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Archive for July 2012

Reputation Race in Higher Education is Getting Bigger, but is it Getting Better?

27 July 2012

The university ranking system is getting bigger every year. More institutions are added, more heart burns are caused, more browbeating happens, more student lives are touched, and so on. But the question is: Is it getting better?

….Many university ranking systems, including India’s NAAC, are flawed as they also give emphasis to input indicators and not just output/outcome indicators, says Gangan Prathap, director of NISCAIR and former vice-chancellor of CochinUniversity. He frequently publishes on this subject and has earlier analysed SIR 2011 data inCurrent Science in a new X-ranking.

“I’m not convinced that the I-distance is fault-free. It emphasizes the quality indicators over the quantity indicators. I think to evaluate performance, you need both,” he says. He however agrees that it’d be a good idea to do a discipline-wise ranking…..

Read more: http://forbesindia.com/blog/technology/reputation-race-in-higher-education-is-getting-bigger-but-is-it-getting-better/#ixzz21vNq6rfq

Written by csirindia

July 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Posted in NISCAIR

CRRI explained why Ahmedabad BRT works

25 July 2012

NEW DELHI: In its desperation to save its ill-conceived and poorly executed BRT project, Delhi government is now shooting the messenger. It has not only questioned the study conducted by the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) but also launched a scathing attack on the institute itself….

Read more: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-25/delhi/32847520_1_crri-delhi-brt-brt-corridors

Written by csirindia

July 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Posted in CRRI

Marine salt to bring sea life at your doorstep

17 July 2012

BHAVNAGAR: Those looking forward to having marine life in their aquariums need not go anywhere in search of seawater. Scientists at Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), Bhavnagar, have developed a special marine salt to address their needs.

It is a solid form of artificial seawater which can be used for sustaining life in a marine aquarium. Director, CSMCRI, P K Ghosh said, “The objective was to meet the greater need of scientific community at large where seawater is not available for research.”

“We have sent the marine salt for experiments to various institutions as well as people who keep marine aquariums in their houses. We have received a very good response from them. Sea life survives with the help of this salt in a natural manner. The salt is basically a ‘solid form of the sea’. When dissolved, it turns fresh water to seawater. Since seawater contains many salts and micro-nutrients, getting the right salt at an affordable price is of critical importance. This salt would be cheaper and available at around Rs 15 per kg,” Ghosh said……

Read more: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/environment/developmental-issues/marine-salt-to-bring-sea-life-at-your-doorstep/articleshow/15022085.cms

Written by csirindia

July 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

Posted in CSMCRI

Delhi can do without BRT, says CRRI

17 July 2012

New Delhi: Cars take 13 to 16 minutes extra to cross the 5.8-km long Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand, which wastes fuel worth Rs 2.48 crore every year, according to results of a court-mandated study by the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI)…..

Read more: http://www.financialexpress.com/news/delhi-can-do-without-brt-says-crri/975310/

Written by csirindia

July 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

Posted in CRRI

NGRI to map K-G basin

17 July 2012

National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) will conduct airborne survey separately for mapping Krishna-Godavari basin and collecting images and data in six pilot areas across the country to study groundwater recharge pattern.

NGRI Director Mrinal K. Sen told The Hindu on the sidelines of a workshop on `Coastal Aquifer Monitoring & Management’ on Monday that the two important projects were being launched by the government to understand ground realities and take up remedial measures. The mapping of K-G basin is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. It will be launched in a month and the project cost will be Rs.30 crore…..

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/article3648792.ece

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July 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

Posted in NGRI

About 22% people suffer from allergies

16 July 2012

HUBLI: Dr A.B.Singh, emeritus scientist, Institute of Genomics and integrative Biology, Delhi University expressed concern over the increasing number of allergic cases in the country and said; nearly 22% people in the country are suffering from one or other kind of allergies…..

Read more: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-16/hubli/32697154_1_allergies-pollen-national-seminar

Written by csirindia

July 18, 2012 at 9:37 am

Posted in IGIB

They cross a milestone to realise their dreams

14 July 2012

MYSORE: The CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) held on Friday a function in which students who completed M.Sc. in food technology and flour milling technology certificate course were given away awards, certificates.

Rajesh Luthra, head, Human Resource Development Group, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, presented medals and certificates to the students….

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3638606.ece

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July 17, 2012 at 5:21 am

Posted in CFTRI

CBRI to undertake safety study of Parliament building

15 July 2012

NEW DELHI:  Questions over safety of the 85-year-old Parliament building in the event of a quake have prompted the Lok Sabha Secretariat to ask a premier research institute to undertake a study of the structure.

Roorkie-based Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) has been asked to undertake the study on finding whether the Parliament building will be able to withstand a major quake.

The CBRI has been vested with the responsibility of generating, cultivating and promoting building science and technology in the service of the country……..

Read more: http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/cbri-to-undertake-safety-studyparliament-building/32391/

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July 17, 2012 at 5:18 am

Posted in CBRI

More sanctuaries to get Neeri water purifiers

12 July 2012

NAGPUR: After Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), now Bor, New Bor and Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuaries under the Pench Tiger Reserve will procure Neeri-Zars, the portable instant water purification system developed by National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)…..

Read more: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-12/nagpur/32648130_1_purifiers-portable-instant-water-purification-instant-water-purification-system

Written by csirindia

July 13, 2012 at 10:22 am

Posted in NEERI

TB or not TB: India crowdsources research

11 July 2012

NEW DELHI, India — Facing nearly 2 million new tuberculosis cases every year — more and more of them drug-resistant — India has a bigger stake in finding a better treatment for TB than any other country.

Yet until recently, obstacles hindered Indian scientists’ efforts to conduct advanced research.

The reason? India’s university professors are bogged down with teaching, and few have the laboratory facilities needed to do cutting edge work. And every year, more of the best minds are lured away by the pharmaceutical industry — which has little interest in TB, from which there is little money to be made.

But a pioneering effort to discover new drugs using the “open source” model prevalent in the software industry could change that.

India’s Open Source Drug Discovery network (OSDD), begun by the government’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Reseach in 2008, is making waves four years later. By leveraging more manpower, pooling laboratory resources and tapping resources from a government committed to boosting Indian research, they are hoping to produce a groundbreaking TB drug……..

Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/120703/india-drug-discovery

Written by csirindia

July 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

Posted in CSIR