Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Elsevier and NASI Honor Promising Young Scientists in India

New Delhi: India : Sagar Media Inc: Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services,and the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI)honor the academic research achievement of nine young scientists at the 7th NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards.
The ceremony, held yesterday at The Park Hotel, New Delhi,was attended by more than 150 guests representing India’s top scientific fraternity, including Shri S.Jaipal Reddy, Honorable Minister of Science & Technology of the Ministry of Earth Sciences India, who presented the awards.
Recognizing India’s increasing contribution to world science, Elsevier first launched the Scopus Young Scientist Awards in 2006 to honor the talent, knowledge and expertise of India’s early career researchers.
Elsevier’s collaborationwith NASI began in 2009 when the award was officiallyinstitutionalizedwithin the Indian scientific community. The award honors researchers who are building their careers in academic research and is designed to help them gain recognition of their work.
Into the seventh year, the Scopus Young Scientist Awards attracted more than 600 applications from multiple premier research institutions from across the country. Applications were judged by a distinguished panel of 37 subject matter experts from India’s academic community. The jury looked at: the quality and number of publications, fellowships of academies, awards and grants received, relevance of the scientific work and its outcome, and the overall presentation and discussion at the in person meeting. Special consideration was also given to novel ideas and innovations which have potential for future research and commercial application.
The nine selected winners represent academic research excellence in nine different fields of sciencewhich will help drive innovation and development at a national level.
The winners are:
Dr. Mukesh Jain
Staff Scientist, National Institute of Plant Genome Research -New Delhi
Biological Sciences
Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology -Chennai
Dr. Tapas Kumar Maji
Associate Professor – Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore
Earth, Oceanographic & Environmental Sciences
Dr. Supriyo Mitra
Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata
Dr. Yogesh M. Joshi
Associate Professor – Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
Dr. L Sunil Chandran
Associate Professor – Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Dr. Surinder Singh Rana
Assistant Professor- Post Graduate Institute of Medical education and Research, Chandigarh
Dr. Soma VeugopalRao
Associate Professor, University of Hyderabad
Social Sciences
Dr. K Jaishankar
Senior Assistant Professor-ManonmaniamSundaranar University, Tamil Nadu
“It is a pleasure for our academy to be associated with Elsevier for the Scopus Young Scientist Awards to promote excellence and nurture creativity in science. I hope our collaboration will continue with vigor in years to come and am confident that the NASI-Elsevier Scopus young Scientist Awards program will play its commendable role in future,” said Dr. K. Kasturirangan, President, National Academy of Sciences India.
“At Elsevier, we are very excited to be supporting and nurturing Indian research not only through our high-quality content and innovative solutions, but also through events like the Scopus Awards. Through our partnership with the National Academy of Sciences, India, we have been able to bring even more talented individuals to the award ceremony, making this experience all the more meaningful. In this way, the Scopus Awards both honor the excellent work of young scientists and bring together a dynamic group of researchers at the ceremony – we’re recognizing and building on the outstanding research being done in India today,”said Youngsuk “Y.S.” Chi,Chairman of Elsevier.

Senior BJP Leader and MP Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi today took strong exception to the statement of Union Commerce Minister Mr. Anand Sharma appearing in "Dainik Jagran" today in which he has blamed the opposition parties particularly the BJP for frightening the foreign investors which the minister says has resulted in very negligible or rather no turnout of global investors in India. Taking a dig at Mr. Sharma, Dr. Joshi said that it is not the BJP or opposition parties but the unsound economic policies ofthe Government and failure of providing any congenial atmosphere free from corruption is the root cause for no investment till today even after lofty claims made by the Mr. Sharma and UPA Government. It is the inefficiency in the functioning of the government and lack of firmness of policies which is responsible for repelling the investors and not the statements from the opposition parties. Dr. Joshi further warned Mr. Sharma to desist himself such tactics of transferring his own failures to the opposition parties and should not make a total handover of the vibrant Indian Bazars to the hands of global retailers. 

Senior BJP leader said that stability in economic growth and economic policies of the Government coupled with strong currency of the countiy attracts foreign investment and unfortunately on both these counts, the Govt. has miserably failed. Rampant Corruption and gross nepotism in the administrative system under the control  UPA Government has tarnished the image of the country at international level. Passing buck on BJP and opposition parties is nothing but a cover up exercise by Mr. Sharma. The government, if interested in attracting investment should tirst come out Clean with regard to seams in various ministries and assure of a transparent system and sound policies. May l ask the Hon'ble Commerce Minister to explain why Indian businessmen are moving out of India? The BJP is not threatening them. The fact of the matter is that due to unsound fiscal policies and the rampant corruption the UPA government itself has become the biggest threat to the investment environment.

He also said that the issue involves livelihood of more than 5 crore business establishments and crores of people in the country who are dependent upon retail trade for their livelihood and the BJP will leave no stone unturned in protecting their fundamental right of economic justice and right to trade guaranteed by the Constitution of India. It would be proper on the part of Mr. Anand Sharma to remove his FDI dominated spectacles and try to understand the ground realities of Indian retail trade.

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