Volkswagen – Freigeist Fellowships

Funded by Volkswagen Foundation   In brief Freigeist Fellowships support outstanding (junior) researchers who would like to conduct exceptional, high-risk research between established fields of research. They will assume the leadership of their own junior research group and receive the very broadest academic freedom for a clear time frame. The program consists of two funding …

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Modi’s cloud cover theory proved India’s scientific minds are under “clouds” of danger

The prime minister, a few days back, suggested that radars don’t detect anything under cloud cover. Is India’s scientific mind being clouded by such raw “vision”? A fear that has been raised previously too, after he seemed to propagate mythological facts as scientific knowledge. Air Marshal A K Ahluwalia (retd.) categorically said Modi’s assertion that the …

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The Bayer Fellowship Program – Applications open from June 1 to July 14, 2019

The Bayer Fellowship Program targets students and apprentices in scientific and medical disciplines. Its goal is to support the next generation of researchers and teachers as they engage in “Science for a Better Life”. The Fellowship Program consists of five scholarship programs that offer tailored financial support. Important requirements for the support: The project to …

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Nanoparticles for sustainable agricultural practices

With the fast-developing nanotechnology, metal-based nanoparticles (NPs) production and application are increased significantly. Nanoparticles have emerged as a versatile platform, which could provide cost-effective, efficient and environmentally acceptable solutions to the global sustainability challenges facing society. Nanoparticles have a significant influence on the economy and the environment by improving both fertilizers and energy. So, these …

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Plant for the Planet

Do you know that nearly all the plant’s species are autotrophs? They don’t need our support to grow, to prosper, and to protect us. But there’s a contradiction. The environmental degradation we are rampantly causing is not allowing them to blossom the way they could. If we support them by avoiding deforestation, avoiding unnecessary cutting …

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Indian researcher named 2019 Beckmann Institute Graduate Fellow

The Beckmann Institute was opened in 1989 after a $40 million donation from Arnold Beckmann and his wife Mabel. The Beckmann institute encourages the research in interdisciplinary science and provides office and Lab space to Beckmann professors and recruits graduates from the University of Illinois. In 2019 The Beckmann Institute is celebrating its 30th year …

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Raman-Charpak Fellowship for Ph.D. Students

The Raman-Charpak Fellowship is the only Indo-French bilateral Fellowship programme jointly funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and the Service for Science and Technology (SST), French Embassy in India, Ministry for Europe & Foreign Affairs, Government of France. This programme implemented by the Indo French Centre for Promotion of …

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I am a ‘Researcher’!! Whom shall I vote?

BJP released its manifesto as ‘Sankalp Patra’ and on the contrary Congress as ‘Hum Nibhayenge’. We do not know how determinant the ‘Sankalp’ will be and how much the other party will ‘deliver’. There are points related to poverty, employment, farmers, agriculture, terrorism, Kashmir, Ram-mandir, the opening of schools, institutions, etc but somehow science and …

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Role of Women Activists in Fostering Equity in Science

Science is a multi-dimensional area, which is built on logical reasoning. For a long time, it has been seen that the area has been entertaining gender-based stereotypes. In the 21st century, preferably it is the sole area that draws the attention of numerous people but despite the growing attraction for science there is simultaneous retardation …

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A brief guide to choosing the right supervisor

Ph.D. is not just a degree, it is a lifetime experience for most students. A doctorate degree, whether in the field of science or engineering, empowers the student with various different skills. From presenting your research to a broader audience to publishing the research in prestigious journals, developing transferable skills to becoming an independent researcher. …

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships – Call is open

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) contribute to excellent research, boosting jobs, growth, and investment by equipping researchers with the new knowledge, skills, and international and intersectoral exposure to fill the top positions of tomorrow and solve current and future societal challenges. The MSCA thrive by being open to all domains of research and innovation, chosen …

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Works done to foster women in science : How humanities and science are interdependent on each other for setting up an equilibrium ?

A lot of works has been done to empower women in the field of science, using voluntary representation in technical lines or switching to print media . Women writers who spoke for the equality of the women helped a lot in drawing attention of the fellow women towards science, helping them efface their fear and …

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Indian University Rankings 2019 by Research & Professional Practice (RPC) and Outreach & Inclusivity (OI)

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) released the ranking of universities 2019 on the basis of overall performance, engineering, college, management, pharmacy, law, architecture medical. You can access all the ranking in the link below. https://www.nirfindia.org/Home Our team has analysed the performance of overall top 20 universities on the basis of RPC and OI. Research …

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The Wrecks

She took’em all, big and small;Her bosom adorned with floating corpses. The men of the sea succumbed to her wills, Whilst the tempest raged and their vessel caved. The carrion was her’s to keep, A trophy for her winged children;10 moons later the wood washed ashore, A kingdom devoid of its beloved subjects. 100 moons later the wood turned to …

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INDO-US FELLOWSHIP FOR WOMEN IN STEMM

Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) jointly announce the “Indo-U.S. Fellowship for Women in STEMM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) with an aim to provide opportunities to Indian Women Scientists, Engineers & Technologists to undertake international collaborative research in premier institutions in U.S.A, to …

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PhD: Review your ‘Supervisor’ before the literature review

Why PhD? Firstly one has the luxury of adding Dr. to his/her title which is amazing. It’s the highest level of academic achievement one can have. One has the opportunity to work with the exciting research team using cutting edge research techniques, have the opportunity to develop valuable therapeutics and skills in the respective area …

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The Sketch

The darker hues brought her to life,Charred remains when indecision was rife.She was none he knew,Another pencil stroke on white canvas.Soon but soon the eyes would stare,Far beyond than he’d care.He thought of glimmer and glitter:Anything to bring her closer to the world of men.But then something formed in the corner of her eye, Her soul …

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Introduction and status of cryo-electron microscopy in India

Imagine seeing ribosomes in complex with mRNA, tuberculosis proteins secreting the virulence factors, and so forth. These long unanswered questions are now not only being understood but “seen”. The life and complex machineries associated with it has always perplexed scientists. Cryo-EM or popularly called cryo-electron microscopy now stands as a frontier in structural biology and …

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Are you Alone or are you Lonely?

You can be famous, rich and popular. Essentially, you can have money, fame, power, beauty, social skills, a great personality and you can still be lonely. And that’s because loneliness is part of biology. Hungers tells you to eat. What does loneliness tell you? It’s a sign of feeling rejected. Feeling excluded. Not feeling the social vibe of the group around you. It tells you that you need to connect with other people.

Fulbright Fellowships

Fulbright-Nehru Awards enable the most outstanding students, academics and professionals in India and the US to study, research and teach in the host country. There are three categories in which the awards are given Student awards to pursue a master’s degree or attend a U.S. university as a visiting student researcher Scholars and teacher awards for academics, …

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Climate Change: The Fight and Urgency!

Let’s move back to the most asked question on the internet, “What’s Climate Change?” Before we jump to any conclusions about Climate Change, it is very important for us to understand the phenomenon ‘Global Warming’. When sunlight enters the Earth’s innermost atmospheric layer ‘the atmosphere’, the heat radiation of sunlight gets absorbed by a consortium …

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Newton Bhabha PhD Placement Programme

The Newton Bhabha PhD Placement Programme is an initiative of British Counci, Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT). The programme provides a placement to the India PhD scholars in a UK university. It is aimed at capacity building of individuals, increase cultural understanding and foster sustainable research collaborations. For the …

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Hike in Research Fellowship: Why protesting research scholars’ community feel insulted and betrayed?

Research scholars’ community had been peacefully protesting across the country for months to demand a hike in fellowship that corresponds to  increase in registration fees, living cost, health expenditures and inflation. They were trying to make the government understand that “Science is driven by passion, Everything else requires money”. Their argument was clear, the money …

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New possibilities in Smart textiles unlatched by Graphene

What are Smart Textiles? Smart textiles are wearable clothes with functionality attached with them. These textiles have to potential to communicate with other devices, act as sensors, and conduct energy and various other advantages. Wearable smart textiles were made by attaching electronic devices to the fabric which made them bulkier and susceptible to malfunctioning. The …

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Emerging role of elicitors in modulating abiotic stress

Plants as sessile organisms are continuously exposed to various stress (abiotic stresses and biotic stresses) that impose numerous detrimental effects and cause tremendous loss of yield. Adverse environmental factors such as drought, extreme temperatures, heavy metals and soil salinity are stressful for many agronomic traits. Each year, stresses on arable plants in different parts of …

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Ethics of Do-it-yourself Gene Editing: What is the ‘Right’ Question?

In most simplistic words, Gene editing refers to process by which genetically inherent traits (one that transfer from one generation to another generation) of an organism can be fiddled around using natural enzymes. The sophisticated scientific tools involved in gene editing were largely out of general public reach because of the specialised training involved. But …

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Silver Nanorods for detection of viability and antibiotic resistance in bacterial strains

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the major public health problems in this fast-paced world. According to the UK commission report, it is estimated that ten million people will die due to AMR infections by 2050, which outnumber the total death due to cancer. According to a report on AMR by Centers for Disease Control …

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