Why we should trust science

It has been a time of crisis for science over the past several years. In cases where society and policy need inputs from science, there is now a widely prevalent view that the conclusions of scientific inquiry can be challenged for economic or ideological reasons.

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Upgrade curriculum, parents say in survey

Almost eight out of 10 people feel that the current school curriculum in India needs to be upgraded, with a large chunk holding the view that there needs to be much more hands-on/field-based learning. This is the finding of a survey conducted across 200 districts of India, with about 20,000 parents participating.

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Science at your doorstep, at zero cost

At a time when scientific temper seems to be at a premium even among those with the fiduciary responsibility to promote it, Bengaluru’s National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) has launched an initiative to take science to the people, to their very doorstep, as a matter of fact.

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We must make science accessible to people in their own languages, says principal scientific adviser to GoI

Govt’s new principal scientific adviser tells SOWMIYA ASHOK about the importance of scientists staying true to their cultural moorings. What is the role of the principal scientific adviser? The principal scientific adviser to the government has roles which in some ways transcend mere advice.

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Why Indian firms don’t innovate

A large proportion of Indian companies just don’t have the policy or human resource capabilities to invest in innovation though the country fares favourably in terms of research and development (R&D) spending when compared with its peers, according to a top World Bank official.

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Microsoft plans to invest $5 billion in IoT

Tech giant Microsoft said on Wednesday it would invest $5 billion over the next four years on Internet of Things (IoT) globally. In a statement, Microsoft said this increased investment would support continued research and innovation in IoT.

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‘Skill India’ urgently needs reforms

Salvaging the Indian demographic dividend must be a key part of India’s growth story. In 2016, the Government of India formed the Sharada Prasad Committee to rationalise the Sector Skill Councils (SSCs), which are employer bodies mostly promoted by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Confederation of Indian Industry and other industry associations, and improve ‘Skill India’.

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A third of firms default on easy CSIR loans

Nearly a third of the companies have defaulted on the loans they have taken from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). These loans were extended on “easy terms” towards developing new technologies, and to encourage start-ups.

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Venkaiah Naidu tells NGRI scientists to raise the bar on research – Times of India

HYDERABAD: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday called upon scientists to scale up research and development in different domains to meet the common man’s aspirations. Addressing scientists at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Naidu said, “Ancient India was known for rich scientific contributions, right from the use of zero, calculation of eclipses, concept of atom, to Sushruta Samhita involving complex surgery and Charaka describing diseases, causes and treatments.

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Army may give private sector access to its arms for research and development

The Army is giving finishing touches to a policy that will allow sharing of some of its main equipment with the private sector for upgradation, creation of new variants, sub-components and for R&D, top defence ministry officials on Thursday said.

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Researchers need to think beyond publications: VC

TheTribune: PATIALA:Punjabi University’s Intellectual Proprietary Rights Cell, in collaboration with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh, organised a one-day seminar-cum-panel discussion for drafting of IPR Policy in the university’s Senate Hall.

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VijayRaghavan appointed principal scientific advisor to govt

K Vijay Raghavan, one of the most distinguished biologists of the country, was Monday appointed Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India. He will succeed 81-year-old nuclear physicist R Chidambaram, who has been in the position for more than 16 years, having been appointed in 2001.

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88% of journals in UGC’s white list are predatory, finds study

A systematic study of the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) approved list of journals has confirmed what scientists have long suspected. The white list contains a huge number of dubious or predatory journals which publish substandard papers for a small fee with very little peer-reviewing, if at all.

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India lost R&D centre crown to China last year

BENGALURU: China has overtaken India in attracting engineering and research & development captive facilities of global firms for the first time in two years. During the third quarter of 2017, Beijing attracted nine captives or global in-house centres, while India saw eight such centres announced by local and global companies, said a report by HfS Research.

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India’s first cloned Assamese buffalo born

Hisar (Har), Mar 15 (PTI) A cloned Assamese buffalo male calf has been born for the first time, the Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) claimed here. “We used unique methods and produced this clone calf, Sach-Gaurav, on December 22, 2017 through a normal delivery,” CIRB cloning team head P S Yadav said today.

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