07.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

UNESCO New Delhi celebrates the Open Access Week

UNESCO, in partnership with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), and the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) is organizing a national conference on ‘Opening up by Closing the Circle: Strengthening Open Access in India’ on 21 October 2013 to mark the international Open Access Week. 

The pivotal importance of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), Knowledge-sharing and Capacity-building for eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development has recently been confirmed at the Rio+20 Conference and the 2013 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review. While benefits that STI can result in development have received global acceptance, access to the benefits of STI and knowledge are unequally distributed within and among countries, and the research and innovation still remains to be fully open and accessible.

Appreciating the persistence of ”Knowledge challenge”,  UNESCO continues to foster full use of information and communication technologies to make peer-reviewed research information accessible to all through its Open Access programme. 

The one-day conference will focus on the need to create an enabling environment for OA in India, to promote and upscale existing OA initiatives, and to encourage the development of new OA programmes. This can be done by ‘closing the circle’ or linking multiple stakeholder groups, namely researchers, librarians, archivists, publishers, technologists, and policy-makers, taking into account their concerns and views and providing a platform for them to advocate for a common cause. The conference will provide a unique opportunity to stakeholders to pool their insights, identify and discuss key OA-related issues in the country, and create a roadmap for strengthening OA in India.

The specific objectives of the national conference are to:

  • Build awareness among the stakeholder groups and student community about the importance of OA to scientific research
  • Facilitate the exchange of experiences, knowledge and best practices of various institutions in the OA space
  • Contribute towards the creation of an advocacy group that will promote OA at institutional and national levels
  • Analyze current trends and pitfalls with regard to the OA landscape in India
  • Develop policy recommendations for the creation of a national mandate to promote OA
  • Promote partnerships and collaborations among interested stakeholders

Concept Note

Conference Agenda


Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi 110067


Ms Iskra Panevska, Advisor for Communication and Information for South Asia, UNESCO New Delhi

Mr Anirban Sarma, National Programme Officer Communication and Information sector, UNESCO New Delhi

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