The Ministries of Earth Sciences and Agriculture have launched a
mobile application that will provide location, and crop and livestock-
specific weather-based agro advisories to farmers in local
To begin with, the service would be available for 150 districts in
different parts of the country. It will be extended to rest of the
country in a phased manner over the next one year. The Ministries will
provide forecast to farmers relating to temperature, rainfall,
humidity, and wind speed and direction, which play critical roles in
agricultural operations and how to take care of the crops and
livestock. The information would be updated twice a week on Tuesdays
The app has been named Meghdoot and can be downloaded from Google
Play Store and App Store. The users will have to register their name
and location so that they can get area specific information. It has
been developed by experts from the India Meteorological Department and
Indian Institute of Tropical meteorology and the Indian Council of
The app would provide information in the form of images, maps and
pictures to help the farmer to have a clearer picture of what is in
store. It has been integrated with WhatsApp and Facebook as well to
help farmers share information among themselves. It will also be
integrated with YouTube in future.
In another related development, IMD has developed new website to
disseminate weather and climate information in user-friendly manner.
The website has less of technical information and more of important
information such as district-wise weather warnings in easy to view and
The site will also act as a centralized portal to all the
meteorological offices in India to update the warnings, bulletins and
other data in real-time.Minister for Earth Science, Science and
Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched the agro-meteorology advisory
application and the new website at a function to mark the Foundation
Day of the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV MkIII-M1, successfully
launched the 3840 kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into an earth orbit today. The
spacecraft is now revolving round the earth with a perigee (nearest point to
Earth) of 169.7 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 45,475 km. Today's
flight marks the first operational flight of the GSLV Mk III.
After a smooth countdown lasting 20 hours, GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle majestically
lifted off from the Second Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR
(SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at the scheduled launch time of 1443
Hrs (2:43 pm) Indian Standard Time (IST) with the ignition of its two S200 solid
strap-on motors. All the subsequent flight events occurred as scheduled.
About 16 minutes 14 seconds after lift-off, the vehicle injected
Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into an elliptical earth orbit.Immediately after
spacecraft separation from the vehicle, the solar array of the spacecraft
automatically got deployed and ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network
(ISTRAC), Bengaluru successfully took control of the spacecraft.
ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan congratulated the launch vehicle and satellite teams
involved in this challenging mission. "Today is a historical day for Space
Science and Technology in India. I am extremely happy to announce that GSLV
MkIII-M1 successfully injected Chandrayaan-2 into an orbit of 6000 Km more than
the intended orbit and is better."
"Today is the beginning of the historical journey of India towards Moon and
to land at a place near South Pole to carry out scientific experiments to
explore the unexplored. On July 15, 2019 ISRO intelligently observed a technical
snag, Team ISRO worked out, fixed and corrected the snag within 24 hours. For
the next one and a half day, the required tests were conducted to ensure that
corrections made were proper and in right direction. Today ISRO bounced back
with flying colours," Dr. Sivan said.
In the coming days, a series of orbit manoeuvres will be carried out using
Chandrayaan-2's onboard propulsion system. This will raise the spacecraft orbit
in steps and then place it in the Lunar Transfer Trajectory to enable the
spacecraft to travel to the vicinity of the Moon.
GSLV Mk III is a three-stage launch vehicle developed by ISRO. The vehicle
has two solid strap-ons, a core liquid booster and a cryogenic upper stage. The
vehicle is designed to carry 4 ton class of satellites into Geosynchronous
Transfer Orbit (GTO) or about 10 tons to Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
Chandrayaan-2 is India's second mission to the moon. It comprises a fully
indigenous Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan). The Rover Pragyan is
housed inside Vikram lander.
The mission objective of Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the key
technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and
roving on the lunar surface. On the science front, this mission aims to further
expand our knowledge about the Moon through a detailed study of its topography,
mineralogy, surface chemical composition, thermo-physical characteristics and
atmosphere leading to a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the
After leaving earth orbit and on entering Moon's sphere of influence, the
on-board propulsion system of Chandrayaan-2 will be fired to slow down the
spacecraft. This will enable it to be captured into a preliminary orbit around
the Moon. Later, through a set of manoeuvres, the orbit of Chandrayaan-2 around
the moon will be circularised at 100 km height from the lunar surface.
Subsequently, the lander will separate from the Orbiter and enters into a 100
km X 30 km orbit around the Moon. Then, it will perform a series of complex
braking manoeuvers to soft land in the South polar region of the Moon on
September 7, 2019.
Following this, the Rover will roll out from the lander and carry out
experiments on the lunar surface for a period of 1 lunar day, which is equal to
14 Earth days. The mission life of the lander is also 1 lunar day. The Orbiter
will continue its mission for a duration of one year.The orbiter had a lift-off
weight of about 2,369 kg, while the lander and rover weighed 1,477 kg and 26 kg
respectively. The rover can travel up to 500 m (half a kilometre) and relies on
electric power generated by its solar panel for functioning.
Chandrayaan-2 has several science payloads to facilitate a more detailed
understanding of the origin and evolution of the Moon. The Orbiter carries eight
payloads, the lander carries three, and the rover carries two. Besides, a
passive experiment is included on the lander. The Orbiter payloads will conduct
remote-sensing observations from a 100 km orbit while the Lander and Rover
payloads will perform in-situ measurements near the landing site.
The ground facilities constitute the third vital element of Chandrayaan-2
mission. They perform the important task of receiving the health information as
well as the scientific data from the spacecraft. They also transmit the radio
commands to the spacecraft. The Ground Segment of Chandrayaan-2 consists of
Indian Deep Space Network, Spacecraft Control Centre and Indian Space Science
Today's successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 is a significant milestone in this
challenging mission. A total number of 7500 visitors witnessed the launch live
from the Viewer's Gallery at Sriharikota.
India to launch its 1st human genome cataloguing project
July 22, 2019 (Mumbai)
India to launch its 1st human genome cataloguing project
India will launch its first human genome mapping project by October, a move
that will help researchers get closer to developing effective therapies for
treating diseases such as cancer. In the first phase of the initiative called
the Genome India project, the genomic data of 10,000 Indians will be catalogued.
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has initiated the project.
"This is going to be transformational for our healthcare because these days
disease management is all about data," DBT secretary Renu Swarup said in an
exclusive interview to ET. "For new advancements in medical science like
predictive diagnosis and precision medicine, genomic information is key and the
A genome is an organism's complete set of DNA, including all its genes. It
contains all the information needed to build and maintain that organism. By
sequencing the genome,researchers can discover the functions of genes and
identify which of them are critical for life.
The DBT said it will build on its own experience of genomic cataloguing and
rope in 22 partner organisations including public health institutions that have
obtained regulatory ethical clearances.
Investigators in hospitals will lead the data collection through a simple
blood test from participants and the information will be added to bio banks.
Swarup expects the DBT will capture data from more than 10,000 people over the
next three years and link them to its bio banks and bio repository.
Across the world, predictive diagnosis and precision medicine based on the
genetic makeup of patients are emerging fields in the treatment of diseases such
as cancer and other genetic disorders. The Genome India project will aim to make
predictive diagnostic markers available for some priority diseases such as
cancer and other rare and genetic disorders, Swarup explained.
The DBT has started establishing diagnostic labs for genetic testing and
counselling services and a programme to train clinicians to produce skilled
personnel to set up more such labs. The department has also initiated an
outreach programme to provide genetic diagnosis and counselling to families
affected by common genetic disorders in certain districts. The Human Genome
Project, which was completed in 2003, was led by an international team of
researchers looking to sequence and map all the genes ? together known as the
genome ? of human beings.
Several countries have embarked on mapping the genetic mark up of their own
population to better understand disease profiles. The UK said in 2013 that it
will undertake the sequencing of 100,000 whole genomes of patients suffering
from cancer and rare diseases. The project was extended to 1 million in 2018.
Genomic England, the organisation that runs the programme, has said that its aim
is to create a new genomic medicine service for the National Health Service ?
transforming the way people are cared for.
However, there are concerns over the use of genetic data. According to a
report published in April by UK data consulting firm Ipsos MORI, there are clear
limits for how far the public thought genomic data and the information derived
from it should be used.Some of the red lines it raised were genetic engineering,
use of genomic data to differentiate groups within society, and predictive
insurance tests and targeted marketing.
Participants wanted assurances that there is a robust governance framework
and consent process in place that makes clear the intended use of their data,
the IPSOS report said.
Ministry of AYUSH signed MOU between with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
Ministry of AYUSH (MOA) and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) have signed MOU at New Delhi today for collaborating with each other for the digitization of AYUSH Sector. MeitY has agreed to advise and give technical support to MOA for planning and development of AYUSH GRID Project.
In pursuance to the National Health Policy 2017 and e-governance initiative of Ministry of AYUSH aims to digitize the entire AYUSH leading to transformation in the field of health care delivery at all levels, in addition to greater research, education, delivery of various healthcare programmes and better drug regulations.
On the occasion of the signing of MOU, Secretary AYUSH Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha briefed about the vision and utility of AYUSH GRID Project and stated that this will be beneficial for all stakeholders of AYUSH including citizens of the country and in turn, will help to achieve various national and international goals in healthcare.
In his remarks, Secretary, MeitY Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney informed about the various MeitY led Health initiatives such as e-Hospital, e-Aushadhi, e-Rakt Kosh, Online Registration System (ORS) and e-Shushrut for digitizing the internal workflows and processes of hospitals enabling the efficient and online delivery of Health care services across the country. MeitY has also sponsored a number of R&D projects for the development of Medical Electronics Devices and Systems such as Medical and Imaging equipment, establishing a centre of excellence in medical electronics. MeitY has also launched an online information guide called Vikaspedia, a portal for the various social sectors including Health and it offers information in 23 languages.
Secretary, MeitY concluded that high-quality technical support from MeitY to Ministry of AYUSH would lead to success in the endeavour of Ministry of AYUSH in the field of digitalization.
Cabinet clears DNA tech bill to help with investigations
June 24, 2019 (New Delhi)
Cabinet clears DNA tech bill to help with investigations
The Union Cabinet on Monday approved the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019, that allows the government to create a DNA data bank for solving crimes, tracing missing persons, and identifying dead bodies.
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is the molecule that contains the genetic instruction and can be extracted from samples of blood, tissue, hair, and bodily fluids. It is “somatically stable” or remains the same across all kinds of samples and can be used to identify people.
“The bill will empower the criminal justice delivery system by enabling the application of DNA evidence, which is considered as the gold standard in crime investigations and gives a fillip to the development of uniform practices in all laboratories involved in DNA testing in India,” said Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union minister for health and science.
The bill had been tabled earlier this year and was passed by the Lok Sabha in January. It lapsed after not being passed in the Rajya Sabha.
If approved, the bill will make provisions for the government to set up national and regional DNA data banks that will maintain samples under categories such as crime scene, suspect or under-trial, offenders, a missing person, and the unknown deceased person.
Bodily samples for DNA analysis can be collected only on consent from the people, including those who have been sentenced for up to seven years. For people who have received a sentence of more than seven years, the samples can be collected without consent.
Leaking of identifiable DNA information will be punishable by up to one year of imprisonment and a fine of ~1 lakh, according to the bill. And, altering or destroying biological samples is punishable by up to five years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2 lakh.
The bill also prohibits all laboratories from conducting any DNA tests or analysis without accreditation with the DNA regulatory board, ensuring the quality and reliability of tests.
“Even now, DNA samples from crime scenes are used for identifying criminals. But, with the creation of interlinked national data banks, the investigators will be able to go through the database to trace criminals. It will similarly help in tracing missing people or the unknown dead bodies,” said Dr Anupuma Raina, a senior scientist in the forensic DNA lab, All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
“The other thing is that the DNA samples will be saved, so even if an accused is traced after five or ten years, the samples from the crime scene can be matched for conviction. Now, this can be done only if a laboratory decides to maintain the record for years,” she added.
The bill was initially proposed in 2007 and the drafting began in 2012. The NGO Lokniti Foundation filed a petition in the Supreme Court stating that India does not have a DNA database to identify nearly 40,000 unclaimed bodies every year.
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research - Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute (CSIR-AMPRI) organized interactive seminars to discuss the benefits of new technology and further innovation in the field of science. The institute has developed 'radiation shielding tiles' for x-ray and MRI rooms to prevent radiation from leaks without the use of lead tiles.
Dr S K Sanghi, chief scientist at the Institute delivered a lecture on 'Successful Demonstration on Radiation Shielding Tiles'.
"CSIR - AMPRI has developed lead-free radiation shielding tiles, of which 2600 tiles have been installed at Saideep Hospital, Ahmednagar in Maharashtra in three X-Ray rooms, CT Scan Room and Cathlab. The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board of Government of India has approved shielding effectiveness of CSIR-AMPRI tiles. The technology is expected to be transferred to international agencies in the near future", he said.
Happy at the achievement he shared with TOI how the team of scientists had worked tirelessly for 10 long years to make this possible.
"All hospitals use lead in X-ray rooms to shield radiation. Lead by nature is toxic and when the para-medical staff spends too much time there, they develop skin diseases and may also develop more serious diseases. We wanted to develop a non-toxic shielding material so we made these shielding tiles with help of 'red mud' which is the industrial aluminium waste", added Sanghi.
OFB signs MoU with CSIR for development of new products
Aug 19, 2019 (Kolkata)
OFB signs MoU with CSIR for development of new products
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Ordnance
Factory Board (OFB) and the Council of Scientific and Industrial
Research (CSIR) in Kolkata on 16 August 2019.The MoU was signed by
Umesh Singh, Deputy Director General of OFB and Dr Harish Hirani,
Director of the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute,
Durgapur under CSIR.
This MoU is an umbrella arrangement under which individual factories
under OFB can collaborate with specific CSIR laboratories for taking up
of new R & D projects. The MoU will facilitate collaboration and
exchange of information between OFB and CSIR on a wide range of
The MoU has been signed as part of the ongoing efforts to boost the
in-house research and development (R & D) capability of the OFB so as
to give a boost to the 'Make in India' initiative of the Government of
Research will make India a world leader - Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'
Aug 8, 2019 (New Delhi)
Research will make India a world leader - Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal
Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal
'Nishank' chaired the meeting of Secretaries of Higher and Technical
Education of States & Union Territories to discuss the draft New
Education Policy (NEP) here today.
Speaking on the Occasion the Minister said that the research is the
foundation for the development of any country and India will again
become a world leader by giving boost to research in the country. Shri
Nishank said that states have a very important role in the new
education policy. He called upon all the states that there should be
more brainstorming before framing the new education policy. He added
that the education policy is for the whole country and everyone's
participation in the country's policy should be ensured.
The Union Minister said that the draft National Education Policy is
the result of detailed consultations with all stakeholders in the last
4 years. The aim of the National Education Policy is to bring reforms
in the Indian education system so that India can play a major role in
the global knowledge system. He further said that there are many
provisions in this draft which will give a new direction to education
sector of the country.
In the draft NEP, provisions like the restructuring of higher
education, promotion of research by the National Research Foundation,
promotion of Indian languages, bringing more financial resources in
this area and promoting more autonomy in the higher education system
have been made for the holistic development of education.
Shri Nishank said that higher education today needs to be more
employable, research oriented, innovative, technology-oriented and
accountable, so that the youth can get the right direction. The
Minister further said that our education system also has an important
responsibility to establish the country as a global power by meeting
Shri Nishank said that to improve the quality of education, there is
a need to fill the vacant posts in all educational institutions
immediately. He stressed that all states need to think seriously on
this issue. The Minister also said that for the better future of the
country, we have a responsibility to implement our strategies in a
timely manner to benefit all the students in the country.
Govt-funded R&D facilities may now become accessible to pvt firms, individuals
July 31, 2019 (Hyderabad)
Govt-funded R&D facilities may now become accessible to pvt
A portal will facilitate sharing
The Research & Development (R&D) infrastructure and other resources
of public-funded entities will soon be opened up for private firms and
individuals to carry out their research.
"Sharing of publicly-funded R&D resources has become ever more
urgent owing to the very high cost of equipment and facilities and
costs laid out over their future operation and maintenance," says a
draft, which has been released for feedback/comments from pharma,
biotech industry and other stakeholders. Access may be provided for a
fee, at subsidised rates or even free of cost, depending on the
The Centre is working on launching an integrated portal to be called
Indian Science, Technology and Engineering Facilities Map, I-STEM
Portal, in this regard.
The portal, which will have an up-to-date list of all functioning
R&D equipment and facilities procured through government grants located
at various institutions and organisation, will be made open to the
public, according to the draft guidelines on sharing of public-funded
R&D resources, released by Principal Scientific Adviser to the
Government of India.
The advanced information technologies can enable the sharing of
resources a reality as different agencies of government can create and
maintain an updated national and regional inventory of resources.
"This has the potential for revving up R&D productivity and
enhancing the effectiveness of public investment. Apparently, the motto
is linking researchers and resources," the draft said.
A nodal office should be set up at the Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore to establish, operate and maintain the I-STEM portal, it
suggested. If this becomes a reality, key and expensive equipment
installed in various entities, including national and regional research
labs under the administrative control of Defence Research and
Development Organisation (DRDO), Indian Space Research Organisation
(ISRO) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, among
others, could be thrown open to private and individual research
Government of India is running several research fellowship schemes to attract meritorious students into research-HRD Minister
July 22, 2019 (New Delhi)
Government of India is running several research fellowship schemes to
attract meritorious students into research-HRD Minister
The undergraduate programmes in the premier institutions such as Indian
Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the National Institutes of Technology (NITs)
are the most sought after academic programmes. However, only few of them opt to
pursue research after completing their B.Tech. courses. In order to attract
these meritorious students into research, Government of India, in 2018 launched
Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme, which offers direct admission
to such students in the Ph.D porgrammes in the Indian Institutes of Technology
(IITs), Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) and Indian
Institute of Science (IISc) with attractive fellowship of Rs.70,000/- to
Rs.80,000/- per month. In addition, a research grant of Rs.2 lakh per year is
provided to the selected fellows for a period of five years to present research
papers. With further modification, the scheme has been opened for eligible
students from all recognized institutions/universities in the country. The rate
of fellowship/emoluments for other Ph.D, Junior Research Fellows (JRF) and
Senior Research Fellows (SRFs) has also been revised from the existing
Rs.25,000/- to Rs.31,000/- and Rs. 28,000/- to Rs.35,000/- per month effective
from 01.01.2019. All students pursuing M.Tech. programmes in the Centrally
Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) and those affiliated with All India
Council for Technical Education (AICTE) are offered a monthly fellowship of
The Department of Science & Technology has also revised the rates of
emoluments for Research Associates from the existing Rs.36,000 to 47,000/-,
Rs.38,000/- to 49,000/- and Rs.40,000/- to Rs.54,000/- per month as per
eligibility. As regards foreign students taking up R&D, no such centralized data
The information was given by the Union Minister for Human Resource
Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' in a written reply in the Lok Sabha
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has given away one
of its prestigious awards to its former director-general a month after his
retirement, triggering murmurs of protests within the CSIR family
Scientists described it as a probable case of 'conflict of interest' that needs to be probed. In 2018, the council presented its 'CSIR Technology Award'
in the category of life sciences to the Institute of Microbial Technology
(IMTECH), Chandigarh, for developing a state-of-the-art clot-buster drug known as clot specific streptokinase.
Girish Sahni, a scientist who developed the indigenous clot-buster during his
long research career at IMTECH, was the director-general of CSIR when his pet
project was selected for the award.
"The streptokinase technology was developed years ago. The CSIR had even signed a commercial agreement with a pharmaceutical company in 2011. Then why was it awarded at a time when Sahni was at the helm of affairs to throw around his influence? The issue of conflict of interest can?t be ruled out and the CSIR headquarters must come out clean," a senior CSIR scientist, who didn't wish to be identified, told DH.
Sahni retired as a CSIR director-general on August 23, 2018. The CSIR awards are presented every year on its foundation day on September 26. But the process of selecting the award by a 14-member jury was carried out when Sahni was in charge of India's oldest research council.
A CSIR spokesperson said, "In 2018, the (selection) committee, after
deliberations, recommended the nomination 'Clot Busters for Thrombolytic
Therapy' submitted by a group of scientists of IMTECH for the award. By a
coincidence, Sahni was one of the contributing scientists of IMTECH for the
"The nominations for CSIR technology awards are scrutinised in detail,
deliberated and selected by respective award selection committee comprising high level external members drawn from various institutions in India. This committee
is an independent one; non-members (including director-general, CSIR) don't
participate in the meeting," the spokesperson said.
Sahni responded to DH, countering the charges. "I'm not aware of any personal knowledge or intervention in this matter. To the best of my knowledge, no influence was exercised. For me, it's very difficult to comment more than this. I
can say with utmost honesty that I have a clear conscience in this matter. A
large group of scientists and students worked on this project for several years
and created a strong societal impact," he said.
Incidentally, the charges against the former CSIR chief come at a time when
India's principal scientific advisor has come out with a draft national policy on academic ethics. In one of the chapters dealing with science administration, it says, "Conflicts of interest have to be avoided. When potential conflicts are
liable to occur, the official must make this known to the concerned
Indian government agencies have signed an agreement to strengthen
intellectual property (IP) rights within India's defence industry.The Ministry
of Defence said on 10 July that the agreement was signed by the Department of
Defence Production's Intellectual Property Facilitation Cell (IPFC) and the
Ministry of Science and Technology's National Research Development Corporation
The MoD said the partnership between the IPFC and NRDC is ?expected to bridge
a capacity shortfall and provide a major fillip to the ongoing efforts of the
MoD towards promoting a culture of innovation and IP rights in India's defence
industry".The agreement is intended to enable the two agencies to support
domestic defence companies to file patents for defence technologies and to
commercialise related products and IPs.
India's Defence Production Secretary Ajay Kumar announced in June that
India's state-owned enterprises filed for 730 patents during fiscal year (FY)
2018?19 and are aiming to file 1,000 patents in FY 2019?20.Mr.Kumar said the
growth was because of the success of the Indian government's campaign - launched
in November 2018 - to boost the IP rights culture within India's defence
This campaign is dubbed 'Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti' (MRGS) and as part of
related reforms the IPFC was launched in 2018 under the DDP's Directorate
General of Quality Assurance.
MoU Signed between Ministry of Health and Ministry of AYUSH for 'Tuberculosis Free India' initiative
July 18, 2019 (New Delhi)
MoU Signed between Ministry of Health and Ministry of AYUSH for
'Tuberculosis Free India' initiative
Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare have signed MoU
today to forge inter-sectoral convergence at the level of policy, planning and
programme implementation for accelerated response towards "Tuberculosis Free
India" initiative. The intended collaboration between the two Ministries aims at
development of linkages and integration of TB care services within the
infrastructure and institutional network of AYUSH. The MoU was signed by
Secretary Health and Family Welfare Smt. Preeti Sudan and Secretary AYUSH,
Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha in the presence of Minister of Health and Family Welfare
Shri Harshvardhan, MoS Health and Family Welfare Shri Ashwini Choubey and
Minister of State for AYUSH and MoS Defence Shri Shripad Yesso Naik.
On this occasion Shri Shripad Naik said that Tuberculosis is not only a
challenge for medical fraternity but also a serious social problems mainly
hitting the populations battling with poverty, malnutrition, poor hygiene,
housing and working conditions. The Minister said that AYUSH systems have
potential knowledge base, qualified & trained human resources and holistic
healthcare practices to help achieving the objective of TB- free India. He
further said that accordingly, it is expected that multifaceted issues of the
people suffering from TB can be addressed with integrated approaches, inter-
sectoral convergence and meaningful involvement of AYUSH sector.
The MoU with the Central TB Division of the Ministry of Health & Family
Welfare outlines the scope and extent of AYUSH involvement in sensitization,
awareness generation, capacity building of AYUSH institutions and health service
providers in the areas of TB diagnosis, control and management. Focused
activities envisaged under the MoU will cover joint planning to work with AYUSH
organisations & professional bodies and promote adjuvant use of evidence- based
AYUSH interventions for, TB control and management. It is also intended to
facilitate research collaboration and best practices of AYUSH healthcare and
build up capacities for TB-free work places and communities. Both Ministries
will appoint Nodal Officers for development of implementation plan, modalities
of operationalization and steering the collaboration activities outlined in the
IIT Delhi signs MoU with five CSIR laboratories to promote cooperative research
July 16, 2019 (New Delhi)
IIT Delhi signs MoU with five CSIR laboratories to promote cooperative
As a part of MoU, IIT Delhi plans to promote collaborative research, exchange
of ideas, development of knowledge, enhancing high quality research
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, recognised by the Government of
India as an Institution of Eminence,has entered into an agreement with five of
the renowned national laboratories of by signing an MoU to promote cooperative
research. The laboratories are CSIR-Advanced Materials and Processes Research
Institute, CSIRCentral Scientific Instruments Organisation, CSIR-Central
Electronics Engineering Research Institute, CSIRInstitute of Minerals &
Materials Technology and CSIR-National Physical Laboratory of India.
CSIR or Council of Scientific and Industrial Research works under the
Government of India as the largest research and development organisation in the
country.The MoU was signed by the Directors of the laboratories and Prof V.
Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi in the presence of Dr Shekhar C. Mande, DG,
CSIR today.Prof. Rao in his opening remarks said that IIT Delhi has been
pioneering in providing its students and faculty with world class infrastructure
and conducive environment for research.He also spoke about the plans to initiate
about 60 Interdisciplinary Research projects with the five CSIR laboratories
Welcoming the partnership, Dr Mande said that the CSIR laboratories can
benefit immensely with such collaborations that are in the mutual interest areas
of research and together it can participate more proactively in solving nation's
persisting problem in the areas of science and technology, healthcare.
As a part of MoU, IIT Delhi plans to promote collaborative research, exchange of
ideas, development of knowledge, enhancing high quality research throughput.
The MoU would also serve as a platform to students, faculty and other research
scholars equally to contribute towards research and development growth of nation
and fuelling its growth, an IIT Delhi statement said.
The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry is working on a plan to
create a National Research Foundation (NRF) and is veering towards structuring
it as a commission created by an act of Parliament and headed by the Prime
The NRF's mandate is to foster research, much like the US' National Science
Foundation does, although it will do this by working almost exclusively through
universities and premier educational institutions.
Some people expect an announcement of the funding and creation of NRF to come
in the Union Budget which will be presented on Friday.
According to a senior government official familiar with the matter, a panel
of nearly 80 experts including NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, former revenue
secretary Hasmukh Adhia, Niti Aayog, principal scientific adviser to the PM, K
VijayRaghaThe van, former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan, former Infosys CEO Kris
Gopalakrishnan and top HRD officials led by higher education secretary R
Subrahmanyam, has given a detailed plan on setting up NRF to the ministry.
According to the report submitted by these experts under the ministry's
Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP), NRF may be
commission by an Act of Parliament and will aim at achieving excellence in
knowledge creation and research and innovation infrastructure.
Its operations should follow a so-called hub-and-spoke model with a network
of Centres of Excellence (CoEs) located in premier institutions, the report
NRF will fund research projects through grants. It will establish high-
intensity thematic research labs in areas of science such as oceanography,
nanotechnology, and Information & Communication Technology.
"NRF will be an apex body formed under the chairmanship of Prime Minister and
will aim for excellence in knowledge, people and infrastructure. It will focus
on promoting R&D activities in branches of science and technology, humanities
and social sciences identified through national and state missions," the report
HT has reviewed a copy of the report.
According to the panel, which was formed on the direction of the Prime
Minister's office and whose report was submitted to HRD minister Ramesh
Pokhriyal Nishank, NRF will establish and support research centres in existing
higher education institutions. It will also support and fund postdoctoral
"The overarching goal of NRF will be to enable a culture of research to
permeate through our universities. In particular, NRF will explicitly aim to
remove the current obstacles in creating a global quality research ecosystem in
the country by providing a reliable base of merit-based peerreviewed research
funding, helping to develop a culture of research in the country through
suitable incentives for and recognition of outstanding research, and by
undertaking major initiatives to seed and grow research at state universities
and other public institutions where research capability is currently limited,"
the report says.
The report also calls for an innovation fund for supporting innovative
projects at pre-incubation, incubation and start-up levels.
"It is an excellent idea. The New Education Policy draft has also called for
setting up a research foundation. However, creating it through an act of
parliament and headed by the prime minister as aspects will add to its
stature...," said former UGC member Inder Mohan Kapahy.