Archive for January 2011
31 January 2011
Indian Institute of Chemical Technology is working on renewable energy sources like bioelectricity, bio fuels and solar cells. It has already built a 10-litre per hour capacity plant that can use any feedstock for biodiesel extractions, according to Ahmed Kamal, incharge director of IICT.
Addressing a press conference here on the sidelines of a three-day international conference on recent trends in renewable energy, he said the biodiesel process was ready and IICT would partner others for technology transfer for mass production…..
28 January 2011
On the other hand, `faculty training and motivation and adoption of schools and colleges by CSIR labs’ programme started at the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) on Thursday. The purpose of the programme is to create awareness and motivate teachers and students of adopted schools and colleges for science education.
29 January 2011
Neeri director Satish Wate, sharing the details of the new initiative, told TOI that the new equipment has been basically brought in for research and development purpose but it will be also used to measure the air pollutants permanently. The information generated will be displayed live round the clock on an electronic board specially being erected for the purpose……
26 January 2011
On the other hand, National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) will organise a ‘faculty training, and motivation and adoption of schools and colleges by CSIR labs’ programme on January 27 and 28. The purpose of the programme is to create awareness and motivate teachers and students of schools and colleges for science education. As a part of the programme, NBRI has selected 11 schools.
25 January 2011
JAMSHEDPUR: The National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML), a constituent unit of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) today took a major step ahead in its research and development on rare metals by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM). The MoU signed between NML director S Srikanth and president of KIGAM, Ho-Wan chang here today would enhance exchange of scientific and technical information between the two institutions. It will also promote training and exchange visits of scientists and setting-up of a rare metal centre on NML’s premises in Burmamines, NML sources said. The MoU will promote collaborative researches between the two institutes on extraction of various rare metals like zirconium and palladium for industrial use. NML director, S Srikanth said that they have been jointly working with KIGAM, in the field of waste utilisation and recovery of valuable metals from secondary sources for more than five years. “Recovery of rare metals from secondary sources is a costly affair. The MoU will help in funding the project by KIGAM, an institute sponsored and recognised by the Republic of Korea,” Srikanth said adding that now the Korean institute would help them in recovery of rare metals from mineral resources and integrated technologies for exploration, purification including analysis technologies.
25 January 2011
The Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), a part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), today got a bio-pharmaceutical laboratory, which is a one-of-its kind in the public sector. Union Science & Technology Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal inaugurated the facility at the IMTECH premises in Sector 39, Chandigarh.
The laboratory has the facility of microfiltration, centrifuge and ultra-filtration. It is meant for drug purification, which will increase the remuneration value during the transfer of technology. The facility is yet to get Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) certification, which is a global standard used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, food and medical devices.
Speaking at the function, which also marked the Institute’s foundation day, IMTECH Director Girish Sahni said, “We have ploughed back the money earned through transfer of technology into the laboratory.” CSIR Director General S K Brahmchari said, “IMTECH is a small precious stone which sits on the crown of CSIR. It has shown how it can glitter and do that for which it was established.”
25 January 2011
The idea, officials say, is to highlight the role of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as the R&D backbone of initiatives like Jan Aushadhalay, and also to encourage youth to pursue science.
On show will be a healthy rural family taking generic medicines from an outlet along with a laboratory. It aims to convey the importance of research in ensuring disease-free life for the poor.
In the background will be a double helix — the structure of a DNA molecule — that will capture the evolution in healthcare from generic drugs to use of genomics. Along the sides of the tableau will be pictures of affordable drugs developed by CSIR, including anti-malaria and contraceptive pills, clot-busters and memory enhancers. The bonds within the helix will be held together by capsules.
“Though CSIR has been in existence since 1942, our role has always been in the background. Even when intiatives like Jan Aushadhalay took off. The idea is to talk about CSIR’s crucial role and give children a reason and motivation to take up science,” explained D S Bedi, head of unit of science dissemination of CSIR.
The department of science and technology had three years ago started a scheme to give scholarships to meritorious students, who opted for basic sciences at the undergraduate level. Unfortunately, the scheme didn’t find too many takers.
Officials say 85% of the scholarships have remained unutilised as most good students prefer to pursue professional courses rather than basic sciences.
Bedi claimed that post-independence, CSIR has to its credit 13 of the 17 new drugs, but there is very little recognition of its contribution among masses. “We have now built a unique expertise in genomics. New R&D efforts aim toprevent diseases based on the genetic constitution of individuals. The tableau highlights our journey,” he added.