Centre for Internet & Society

One-day conference on Open Access

Open Access to scientific literature means the removal of barriers, including price and legal barriers, from accessing scholarly work. With the advent of the internet, widespread and easy access to scientific information is facilitating research and innovation, crucial in today‘s knowledge based society. Open Access is not only changing the nature of scholarly communication but even that of scientific work.

To take stock of the current developments as regards Open Access and to highlight some of the issues that would need to be addressed to enable a wider access to scientific information, the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) is organizing a Conference on 'Open Access to Science Publications: Policy Perspective, Opportunities and Challenges' on 24 March 2009 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

The conference will cover the emerging global trends in Open Access and focus on what needs to be done in India. This event would be of interest to scientists, social scientists, policy makers, funding agencies, heads and senior managers of academic and research institutions, editors of research journals, etc.

The Conference will have sessions focused on:

  • Open source and changing research
  • Research Impact through Open Access
  • Open Access around the World
  • The Economics of Open Access

Date and Time

24 March 2009; 9.00 am - 5.30 pm


India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110003 


Speakers at the event include:

Please see the programme below for names of the other speakers.


Dr Naresh Kumar

Head, R&D Planning Division

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research

2 Rafi Marg, New Delhi - 110 001

Fax:  (+91) 11 23710340, 23713011

Phone:  (+91) 11 23710453, 23713011

Email: [email protected] 


0900 – 1000 Registration
1000 - 1100 Inaugural Session
1000 – 1005 Lighting of Lamp
1005 - 1010 Welcome: Naresh Kumar
1010 - 1025 Inaugural address: Open Source & changing research

Prof. Samir K. Brahmachari, DG,CSIR and Secretary DSIR

1025 - 1100 Keynote address 1: Global and Local Support for Making Research and Scholarship Publicly Available:

Prof. John Willinsky, Stanford University, USA

1100 - 1130 Tea

1130 - 1300 Plenary Session I :

Chair: Prof. Surendra Prasad
1130 - 1205 Keynote address 2: From Institutional Repositories to a Global Knowledge Commons:

Prof. Leslie Chan, University of Toronto, Canada

1205 - 1225 Eight facts and myths about open access journals: An experience of eight years and eighty journals:

Dr. D. K. Sahu, Medknow Publications

1225 - 1240 Prof. Sunil Kumar Sarangi, Director, National Institute Technology-Rourkela :
1240 - 1300 Chair & Q&A

1300 – 1400 Lunch

1400 – 1530 Plenary Session II :

Chair: Dr. Gangan Prathap

1400 - 1420 Prof. V. N. Rajasekaran Pillai, VC , IGNOU
1420 - 1440 Prof. Mangala Sunder Krishnan, (NPTEL), IITM
1440 - 1500 S. Arunachalam:
1500 - 1530 Chair & Q&A

1530 – 1600 Tea

1600 - 1700 Panel Discussion on “Open Access to Science and Scholarship”

Moderator: Prof. Leslie Chan

Prof. John Willinsky

Prof. K L Chopra

Prof. A S Kolaskar

Dr. RR Hirwani
1700 – 1730 Valedictory : Dr. Naresh Kumar / Dr. R. R. Hirwani