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Archive for January 2011

IICT working on renewable energy projects

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…..

Read more: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/iict-workingrenewable-energy-projects/423490/

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January 31, 2011 at 5:54 am

Posted in IICT

2-day science leadership programme begins at CIMAP

28 January 2011

LUCKNOW: A two-day programme for young leadership in science started at the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic (CIMAP) on Thursday. The programme was attended by 18 meritorious students hailing from different districts of UP. Prof. Ram Rajasekharan, director, CIMAP said that the programme is initiated by CSIR all over the country to attract young minds to science.

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.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/2-day-science-leadership-programme-begins-at-CIMAP/articleshow/7375458.cms#ixzz1CQkYgqBO

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January 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Posted in CIMAP

oon, a monitor to show pollutants in city

29 January 2011

NAGPUR: Though the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri) has been monitoring the air quality of the city for many years as part of the national ambient air quality project and otherwise, the institute now plans to go hi-tech in the field.
It has already procured a state-of-art equipment for Rs 65 lakh from Sweden which will be installed in the institute premises and will monitor all major parameters. The actual levels (live measurements) will be displayed digitally on a board which is being set up at the main entrance gate of the institute by April. Also, the data generated from the three existing monitoring units in city will be displayed.

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……

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Soon-a-monitor-to-show-pollutants-in-city/articleshow/7382181.cms#ixzz1CQjGmumg

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January 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Posted in NEERI

CIMAP to host farmers’ meet on January

26 January 2011

LUCKNOW: The Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants ( CIMAP) will organise a `kisan mela’ on January 31 at its campus. Apart from an interactive meet between farmers and scientists, a special training programme for women under mission `saksham’ will be organised to train them for making rose-water and fragrant ‘agarbatti’.

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.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/CIMAP-to-host-farmers-meet-on-January-31/articleshow/7364000.cms#ixzz1C6jhbyza

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January 26, 2011 at 8:47 am

Posted in CIMAP

NML signs MoU with KIGAM

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.

Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/nml-signs-mou-with-kigam/548963.html

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January 26, 2011 at 8:45 am

Posted in CSIR

Bio-pharmaceutical lab for IMTECH

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.”

Read more: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Bio-pharmaceutical-lab-for-IMTECH/741806/

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January 26, 2011 at 8:43 am

Posted in IMTECH

Maiden CSIR tableau on R-day to showcase its healthcare R&D feat

25 January 2011

NEW DELHI: In a rare first, the country’s premier science research organisation will have a tableau at the Republic Day Parade on the healthcare theme — from generic drugs to genomics.

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.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Maiden-CSIR-tableau-on-R-day-to-showcase-its-healthcare-RD-feat/articleshow/7355368.cms#ixzz1C6i8GwMH

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January 26, 2011 at 8:41 am

Posted in CSIR

CSIR first drug devp tableau on R-Day

25 January 2011

CHANDIGARH: For the first time ever in the history of Republic Day parade, a science tableau that of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR, would showcase the journey of drug development from generic to genomic medicines (personalized medicines which can be designed according to the gene patterns of an individual). The Theme will be Drug development from generic to genomic medicines, affordable health care for all The CSIR houses 39 scientific laboratories in the country, including Institute of Microbial technology and the CSIO in Chandigarh.

CSIR director general (DG) and department of science and industrial technology secretary Prof Samir Brahmachari said, “This is a chance for the young scientists to highlight what the nation is heading towards. Ten CSIR students will showcase our success in the field of indigenous drug development for the public. The concept of a gene and medicine preparation would be explained in layman’s terms. The students will be shown trying to isolate a DNA molecule structure for development of medicines.

The CSIR plans to take the scientists out in the public domain. There is a need for creating virtual labs which can allow scientists to understand the fundamental requirements especially in rural settings, Brahmachari added.

Moreover, the Tejas will also be a part of the parade. The wings and head up display for this first ever indigenous light combat supersonic fighter has been a contribution of the CSIR labs and one of them is in Chandigarh, said Brahmachari. Scientific cadre management

A proposal has been sent to the ministry concerned for setting up a scientific management cadre on the lines of Indian Administrative Service. On the foundation day of IMTECH on Monday, the DG CSIR highlighted this point to Union minister of science and technology Pawan Kumar Bansal. We would require some 200 scientists specially trained in the finance, audit and managerial skills to handle administration. This will help them to participate in industrial collaborations and convey their requirements to the industries, said the DG CSIR.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/CSIR-first-drug-devp-tableau-on-R-Day/articleshow/7356971.cms#ixzz1C6hBdPkH

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January 26, 2011 at 8:37 am

Posted in CSIR

Use benefits of science and technology for mankind: Bansal

24 January 2011

CHANDIGARH: (PTI) Innovative researches in science and technology must be used for the greater benefit of mankind, a Union minister said here today.

“Scientists need to learn from our limitations and should try to give the best from the available resources.

They should also be provided new opportunities and incentives for carrying out their work,” Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Pawan Kumar Bansal said here.

He also inaugurated the new bio-pharmaceutical facility at Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) here on the occasion.

Bansal advised institutes like IMTECH to carry on research for coming up with affordable medicines and vaccines.

Samir K Brahamachari, Director General, Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) spoke on the ”CSIR Vision 2022”.

CSIR with its 39 high-tech extension centres were playing an important role for changing the face of science and technology sector in India, he said.

Source: http://news.in.msn.com/national/article.aspx?cp-documentid=4835390

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January 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Posted in IMTECH

Vasvik award for NCL scientist

24 January 2011

PUNE: National Chemical Laboratory scientist Absar Ahmad has been honoured with the prestigious Vasvik research award in the area of biological sciences and technology for his significant contribution to nanoscience and nanotechnology. The Vasvik award is given for promotion of industrial research, science and technology in India.

A statement released by the NCL said, “Absar Ahmed has made pioneering contributions to the field of bionanoscience and technology.In particular, his work on bio-inspired synthesis of metal, semiconductor and oxide nano systems using fungal and plant extract media and related studies on elucidation and control of the biomolecular processes and mechanisms are highly cited. His work on synthesis of triangular gold nanoparticles has been transferred to Tata Chemicals Ltd and is in use.”

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Vasvik-award-for-NCL-scientist/articleshow/7349379.cms#ixzz1BxoGrnUi

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January 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Posted in NCL