Interview: Scientists found guilty will face suitable disciplinary action, says Shekhar Mande

The committee formed on June 3 has been given a defined time period, with a request to complete the investigations as speedily as possible, Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Director-General of CSIR tells me. The committee has been asked to be objective, fair, and fiercely impartial in their investigations as a former CSIR-IITR director and the … Continue reading Interview: Scientists found guilty will face suitable disciplinary action, says Shekhar Mande

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Another 24 papers with image manipulation, duplication from CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research

With 24 additional papers containing manipulated, duplicated images, the total number of problematic papers from CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research is 130. The huge number raises a serious issue for science journalists — how do we trust the claims made in papers published even in peer-reviewed journals? If Pubpeer.com website does not surprise me anymore, … Continue reading Another 24 papers with image manipulation, duplication from CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research

Science news on The Hindu website has high readership

Between January 2017 and January 2019, the Science section (excluding health, environment and technology) on The Hindu website got on average 5 lakh readers per month. And even on certain days when important news were breaking out, science articles were highly read and ranked among the top ten most read articles. On Sunday May 19, … Continue reading Science news on The Hindu website has high readership

IIT Delhi start-up’s false claims expose the perils of blind trust

More than two weeks after making false claims on March 8 that Sanfe Period Pain Relief Roll-On, an Ayurveda product claimed to help women with menstrual pain, is FDA-approved and tested by AIIMS, the IIT Delhi start-up published a corrigendum. After being exposed by Alt News, the start-up has today apologised for misleading the media, … Continue reading IIT Delhi start-up’s false claims expose the perils of blind trust

Science communication: Hey directors, leave the researchers alone!

Even as DST is taking steps to promote science communication, researchers at certain government labs and academic institutions are prevented from communicating even their published work with the media without the prior permission from the director. Since the government service conduct rules do not bar researchers from discussing their work, restrictions placed by some directors … Continue reading Science communication: Hey directors, leave the researchers alone!