Forum for Global Knowledge Sharing (Knowledge Forum) is a specialised, interdisciplinary global forum. It deals with science, technology and economy interface. It aims at providing a platform for scholars belonging to different institutions, universities, countries and disciplines to interact, exchange their research findings and undertake joint research studies. It is designed for persons who have been contributing to R&D and publishing their research findings in professional journals. Its registered office is housed at the Institute for Human Development (IHD), New Delhi. However, its members and office bearers are from various institutions and countries (see the list of Governing Council Members) and function from their respective institution. Knowledge Forum was registered on August 25, 2005. We regularly hold annual conferences where the members present their research papers, share research findings with other members and interact. Knowledge Forum annual international conferences have been well attended and the papers have been of high quality.

At present, there is no inter-disciplinary forum for persons belonging to different disciplines like business schools, economics, basic sciences and technology to interact, collaborate and share their knowledge on the problems involved in technology creation and transfer, and other issues relating to global business. It was felt that in the current era of globalisation and fast technological change the creation of such a forum is vital.

Economists have been working on themes relating to technology creation and transfer without having an in-depth knowledge of science and technology. Likewise, technologists have also been working on these themes without much or any knowledge of their economic viability. Therefore, some of us felt the vital need for a forum where technologists and social scientists could meet and interact. The membership to the Forum is open to all scholars who have been publishing in refereed professional journals. 

Corporate Members: Global Development Network; The Hindu, The Kasturi & Sons Limited; Sir Dorabji Tata Trust; and EID Parry India Ltd, Murugappa Group.


An important part of our website is the folder on “Working Papers” All the registered members are allowed to submit their research papers. The submitted papers are refereed (peer-reviewed) and the accepted papers are uploaded on the website. Placing the paper on our website does not prevent the authors from publishing it in any journal. These are not considered publications. We have now about 300 Working Papers on the website. eSocialSciences has also been giving wide publicity to our papers and programmes. In addition to Working Papers, we also have folders on conference papers where presentations by non-members are also placed and one on communications which provides a shortlist of conference papers that are published in journals. Conference papers published in conference volumes are listed under books. In this folder members also share important developments in science, technology, economy and research methodology. We also have a folder on Books where our publications are listed with abstracts.  



  • Professor N. S. Siddharthan, Hon. Professor, Madras School of Economics, Chennai

Vice Presidents

  • Professor Stanley Nollen, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington DC
  • Professor Y. S. Rajan, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor, ISRO


  • Professor Bino Paul, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Hon. Secretary

  • Professor K. Narayanan, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay


  • Professor Y.K. Alagh, Chancellor, Central University of Gujarat.
  • Professor S. R. Hashim, former Chairman, Union Public Service Commission and former Member Secretary, Planning Commission
  • Professor Filip De Beule, KU Leuven University, Belgium
  • Professor Bishwanath Goldar, Institute of Economic Growth and JNU, Delhi
  • Professor Ashok Jain, Former Director NISTAD
  • Professor K. L. Krishna, former Director, Delhi School of Economics
  • Kaushalesh Lal, Society for Development Studies, Delhi and MERIT, The Netherlands
  • Professor B. L. Pandit, Delhi School of Economics
  • Padma Prakash, eSocialSciences
  • Professor Alakh N. Sharma, Director, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi
  • Professor Malathy Duraisamy, IIT Madras.

Note: Professor P. V. Indiresan was the founder President and remained President till October 2008. During the General Body Meeting (October 17, 2008), Professor Indiresan expressed his desire to be relieved from the post of the President. Consequently, the Governing Council elected Professor S R Hashim as President. During the Governing Council Meeting of 15 November 2018, Professor Hashim expressed his desire to be relieved from the Post of the President and the Governing Council elected Professor Siddharthan President. 


Membership of KNOWLEDGE FORUM is open to any individual with a research publication record in professional forums or holder of patents and who is in agreement with the objectives of KNOWLEDGE FORUM and who is prepared to work for their furtherance.

In addition, there is also a provision for Corporate Membership and corporate institutions (including registered bodies and trusts) can become members and nominate their executives to take part in the activities of the Knowledge Forum.

Membership Fee:

  • Individual Members, lifetime fee of rupees one thousand (INR1000)
  • International Members, lifetime fee of US dollars one hundred ($100)
  • Indian Corporate Members, onetime fee of rupees hundred thousand (INR100, 000.00). International Corporate Members, onetime fee of US dollars ten thousand ($10,000.00)
  • To become a member visit our website, <> login and register
  • Contact Address: Professor N. S. Siddharthan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We have been regularly holding our annual conferences. The participation rates in the conferences have been high. The 2006 conference papers were published by Routledge and the volume was released during the 2007 conference at IIT Bombay. The 2007 conference papers have also been published by Routledge and the volume was released during the 2009 conference held at the Tata Institute for Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. The Journal Science, Technology and Society brought out a special issue of the journal on the theme Innovations and Enterprise Development containing select papers presented at our conference held at the Madras School of Economics, March 19-21, 2010. The special issue was released during the 2011 Annual Conference at Goa. One set of select papers from the 2010 Annual Conference was published by Springer and another set in a special issue of Contributions to Indian Social Science. These two publications were released during the 2012 Annual Conference. Select papers from the 2011 Annual Conference were published by Science, Technology and Society and released during the 2012 Annual Conference. Select papers from the 2012 conference have been published in a special issue of the journal Innovation and Development published by Routledge. Springer published select papers from the 2013 Annual Conference held at IIT Bombay. Some papers from the 2014 conference held at NIAS Bangalore have appeared in the Journal of Industrial Statistics. In addition, certain other papers presented at the 2014 conference and 2015 Workshop held at TISS Mumbai is published by Springer.

15th Annual Conference of Knowledge Forum

December 4-6, 2020

Hosted by: International Management Institute (IMI), Kolkata

 Conference Theme: “Technology and Economy

Call for Papers

Themes for discussion: Under the overall theme of “Technology and Economy” papers are invited relating to the following topics. Technology dimension will be common to all the topics and therefore is not mentioned separately.

  • Big Data
  • Creative Industries
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Financial Sectors
  • Global Value Chain
  • Innovation and Development
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Water Resource Management

Conference Format

The conference will have an introductory session followed by Competitive Sessions. In the competitive sessions, all the papers will be refereed before accepted for presentations. Case Studies from Technologists on any of the sub-themes of the Conference would also be considered for presentation.

  • Last date for submission of the title of papers and abstracts: May 31, 2020
  • Last date for full paper submission: July 31, 2020
  • Send the abstracts and paper to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 N. S. Siddharthan and K. Narayanan 


We have been regularly holding our annual conferences. The participation rates in the conferences have been high.





October 11-13, 2019

IIT Madras, Chennai

Technology and Economy


November 16-18, 2018

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Technology and Employment

Book by Springer Nature India Ltd. Forthcoming

August 11, 2018

MSE Chennai

Technology and Development

Select papers in Innovation and Development, Routledge

February 24, 2018

Centre for Policy Studies, IIT Bombay

FDI: Issues and Policy

Policy Brief

November 10-12, 2017

NCDS Bhubaneswar

Changing Paradigms in Technology, Trade and Development

Book by Springer Nature India Ltd. Forthcoming

December 3-5, 2016

IIT Madras

Globalisation of Technology and Development

Book by Springer

March 18, 2016

IIT Bombay

Creation and Diffusion of Technology

Book by Springer

November27-28, 2015

NIAS Bangalore

Technology, Growth and Sustainability

Different Professional Journals

March 7, 2015

TISS Mumbai

Harnessing Technology for Challenging Inequality

Book by Springer

October,27-29, 2014

NIAS Bangalore

Technology: Corporate and Social Dimensions

Book by Springer and some papers in Journal of Industrial Statistics

October 25-27, 2013

IIT Bombay

Emerging Technologies and Development

Book by Springer

November 30 - 2, December 2012

Symbiosis, Pune

Technology Intensity and Global Competitiveness

Special issue of Innovation and Development, Routledge

November 18-20, 2011

Goa University

Agglomeration, Technology Clusters and Networks

Special issue of Science, Technology and Society, Sage

July 15-16, 2011

Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai

Academic Ethics

Report in Current Science


November 11-12, 2010

IIT Bombay

Human Capital and Development

Book by Springer and some papers in Contributions to Indian Social Science

March 19 -21, 2010

MSE, Chennai

Frontier Issues in Technology, Development and Environment

Special issue of Science, Technology and Society, Sage

October 9-10, 2009

TISS Mumbai

Science, Technology and Economy: Emerging and Developed Countries

Different Professional Journals

October 17-18, 2008

ISID, Delhi

Globalisation of Knowledge Development and Delivery

Different Professional Journals

November 2-3, 2007

IIT Bombay

Globalisation of Chinese and Indian Enterprises

Book by Routledge

October 6-7, 2006

IHD and IIC, Delhi

Knowledge Based Industries, Employment and Global Competitiveness

Book by Routledge


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