Archive for July 2010
31 July 2010
The government on Friday introduced a Bill to establish an academy for advancement of learning and prosecution of research in the field of science and technology in association with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
The Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research Bill, 2010 tabled in the Lok Sabha by the Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Science, seeks to declare the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research as an institution of national importance.
The proposed academy will be allowed to use the infrastructure and scientific manpower of the CSIR for teaching and research purposes and will award degrees or diplomas. It will design curriculum and pedagogy for award of diplomas or certificates and confer degrees and other academic distinctions as it may deem fit.
The institute will primarily focus on research and imparting instruction in areas that are not taught in regular academic universities in India, and also provide teaching and research facilities in frontline branches of learning and in emerging areas.
It will conduct research in branches of learning like natural sciences, life sciences, mathematical and computational sciences, medical sciences, engineering, applied art, humanities, social sciences and law relating to these areas. The academy will be allowed to appoint people from any other university, institution or industry from appropriate fields of studies as faculty…….
Read complete news item: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article542544.ece
30 July 2010
NEW DELHI: he Union science and technology ministry today introduced in the Lok Sabha a bill to create an academy that will seek to usher in a new model for post-graduate education — by drawing students into government laboratories.
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research will open its 37 laboratories for students to pursue masters and doctorate programmes in the sciences and engineering under the bill to establish the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research.
The CSIR expects to take in about 1,000 science PhD students, 125 engineering PhDs, 1,000 masters through a combination of research and lessons, and 100 MTech students each year, said Samir Brahmachari, the director-general of the CSIR.
The concept of a CSIR-based education academy has been controversial with some academicians questioning the government’s decision to create a brand new education system while university science education has deteriorated over the years.
“The idea is to provide education that is not available through universities,” Brahmachari told The Telegraph.
“These students while studying will also get to work on real-world research problems,” he said. For instance, students who join the CSIR’s Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani, might get to work on space and satellite projects……..
Read complete news item: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1100731/jsp/nation/story_12753403.jsp
30 July 2010
NEW DELHI: Minister of State for Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan introduced the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) Bill 2010 in the Lok Sabha on Friday that will enable the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to start an academy to award post-graduate and doctoral degrees.
“The proposed legislation aims to establish the Academy for advancement of learning and promotion of research in the field of science and technology in association with the CSIR,” said Chavan.
The scientists, who are currently pursuing research in any of the 37 laboratories of CSIR across the country, have to register themselves at different universities.
Once the AcSIR is set up, it would enable registration of such researchers. In addition, the academy will also award post-graduate degrees.
The aim is to stem the growing shortage of skilled manpower in the science and technology industry and the dwindling numbers of PhDs.
The academy is expected to produce 1,000 PhDs in science and technology and about 120 PhDs in engineering annually from the fifth year onwards.
The institute is foreseen as a set-up that will network between the 37 CSIR laboratories, pool resources and faculty across these to create a national level academy with a strong research focus.
The headquarters of the institute is expected to be in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad city.(ANI)
The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India today introduced the “Academy of Scientific And Innovative Research Bill 2010” in the Lok Sabha with the purpose to establish Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research, as an institution of national importance with powers to award degrees.
On 17th June 2010, the Cabinet had approved the proposal for setting up the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) as an institution for imparting instruction and awarding degrees in frontier areas of science and technology. The Government has also approved that an interim Academy be established even before the enactment of the comprehensive legislation for setting up the Academy so as to initiate its academic session by August-September 2010.
It is proposed to set-up the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) for substantially increasing the number of researchers in integrative and interdisciplinary areas of science and engineering in a cost-effective manner without requirement of any significant gestation period and additional funds from the Government. The Academy would offer a one-stop solution to meet the above requirement in higher education by leveraging the strengths of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) comprising around 4500 scientists in diverse branches of science and engineering and utilizing its research and development infrastructure.
30 July 2010
Around 100 national and international food processors and scientists gathered to participate in the inaugural session of the Functional Food & Beverage (FF&B) conference at the Leela Kempinski in Mumbai on Thursday.
Dr V Prakash, director of the Central Food Technologists Research Institute (Cftri), Mysore, in his opening remarks, focused on “detailed nutrition information” to the consumers. He said, “The functional food industry is at the nascent phase and at this stage we would have to focus on convoluted nutritional information.”
Giving an example of the traditional curcumin consumption habit among Indians, he said that researchers had found that curcumin reduces Alzheimer and improves memory. “Traditionally we have very strong and healthy eating habits. The need of the hour is to conserve the habit and show up in scientific way to the world,” he added……
Read complete news item: http://www.fnbnews.com/article/detnews.asp?articleid=28007§ionid=1
30 July 2010
Scott Van Rixel, an American chocolatier, is trying to do something Western businesses have often failed to accomplish: trademark a common Indian word.
Mr. Van Rixel’s product is called “Bhang: The Original Cannabis Chocolate”—or it will be if the trademark application he filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in May is given the green light. Self-described as a “well-established chocolate master” in New Mexico, in the southwestern U.S., Mr. Van Rixel’s newest chocolaty creation is laced with a form of cannabis, or marijuana, that doesn’t give its user a high.
………….Past patent and trademark attempts that have hinged on generic Indian words or goods have run aground under the foreign equivalence doctrine. In 1997, the Indian government successfully challenged a U.S. patent of turmeric as a wound-healing agent because, the government said, the remedy was an Indian discovery. In 2005, the European Patent Office dismissed a patent application for a fungicide derived from the seeds of the neem tree after evidence revealed Indian farmers had been using the tree’s oil as fungicide “for a long time.”
It’s conflicts such as these that the Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology, aimed to avoid with its “traditional knowledge” database of Indian biological and medical practices. In 2006, the Indian government approved providing access to the digital database to international patent offices, according to the database’s web site.
So far, India’s traditional knowledge database comprises nearly a quarter-million entries. Among them: bhang.
“It is useful in the treatment of orchitis, erysipelas, gout, otalgia, toothache, coryza and cattarh, haemoptysis, mastitis, cough/bronchitis, metralgia, diphtheria, psychosis/insanity/mania,” the entry for bhang reads…….
Read complete news item: http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2010/07/30/giving-americans-bhang-for-their-buck/
27 July 2010
NEW DELHI: India has begun work to include 220 additional Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha text in its Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), which will help check rampant biopiracy of the country’s ancient wisdom by developed countries.
The digital library is a joint effort of CSIR and the ministry of Ayush (Ayurvedic, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathic) against biopiracy or attempts by individuals or institutions in the developed countries to patent traditional knowledge passed down from generation to generation in India.
“The TKDL is being enhanced for 220 additional texts in Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha. The current coverage is 148 texts,” said VK Gupta, director, TKDL, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The government also wants to go beyond the known text to include it in the database information on traditional medicine that may be stored in other forms such as hand-written manuscripts on palm leaves, paper, cloth or inscribed on metal, a senior official has said.
“It is estimated there are about half-a-million such manuscripts in the country, which could be a source of new knowledge. Issue is that of access, preservation of these manuscripts and identifying the knowledge elements which are not available in known texts,” Dr Gupta said.
“The National Manuscript Mission did do a comprehensive exercise on inventorisation, but now we need to move forward,” he added. India felt the need to work on a digital library of its ancient knowledge after the government had to fight long battles with the US Patents and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) to revoke patent on wound healing properties of turmeric and anti-fungal properties of Neem in the late nineties…….
Read complete news item: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/News-By-Industry/Healthcare/Biotech/Pharmaceuticals/More-items-to-find-way-into-digital-library-to-check-biopiracy/articleshow/6221503.cms?curpg=1