442 102, India
Tel. Fax: 07152-284038
Email: mgims.btisnet[at]

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