Department of Applied Chemistry, IIT Dhanbad has 45 papers with duplicated, manipulated images

The Department of Applied Chemistry at IIT Dhanbad has 45 papers listed on Pubpeer for image duplication and/or manipulation. Of the 45, 19 papers are of Dr. Rashmi Madhuri's. The 19 papers of Dr. Madhuri are in addition to the 25 papers that have already been retracted. Dr. Madhuri is already under investigation by the … Continue reading Department of Applied Chemistry, IIT Dhanbad has 45 papers with duplicated, manipulated images

‘Tenure track system: Incentivising performance better than making insecurity as a model’

MHRD has called for a meeting of all seven IISER directors to discuss the merits of tenure track system and alternative systems for evaluating the performance of new faculty members before they are made permanent. The directors have been asked to send their views prior to the meeting. A meeting of all seven directors of … Continue reading ‘Tenure track system: Incentivising performance better than making insecurity as a model’

Paper publication prior to PhD thesis submission rule may go

Balaram committee has recommended to do away with the current UGC rule requiring PhD students to publish a paper prior to thesis submission. Many institutions have abdicated the responsibility for PhD quality by outsourcing it to journals, says Prof. Balaram. Prof. VijayRaghavan's alternative solution is to allow students to submit thesis chapters to a preprint server … Continue reading Paper publication prior to PhD thesis submission rule may go

Four young scientists win DST’s science writing award

Ashish Srivastava (University of Mumbai), Ajay Kumar (IIT Madras) and Nabanita Chakraborty (Vidyasagar University) among PhD students and Dr. Paulomi Sanghavi from TIFR in the Post-doc category won DST's maiden AWSAR national science story writing competition. Also, 100 PhD students and 20 Post-doc fellows who have written the best stories will be awarded a cash … Continue reading Four young scientists win DST’s science writing award

IIT Delhi to admit international PhD students from May 2019

From this May, IIT Delhi will start admitting international students, including students of Indian origin, for PhD programme in 28 academic departments/units. Five hundred PhD fellowships will be provided over the next five years. Selected students will be charged the same fees as Indian PhD students and will be provided the same monthly fellowship as … Continue reading IIT Delhi to admit international PhD students from May 2019

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