Doctoral Colloquium 2017 on Digital Government Research

Doctoral Colloquium 2017
Digital Government Research
Date: November 25, 2017, Venue: Hotel Pullman, Aerocity, New Delhi

1. Background

According to the World Economic Forum, India has the fourth largest number of PhDs graduating every year and is still attempting to increase the research impact in terms of quality and quantity. In keeping with the global emphasis, research in the field of eGovernance has been an important activity for the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. In order to create an innovative ecosystem and to enhance India’s competitiveness in these knowledge intensive sectors, MeitY has been implementing the Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme. The scheme is also in line with the aim of fulfilling the commitments made in National Policy on Electronics (NPE) 2012 and National Policy on Information Technology (NPIT) 2012. Further, capacity building is a priority of the National eGovernance Division, evident in the various programmes in it’s folds and also in the success of the first PhD Colloquium hosted in March 2017.

In the academic space in India, in the context of research productivity, DMS, IIT Delhi has been ranked 1st in Research and Professional Practice category by National Institutional Ranking Framework, 2017 of the HRD Ministry, Government of India. Further in a recent Stanford University study, DMS IIT Delhi 2nd in terms of research productivity. Hence, DMS is in a leadership position to leverage from its strengths in excelling in management education and being part of IIT Delhi.

In view of the research focus, a doctoral colloquium has been envisioned for outreach and contributing to the research ecosystem of India in partnership between MeitY and DMS, IIT Delhi. This Doctoral Colloquium would enable the following:

  • provide a forum of knowledge sharing of latest research
  • sensitise importance of research on national priorities
  • promote culture of high value research
  • create opportunity of collaborative research

2. Objectives of the Colloquium

The Doctoral Colloquium in Digital Government Research would be a forum where doctoral students from the various disciplines, relevant to digital government research shall meet to present their research work, discuss their ideas and concerns with senior faculty, peers, and practitioners, and relate with them for building their professional networks. It would be aimed to opens up a forum for exchange of ideas between doctoral students, leading academicians in India and abroad, and researchers from industry to identify new avenues of research and application to align management education with Sustainable Development Goals and national priorities, particularly ‘Digital India’. 

For achieving and sustaining such goals, the role of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by all member states of the United Nations in September 2015 plays a critical role. These goals set ambitious objectives across the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic development, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability, underpinned by good governance. They represent an unusually complicated agenda for governments; requiring a new orientation of governments and a new approach to multi-stakeholder policy design and implementation.

This Colloquium promises to be an invigorating confluence of the best brains from the academia, government and industry.

3. Program Participants

The Colloquium comprises of the following kinds of activities:

  • Invited plenary lectures and sessions – delivered by senior academics and practitioners on digital government research and practice.
  • Discussions related to the PhD management process, and challenges and opportunities in research, and publishing in high quality journals, would be covered.
  • Student sessions – comprising presentations of accepted papers by students.
  • Networking sessions - organized informally during the Colloquium

4. Call for Papers

The Colloquium welcomes submissions from doctoral students specialized in a broad range of research areas relevant to digital government, such as Informatics, Information Systems, Public Administration, Economics, Law, Sociology, Computer Science, Management, and other related fields. Thematic areas for submission are as under:

The Colloquium will receive two kinds of participants:
  • Students who have already defined their research topic and have progressed in their research to have some preliminary findings, but have not initiated the process for defending their thesis. Students under this category are requested to formally submit a paper explaining their research work, and based on a double-blind peer review process, authors of the accepted papers will be invited to present their work at the Student Sessions of the Colloquium. These selected students will be provided limited support for participation from IIT Delhi.
  • Students who are at the early stages of the PhD process, and have not yet defined their research problem. Students under this category are requested to submit an application form, and will be invited to participate. Topics discussed during the Open Sessions of the Colloquium will be valuable for these students.

As decided by the Colloquium Chairs, a maximum of 15 students of accepted papers shall present their work at one of the Student Sessions. Students will have 15 minutes for their presentation and each presentation will be followed by an open in-depth discussion, with feedback provided to the student by session mentors and peers.

All accepted papers will be included in the Colloquium Proceedings and student participants will receive a certificate of scholastic excellence. In addition, Best Paper Awards will be organized to recognize excellence of outcome. Proceedings would be published in a reputed book series / journal.

Submissions comprise a paper describing the student´s research work. The paper should be between ten to fifteen pages and include:
  • Title Page with Author Names, Affiliation and Abstract (150 words), and keywords
  • The research problem addressed and why the problem is important,
  • A brief discussion of related work, limited to 25 references
  • The research questions pursued and the adopted research methodology,
  • Scientific and technical challenges encountered in the course of the research,
  • Findings obtained or emerging research results, andfuture work
  • In-text citation and references should be in APA format.
  • Font should be 11 sized times new roman, and single spacing throughout.
  • Additionally, all doctoral students willing to participate in the Colloquium must submita 1-page CV and a 500 word statement of purpose.
The language of the colloquium is English and all submitted materials must be in English.

5. International Colloquium Co-Chairs

  • Tomasz Janowski
    Chair of Applied Informatics in Management, Technical University of Gdańsk, Poland
    Department for E-Governance and Administration, Danube University Krems, Austria

  • Elsa Estevez
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina

6. Colloquium Organizing Co-Chairs

  • Gaurav Dwivedi

  • Rajesh Sharma

  • Geetanjli Agrawal
  • Prof. MP Gupta
          (IIT Delhi)

  • Prof. Arpan K. Kar
          (IIT Delhi)

  • Prof. Shuchi Sinha
          (IIT Delhi)

7. Contact Details

  • Email:
  • Phone: +91-11-2659-7320

8. Important Dates

  • 1st Call for Papers: 10th July 2017
  • 2nd Call for Papers: 25th July 2017
  • Final Submission Deadline: 27th August 2017
  • First Review Outcome: 30th September 2017
  • Registration and transfer of copyrights: 10th October 2017
  • Colloquium Date: 25th November 2017

9. Article Submission

All articles would need to be submitted only via easychair. The link for article submission is as follows: LINK:

10. Publication Opportunities

Selected articles will be published in the reputed "Advances in Theory and Practice of Emerging Markets", published by Springer Nature.

For the final submission to the doctoral colloquium. Please follow this link: Click here

Best paper(s) may be fast tracked to the Special Issue on "Digital Nations - Smart Cities, Innovation & Sustainability" in Information Systems Frontiers (ABDC A Category, ABS 3* journal), published by Springer Nature. Click here for further information.