Archive for the ‘NISCAIR’ Category
18 February 2013
LUCKNOW: The mega Hindu religious fair Kumbh is proving to be quite a revelation for a group of researchers and surveyors from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Here to conduct a survey on a cross-section of pilgrims to measure public understanding of science,scientific attitudes, knowledge, myths and superstitions, this group, which is still collecting data, says Indians don’t believe in ghosts anymore and superstitions have reduced across the board, a reflection of changing India.
“Not only they have good awareness of HIV/AIDS but also there is a growing acceptance of AIDS patients,” says Gauhar Raza, chief scientist of CSIR’s National Institute of Scientific Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), Delhi….
Read more: http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Lucknow/Kumbh-s-faithful-trust-science-not-superstition-study/Article1-1013122.aspx
25 October 2012
New Delhi: Even as India has announced plans to significantly raise its research and development budget during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-17), its top science officials say they can’t afford to subscribe to international science journals.
17 October 2012
NEW DELHI: Popular science magazines brought out by a government-run institute may soon be available in regional languages.
Science and Technology Minister Vayalar Ravi made a strong pitch for bringing out ‘Science Reporter’ magazine in Malayalam after learning that it was available in Urdu.
Ravi mooted the idea at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR)……..
09 September 2012
NEW DELHI: India’s science research activity has slipped to a fourth of China’s over just the past decade in a dramatic decline that suggests that repeated government promises to focus on research are yet to shows results. New analysis of comparative science research, that takes into account both quality and quantity, shows that India led China till as recently as 2002. But while Delhi has almost stagnated since then, Beijing has leapfrogged ahead, its research activity four times that of India.
The analysis by Dr Gangan Prathap, director of the National Institute for Science Communication and Information Resources — India’s apex agency for science research evaluation — is published in the latest issue of Current Science, the country’s top science journal…..
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…..
04 June 2012
MUMBAI: Indian mathematicians have fallen behind in the race to break new ground in the subject, the comparison having been made in the “National Year of Mathematics”. An article on “top 50 national rankings in mathematics”, published in Current Science, has found a gap not only between the work of mathematicians in India and those elsewhere, but also between the number of papers Indian mathematicians publish and the number of times those papers are cited or impact the work of other authors.
….“The exergy is an indicator combining both quality and quantity aspects and in this India fares badly. Even when we consider the quality factor only, our ranking in terms of the number of citations is very poor,” said the article’s author Gangan Prathap, director of National Institute of Science, Communication and Information Resources. “We need more quality faculty, we need more schools of maths, and we need to re-orient our education to ensure that students don’t shy away from basic sciences and maths.”……
30 May 2012
A two day International Conference on Role of Communication Media in Inculcating Scientific Temper & Awareness Communication, by CSIR-NISCAIR, Vigyan Prasar, NCSTC and NCSM concluded here today.
The day conference concluded with the valedictory session having Eminent Scientist and Educator Prof. Yash Pal and Ms. Mallika Sarabhai, Activist & Indian Classical Dancer as key note speaker. Prof. Yashpal in his address focussed on the questions asked by children. He said we must listen to children because it is only children who asks us why and how every phenomenon around us is happening. Children are the real discoverer of question and we have to answer the questions…..