The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) will be hosting a 2 day conference on the Humanities. This conference - which will be opened by Craig Calhoun, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)- seeks to unlock the questioning spirit of the Humanities and, in doing, showcase their range and relevance for contemporary South Africa.

These issues were at the heart of the opening chapter of the ASSAf Consensus Study on the Humanities that was released in August 2011.

The Humanities thrive on controversy - matters of dispute in which voices differ, opinions divide, and passions inflame. These will be highlighted over the two days of the June conference.

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The 8th Annual Africa Institute of South Africa’s (AISA) Young Graduates and Scholars Conference (AYGS)

You are invited to the 8th Annual Africa Institute of South Africa’s (AISA) Young Graduates and Scholars Conference (AYGS) to be held at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) from 17 to 19 February, 2014.The three-day conference entitled, Africa at a Crossroads: Future prospects for Africa after 50 years of the Organisation of African Unity/African Union, will voice young graduates and scholars’ views on Africa’s future and developmental breakthroughs, as well as its challenges and opportunities going forward.

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KNOW INDIA PROGRAMME [for people of Indian origin] 

The programme is run by the Ministry of Overseas Affairs and has been quite popular with our young ones the world over. Every year we have  4 such KNOW INDIA PROGRAMME and participation from South Africa has been a constant affair and of much value for the enrichment of the initiative.  We are sending two students  from JOHANNESBURG for the 26th edition of the Programme  starting in December. And we have the 27th edition for January 2014 in the pipeline. We would  very much appreciate  if  you could publicise the programme among those whom you know. The last date for sending in the application for  the January 2014 Programme is 30th November 2013

Details of  the programme could be seen at the URL::

Basic information on the programme, however, is given below:

The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has been organising the Know India Program (earlier Internship Programme for Diaspora Youth (IPDY)) to create awareness about the phenomenal transformation taking place in India and the country’s progress from just a destination for culture, heritage and art to an emerging powerhouse in the global economic system. Twenty five such programmes have been organised up till now in partnership with different states. Following the success of the programmes and based on the positive feedback received from the interns, the next Know India Programmes (KIP) are proposed to be organised for 40 participants to be selected from countries all over the world. The KIP in the nature of an Orientation Programme is expected to provide the participants exposure to various facets of the Indian way of life, culture, spirituality, adventure and sports, creativity and composite character of India and interaction with youth from different parts of the country.

2. The participants comprising of overseas Indians in the age group of 18-26 years who have distinguished themselves in any field and have abiding interest in India and links with India through parentage, are selected by the Indian Missions in their respective countries.

3. The Know India Programme is organised by the Ministry in partnership with the State Governments. After few days in Delhi the participants are sent to the State for about ten days orientation programme. On return from the State, the participants stay in Delhi for some time for meetings and de-briefing etc.

4. The expenses on International air travel [ 90% reimbursed to participants after they successfully complete the programme ]  from the countries of the KIP Participants to India and back and air / train travel of KIP participants from Delhi to Partner State and back to Delhi will be borne by Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Generally the activities of KIP Participants within Partner State will involve visit to historical, cultural, industrial, academic and tourist places along with meeting with constitutional head, Hon’ble Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, Chief Minister, and other eminent personalities. They are also give exposure of village life and interactive sessions in premier university / institution / organisation within the State. This will promote the State to a distinguished group of Young Overseas Indians in their respective countries and will have ramifications in terms tourism, investment, education and glorious heritage of India.

5. It is now proposed to organise the 27th KIP on the schedule as shown below: 

KIP edition : 27th
Tentative Period:  3.1.2014 to 23.1.2014
Partner State : Himachal Pradesh
Last date for receipt of nomination in the MOIA:  30th Nov, 2013

4th WISC Global International Studies Conference

The Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany will hold the 4th WISC Global International Studies Conference. The overall theme of the conference is „Justice, Peace and Stability: Risks and Opportunities for Governance and Development“. Participants can propose papers, panels and roundtables on specific issues related to the overall theme. Please find more information attached and on The "Call for Panels and Papers" is online on

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Invitation to Participate in the Korean Government Sponsored G-20 KGLF Program

The Ministry of Strategy and Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management in Seoul, Korea are delighted to be co-hosting the second installment of the G-20 Korea Global Leaders Fellowship (KGLF) Program.  We would like to extend an invitation to your G-20 Deputy or an official from your Ministry or a related Ministry that works with G-20 agenda issues.  This program, which will commence on September 17, 2012, was created as part of the Korean government’s dedication to the G20 Development Principles set forth in the Seoul Development Consensus for Shared Growth.  In keeping with the goal of the Seoul Development Consensus for Shared Growth “to add value to and complement existing development commitments,” the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the KDI School will host all program participants from G-20 developing countries by waiving all program fees and offering roundtrip airfare, housing, and a living stipend while attending the program. 

The objective of the G-20 Korea Global Leaders Fellowship Program is to enable participants to enhance their contributions towards reaching G-20 development goals set forth at the Seoul Summit and drive the momentum in implementing action plans so continuity is established at each subsequent G-20 Summit, including Cannes in 2011, Los Cabos in 2012, and St. Petersburg in 2013.  The program has been designed for managers to come together into a classroom to learn how to overcome today’s complex challenges in achieving global sustainable development and to also learn about Korea’s exemplary economic development experience.  

We would like to request your assistance and active cooperation in identifying two qualified government officials or managers who work directly in the field of development and G-20 issues to apply to this program.   

We have enclosed additional information concerning the G-20 KGLF Program.  If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the KDI School by emailing 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office. Thank you very much for your consideration.

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