Aptamer-based assay developed for coronavirus detection

Researchers from the Faridabad-based Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI) have developed an Aptamer-based assay for novel coronavirus detection. The assay has 90% sensitivity and 99% specificity. Technology has been transferred to Molbio Diagnostics Pvt Limited, Goa for scale-up. Researchers from the Faridabad-based Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI) have developed an Aptamer … Continue reading Aptamer-based assay developed for coronavirus detection

A large study measures blood biochemical parameters of Indian adolescents

The blood biochemical parameters —  lipid profile (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides), plasma glucose, insulin, HbA1c, urea, and creatinine — of Indian adolescents were measured in a large study involving over 7,600 subjects. This can now be used as reference for Indian adolescents. Till now, since biochemical parameters for Indian adolescents were not available, … Continue reading A large study measures blood biochemical parameters of Indian adolescents

Mystery of the missing ‘excerpts of Murmu committee recommendations’

The excerpts of the Murmu committee recommendations for revision of emoluments for PhD students was tweeted by DST on February 2. The same was removed when DST again tweeted the official memorandum on February 4. The official memorandum posted on the DST website too does not have the excerpts of the committee recommendations. On February … Continue reading Mystery of the missing ‘excerpts of Murmu committee recommendations’

‘Financial reward for publishing papers is a hare-brained scheme’

A one-time financial reward of Rs.50,000 and Rs.20,000 has been recommended for papers published in international and Indian journals respectively. And an incentive of Rs.1,00,000 on obtaining an India or international patent.  However, doling out incentives for paper publication and patent filing is a terrible idea. The Science Ministry doesn't seem to have learnt from … Continue reading ‘Financial reward for publishing papers is a hare-brained scheme’

Government hikes research fellowship by 24-25%

The government today announced 24-25% hike in fellowship to JRFs and SRFs respectively. The revised fellowship will take effect from January 2019 onwards. This is the lowest percentage hike since 2006. Today, the Ministry of Science and Technology officially announced a hike in research fellowship of Junior Research Fellows (JRFs) and Senior Research Fellows (SRFs). … Continue reading Government hikes research fellowship by 24-25%

Fellowship hike will be announced today: Ashutosh Sharma

Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST has confirmed that fellowship hike will be announced today. The percentage hike was not mentioned. The hike will be applicable to all researcher scholars immaterial of which central agency is funding them. “Fellowship hike will be announced today,” Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST said in a message to me. But … Continue reading Fellowship hike will be announced today: Ashutosh Sharma

Fellowship hike will be announced today or tomorrow: VijayRaghavan

Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India confirmed in an email to me that fellowship hike will be announced today or tomorrow. The Finance Ministry has already passed the order based on the recommendation by DST. DST and finance Ministry will announce levels of hike. Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser … Continue reading Fellowship hike will be announced today or tomorrow: VijayRaghavan

Fellowship hike will happen as soon as possible: Ashutosh Sharma

Prof. Ashutosh Sharma says Finance Ministry may soon notify fellowship hike for research scholars funded by different agencies. Research scholars have been demanding for an increase since July-August last year. DST is also coordinating a mechanism to ensure speedy and regular release of fellowship. Research scholars from various institutions and labs across the country who … Continue reading Fellowship hike will happen as soon as possible: Ashutosh Sharma

Funding for science in India has nearly doubled in four years: Ashutosh Sharma

With fewer and fewer research proposals getting approved, delay in the release of funding for approved proposals, and only a fraction of the approved funding being released, science in India is facing some grave challenges, says an editorial in the Proceedings of the Indian National Academy of Sciences. Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST denies these … Continue reading Funding for science in India has nearly doubled in four years: Ashutosh Sharma