Archive for October 2009
28 October 2009
MUMBAI: After a rap from the Bombay high court, the BMC is trying hard to ensure better roads for Mumbaikars. For starters, it has issued a new road
improvement tender welcoming all new road technologies instead of banking on a single technology like in the past.
This, said sources, follows the Bombay high court’s August 2009 directive quashing a two-year Rs 20 crore road improvement contract which “smacked of bias and favouritism”.
The BMC had, in its tenders, mentioned that an expertise in Carboncor technology was the basic requisite for acquiring the contract. Later, following representation by certain contractors, it deleted this requirement. The contract was finally awarded to Chirag Constructions, RPS Infraprojects and Tarla Shah who did not have the requisite expertise.
A division bench of Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice Ajay Khanwilkar castigated the corporation and the then municipal commissioner Jairaj Phatak for their failure to safeguard public interest while awarding the contract. It had directed the BMC to invite fresh tenders, clearly state the terms and conditions without any ambiguity while keeping in mind the economic interests of the civic body.
“We have asked for all new technologies that conform to the norms laid down by the Central Road Research Institute and the Indian Road Congress. We have not asked for Carboncor specifically because we then become very selective about one technology and when there is only one supplier, it creates a monopoly,” said R A Rajeev, additional municipal commissioner-incharge of roads……Read complete news item….
By Nandita Vijay
28 October 2009
Central Food Technology Research Institute (CFTRI), today, stands out among the largest and most diversified technology laboratories in the world. The institute is one of the constituent of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and till now, has built a network with these laboratories for further utilizing the infrastructure.
CFTRI plays a very major role in opening its doors to the outside world to see how people across the globe can synergise with the institute for their advantage and for the advantage of the institute in cross-ventilating the knowledge power which is tomorrow’s wealth. With the 5th nutraceutical summit all set to take off at The Lalit, New Delhi from 28-30 October, 2009 and CFTRI being part of the organisers team, CFTRI Director V Prakash tells Nandita Vijay about the trends in nutraceuticals market, latest developments and events like the Nutraceuticals summit playing an important role in accelerating the industry…..Read interview…….
By Sarimul Islam Choudhury
28 October 2009
It targets sub-Rs 15 lakh category start-ups in chemical, material and biological sciences space.
Venture Center, a Pune-based technology business incubator, has submitted a proposal to the Technology Development Board (TDB) to launch a mini-sized seed fund of around Rs 1 crore.
While the amount may appear very negligible, technology entrepreneurs will tell you that sums of Rs15 lakh is what most of them typically need to kick-start their work. And, it is this petty cash that is hard to come by.
Speaking to VCCircle, Kaushik Gala, business development manager, Venture Center said, “not many VC funds are interested in the sub-Rs 15 lakh category. We are trying to fill the gap. It makes sense to compliment VCs and angel networks.”
Venture Center has also launched its flagship programme called ‘Lab2Mkt’ to help commercialise the technology portfolio of different R&D labs.
Venture Center, an initiative of CSIR, is a not-for-profit company hosted by the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune and funded by Department of Science and Technology. It offers a range of services to knowledge-based technology start ups in chemical, material and biological sciences space…..Read complete news item…
By Haroon Mirani
30 October 2009
Famed for its apples, cherries, peaches and plums, Kashmir is now turning into a major producer of the less-known water chestnut.
As the name indicates, this small rectangular fruit grows wild in the sweet-water lakes of Kashmir. But a large chunk of it, an estimated 4-5 million kg a year, comes from the Wullar lake, providing livelihood to nearly 40,000. The sweet and aromatic fruit grows under the floating leaves and drops off when ripe; it is then scooped out using a net.
Towards the end of the 19th century, the erstwhile British rulers had leased out several lakes in Kashmir for water chestnut cultivation.
……..Agro Food Processing Emporium (AFPE) in collaboration with the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, and the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow, has manufactured biscuits from water chestnuts that are suited for diabetics……Read complete news item……
29 October 2009
PANJIM: Researchers have attributed the unusual monsoon pattern and decreased rainfall to the lesser low pressure system in the north west Pacific ocean.
“This year the monsoon rainfall was 23 per cent below normal. We feel that the convective systems (low pressure system) in the northwest Pacific Ocean played a major role in decreasing the monsoon rainfall over the Indian subcontinent,” Dr M R Ramesh Kumar, deputy director of National Institute of Oceanography, told Herald.
Kumar, who led the team which studied monsoon behaviour, contended that there were only three convective systems in the Bay of Bengal as compared to eighteen which formed in the northwest Pacific Ocean region….Read complete news item…..
30 October 2009
PUNE: The National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) Innovation Park, along with Venture Centre, will soon showcase technologies from the areas of polymer science and engineering to highlight their commercial potential.
“The event is targeted at entrepreneurs, MSMEs, corporations and technology commercialisation professionals who wish to leverage our competencies and know-how and identify specific opportunities to take these technologies to the market,” P K Ingle, head of the publication and science communication unit of the NCL, said.
The session, to be held on November 13 at the NCL Innovation Park, will display techniques related to membranes, microspheres, microcapsules and silicones, among others.
These technologies are applicable to a wide variety of large and growing markets both in India and abroad in the fields of health-care, consumer goods, industrial equipment, construction materials and military applications, among others.
The day-long event will start off with an introduction to NCL innovations followed by examples of commercial applications for each of these technologies. Participants will also get an opportunity to interact with some of the scientists behind the technologies.
The afternoon session will focus on explaining the technology commercialisation process, how technology transfer/licensing works at the NCL, and insights into various sources of funding for entrepreneurs who wish to commercialise these technologies.
The NCL is a research, development and consulting organisation with a focus on chemistry and chemical engineering. It has been involved in research partnership with industry. This is the first of a series of such events to be organised by the organisation in the future.
31 October 2009
CHANDIGARH: Known as the largest public sector employer in the country, the Indian Railways have responded generously to security measures over the years. Continuing on this track, it recently amended its cutting edge technology designed for hassle-free service of knowing the exact location of locomotives via global positioning system (GPS). The urge for change was prompted by apprehensions of terrorist threats.
…..CSIO, Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur and IIT-Kanpur have collaborated in all these automation projects of railways. An MoU was signed between CSIO and RDSO on Friday, to widen the ambit of instrumentation……….Read complete news item…..