Science and Technology Development in India
Dr. DOLLA Varaprasad Sekhar is the Chairperson of the Center for East Asian
Studies, School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New
Delhi. As a Visiting Professor at the Department of International Relations, School
of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, he is carrying out a research project on
Technological Innovation in China and India: Prospects for Cooperation.
Mobile: 13161433252, E-mail: [email protected] and [email protected]
Ph. D. Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2000. Science and Technology Policies in
China since 1978.
M. Phil. Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1994. Science and Ideology in Deng’s
M. A. University of Hyderabad, 1991. History.
Currently holding the post of Chairperson of the Centre for East Asian
Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Associate Professor, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of
International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2006 to present.
Assistant Professor, (Senior Scale), Centre for East Asian Studies, School
of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2001 to 2006.
Assistant Professor, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International
Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1997 to 2001.
1. Contemporary Chinese Science and Technology
2. Modern History of China
3. Unification of China
4. Domestic Politics in China
M. A Programme
1. Foreign Policy of China
2. Government and Politics in China
M. Phil Programme
1. Chinese Political System
2. Research Methodology
Courses Currently Teaching
M. Phil Programme
1. Science and Technology in China’s Development
2. Issues and Themes in Chinese History, 1840-1949. (I have introduced both the
Awards / Fellowships
1. ASIA (Asian Studies In Asia) Fellow Award from Asian Scholarship
Foundation funded by Ford Foundation to conduct research on The Tao
of Science and State in Post-Mao China for nine months in China in 2004.
2. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fellowship for Doctoral Studies by the
Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund in 1996 (Could not avail since I took
up the current teaching assignment).
3. Junior and Senior Research Fellowship by the University Grants
Science and Technology in Contemporary China: Interrogating Policy and Progress
1. “Technology Trade in India-China Relations: Divergent Dynamics and
Implications”, Journal of International Affairs, vol. 64, no. 2, 2011, pp. 125141.
2. “Agricultural Science and Technology in China: A Three Decade Review
of Policy and Progress”, Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China, vol.
2, no. 1, 2011, pp. 79-93.
3. “Technology Transfer in Sino-Japanese Relations: The Context, Conflict
and Cooperation”, China Report, vol. 44, no. 2, 2008, pp. 153-174.
4. “Science and Technology Cooperation between India and China”,
International Studies, vol. 42, nos. 3 & 4, July-December 2005, pp. 307-327.
5. “Chinese Unification Model of Hong Kong: History, Colonization and
Decolonization”, International Studies, vol. 34, no. 4, 1997, pp. 393-408.
Chapters in Books
1. “Domestic Politics in Contemporary China: Ideas, Institutions and
Issues”, in Harsh V. Pant, The Rise of China: Implications for India (New
Delhi: Foundation Books, Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 50-84.
2. “Civilian Technology Transfers”, in Swaran Singh, ed., China-Pakistan
Strategic Cooperation: Indian Perspectives (New Delhi: Manohar Publishers,
2007), pp. 275-299.
3. “Science and Technology in Deng’s China”, in Kanti Bajpai and Amitabh
Matto ed., The Dragon and the Peacock: India–China Relations in the Twenty First
Century. (New Delhi: Har-Anand Publication Pvt. Ltd., 2000), pp. 124-145.
4. “Science, Technology and Development in Asia: Implications for Security
and Foreign Policy”, in Madhu Bhalla, ed., Asian Politics: Shaping Domestic
and Foreign Policy (forthcoming).
Contributions to Encyclopedia of Chinese History
1. “Education”, in Michael Dillon, Encyclopedia of Chinese History (London:
2. “Universities”, in Michael Dillon, Encyclopedia of Chinese History (London:
3. “Science”, in Michael Dillon, Encyclopedia of Chinese History (London:
4. “Joseph Needham”, in Michael Dillon, Encyclopedia of Chinese History
(London: Routledge, forthcoming).
1. “Civilian Technology Transfer between China and Pakistan”, in Proceedings of
One-Day International Seminar, Area Study Centre, University of Sindh,
September 2005, pp. 55-69.
Newspaper and Magazine Articles
1. “Science Diplomacy”, Public Diplomacy, (Los Angeles) Summer 2010, pp.
2. “From Economic Interdependence to Integration”, The Economic Times,
Thursday, 3 July 1997.
1. Jon Sigurdson with Jiang Jiang and et al, Technological Superpower China
(Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2005) in China Report, vol. 46, no. 4, 2010,
2. Daya Kishan Thussu, International Communication: Continuity and Change
(London: Edward Arnold Publishers, 2000) in International Studies, vol.
40, no. 1, 2003, pp. 101-104.
3. Xin Liu, In One’s Own Shadow: An Ethnographic Account of Post-Reform Rural
China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000) in China Report, vol.
38, no. 3, 2002, pp.430-434.
1. “The Tao of Science and State in Post-Mao China: An Inquiry into their
Interaction”, submitted to Asian Scholarship Foundation, Funded by
Ford Foundation, Bangkok, pp. 30. Published in The Asian Scholar, (Ejournal), No. 2, pp. 15.
Research Papers Presented in Conferences
1. “S&T Cooperation in India-China Relations: Trends, Problems and
Prospects”, Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern
California, Los Angeles, 4th February 2010.
2. “Information and Communication Technologies in Strategic Relations
between India, China and Russia: Divergences and Convergence”,
International Strategic Dialogue among the Scholars from China, Russia and
India organized by the Institute of Asia Pacific Studies of Chinese
Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing on 2nd November 2006.
3. “Science, Technology and Development in Asia: Implications for Security
and Foreign Policy”, Asian Politics: Shaping Foreign and Domestic Policy
Organized by School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru
University and the Department of East Asian Studies, Delhi
University, New Delhi, 6-7th March 2006.
4. “Civilian Technology Transfer between China and Pakistan”, on PakistanChina Relations in Changing Regional and Global Scenario at University of
Sindh, Jamsharo, Pakistan on 29 September 2005.
5. “Innovation, Development and the Poor: A Comparative Analysis of India
and China,” at the Second GLOBELICS Conference: Innovation Systems
and Development: Challenges and Opportunities in Beijing on 19th October
6. “The Tao of Science and State in Post-Mao China: An Inquiry into their
Interaction” at Asian Scholarship Foundation Conference, Asian
Constructs of Social Change: Translating Traditions, Creating the New on 26th
and 27th of July 2005 in Bangkok.
7. “Clash of Ideologies: Science and State in Deng’s China” at a Symposium
on Ideology and Science in the University of California, Berkeley on 19th
of October 2001.
1. “China’s Quest for Energy Security: Implications for India” at a national
conference on Energy Security and India’s Foreign Policy organized by the
School of International Studies, JNU in New Delhi on 22-23 April
2. “Mapping S&T in the ‘Rise’ of China: Myth and Reality” at a conference on
China’s Emerging Profile organized by Association of Asia Scholars and
Jadavpur University in Kolkata during 19-20 December 2011.
3. “Chinese Society and Polity in Transition” at a Conference on China’s
Political, Socio-Economic, Military & Foreign Policy Dynamics and its Impact on
Major Powers organized by ORF in New Delhi on 21 July 2006.
4. “Technology Transfer in Sino-Japanese Relations: Rivalry or Partnership?”
presented at JNU-ICSSR Seminar, Japan and East Asia: Implications of
Rapid Change for India, New Delhi, 23 February 2005.
Lectures outside the University
1. Issues in Contemporary Social Science Research Methodology at the Capacity
Building Programme for the Faculty in Nagaland University on 30 June
2. Research Design at the Capacity Building Programme for the Faculty in
Nagaland University on 30 June 2013.
3. Educating the Partially Educated to the students of JJ College in Hyderabad
on 4th June 2011.
4. S&T in China: Three Decades of Policy, Progress and Polity presented at
Institute of Chinese Studies on 12th April 2010 in New Delhi.
5. Science and Technology Development in India for MBA students from South
Korea on 22nd December 2007.
6. Information and Communication Technologies in India and China for the Youth
Delegation visiting China on 7th October 2006.
7. Glimpses of Chinese History for the Youth Delegation visiting China on 6th
Four Ph. D and 19 M. Phil students have been awarded their respective
degrees under my supervision.
Two Ph. D students are awaiting the reports.
Currently ten Ph. D and four M. Phil students are at various stages of
writing their theses and dissertations respectively. Out of the ten Ph. D
students three will be submitting in the next semester.
Other Academic Activities in the University
1. Member of the Advisory Committee for the (UGC-SAP) Programme for
Russian Studies (2009-2012).
2. Member of the Committee on Advanced Studies and Research of the
School of International Studies (2007-2009).
3. Member of the Academic Council (2006-2008).
4. Member of the International Studies (Sage) journal published by the School
of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University during 2003-2008.
5. The first Seminar Coordinator of the Centre during 2005-2006.
1. Life Member of The Indian Science Congress Association
2. Association of Asian Scholars
Academic Activities outside the University
1. Member of the Project Monitoring and Regulating Committee for a
project on Science, Technology and Innovation in China, Japan and Korea
conducted by National Institute of Science, Technology and
Development Studies (NISTADS) funded by Department of Science
and Technology on the suggestion of Principal Scientific Advisor to the
Government of India.
2. Reviewed a research article for Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT) journal Perspectives on Science in 2010.
3. Commented on various issues pertaining to China.
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