Archive for July 2012
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…..
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….
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……
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)…..
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…..
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…..
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….