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EVENTS

Town Official Language Implementation Committee(TOLIC) Jorhat Meeting

27th meeting of  Town Official Language Implementation Committee(TOLIC) Jorhat held on 25 March 2014 under the chairmanship of Dr D Ramaiah, Director NEIST Jorhat  in presence of Shri S L S Purty Dy Director Rajbhasha(NE Region), Govt of India.

All the Central Govt office, banks and Public Sector Undertakings including military and paramilitary are members of this committee and the function of this committee is to guide and review the progress the Rajbhasha Hindi in offices within Rajbhasha Rules such as bilingual/trilingual board, name plate, stamp, letter pad, publication, news etc. Therefore the head of office or their representatives attended the meeting and it was conducted by Committee Secretary Mr Ajay Kumar. Airport Jorhat Director Shri Sunil S Patkar, CRPF Asst. Commandent  Shri Nelson Basumatary, BSNL DGM Shri R K Hazarika, Doordarshan Dy Director Shri Paban Tuli and representative of other offices i.e. CISF, Indian Army, Rain Forest Research Institute, Central Muga & Eri Research Institute, Tea Board, State Bank of India, Central Bank,Uco Bank, United Bank of India, Postal Department, Food Corporation of India, National Insurance Co., Life Insurance of India, Bank of Maharashtra participated in discussion regarding progress of Hindi. To promote Hindi among the officials, the second issue of a Hindi magazine ANUNAAD released by Chairman in the meeting. It was published by TOLIC by the help of members office.

 

CSIR-NEIST celebrated its 53rd Foundation Day

Left: Dr Ch. Mohan Rao, Director, CSIR-CCMB, Hyderabad and Chief Guest of the function delivering Foundation day lecture. Right: Release of CSIR-NEIST Highlights 2013-14 by the Chief Guest. Also present on the dais are Dr D Ramaiah (centre), Director, CSIR-NEIST and Dr R C Boruah, Outstanding Scientist (extreme left).

Celebrating 53 years of its glorious existence, CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology at Jorhat, celebrated its 53rd Foundation Day on 18 March, 2014 at its premises. Befitting the occasion, a special function was held in the morning hours at Dr J N Baruah Auditorium in which Dr Ch. Mohan Rao, Director of another CSIR sister laboratory, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, graced the event as Chief Guest. Dr D Ramaiah, Director, CSIR-NEIST presided over the programme which was largely attended by scientists, engineers, distinguished guests, eminent personalities, besides CSIR-NEIST fraternity both retired and existing.
Dr R C Boruah, Outstanding Scientist, CSIR-NEIST delivered the welcome address wherein he briefed some highlights on the activities and achievements of the Institute.
Delivering the Foundation Day lecture, Dr Mohan Rao spoke about the origin of Life on earth and DNA (Deoxyribonucliec Acid) Biology. Various theories and studies done by scientists on DNA Biology were elucidated in the lecture. He said that today the study of DNA involves Biology, Chemistry and Physics applications. Dr Rao in his lecture explained the theories of Aristotle, Stanley Miller & Harold Urey in their studies on primitive earth and evolution of life. Dr Rao further said that DNA sequencing has become a very important tool in studying the molecular and biological characteristics of any living organisms which in today’s world finds significant applications in medical science. He said that the entire biology deals with sequence of DNA which decides and determine how all the different protein molecules function in our body. Dr Rao demonstrated some early works done by Frtiz Miescher, Phoebus Levene, Allam Maxam & Walter Gilbert and Sanger method on DNA and DNA sequencing. Dr Rao also demonstrated the F3 SOLID Chemistry and the Next Generation Sequencing which he said is the latest technology. The future approach would be the Next Next Generation Sequencing which will address single molecule approach for sequencing through synthesis, he opined. Dr Rao further informed that the newest technology in the field is the ‘Nanopore’ which can discriminate atomic sizes. Highlighting some contributions of the Indian Scientists in Science, Dr Rao appealed to all to keep innovating to meet the demands of future times and also to nourish the innovation ecosystem of India.
It may be mentioned that earlier, Dr P R Bhattacharyya, Chief Scientist & Head - MAEP Division briefly introduced the Chief Guest to the audience.
On the occasion, CSIR-NEIST Highlights 2013-14 was released by the Chief Guest.
Commemorating the Foundation Day, the members of staff, researchers, etc. who delivered exemplary performance in various R&D fields, Management, Administration works etc. in the year 2013-14 were felicitated by awarding Certificates of Appreciation. The Day was also observed by felicitating the retired members of staff, who retired during the March, 2013 to February, 2014 with mementoes as a token of appreciation for the services rendered to the Institute in particular and the CSIR in general.
In his Presidential address, Dr Ramaiah appealed to all to inculcate the spirit of working together for the Institute and bring many more achievements.
The programme concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Dr R L Bezbaruah, Head- I&BD division.

As a part of the celebration programme, the Institute was declared ‘Open day’ for the visit of students and general public from 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm wherein a large number of students, teachers and general public visited the Institute

 

CSIR-NEIST celebrated International Women’s Day

Ms. Krishna Gohain, Registrar, Assam Agriculture University and Guest of Honour delivering lecture on the occasion of International Women’s Day celebration at CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat

 

The CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology (NEIST), Jorhat celebrated International Women’s Day with a well charted out programme at its premises on 10th March 2014, being 8th March a closed holiday. Held at Dr JN Baruah auditorium, the International Women’s Day celebration function was presided over by Dr D Ramaiah, Director of CSIR-NEIST-Jorhat in which Prof. Charu Lata Mahanta, Dean ( R & D), Tezpur University, Department of Food Engineering & Technology, attended as the Chief Guest and Ms. Krishna Gohain, Registrar, Assam Agriculture University as Guest of Honour. While delivering lecture on her chosen topic “Status of Women in Higher Education in India”, she mentioned about the multiple dimensions in inequalities in Higher Education. Quality of the education should not be compromised while taking some corrective measures like scholarships, stipends, assistantships and loans particularly for women, she mentioned. Ms. Gohain mentioned that women had already proven their role to uplift the society in various field of work. “Educate women, teach them to take decision and make them responsible for the assigned task and for the betterment of the society”, she emphasized. On the occasion Dr D Ramaiah, Director, CSIR-NEIST mentioned that women are integral part of the society and men and women both have to work together like all the organs in a body function together.   The function was largely attended by invited lady dignitaries from various institutes from in and around Jorhat, distinguished scientists, students, teachers and others besides the scientific fraternity of CSIR-NEIST both old and present. The programme started with an opening song. Dr Lakhimi Borah, Principal Technical Officer and convenor of the celebration committee briefly spoke about the struggle of the women for equal right to wages, to caste vote and for rights in the working place and society throughout the globe, citing examples of remarkable achievements of a few lady scientists of in her welcome address. Dr Archanamoni Das, Scientist, CSIR-NEIST introduced the Chief Guest, Ms Kalyani Medhi, Scientist, CSIR-NEIST introduced the Guest of Honour to the audience. Poetry, short story and essay writing competitions were arranged in this occasion and the winners were given prizes by the The programme and it was coordinated by Ms. Alakananda Sengupta, Senior Principal Scientist. The programme was concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Ms Purna Jyoti Deka Bhuyan, Senior Technical Officer, CSIR-NEIST. The programme was well anchored by Dr Swapnali Hazarika, Scientist, CSIR-NEIST.

Prof. Charu Lata Mahanta, Dean ( R & D), Tezpur University, Department of Food Engineering & Technology, attended and the Chief Guest delivering lecture

Dr D. Ramaiah, Director of CSIR-NEIST-Jorhat delivering lecture on the occasion of International Women’s Day celebration at CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat

 

 

 

National Science Day held on 28.02.14. at CSIR-NEIST.

Chief Guest Dr K M Bujarbaruah, VC, Assam Agricultural Uuniversity, Jorhat delivering the  lecture on "Negating the impact of climate change in agriculture" in the celebration function of National Science Day held on 28.02.14. Also seen Dr R C Boruah, In-charge, CSIR-NEIST sitting on the dais.


 

 

 

1st Annual Meeting Of Society Of Biological Chemists –India (SBC-I) North East Chapter & Symposium held at CSIR-NEIST Jorhat on 22ndFeb 2014

The 1st annual meeting and symposium of Society of Biological Chemists (India) North East Chapter was held at CSIR- North East Institute of Science & Technology, Jorhat, Assam on 22nd February, 2014. The President of Society Biological Chemists (India) along with the renowned Professors and Scientists from all the 8 states of North East India attended the meeting. The topics related to metagenomics, biomolecular aspects of cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), medicinal plants, crop improvement through genetic engineering, barcoding, implications of toxic heavy metals in health, microbe and plant based bio molecules;genomics in biodiversity from North East India and application of Biotechnology Research in Tea Research were discussed.
             Dr R C Boruah, President of SBC (I), North East Chapter gave a brief review about the history of SBC (I) and designated the society as the longest surviving society of Biological chemists in India. He highlighted the symposium as a significant occasion for the institute because it brought leading scientific personals of North EastIndia into an open forum. Dr B G Unni, Convenor of Society of Biological Chemists,SBC (India) NE chapter talked in brief about the history of the society’s North East chapter and also mentioned how he sustained and strengthened the activities of the NE Chapter. Prof. D Chattopadhayay, President SBC (I) addressed the gathering stating that it was a historic moment for all as the meeting was held in the auditorium, which was built in the memory of the founder of SBC (I), North East Chapter and also appreciated  the efforts taken by the chapter for having such scientific gathering at Jorhat.Dr D Ramaiah, Chairman of the Organising Committee expressed his happiness for having such gathering from the states of NE India at CSIR NEIST, Jorhat. He also mentioned that the scientific interactions with the experts from the NE region will be very much useful for taking collaborative projects utilizing the regional resources. Prof A K Mukherjee, Joint Convenor , Tezpur University thanked CSIR NEIST for providing infrastructure facilities to host the SBC(I) Chapter meeting and one day symposium and the scientific faculties  from NE region for their participation at the symposium.  
Two technical sessions were held immediately after the inaugural session and the first session was jointly chaired by Prof. D Chattopadhyay Pro Vice chancellor Calcutta University and Prof. Anupam Chatterjee, Biotechnology & Bioinformatics,North Eastern Hill University Shillong respectively. Prof D.Chattopadhyaya in his keynote lecture spoke on the subject related to the metagenomic analysis of petroleum hydrocarbon degrading microbial community. Their team has also initiated studies on a crude oil contaminated soil from North-East India. The resident microbial consortia operating on the petroleum hydrocarbon pollutants in the soil, a metagenomic approach were studied. 16S rRNA clone libraries were prepared for bacteria and archaea followed by capillary sequencing of the same.
            Prof Sankar Ghosh from Assam University, Silchar gave a brief talk on Genomics in Biodiversity from North East India. His team generated a large-scale data on popular molecular markers from mitochondrial and chloroplast genome to assign the Genomics based DNA-PASSPORT and GENOMIC DIVERSITY to explore the species identification and validation of diverse flora and fauna which includes different Indian fishes, catfishes, mahseer, ornamental fishes, testudines, endemic and economic animals etc. The cancer genomics of head and neck (HNSCC) esophageal (ESCC) nasopharyngeal (NPC), colorectal (CRC) and breast cancers were also studied in view of identification of molecular markers based on Genomics.Dr B G Unni, Chief Scientist along with Tapan Dey, research scholar CSIR-NEIST Jorhat talked about the biochemical and molecular aspects related to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and gave more stress on the increasing health risks due to occupational and environmental exposures to persistent environmental contaminants and heavy metal emissions. He also mentioned about the series of experiments conducted  to evaluate the coal dust “exposure-response” relationship amongst the people residing very near to the open cast coal mine area and trace out the genetic susceptibility to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) with respect to four genes - GSTM1, GSTT1, α-1 Antitrypsin and HMOX1.      
Prof.A.K.Mukherjee from Tezpur Central University discussed more details about snake venom, molecular aspects of snake venom and also on the cardiovascular drug development from microbial resources of NE India. Dr. B.K Sarma, Director, DBT Centre, Assam Agricultural University discussed about the crop improvement programme using genetic engineering research at Assam Agricultural University. He also talked about the introduction of insect resistance gene(s) into chickpea using gene technology. Apart from the findings, his group also generated transgenic lines in pigeon pea using Bt genes to confer protection against pod borers.Prof Anupam Chatterjee North Eastern Hill University, Shillong discussed on raw betel-nut induced genomic changes and chromosomal instability leading to cancer.His group assessed the involvement of TSGs like CDKN2A (at 9p21) and Rb1 gene (at 13q14) and evaluated the status on the expression of mitotic checkpoint genes and their association with CIN in the development of RBN-induced cancers. Dr. Lisam Shanjukumar Singh of Manipur University gave a short talk on development of anti cancer therapeutic drugs. He reported OGR1(Ovarian cancer G-protein Coupled Receptor 1)inhibits cancer cell migration through strongly enhancing cell-matrix adhesion via G proteins activation. OGR1 also regulates expression of neutral endopeptidase(NEP) and CK2 intronless gene. Dr. TC Bora, Chief Scientist of Biotechnology Division, CSIR NEIST  discussed in detail about the microbial resources from NE gene pool and functional properties in agriculture, bioremediation and in health sector. He also discussed the overall activities under taken in the area of microbiology at the department..

The second technical session was jointly chaired by Dr B.G. Unni, Chief Scientist & Area Coordinator (Biological Sciences) and Professor. A K Mukherjee , Professor of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology respectively.Dr. Samir Sil of Tripura University talked in brief on anticancer and immunomodulatory activity of P. javanica. He also mentioned about the evaluation of in-vitro and in-vivo antiproliferative activity of the plant extract .

Dr. Ajaikumar B. Kunnumakkara of IIT, Guwahati talked about the alternate methods for accelerating cancer drug discovery & development. He discussed in brief of various approaches including increasing the efficacy of already existing chemotherapeutic agents by different methods such as, decrease the drug resistance by combining with other non-toxic agents; increase the bioavailability of chemotherapeutic agents by nanotechnology etc. Dr. Thiyam Ramsing Singh, Ramalingaswamy Fellow of Manipur University gave a lecture on Fanconi Anemia Pathway(FA) and Interstrand Cross links(ICL) pathway repair, implication in cancer therapy. His team developed a cell based assay system to screen the medicinal plants in Manipur and have found plant extracts that disrupt FA pathway.
Dr. Mahuya Sengupta Biotechnology, Assam Central University talked about imunobiological and health implications of toxic heavy metals in human infertility. She also mentioned about the experiments undertaken by her group to study the toxicity effects of some of the heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury causes irreversible toxic effect in male reproductive system leading to biochemical and physiological changes.Dr. D N Das of Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh talked in detail about application of biotechnology in fish. He mostly highlighted the importance of biotechnological intervention to improve fisheries as well as the scope and strategies of the environmentally sound use of aquatic biotechnology for sustainable development of inland fisheries in Northeast India.
Dr. P K Bhardwaj from Regional Centre of IBSD, Sikkim gave a brief talk on understanding the molecular dynamism of endophytism in medicinal plants. Dr. Tanoy Bandhopadhyay, Scientist from Tocklai Research Association spoke about the applications of biotechnology based research in tea and the various research activities undertaken at Tocklai research Institute. Dr. Bandhopadhyay also mentioned about the  impact of tea improvement Consortium (TIC) to formulate  collaborative projects with other research institutions within NE regions and with other institutes at the National level.

The technical sessions were concluded with the appreciation remarks jointly given by Dr.D Ramaiah, Director and Dr. RC Boruah, Outstanding Scientist. They thanked all the speakers for their presence and sharing the research activities undertaken by them in the area of molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology utilizing the regional resources. They mentioned that the institute would extend all sorts of infrastructure facilities to undertake collaborative research works utilizing regional resources from NE region. Prof D Chattopadhyaya appreciated the efforts undertaken by the NE Chapter for organizing such gathering of experts from NE region. He added that such type of activity should be continued in the form of a mini conferences, brain storming sessions and interactions among research scholars at different parts of NE region as a part of the NE Chapter activities. The President SBC (I) nominated new members from NE region and also suggested various ways to sustain the society’s integrity. Dr. BG Unni Chief Scientist & Area Coordinator ( Biological Sciences/Biotechnology) & also the convenor of the symposium in his concluding remarks said that the attempt to organize such one day symposium was a unique experience for all of us and also an eye – opener to young colleagues and research scholars of this region. He also mentioned that any research activities in the area of science and technology is possible if you have wish and will. He thanked all the members from research institutions such as Assam Agriculture University, Tocklai Research Association, Rain Forest Research Institute, Central Muga Eri Research and Training Institute, colleagues from CSIR NEIST along with the scientific faculties from NE region for their active participation at the symposium. For more photograph please click 1,2,3

 

Republic Day celebration at CSIR-NEIST

Dr D Ramaiah unfurling the National flag on the occasion.

 

Along with the rest of the country, CSIR-NEIST celebrated the country’s 65th on 26 January, 2014 with much gaiety and enthusiasm with a day-long programme held at its premise. Dr D Ramaiah, Director, CSIR-NEIST took the guard of honour after which the National flag was unfurled and the National Anthem was played. Delivering his address on the occasion, Dr Ramaiah said that Republic Day is observed every year on 26 January to commemorate the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January, 1950 honoring India as a Republic nation. Reiterating the performance of the Institute in the year, 2013 he said that the year has been rewarding as the Institute bagged the CSIR technology awards for the fourth time in a row under Life Sciences. He appealed to all to march ahead with new hopes, dreams, aspiration and strive to achieve excellence for the Institute and the organization.

Later, the day was observed with various sports activities held at CSIR-NEIST play ground.

Dr D Ramaiah delivering his Republic Day address.

 

Inauguration of Weather Monitoring Station, Modular Bio-chemical Laboratory & Release of a bulletin on salient achievements of DNA Clubs held at CSIR-NEIST Branch laboratory Imphal Manipur on 17th Jan 2014

Dignitaries at the inaugural function and the release of salient achievements of DNA Clubs

          Inaugurated a Weather Monitoring Station at the BLIM, Imphal on January 17, 2014 (Funded by CSIR, New Delhi with the main objective of “Emission Inventory for Airborne Aerosols in NER India” under “Probing the Changing Atmosphere and its Impact on Indo-Gangetic Plain and Himalayan Region” - a project implemented by CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat Assam) by Shri L Nandakumar Singh MLA in presence of Dr D Ramaiah, Director, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat Dr PG Rao, Former Director, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, Assam & Pro-Chancellor (Hon), University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya, , Dr BG Unni, Chief Scientist, Dr BP Baruah, Head, Coal Division of CSIR-NETST, Jorhat & Dr HB Singh, Scientist-in-Charge, CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory, Imphal. During the program a modular bio-chemical laboratory of the BLIM, Imphal was also inaugurated. A bulletin on salient achievements of DNA Clubs in Manipur sponsored by Department Biotechnology, Govt of India , New Delhi was also released during the program. The Chief Guest has appreciated the CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory for implementing the DNA Club program in Manipur which he treasured a boon to educational sector in Manipur. Addressing the participants, students and others at the inaugural function, Dr.D.Ramaiah Director CSIR NEIST Jorhat Assam appreciated the efforts of the branch laboratory, Imphal  for successful completion of the various projects undertaken  for the last couple of years and assured that full support  will be extended for such activities in future as well .  Dr BG Unni, Director’s nominee for DNA Club & Local Advisory member  highlighted the impact of DNA Club in Manipur. Dr.PG Rao former Director CSIR.NEIST also spoke at the occasion.The program was attended by Local Advisory Members of DNA Clubs, Scientists from CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, teachers and students of DNA Club. Dr Alka Jain gave vote of thanks. For more photograph please click 1

CSIR-NEIST Branch Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh organised an awareness and training programme on “Conservation and cultivation of wild edible plant” and “Mushroom Cultivation”.

CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology Branch Itanagar, Naharlagun Arunachal Pradesh has organized an awareness programme on conservation, cultivation and nutritional value of wild edible of Arunachal Pradesh on 08.01.14 at Pech village, Sagalee, Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Kamchilella Multi-purposes Co-operative Society Ltd. (KMCSPL), Sagalee. In this programme, Smti Tana Yari, Chairperson, KMCSPL, address the gathering and welcome all the villagers along with gaon burha, panchayat leaders, members etc present in the programme. She talk about the importance of wild edible plants of the state and request to all the villagers to conserve and cultivates these plants in large scale. In this programme, Mr. Chandan Tamuly, Scientist In Charge, CSIR-NEIST Branch Itanagar delivered a talk on “Conservation and sustainable utilization of wild edible plants”. He mentioned that integration of these wild edible plants into agricultural system will not only protect biodiversity but also provide adequate food and contribute to the rural economy of the state. About 65 nos. villagers along with gaon burha, panchayat members, public leaders etc were attended in the programme.
      In the programme, Dr. B.C. Baruah, Sr.T.O. (3), conducted a training on “Cultivation of Mushroom”. He distributed 50 packet of mushroom spawn among the participant in free of cost. They participated and interacted very actively in the programme.

 

 

 

New Year’s Message by Dr D Ramaiah, Director

Dr D Ramaiah, Director, CSIR-NEIST (second from left) delivering New Year’s address. (from right) Sri Ajay Kumar, In-charge-Hindi cell and Dr R L Bezbaruah, Head- I&BD Division are seen translating the address in Hindi and Assamese respectively. Also seen on the dais is Dr R C Boruah, Outstanding Scientist (extreme left). Dr Ramaiah declared 2014 as ‘Year of Excellence’ and appealed to all the staff members to show discipline and excellence in their work.

 

Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi visits CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat on 31.12.2013

On the last day of 2013, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi visited CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat. Dr D Ramaiah, Director CSIR-NEIST apprised the CM about research and societal activities and achievements of the institute. Shri Gogoi expressed extreme happiness over two of the CSIR-NEIST low cost affordable herbal ointments namely ‘Anti-arthritis’ and ‘Fungi-destruct’. The Chief Minister visited round the institute and showed keen interest in the current R&D and societal activities. For more photograph please click 1,2.3

 

Awareness and training programme on “Wild edible plant of Arunachal Pradesh and its nutritional value” and “Mushroom Cultivation” organised by CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology Branch Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh

CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology Branch Itanagar, Naharlagun Arunachal Pradesh has organized one day awareness programme on conservation, promotion, sustainable utilization, nutritional value of wild edible of Arunachal Pradesh on 16.12.13 at Yupia-II village. Papum Pare, Arunachal Pradesh. In this programme, Chandan Tamuly, Scientist In Charge, CSIR-NEIST Branch Itanagar delivered a talk on “Wild edible plants of Arunachal Pradesh and nutritional value”. He mentioned that there are lots of wild edible plants available in Arunachal Pradesh having high nutritional values. These specific edible plants can be cultivated in jhum land or waste land area for conservation of biodiversity of the state. About 25 nos. villagers were attended in the programme.

In the programme, Dr. B.C. Baruah, Sr.T.O.(3), conducted a training on “Cultivation of Mushroom”. He said that edible mushroom not only nutritious food but it has lots of medicinal values. He demonstrated the technique for preparation of mushroom. He distributed 15 packet of mushroom spawn among the participant in free of cost. They participated and interacted very actively in the programme.      

 

 

3-day National Workshop on Medicinal & Aromatic Plants at BLIM, Manipur 27th to 29th November 2013

The CSIR: North-East Institute of Science & Technology, Branch Laboratory, Imphal in collaboration with Manipur State Medicinal Plants Board, Imphal has organized 3-day national workshop on “Sustainable management and commercialization of medicinal and aromatic plants” at the Conference Hall of the CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory, Lamphelpat, Imphal under the sponsorship of the National Medicinal Plants Board, New Delhi during Nov 27-29, 2013.

The program was inaugurated by Shri Phungzathang Tonsing, Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Manipur, Dr. Suhel Akhtar, IAS, Principal Secretary of Health & Family Welfare, Manipur, Dr BG Unni, Chief Scientist of the CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, Dr L Promila Devi, Member Secretary of the Manipur State Medicinal Plants Board and Dr HB Singh, Scientist-in-Charge of the CSIR-NEIST, Branch Laboratory, Imphal as presidium members. A total of 12 resource persons from (i) CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, Assam, (ii) Central Agricultural University, Imphal, (iii) Manipur University, (iv) ICAR, NE Region, Imphal, (v) Institute of Bioresources & Sustainable Development, Imphal, (vi) KVK Bishnupur, (vii) Sidahidak Herbals, Imphal, Manipur, (viii) Regional Research Institute (Homoeopathy), Imphal, (ix) Manipur SMPB & (x) CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory, Imphal have delivered power point presentation on various aspects of medicinal and aromatic plants in 6 technical sessions. An exhibition on herbal products and MAPs was also arranged. The program was attended by 67 participants. Preparation of a video serial on medicinal and aromatic plants of Manipur was highly focused during the workshop.

INSTITUTIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE (IEC) MEETING HELD ON 19TH OCTOBER 2013 AT CSIR-NEIST

The 6th Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC) Meeting of CSIR-NEIST was held on 19th October 2013 at CSIR-NEIST Director’s Conference Room. The members present in the meeting were the Dr. Adinath Sarmah (Chairman), Dr. R.C. Baruah (Acting Director), CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat; Dr. T. Bora, Medical Officer CSIR-NEIST (Clinician); Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Thakur (Clinician); Dr. B.G. Unni (Former Member Secretary); Mrs. Kamala Dutta Bora, DCB Girls College, Jorhat (Member Philosopher); Mr. Diganta Goswami Advocate, jorhat Court (Legal Expert); Dr. Ms. Ranjumoni Pathak, Jorhat Medical College (Member Epidemology); Mr. Salim Ali Ahmed, J.B. College Jorhat (Member Non Science) and Dr. H.P. Deka Boruah (Member Secretary). Dr. R.C. Baruah (Acting Director) in his welcome speech mentioned the purpose of the review meeting and also expressed gratefulness of the members for their cooperation and new recommendations. He has also highlighted the support received from IEC, CSIR-NEIST, in releasing the herbal drugs. Dr. B.G. Unni, Chief Scientist and Area Coordinator of Biological Sciences & (Former Member Secretary) introduced the members. He focused more on the aspects related to animal studies and the importance of Institutional animal ethics committee (IAEC). Since the institution does not have IAEC, it is very necessary to have IAEC and the proposal which involves animal studies required clearance from IEAC first  and then IEC. Dr. Adinath Sarmah, Chairman IEC welcomed all the members and mentioned the importance of ethical committee. He also said that animal ethics committee is not properly working in our state. Dr. H.P. Deka Boruah then read the report of the 5th IEC meeting held on 2nd April 2013. Dr. T. Bora also mentioned about the importance of ethical committee. Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Thakur (Clinician) highlighted the effects of herbal plants on humans and talked about some of the side effects of herbal medication. Dr. Adinath Sarmah, Chairman added that more clinical trials should be made in order to develop herbal drugs. Since no new proposal was put forwarded he thanked all the members for attending the meeting. The meeting was concluded with the vote of thanks from Reshita Baruah to all the members of IEC for their presence and valuable suggestions. For more photograph please click here

 

CSIR-NEIST wins prestigious CSIR Technology Award 2013 for ‘Anti arthritis’

CSIR-NEIST team receiving the award from the S&T minister Shri S Jaipal Reddy in 71 CSIR Foundation Day celebration held at New Delhi on 26th September 2013

CSIR-NEIST once again won the prestigious CSIR Technology Award making it 4th time consecutively. The institute won the 2013 award in the Life Sciences category for its newly developed low cost and affordable herbal formulation namely “Anti-Arthritis”, which is highly effective for treatment of arthritis, inflammation or any associated problems of arthritis. The award carries cash worth Rs. 2 lakhs along with a plaque and a citation. on behalf of CSIR-NEIST, the Award was received by Dr R C Boruah, Acting Director along with Dr PG Rao, Technical Consultant & former Director, Dr NC Barua, Chief Scientist, Dr Mantu Bhuyan, Scientist (all from CSIR-NEIST) and Prof Samir Bhattacharyya, INSA Fellow, Viswa Bharati, Santi Niketan by Hon’ble Minister of S&T, GOI Shri S Jaipal Reddy in presence of DG CSIR Prof Samir K Brahmachari and Prof MM Sharma, renowned Chemical Engineer from Bombay University in a special award ceremony held at New Delhi on 26th September celebrating 71st CSIR Foundation Day. This award winning herbal formulation has benefitted number of patients throughout the country and being economical and easy to apply along with no side effects has become very popular.

It is worthwhile to mention that every year CSIR gives ‘Technology Awards’ in five different categories namely Life Sciences, Physical Sciences including Engineering, Innovation, Business Development and Technology Marketing and Most Significant CSIR Technology of the Five Year Plan Period to encourage multi-disciplinary in-house team efforts and external interaction for technology development, transfer and commercialization.

Earlier, CSIR-NEIST has won the 2010 award in the category of innovation for “High Strength Proppant”, 2011 award for “Muga Heal” in category of Life Sciences and 2012 award for “Business development & Technology marketing”. The awards have come as a morale booster to the creative potential of NEIST scientific community. For more photographs please click 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 certificate

CSIR-NEIST celebrated 71st CSIR Foundation Day

Chief Guest Prof Alak Kr Buragohain delivering the 71st CSIR Foundation Day lecture. Also seen seated on the dais (from left) Dr R C Boruah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST and Dr N C Barua, Chief Scientist.

The CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology (NEIST), Jorhat celebrated 71st Foundation Day of its apex body Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) at its premise on 24 September, 2013 instead of actual 26 September with a well charted out programme. It is worth mentioning here that CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) is the Premier research organization of the country with over 37 state-of-the-art laboratories under its control carrying out various scientific and industrial research and NEIST being the only one in the North East India. The Foundation Day celebration function was held at Dr J N Baruah auditorium under the presidentship of Dr R C Boruah, Acting Director, NEIST, Jorhat. Prof Alak Kr Buragohain, Vice Chancellor, Dibrugarh University graced the function as Chief Guest. The function started with playing of ‘CSIR song’. After which welcoming the gathering, Dr N C Barua, Chief Scientist & Coordinator of the programme said that CSIR has contributed immensely in developing new products, new technological advancements and has contributed significantly to basic research. He also said that CSIR-NEIST has been in forefront of high quality product development. Next, Dr B G Unni, Chief Scientist gave a brief introduction of the Chief Guest. Prof Buragohain, in his Foundation Day lecture talked about the Innovative capability of Indians. To highlight the innovative potential of India, he cited many examples. He said that global R&D centre of many MNCs are mainly located in two cities of India namely Hyderabad and Bengaluru. He further said that two technologies behind Boeing Dreamliner have been developed by HAL, Bengaluru. He said Call Centers located at various places in India is an example of innovation in technology management system like the. He said that innovative potential in India is perceived as challenge globally now. He further said that failing to protect Traditional Knowledge is leading to their loss. He said in his opinion education should fulfill two major objectives. One, it must give ability to individual to earn livelihood in a dignified manner and two it should distill the above average individuals with innovative potential. Concluding his lecture he said that education system should identify, promote and forward the innovative potential.

The lecture was followed by Release of Annual Report 2012-13 of the laboratory by the Chief Guest. Next retired employees were felicitated with mementoes and CSIR Sanman Patras followed by presentation of token gifts to staff who recently completed 25 years of service in the council. Next prized and certificate was distributed to the winners of various competitions held on the occasion like drawing and essay competition held among the wards of CSIR-NEIST staff. Next Cash award to selected bright SC/ST students from state board of North Eastern states of India was announced. Prizes and certificates were distributed to prize winners of the Group Quiz competition held among the CSIR-NEIST staff members. This was followed by release of a semi-annual magazine “IP Corner” by the Chief Guest. In a new initiative a Golden Jubilee Scholarship has been initiated by CSIR-NEIST and the two student winner from Manipur and Assam of the scholarship were presented with the same. After the award ceremony was completed President of the function Dr Boruah addressed the gathering and told the audience that he is proud that the institute has been awarded the prestigious CSIR Technology award for the fourth time in a row now. He also said that the institute has the largest number of network projects till date in this 12th financial year plan. The function concluded with vote of thanks by Ms Sangeeta Sharma, Junior Scientist. The function was attended by eminent scientists, invited dignitaries, students and teachers of nearby schools, colleges and universities, general public, members of NEIST fraternity, members of press and media. Earlier in the day the institute observed “Open Day” between 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM during which about 500 students along with their teachers paid a visit to different departments of the laboratory and interacted with the scientists and researchers.

 

संस्‍थान में राजभाषा हिंदी सप्‍ताह संपन्‍न

Scientific awareness programme at CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory, Itanagar, Naharlagun

 

CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology Branch, Itanagar, Naharlagun has organized one day scientific awareness programme on 20.09.13. A group of selected meritorious school students of class IX from  selected 20 schools of Sonitpur dist. Assam attended the programme along with their teachers. In the programme, Chandan Tamuly Sc In charge, CSIR-NEIST Branch Naharlagun interacted with the students explained about the activities in the field of Natural Product Chemistry, Plant Science& Ecology and other section of the institute. Further he told about chemical investigation of medicinal, aromatic plants and its utilisation of pharmaceutical industries, development of agro-technology and evaluation of nutritional value of selected wild edible plant of Arunachal Pradesh. As part of the programme, Dr. B.C. Baruah, Sr. Technical Officer conducted training and provided technical guidance to the students on “cultivation of mushroom” and “production of vermicompost”. Further he explained importance of the edible mushroom, vermicompost and its utilisation for waste management. As part of the programme, the students visited the medicinal, aromatic and economic plant garden of the institute. CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology Branch Itanagar, Naharlagun Arunachal Pradesh has organised such type of science motivational programme time to time for awareness of scientific knowledge/idea among the school students of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

 

 

Science Motivation Programme organized at  CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory- Naharlagun  on 11th September 2013

Dias-Dr.BG Unni, Dr Joram Begi,  Dr.RC Boruah  Prof T. Mibang, Shri Taloh Potum

CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology (formerly RRL), Branch, Naharlagun organized a one day Science Motivation Programme  entitled “Biotechnology & Biodiversity” on 11th September 2013. More than 100 students of higher classes (Class X, XI and XII) from Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1, Royal International School and Good Shepherd Public School  were attended the programme along with their teachers.
      In the inaugural session addressed by Dr.RC Boruah  Director ( Acvting ) CSIR-NEIST Jorhat,  mentioned about  in detail about the objective of the institute and the progress made so far by the institute utilizing the rich regional resources of this regions. He also appreciated the activities undertaken by the branch laboratory and thanked the Incharge  for organizing such important topics as a motivation programme for the students of Arunachal Pradesh. In fact the programme was aimed at motivating the student towards the field of science like Biotechnology and Biodiversity.
     Speaking as the Chief Guest, Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor, Prof T. Mibang urged the students to develop a scientific temperament and work hard for a better future. While encouraging the students, the Director of Higher & Technical Education, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh, Dr Joram Begi, advised them to have innovative thinking and inquisitiveness to build a scientific career, further added “science is for development of yourself and betterment of humankind”.The programme was also attended by Shri Taloh Potum, ADM, Capital Complex, Itanagar who motivated the students to take a career in science for development of society.
        In the technical session with the help of power point presentation on the topic Prof A K Das, RGU explained to the students on the various aspects Ethnobotany of plant kingdom of Arunachal Pradesh & NE Region in order to imbibe the interest on biodiversity.Dr B G Unni , Area Coordinator of Biological Science , NEIST Jorhat , speaking on Prospect in Biotechnology  & Molecular Biology, explained to the students about recent advances in the areas of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology  and on the emerging of exciting career opportunities on Biotechnology and other related areas..Dr Rajib Gogoi, Scientist, Botanical Survey of India, Itanagar, taught the students on Species Identification of Plant Life and interacted with the students excitingly. There was an interaction among the students and resource persons immediately after the presentation and number of queries of students were answered by the experts.

Interactive session with Director, Dr. B.G. Unni,  Prof.AK Das, Dr.R.Gogoi


       Later, the students and teachers visited the laboratory and medicinal plants garden where they were provided with basic information about the different medicinal plants, cultivation of mushroom and production of vermin-compost etc for the socio-economic development of the rural people. The programme was co-ordinated by Scientist In Charge and staff members of CSIR-NEIST Branch laboratory Naharlagun. Arunachal Pradesh

 

 

Workshop on Technologies for North East Region and Implementation Framework (TIF)(A CSIR-800 Initiative)

Workshop on Technologies for North East Region and Implementation Framework (TIF) under the CSIR-800 initiative was organized at Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok, Sikkim on 6th & 7th September 2013 by CSIR-Central Road Research Organization, New Delhi in association with CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology, Jorhat. The objective of the workshop is to deliberate on the technologies that are suitable for the North-East region and to discuss the framework as to how such technologies can be adopted by the departments so that new and better technologies can be easily implemented at the grass root level.
The Inaugural Programme started by lighting the lamp which was followed by the welcome address by Dr RC Boruah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST. Dr RC Boruah, during his speech, stressed upon importance of such technology popularization workshop for commercialization of technologies and socio-economic development thereby. The Workshop was inaugurated by Shri Ran Bahadur Subba, Hon’ble Minister, Roads and Bridges and Cooperation Departments, Govt. of Sikkim. Shri MC Boro, Commissioner-cum-Special Secretary, PWD, Govt. of Assam and Shri GS Sharma PCE cum Secretary, R&BD, Govt. of Sikkim were also present on the dais.
The Inaugural Programme was followed by the Technical Session in which Shri Sanjay Deori, Scientist, CSIR-NEIST, Shri M Nagabhushan, Dr Kishore Kumar, Shri Kanwar Singh and Shri A Saurikhia, Scientists, CSIR-CRRI, have presented their deliberation as Resource Persons. The Workshop ended with the Panel discussion on Technology Implementation Framework, which was chaired by Dr RC Boruah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST. The programme was largely attended by a group of key decision makers mainly from all the eight North-Eastern states and major departments and a few professionals from the technology organizations. Dr SP Saikia, Scientist, CSIR-NEIST was the Coordinating Member of the Organizing Committee. Dr RK Sharma, Consultant, CSIR-800, CSIR-NEIST also participated in the workshop. About 100 participants from various states of North East participated in the workshop. For more photographs please click 1,2,3

 

19thDr JN Baruah Memorial Lecture held on 2nd September 2013

The 19th Dr JN Baruah Memorial Lecture in the honour and fond memory of former Director of CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology, Jorhat and President of Assam Science Society was held in Sivasagar College, Joysagar on 2nd September 2013. The lecture was organized by Dr JN Baruah Memorial Trust, Jorhat, Assam Science Society, Jorhat Branch in collaboration with CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology, Jorhat in association with Sivasagar College, Joysagar at the MCB Auditorium of the Sivasagar College for spreading the awareness of significance of Science and Technology for the society and to motivate the young students to take up science as a career and to encourage the scientific research in biology and chemistry in the North Eastern Region. The Memorial Lecture programme was inaugurated by Dr RC Boruah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat by lighting the lamp and paying homage to the portrait of Late Dr JN Baruah. ‘Research in Science & Technology is the only way to progress a nation and late JN Baruah always encouraged for good scientific research’, Dr RC Bourah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST commented during his inaugural lecture. He had also expressed his happiness to see the progress of the Sivasagar College as an ex-student of the college. A brief profile of Late Dr JN Baruah was introduced to the participants by Dr RL Bezbaruah, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-NEIST and the brief profile of Prof Alak Kumar Buragohain, Vice Chancellor, Dibrugarh University and Chief Guest of the programme was introduced by Dr SP Saikia, General Secretary of the Trust and Scientist of CSIR-NEIST. ‘There is intervention of Biological Science in each and every activity in our daily life’, Prof. Buragohain said. In his 19thDr JN Baruah Memorial Lecture on “The Social Significance of Modern Biology” he had depicted very lucidly and thoroughly how from early characterization of different life forms were united by the biologists through “Cell Theory”, “Laws of Inheritance& Survival of the Fittest”, ”Origin of Species”, “What is Life” -  the Physical basis of Life, “Discovery of DNA” -  unfolding the secrets of Life, “Genetic Engineering of Human Insulin by Eli Lily”, Patenting Life Form i.e. bacteria “Pseudomonas aeruginosa” - for the first time and how the prospects and fears of modern day Molecular Biology had made its significant impact on the human civilization and society. Though there were social fall outs like “Eugenics” and Euthanasia  and Famous Gas Chamber Treatment of Adlof Hitler misinterpreting the Laws of Gregor Johann Mendel, inferring great fear due to lack of background evidences of application ofRecombinant DNA Technology in “The Asilomer Conference 1975”, controversy on cultivation of genetically modified “Bt Cotton” in India, “Surrogate Mother” questing the social, human, civil rights and social discrimination etc., due to progressive research in Molecular Biology in Cloning, Stem Cell etc. ultimately a part of “Human Brain was developed from Stem Cell” by the modern biologists which will help to treat the patients with defects in brain in the coming era, he concluded in his mesmerizing lecture. The sustainable exploitation of the natural resources to be made and conserved for the posterity, commented by Mr.Meenakshi.Sundaram, Deputy Commissioner, Sivasagar in his lecture as a guest of honour. Very soon one society will be registered for the protection and conservation of historical sites and environment in Sivasagar, he further added. Late Dr JN Baruah was a pioneer Scientist in the region and CSIR-NEIST was ahead of time in research activities by developing technologies like Papers from Water Hyacinth and Low Cost Bamboo House, Dr. PG Rao, CSIR Technical Consultant and Former Director, CSIR-NEIST mentioned in his lecture as guest of honour. Mr. Siddhartha Sharma, son-in-law of Late Dr JN Baruah requested the students to focus on their goals ignoring their social background and barriers. Ms. Papori Saikia, a student of Higher Secondary Science of Pragjyotika Junior College, Titabor was conferred the JN Baruah Student Fellowship who secured 91.5% marks in High School Leaving Certificate Examination of Board of Secondary Education, Assam by Prof Alak Kumar Buragohain, the Chief Guest of the programme. In his presidential lecture Mr. UC Bora mentioned the relevance, utility and success of the programme in the NE India. The programmed ended with a vote of thanks delivered by Dr SP Saikia who also aptly anchored the whole programme. The programme ended with a grand success.

 

 

 

CSIR – NEIST Institutional Bio- Safety Committee (IBSC) Review meeting held on 19th July 2013.

The meeting was held at Director’s Conference Hall. Convener and Secretary IBSC Dr BS Bhau gave opening remarks about the constitution of IBSC and its role till date in CSIR – NEIST. He welcomed Dr B G Unni, Chairman IBSC, Professor (Mrs) S. Baruah, DBT nominee, IBSC members and special invitees to the meeting. Dr B G Unni, Chairman IBSC in his introductory speech briefly explained about IBSC and its importance. He suggested that bio safety awareness should be known among the PI’s, Research Scholars and other technical staff in the laboratory directly working with hazardous materials (biological and chemical). The chairman requested all the members present in the meeting to introduce them briefly and their activities. Professor ( Mrs.) S. Baruah, Head and Coordinator, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Department, Tezpur University, DBT Nominee gave brief lecture on the significance of IBSC. She also mentioned how it is important to inculcate the rules and regulations of IBSC in Scientists and Research Scholars for the safety of the environment and the workers. She also emphasised the role of IBSC as a supporter, guide for research workers carrying out work on rDNA, GMO and LMO. She also told the members that any new project proposal linked with biological science must be endorsed and monitored by IBSC. Dr. BS Bhau presented the report on the activities taken up by the IBSC in the last six months. He told the members that IBSC did not receive any new project proposal for the review and neither there is any ongoing project under the preview of IBSC. He told the members how he tried to generate awareness among the staff of NEIST. He also told the members about the reconstitution of IBSC with a new Chairman and DBT Nominee. He placed three proposals for the approval of IBSC:

  1.  All the new project proposals should get mandatory certificate that they fall under the preview of the IBSC or not.

  2. Link for the DBT Bio safety website and Ministry of Environment and Forestry website should be put on CSIR NEIST website and intranet site.

  3. Laboratory research work on unidentified bacteria should mark some restricted zone where only PI or persons approved by PI and IBSC are allowed to work. They should also store the unidentified microorganisms in a restricted place only.

Dr .(Mrs) S.Baruah also suggested to organize a In-house bio safety workshop in CSIR- NEIST to generate more awareness among the staff. Her proposal was accepted by Dr. BG Unni, Chairman and other members of IBSC. Dr.TC Bora, member IBSC and HP Dekaboruah, special invitees put forth some questions to Professor(Mrs) S. Baruah, DBT Nominee about mass production of Pseudomonas auriginosa as it has the ability to transfer DNA in nature. As  Pseudomonas auriginosa is also used as a PGPR in the soil so it is necessary by IBSC to  monitor this type of work. To this question, Dr. Shashi Baruah suggested that the probability and possibility has to be studied using better technology. Dr. TC Bora, member of IBSC also shared some suggestions like keeping toxic chemicals at safer place etc. At the end, Chairman IBSC, Dr.BG Unni and Professor (Mrs) S. Baruah, DBt Nominee expressed their satisfaction over the functioning of the CSIR- NEIST IBSC.Dr .BS Bhau member Secretary, IBSC in his vote of thanks expressed his gratitude to Dr.BG Unni, Chairman IBSC , Professor (Mrs) S. Baruah, DBT Nominee, IBSC members present and all the special invitees for attending the meeting .

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory, Imphal has organized 2-day Prize Distribution and Concluding Program of DNA Clubs during June 21-22, 2013

The CSIR: North-East Institute of Science & Technology, Branch Laboratory, Imphal has conducted 2-day program (Prize Distribution & Concluding Function) of DNA Clubs Schools during June 21-22, 2013. In the first day Dr SK Sinha, TERI, Guwahati delivered an invited talk on “Advancement of Biotechnology”. Series of science film shows and quiz competition was also held during the function.  The prize distribution function in the second day was attended by Dr T Meinya, Member of Parliament, Shri K Shyam, MLA, Dr SK Sinha, TERI, Guwahati and Dr RC Boruah, FNASc as Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, Special Invitee & President, respectively. Bicycles were given to 9 position holders and gifts to those who secured 80% and above of the DNA Club Schools in the Manipur Board Exam 2013.

Local Advisory Members namely, Dr GB Unni, Chief Scientist & Director’s Nominee, Prof B Manihar Sharma of Manipur University, Shri Th Surendranath Singh, Director, MASTEC & Dr HN Sharma were honoured with mementos by Dr HB Singh, Principal Investigator of the Program. Mementos were also given to all the resource persons who involved in the DNA Clubs program. All the coordinating teachers and students of DNA Clubs were also presented with gifts.  The Chief Guest, Guest of Honour & Presidents of the function have voiced the significant achievements and benefits of the DNA Club Program in Manipur and praised the Branch Laboratory, Imphal for its successful implementation and welcome to bring such more programs in future in Manipur. To see coverage of the event by local News paper please click here 1,2

 

नगर राजभाषा कार्यान्‍वयन समिति, जोरहाट की 26 वीं बैठक संपन्‍न

   

 

CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory, Imphal has organized field study tour to Keibul Lamjao National Park under DNA Clubs Educational Program on May 25, 2013

Official of Keibul Lamjao National Park delivered lecture to Students & Teachers

The CSIR: North-East Institute of Science & Technology, Branch Laboratory, Imphal has conducted field study tour to Keibul Lamjao National Park & its surrounding wetlands on May 25, 2013 under the banner DNA Clubs: DBT-TERI Mentoring the Schools of Northeast. Ten students & one coordinating teachers from the 57 DNA Club Schools & Local Advisory members have attended the program.

 

 

CSIR-NEIST celebrated National Technology Day 2013

Dr G Thyagarajan, Former Director, CSIR-NEIST delivering the National Technology Day Lecture 2013

CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology, Jorhat, celebrated the National Technology Day 2013 with a special programme held on 10 May, 2013 at Dr J N Baruah Auditorium. The programme was presided over by Dr R C Boruah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST wherein Dr G Thayagarajan, Former Director, CSIR-NEIST graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and delivered the Technology Day Lecture. The programme was largely attended by scientists, engineers, distinguished guests, eminent personalities from Jorhat district, besides CSIR-NEIST scientific community both retired and existing. In his welcome address, Dr R C Boruah rekindled the events that boosted India towards technological breakthrough in nuclear weapons through the successful test series at Pokhran, Rajasthan on 11 and 13 May, 1998 and said that the Technology Day is observed every year on 11 May throughout the country to remember the significant contribution of various scientists that brought the country’s position as a nuclear state.
Delivering the Technology Day lecture on “Technology- Polity nexus can stimulate big Innovations. Examples and Experiences from India and Beyond” Dr Thyagarajan deliberated on the role of politics and political intervention in stimulating some of the many great Innovations in the world. Citing examples and experiences of some past and present political leaders from the USA and India namely John F Kennedy, Harry S Truman, Barack Obama, Dr Jawaharlal Nehru, Mrs Indira Gandhi, Mr Rajiv Gandhi, etc. he said that it was the foresightedness and vision of such leaders that had been significant behind many great innovations and developments in the field of Science & Technology, some of which are, ‘Man on the Moon’, ‘Atom Bomb’, ‘Energy’ ‘Bhaba Effect’, ‘Bhatnagar Effect’, ‘Birth of ISRO, ‘Formation of CSIR’, ‘Telecom Revolution’ etc. He further stressed on the need for interests and initiative of such leaders in the present day too for many such developmental changes for transferring a nation into a technological power, in his message to the country and the North East Community in particular.
It may be mentioned that earlier, Shri Sanjay Deori, Sr Scientist & Coordinator of the function introduced the Chief Guest to the audience.
On the occasion, few divisions of the Institute were felicitated with certificates of appreciation in recognition of transfer of technologies namely ‘Cold Bonded Iron Ore Pellets’, ‘Liquid Deodorant’, ‘Low Dust Chalk Pencil’, ‘Herbal Freshner with Mosquito Repellent Properties’, Herbal Incense Sticks with Mosquito Repellent Properties’ and ‘Bacterial Formulation for Crop Enhancement and Yield Improvement’ to various industries, private enterprises, entrepreneurs, etc. during the last financial year 2012-2013. Apart from these technologies, the Certificate of Appreciation was also awarded for transfer of marketing rights of two product technologies on “Anti-Arthritis” and “Fungi-Destruct” to various private enterprises.
On the day, the Institute’s newsletter for January-February, 2013 issue was released by the Chief Guest.
In his Presidential address, Dr Boruah expressed his gratitude to the Chief Guest for his important deliberation and appealed to all to inculcate the spirit of working together and strive for bringing out many innovative inventions.
The programme concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Shri Dipak Basumatari, Scientist, CSIR-NEIST. It may be noteworthy to mention here that the Institute organized the programme on 10 May, 2013 on account of closed holiday on 11 May, 2013.

As a part of the celebration programme, the Institute was declared ‘Open day’ for the visit of students and general public from 2 to 4.30 pm.

 

CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory, Imphal has organized (i) Science model making competition & (ii) Tree plantation under DNA Clubs Educational Program during May 9-10, 2013

Dr.BG Unni, Shri Uttam C Laisram, Dr. Manihar Sharma, Dr.HB Singh

The CSIR: North-East Institute of Science & Technology, Branch Laboratory, Imphal has organized 2-Day program on (i) Science model making competition & (ii) Tree plantation as an activity of the externally funded project “DNA Clubs: DBT-TERI Mentoring Schools of the Northeast” during May 9-10, 2013. Students and Coordinators of DNA club participated at the programme .Dr.BG Unni Chief Scientist & Area Coordinator & Director’s Nominee, Shri Uttam Laisram Director Science & Technology, Manipur, Shri Th. Surendranath Singh, Director  MASTEC, Prof.B. Manihar Sharma, Senior Professor Life Sciences, Manipur University (Local Advisory Member) attended the programme and coordinated by Dr.HB Singh Principal Scientist and Incharge CSIR NEIST Branch Laboratory Imphal Manipur. Cash and merit certificates were awarded to wining Schools/Students by Shri Uttam C Laisram, Director of Science & Technology , Manipur in presence of LAC members. During the program, tree plantation was carried out inside the campus of the Branch Laboratory, Imphal.

 

 

CSIR-NEIST Organized Seminar on Popularization of Coir Technologies at Agartala, Tripura on 3rd May 2013

CSIR-NEIST has successfully organized a seminar to popularize various Coir Technologies in North-Eastern Region at Pragna Bhawan, Agartala, Tripura on May 03, 2013 in collaboration with Central Coir Research Institute, Kerala and Tripura State Council for Science & Technology (TSCST), Agartala. The objective of the seminar was to focus on generating awareness among the entrepreneurs/ NGOs/ SHGs and prospective small scale industrialists about the various technologies available for development of entrepreneurship by setting up of coir related enterprises utilizing readily available raw materials for self employment.
The Seminar was inaugurated by Ms. Bijita Nath, Hon’able Minister of Science, Technology & Environment, Govt. of Tripura. Dr RC Boruah, Director, CSIR-NEIST addressed the participants during inaugural session of the seminar as Guest honour. During his speech, Dr Boruah stressed upon importance of such technology popularization seminar for commercialization of technologies and socio-economic development thereby. He also highlighted the activities of CSIR-NEIST in the state of Tripura. Before that, Shri ML Roy, Senior Scientific Officer of TSCST, Agartala offered welcome address and Dr Jatin Kalita, Jr. Scientist of CSIR-NEIST has put forwarded the technical briefing about the seminar. Shri S Kumar, Special Secretary, Science, Technology & Environment, Govt. of Tripura; Shri SK Paul, Director, Science, Technology & Environment, Govt. of Tripura, Dr PC Neog, Chief Scientist, CSIR-NEIST, also addressed in the inaugural session of the seminar.
Dr S Radhakrishnan, Shri PK Ravi from CCRI, Kerala, Dr Dipul Kalita, Dr Jatin Kalita & Ms Kalyani Medhi from CSIR-NEIST and Shri Badal Dey, Deputy Director of Industry Department, Govt. of Tripura, have presented their deliberation during Technical Session of the seminar as Resource Person. Different Coir based technologies developed in CCRI & other rural technologies developed in CSIR-NEIST, were presented for creating awareness among the participants. About 90 participants from various districts of Tripura participated in the seminar. For more photographs please click 1,2,3,4

 

CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory, Imphal has organized 2-day Educational Program during May 2-3, 2013

Dignitaries on the dais

The CSIR: North-East Institute of Science & Technology, Branch Laboratory, Imphal has organized 2-Day DNA Club Educational Program under the project “DNA Clubs: DBT-TERI Mentoring Schools of the Northeast” during May 2-3, 2013. During the programs activities like (i) Essay Writing Competition (topic:- forest and water conservation) (ii) Ex-tempore Speech in 2 categories one for teachers and another for students (iii) Science Film Show & (vi) Lecture Series (delivered by Dr RC Sundriyal from GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, Almora on the topic “Himalayan Biodiversity” & Dr Manju Sundriyal from Uttrakhand Science & Education Research Centre, Dehradun on the topic “Wild edible plants and its sustainable development” are conducted. Prizes were distributed to the winners by Chief Guest (Dr RC Sundriyal), Guest of Honour (Dr Manju Sundriyal) and LAC Members. Dr HB Singh, Scientist-in-Charge, Branch Laboratory, Imphal presided the prize distribution ceremony.

Chief Guest distributed prizes and TV cassette to Schools

 

 

MENTORING PROGRAMME FOR GRADUATE STUDIES AND FULBRIGHT FELLOWSHIPS held at CSIR-NEIST on 30th April 2013

Talk delivered by Ms. Madhavi Roy, Senior Educational USA Adviser, USIEF, American Centre Kolkata

A Reach out cum mentoring programme for graduate studies at USA and Fulbright Fellowships was organized on 30th of April, 2013 at the J.N Baruah Auditorium, CSIR NEIST, Jorhat. The meeting was organized jointly by Fulbright Alumni Association NE Chapters (FAA NE Chapter) and Society of Biological Chemists-India NE Chapter (SBC-I NE Chapter). The purpose of the meeting was to create awareness among students about Graduate studies in USA and Fulbright fellowships. The programme was coordinated by Dr. B.G Unni Chief Scientist And Area Co-ordinator, CSIR NEIST & Convenor   FAA and SBC-I NE Chapter. The delegates from Central Muga Eri Research Training Institute(CMER&TI, Tea Research Association, Tocklai, Kaziranga University and  CSIR North East Institute of Science & Technology Jorhat attended the function. The guest speaker was Ms. Madhavi Roy, Senior Educational USA Adviser, USIEF, American Centre Kolkata. Dr. BG Unni In his  opening remarks appreciated  and thanked Dr Ms.Roy  for choosing CSIR NEIST for her reach out programme. Dr.Unni also briefed about the FAA NE chapter and the activities of the Fulbright Alumni Association, North-East Chapter for the last 20 years or more. Dr.RC Boruah in his introductory remarks thanked Dr.Ms.Roy for taking interest to visit the laboratory under USIEF Reach out programme and he hoped that her lecture and interaction will be benefited to the scientific community. Dr.Ms Roy talked in detail about the Graduate studies in USA and also touched upon the Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators program for Indian college and university administrators to provide the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the U.S. higher education system. The participants would gain a first hand experience of a cross section of U.S. institutions/universities and meet with key universities   responsible for international programs and activities at their institutions, she said. The visit would also enable /students/participants to learn about various facets of U.S. higher education, including the types of institutions, accreditation, curriculum development, fund raising, student services and international education on U.S. campuses, as well as share knowledge on Indian higher education. In her presentation she clearly described the basic need of studying in US. According to her, students get an opportunity to excel in academics because of the presence of global and diverse faculty members and other students. The US Universities have freedom and flexibility as they allow pursuing interdisciplinary studies. They provide financial aid opportunities and career prospects. Students have facilities of working within campus as well as doing R & D works. She also mentioned that the applying procedure is a long time process; therefore one should apply on time. She informed that the Universities in US were accredited and every institute is autonomous and have variations in their rules. Dr. Roy also mentioned about the tests like TOEFL,GRE, GMAT etc which are the standardized tests that are necessary for studying in US. She conveyed a special thanks to Convenor FAA- NE Chapter for arranging the programme at CSIR-NEIST Jorhat Assam. 

Falicitation to Ms. Madhavi Roy, by Dr. R C Boruah, Acting Director

There was an interactive session between the resource person and the research students/scientists immediately after the talk. Every query from the participants were very well replied by Ms Roy and the programme was found to very innovative, informative and fruitful.   The meeting ended with a vote of thanks by Dr.BG.Unni to the official from USIEF Kolkata for their very active support for making the program a grand success and to all the representatives from other Institutions/Universities  for their presence and  their active participation .

 

 

Release of (i) Book & (ii) Poly Herbal Spices by the CSIR-NEIST Branch Lab, Imphal on April 8, 2013

Dignitaries release the book

The CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory, Imphal has releases (i) A book entitled “Community dependence on wetland in the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot: A case study from Manipur, northeast India” written by Alka Jain & H Birkumar Singh; published by LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Germany & (ii) Poly herbal spice formulation named as’ (a) Yummy Queen (Veg) & (b) Yummy Queen (Non-veg) on April 8, 2013. Dr RK Nimai Singh, IAS, Commissioner, Arts & Culture & Secretary to His Excellency, the Governor of Manipur, Dr RK Sharma, Acting Vice Chancellor, University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya & Dr RC Boruah, FNASc, Director, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat were the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour & President, respectively. The book was described by Prof B Manihar Sharma, Dept of Life Science, Manipur University. Dr HB Singh, Scientist-in-Charge, CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory, Imphal described the idea & brief process of development of the two poly herbal spices. The 2 spice mixture has been developed from 13 edible aromatic plants traditionally used in various cuisines by local communities of Manipur. Dr Alka Jain gave the vote of thanks. Four parties / entrepreneurs of Manipur have already approached the NEIST for transfer of the technology.

Dignitaries release the poly herbal spices

 

INSTITUTIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE (IEC) MEETING HELD ON 2ND APRIL 2013 AT CSIR-NEIST

The 5th Institutional Ethics Committee meeting of CSIR-NEIST Jorhat was held on 2nd April 2013 at CSIR-NEIST Director’s Conference Room. The members present in the meeting were the Dr. Adinath Sarmah (Chairman),  Dr. R.C Baruah (Acting Director), CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat ; Prof. S.R. Choudhary (Former Head, Deptt. of Pharmacology, AMC, Dibrugarh); Dr. T.Bora , Medical officer CSIR-NEIST(Clinician); Dr.Jyoti Ranjan Thakur (Clinician); Dr. B.G. Unni (Member- Secretary); Mrs. Kamala Dutta Bora, DCB Girls College, Jorhat (Member-Philosopher) ; Mr. Diganta Goswami Advocate, Jorhat Court(Legal expert) ; Mrs.Shakunthala Devi, Social Worker/NGO (Social Scientist) ; Mr..Salim Ali Ahamed, JB College Jorhat,( Member Non Science) and Dr.Ms.Ranjumoni Pathak, Jorhat Medical College (Member (Epidemology).  The other invitees attended the meeting were Dr.PG Rao Technical Consultant (CSIR-NEIST), Dr.PK Baruah Head Clinical Centre Dr. M.J. Bordoloi Sr.Pr.Sc,, Dr. N.C. Baruah, Chief Scientist and Dr. Mantu Bhuyan Scientist. Dr. R. C. Baruah (Acting Director) in his welcome speech mentioned the purpose of the review meeting and also expressed his gratefulness to the members of the newly constituted Institutional Ethics Committee for their cooperation and the valuable suggestions.  Dr. Adinath Sarmah , Chairman IEC welcomed the new members of IEC and appreciated the contribution of the scientists  from CSIR NEIST for bringing out some of the important drugs based on medicinal plants  and hoped to get  more such noble outcome in the coming years without violating the ethical issues of the society. Dr..B. G. Unni , Chief Scientist and Area Coordinator of biological sciences & Member secretary introduced the new IEC members and then read the report of the 4th IEC meeting held on 7th May 2012. Dr.Unni reminded the aims and objectives of various R & D work related to the ongoing projects reviewed under IEC of CSIR-NEIST. The progress of the Anti arthritis, Anti Fungal, anti lung cancer and anti oral drugs and its future plan were presented before the IEC members by the respective team leaders and members at the review meeting.

 Some of the points related to the progress of the ongoing projects/regarding clinical trials etc were discussed in details and few suggestions were also given by the IEC members. The members also asked about the clinical trials on animals or by other means and showed their keen interests and views regarding the ethical issues. Dr.T.Bora , member mentioned that it is very necessary to take up  studies with animal model system before going for a clinical trial studies with human being. This procedure must be followed in any such proposals,he added. Mr. Diganta Goswami, Advocate, (member legal expert) proposed the establishment of Animal ethics committee at the institution ( CSIR-NEIST) so that more work on clinical trials as well as cell line studies based on animal trials can be made without violating the legal and ethical issues. Dr. B.G.Unni requested the Project team  leaders to submit the progress of the respective ongoing projects to the IEC for proper recordDr. Jyoti Ranjan Thakur, member (clinicians) on his remarks highlighted the effects of herbal plants on humans and talked about some of the side effects of herbal medication. Dr. Adinath Sharmah, Chairman added to it that more clinical trials were being made in order to develop herbal drugs through methods that can reduce the toxicity of plants and emphasized that the project work should continue. Dr. B.G.Unni informed at the meeting that Dr.HP Deka Baruah Principal Scientist Biotechnology Department CSIR-NEIST, Mrs.Kamala Dutta Bora, DCB College and Dr.Salim Ali Ahmed, JB College will be the member secretary, Member (Philosopher) and member (Non Science/Arts) respectively of the IEC for the session 2013-2014.Dr.Unni requested all the new members to provide full support and advices for day today activities of  IEC of CSIR-NEIST Jorhat. Few samples of drugs (Anti Arthritis, Anti fungal) developed by CSIR NEIST were distributed to all IEC Members. The meeting was concluded with the vote of thanks from Dr. B.G. Unni to all the members of IEC for their presence and their valuable suggestions and advise.

 

His Excellency Sri Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary, Governor of Meghalaya visited CSIR-NEIST


His Excellency Sri Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary, Governor of Meghalaya paid an august visit  to CSIR-NEIST on 1st April 2013. On this occasion, His Excellency took part in an interactive meeting of all Area Coordinators/ HoDs of the Institute, organizged at Director’s Conference hall at 4.15 pm. On arrival, His Excellency was felicitated by Dr RC Boruah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST who made a brief presentation of the past achievements and present activities of CSIR-NEIST. His Excellency congratulated all the scientists of the institute for continuously developing technologies and transferring them for the societal uplift of the region. He looked forward to CSIR-NEIST to take more responsibility to make the NE region not only self sufficient for various small scale technologies but also make its societal uplift sustainable. He also stated that the technological products may also be exported. After the meeting His Excellency visited a few of the Divisions namely Geoscience, Natural Products Chemistry Division and Cellulose Pulp & Paper Division. While visiting the divisions he generously praised the activities being carried out in the institute.

Photo 1: His Excellency Sri Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary, Governor of Meghalaya in meeting with Dr RC Boruah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST.

Photo 2: Dr R Duarah, Chief Scientist demonstrated the activities to His Excellency in Geoscience Division

Photo 3: His Excellency is discussing with Dr RC Boruah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST and Dr NC Barua, Chief Scientist in Natural Products Chemistry Division

Photo 4: His Excellency is being demonstrated the composite boards developed at Cellulose Pulp and Paper Division

 

 

CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory, Imphal has organized 3-day Mega Festival of DNA Club Schools 24th to 27th March 2013

Distribution of Glasswares to  DNA Club Schools by Dr.BG Unni Chief Scientist CSIR-NEIST Jorhat and Dr.HB Singh Incharge Branch Lab CSIRNEIST Imphal Manipur

The CSIR: North-East Institute of Science & Technology, Branch Laboratory, Imphal has organized 3-Day Mega Festival of DNA Club Schools of Manipur under the project “DNA Clubs: DBT-TERI Mentoring Schools of the Northeast”. During the festival, programs like (i) Science film shows (ii) Spot-painting competition (theme: Bioresource conservation with special reference to Manipur) (iii) Essay writing competition (theme: Biodiversity need of human being) (iv) Ex-tempore speech competition (topic: Conservation issues of biodiversity) (v) Project report writing (topic: Bioresources available around you) & (vi) Lecture series (topics: (a) Loktak wetland ecosystem & its economic bioresoureces delivered by Dr SS Singh of Loktak Development Authority & (b) Impact of pesticides/insecticides on environment delivered by Dr KI Singh of Central Agricultural University, Imphal). More than 300 students from the schools of DNA club along with their teacher coordinators attended the programme for 3 days. Prof N Iboton Singh, Dean of Central Agricultural University, Imphal & Dr BG Unni, Chief Scientist & Director’s Nominee of CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat were Chief Guest & President of the closing function where prizes and certificates were distributed to winner students of the competitions. Glasswares were also distributed to the 57 DNA Club schools. Dr HB Singh, Scientist-in-Charge, Branch Laboratory, Imphal gave the welcome address while Dr Alka Jain presented vote of thanks.

 

 
CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat celebrated its 52 Foundation Day on 18th March 2013
 
Release of Highlights 2012-13
A Section of audience

In a function organized at its premise the CSIR-North-East Institute of Science & Technology (CSIR-NEIST), Jorhat celebrated its 52nd Foundation day on 18 March 2013. Dr P K Sishodiya, Director of National Institute of Miners' Health graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Dr R C Boruah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST as the president of the function. After the welcome address by Dr R L Bezbaruah, Head & SPS of I&BD Division and Coordinator of the Foundation Day function, Dr B G Unni, Chief Scientist, CSIR-NEIST gave the introduction of the Chief Guest. The Chief Guest Dr Sishodiya gave the Foundation Day lecture on topic "Miners health in India: Present status and future". He said that occupational health hazards could be categorized in three namely Physical, Chemical and Biological. He further mentioned that to eliminate all risks at work is nearly impossible. Further he emphasized on occupational health hazards associated and focused on the diseases and symptoms related to Mining industry and professionals.  
The lecture was followed by release of the institute publications viz. Highlights 2012-2013 by the Chief Guest. Every year the highlight is released on the foundation day which is an account of the institute's activity for the current financial year. 
On the occasion people who retired from the council’s service during the last financial year were presented with mementoes by the Chief Guest in recognition to their services for the growth and development of the institute which was conducted by Mr S K Pal, Administrative Officer, CSIR-NEIST. Also in the function the NEIST staff who showed exemplary research & support performances during this financial year were awarded with certificate of appreciation by the President, which was conducted by Dr S P Saikia, Scientist, CSIR-NEIST. The award distribution was followed by Presidential address where Dr Boruah appraised everyone present about the institute's achievement during the financial year. The function concluded with vote of thanks by Ms Pramila Majumdar, Jr Scientist. The function was attended by large number of invited dignitaries, eminent scientists, retired CSIR-NEIST staff, members of NEIST fraternity, students and teachers of nearby schools, colleges and universities, general public, members of press and media.

Earlier in the day the institute observed ‘Open Day’ and the laboratory was kept open for the in the morning hours between 0900 to 1300 hrs where about 400 students and teachers visited and interacted with the scientists on their own.

 

DNA TERI CLUB MENTORING SCHOOLS OF NORTH-EAST- PROGRESS REVIEW MEETING HELD AT CSIR-NEIST JORHAT ON 12th MARCH 2013.

      The review meeting of DNA Club was held on 12th March 2013 at CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat. The review meeting was presided over by Dr. RC Baruah, acting Director, and attended by local Advisory Committee of the DNA Club, namely Shri. Th.Surendranath Singh Director MASTEC, Manipur, Prof. Manihar   Sharma , Deprtment of Life Sciences, Manipur University, Dr. H.Nandira. Sharma Science Teachers Forum, Manipur , Dr. BG  Unni Chief Scientist &  Director’s nominee , Dr. HB Singh I/C CSIR-NEIST  Branch Lab Manipur  and Dr. PG Rao, former Director CSIR-NEIST and technical consultant. Dr. RC  Baruah in his welcome address appreciated the progress of the DNA TERI Club for the last 3 years undertaken by the CSIR-NEIST branch laboratory, Imphal.  Dr. B.G. Unni, Chief Scientist  highlighted the origin of the DNA club  programme in chronological order and  thanked other local Advisory members from Manipur  for their  constant  support and cooperation for carrying  out the DNA Club activities very successfully. Dr. HB Singh, the Scientist in-charge of the Branch laboratory presented the progress of the DNA Club for the past 3 years   undertaken by the Branch Laboratory, Imphal  and also informed the infrastructure facilities and financial support provided to the 57 DNA Club Schools during the tenure of the project. He appreciated the efforts and the support provided by the Director’s Nominee and local Advisory members for the successful completion of the DNA Club activities. Dr. PG Rao, former Director and technical consultant thanked for the efforts undertaken by the NEIST Branch laboratory along with other team members for the successful implementation of the DNA Club activities among the schools selected under DNA programme. He also requested the in-charge branch laboratory to monitor the progress of the students/ DNA Club schools in future as well and the process may be continued. The local Advisory Members namely Prof. Manihar Sharma, Dr. Nandiram Sharma, Shri Surendra Nath Singh in their brief speech very much appreciated the efforts and the hard work taken by the NEIST branch laboratory for the successful implementation of the DNA Club activities among children and also requested to extend such activities  in future as well. Dr. R.C. Baruah, Director, CSIR-NEIST, in his concluding remarks commented the excellent progress carried out by the NEIST branch laboratories, Imphal and  congratulated the entire team of DNA Club for their untiring  effort to  spread  awareness about the nature and environment among the students  through various  activities as a part of the DNA programme. He said that such activities must continue in future as well. The review meeting was concluded with vote  of thanks by Dr. H.B. Singh.

 

 

National Science Day celebrated at CSIR-NEIST

CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology, Jorhat celebrated National Science Day, 2013 with a well charted out programme on 28 February, 2013 at its premises. Held at Dr J N Baruah Auditorium the programme was presided over by Dr R C Boruah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST in which Dr Prabir G Dastidar, Director and Policy Maker (R&D), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India, New Delhi graced the occasion as Chief Guest and delivered the Science Day lecture. The programme was largely attended by invited guests, eminent personalities of Jorhat town, faculty members and students of nearby schools, press & media personnel, besides CSIR-NEIST staff members, both retired and existing. For more details Click here.

 

 

CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory, Imphal celebrated National Science Day 2013

 

The CSIR: North-East Institute of Science & Technology, Branch Laboratory, Imphal has celebrated National Science Day (February 28, 2013) under the banner “DNA Clubs: DBT-TERI Mentoring Schools of the Northeast”. Quiz competition and Spot-painting competitions were held amongst the students’ upto Class X. Quiz competition was held among 5 finalist schools of DNA Clubs while spot-painting competition was opened for schools of Manipur. The theme of the spot-painting was “biodiversity”. Bicycles and certificates were distributed to all the merit holders (Ist, 2nd & 3rd) for both the Quiz and Spot-painting competitions by the Chief Guest (Shri L Nandakumar Singh, MLA), Guest of Honour (Shri K Shyam, MLA) and President (Dr BG Unni, Chief Scientist & Director’s Nominee CSIR-NEIST Jorhat Assam). The key note lecture on the theme of the National Science Day was delivered by Prof N Rajmuhon, Chemistry Dept, Manipur University. Dr HB Singh, Scientist-in-Charge, Branch Laboratory, Imphal gave the welcome address while Dr Alka Jain presented vote of thanks.

 

Conference on Road and Transportation Technologies for North-East Region (CORTNE 2013) held on

February 22-24, 2013 at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre, Guwahati

CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology, Jorhat organized 3-day conference on Road and Transportation Technologies for North-East Region (CORTNE 2013) on February 22-24, 2013 at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre, Guwahati jointly with CSIR-Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi in collaboration with Public Works Departments (PWDs) of  eight North Eastern States viz. Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim and also supported by ERD Foundation, Guwahati; M/s BitChem, Guwahati & FINER, Guwahati. The conference is the first of its kind in the region in common platform for eight state PWDs of NER. Nearly 300 delegates from various organizations in the country, specifically from the North East like Public Works Departments from Govt of Assam, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh, Govt of Meghalaya, Govt of Nagaland, Govt of Mizoram, Govt of Mizoram, Govt of Manipur, Govt of Tripura, Govt of Sikkim, Scientific staffs from CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat and CSIR-CRRI, New Delhi, faculties & students from RIST, Meghalaya  and private companies from Guwahati like M/s BitChem, M/s Om Infracon Pvt. Ltd, etc participated in the conference. Honourable Chief Minister of Assam, Mr Tarun Gogoi was the Chief Guest of the opening ceremony of the conference. The inaugural function was presided over by Dr Subhamay Gangopadhayay, Director, CSIR- Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi and other dignitaries in the dias were Dr Romesh Chandra Boruah, Acting Director, Outstanding Scientist, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat & Co-Chairman, Organising Committee CORTNE 2013; Dr. P G Rao, Former Director, Now Technical Consultant, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat & Co-Chairman, Organising Committee, CORTNE 2013; Mr MC Boro, Commissioner & Special Secretary, Govt of Assam, Chairman, Local Organising Committee, CORTNE 2013; Mr M Hoque, Chairman ERDF & Vice Chairman, Organising Committee, CORTNE 2013 and Mr P P Srivastava, Member, Research Council, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat & Honourable Member, North Eastern Council (NEC). The workshop was largely attended by eminent Engineers, Scientists and Govt Officials renowned nationally and internationally. The Chief Minister of Assam, Mr Tarun Gogoi, in his inaugural address, pointed out that poor connectivity in the past was one of the factors for slow economic growth in the region. While inaugurating the conference at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre, Guwahati on 22nd February, 2013, Gogoi said “The roads are the vital lifeline for communication. It serves as a vehicle for achieving economic growth and prosperity.” He also said, “Through better connectivity not only development can be ushered in all fronts but also the region can be brought closer to the rest of the country. Modern means of transportation can only bring about a sea change in the economic landscape.” The Chief Minister stressed on the need for proper drainage system while constructing roads. The Director, CSIR- Central Road Research Institute, Dr Subhamay Gangopadhyay, in his welcome address, said that the conference would deliberate on the issues that are acting as challenges for the development of the road and transport structure infrastructure in the north-east region. Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST Jorhat, Dr RC Boruah, in his address, said “India’s North-East Region consists of eight sister states having abundant natural resources is still far behind in every aspects from rest of the country. The various National Development Programmes like NHDP, PMGSY, NREGA etc. for development of road connectivity in the North-East region are affected due to many reasons like non-availability of materials and machine, lack of knowledge, shortage of technology and human resources in terms of skill manpower as well as due to high rainfall, landslide, environmental issues in the region.” Commissioner and Special Secretary, PWD (Roads), Assam, Mr MC Boro who is also the Chairman of Local Organising Committee for the conference, advocated the need for steel bridges in flood, landslide and seismic prone areas to ensure connectivity.

The 3-day conference was scheduled with programmes of nine (9) technical sessions followed by a Way Forward (Valedictory Programme) and with a site visit of new Saraighat Bridge on River Brahmaputra. A technical exhibition was also organised during the conference where CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, CSIR-CRRI, New Delhi, M/s BitChem, ERD Foundation, M/s Maccaferri, New Delhi, M/s TechFab India, M/s Hindustan Colas Ltd., M/s Purbanchal Cements Ltd., M/s Volvo, M/s Alchemist Touchnology Ltd., M/s 3M India Ltd., M/s Starmass took part in the exhibition.

 

 

Training on Science Communication held at CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat

 

For the first time CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology, Jorhat organized a training programme on Science Communication. The training which was organized especially for the benefit of students, freelancers and unemployed people of North East India was held during 18-21 February, 2013. The inaugural function was held in the morning of 18 February where Dr Rajendra Dobhal, Director General of Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (UCOST) attended as the Chief Guest. President of the function, Dr R C Boruah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat stressed on the importance of science communication and its significance of propagating science in the society. In a special session following the inaugural session Chief Guest Dr Dobhal spoke about the Role of Science & Technology Council's in the Promotion of Science. He highlighted the objectives, strategies, issues, innovative steps and achievements of UCOST. He also spoke about various R&D Projects in different areas like EIA, pollution control, medicinal and aromatic plant, climate change, biodegradation of pesticide etc undertaken by UCOST.

The First Day of the training emphasized on science communication and its need in the present day which was highlighted through lectures by Mr. A K Hazarika, former scientist, CSIR-NEIST on Role of Research Organisation in Science Communication – CSIR-NEIST experience, Mr H J Khan, Editor, Science Reporter, CSIR-NISCAIR, New Delhi on Communicating Science and NCSTC Award Winner Mr Biman Basu, former Scientist and Editor, Science Reporter, CSIR-NISCAIR, New Delhi.

Second day of the training highlighted various media available and also focused on specific sectors of science communication. Dr Bala Lakhendra, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication and Journalism Department of Tezpur University talked about Science Communication through Mass Media, Dr P C Neog, Head, Planning Div, CSIR-NEIST talked about Science Programmes for Electronic Media. NCSTC Award winner, Dr P C Tamuly, Editor of Mouchaq and Natun Awiscar, Assamese magazines spoke about Science Communication for the Children. Dr Aditi Bezbaruah, Dept of Physics, Jorhat Engineering College talked about women and science communication. Mr Khan discussed about how to effectively do science writing so that the message is communicated to the intended audience in correct way. Mr Basu in his second lecture talked about how to edit popular science articles.

The third day of the training saw a third lecture by Mr Basu on Writing Scripts for Science Video Programmes. Padamshree Prof Anil K Gupta, Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad through Skpe talked about Knowledge Dissemination through Print Media. How to communicate in Rural Areas was highlighted by Mr Kishore Kalita of NIF-India Assam Cell, Gauhati. Mr Suryya Kumar Chetia, Jouranlist from The Assam Tribune in his lecture talked about science journalism and various issues involved while writing for newspapers. Mr Tamuly in his second lecture talked about Effective Translation of scientific communications. A popular lecture on Eye Donation was given by Dr Narayan Bordoloi, Chandraprabha Eye Hospital, Jorhat. Film Maker Mr Goraiya Shailendra from Ahmedabad talked about Communication through Photography and Videography. He also showed various short documentaries and films made by him to show the impact of this very strong media which can play a vital role in communicating science.

On the fourth day Mr Shailendra taught students about photography. He talked about various aspects of photography like lighting, composition, different camera and their features. Activities like quiz and practical writing assignments were organized and well appreciated by the participants. The prize winners of the quiz were awarded certificates in the valedictory function held on 21 February, 2013. In the valedictory function participants shared their experience and views about the training programme and showed appreciation for the programme. The programme was attended by 66 participants from different districts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura. It is worthwhile to mention that the training was "Catalyzed and supported by Rashtriya Vigyan Evam Prodyogiki Sanchar Parishad (RVPSP), Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi". A few of the photographs of events are below

 

 

Educational tour for the Schools under DNA club organized by CSIR NEIST Branch laboratory, Imphal , Manipur Feb 14-16th , 2013

On the Dias : Dr.Shabir Hussain Wani, Dr.BG Unni, Prof. M.Sharma, Prof. N.Sharma, Dr.HB Singh

The CSIR: North-East Institute of Science & Technology, Branch Laboratory, Imphal has organized 3-day Institute / Science Centre educational  tour and interactions with experts during February 14-16, 2013 under the externally funded project “DNA Clubs: DBT-TERI mentoring the schools of northeast”. The following centers were  visited  (i) FEEDS-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Senapati, (ii) Manipur Zoological Garden (iii) Manipur Science Centre (iv) Manipur Science Aquarium, etc.  The program was flag-off by Dr BG Unni, Chief Scientist & Director’s Nominee, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat Assam in presence of all the Local Advisory Members and the students of DNA Clubs.  The team of students from DNA Clubs and the experts were received by Dr.SH Wani ,Programme coordinator and other staff members of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, at  Senapati. There were interaction program with experts of KVK  in the Conference Hall of KVK and field demonstration on Emu bird farming, kiwi fruits cultivation, poultry farming, bamboo diversity, medicinal garden, germplasm collection of orchids of Eastern Himalayan region and tissue culture techniques. During the program, first round of quiz competition was also held to select a batch of best students for final  selection  to be organized at the National Science Day on 28th Feb 2013. The educational tour program was attended by 2 students, 1 coordinating teacher from each of the 57 DNA Club Schools of Manipur along with the local  Advisory Members and the staff members of CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory Imphal.

Students_and_teachers_near_the_biodiversity_park

Students_near_the_Emu_birds_farm

 

 

CSIR-NEIST organized a one-day Workshop cum Training Programme on “IPR Sensitization in North East Region”

 

CSIR-NEIST organised a one-day Workshop cum training programme on “IPR Sensitization in North East Region” on 13 February, 2013 at its premises. Held under one of the on-going In-house Projects of the 12th Five Year Plan of the Institute, the workshop is aimed to cover two NE states in each workshop in a series of four workshop programmes proposed under the project. The present workshop which was the first workshop was held for the states of Assam and Nagaland.
Held at Dr J N Baruah Auditorium, the programme started with an Inaugural session which was presided over by Dr R C Boruah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST in which Dr USN Murty, Chief Scientist & Head-Biological Sciences, CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad graced the function as the Chief Guest. Delivering the welcome address, Dr R L Bezbaruah, Head- Information & Business Development Division and Coordinator of the workshop gave some highlights about the Institute and its activities since its inception in the year 1961. He further spoke about the IPR activities of the Institute wherein he informed that the Institute has earned its name with a total of 298 patents granted in India and 26 patents granted in abroad.
The background information of the programme was given by Miss I.Ilika Zhimo. Jr Scientist & Principal Coordinator wherein she said that the main objective of the programme is to sensitize the people about IPR and its growing importance in today’s globalised era, irrespective of their area of study or profession.
Dr USN Murty in his speech spoke about the need for protecting one’s intellectual work whether in the form of an invention or a creative, artistic, literary works, etc. He further emphasized on the need to protect the traditional and cultural heritage of one’s country and said that it becomes every citizen’s duty to preserve and conserve the rich age old tradition based knowledge and culture which are useful even today. He also said that the North East Region being one of the biodiversity hotspot in the world finds more relevance in terms of protecting its flora and fauna.
Delivering the Presidential address, Dr R C Boruah also emphasized on the need for protecting one’s intellectual work and the emerging issues related to their protection in today’s fast developing country like India. Citing some examples of abuse of traditional knowledge, Dr Boruah mentioned about the patents granted in the past by USPTO based on traditional knowledge of India. He further encouraged the participants to take full advantage of the workshop.
The day-long programme comprised of five technical sessions in which five technical lectures were held on various IPR issues such as Patents, Copyright, Geographical Indications, Trademarks and Traditional Knowledge & Biodiversity Conservation. Each technical session was followed by brief discussion & interactive session among the participants and the experts.

The second session was held on “Copyright” in which Dr T C James, Director, National Intellectual Property Organization (NIPO), New Delhi deliberated on ‘Copyright and related rights’.
The third session was held on “Patents” in which Shri Madhurjya Thakur, Assistant Controller of Patents & Designs, Indian Patent Office, Kolkata deliberated on ‘Patenting system in India’.
The fourth session was held on “Geographical Indications” in which Dr T C James, Director, NIPO, New Delhi deliberated on ‘Geographical Indications- fundamentals and its emerging importance with reference to India’.
The fifth session was held on “Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity conservation” in which Prof S K Borthakur from Dept. of Botany, Gauhati University deliberated on ‘Traditional Knowledge vis-à-vis Utilization, Protection and Biodiversity Conservation’.
The technical sessions was followed by a short written quiz held among the participants based on the theme sessions delivered by the experts which comprised of 25 objective type questions. The quiz was conducted for impact study of the workshop organized.
The programme came to an end with a short Valedictory session held later on the day which was presided by Dr R C Boruah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST. In the session, Miss I.Ilika Zhimo gave highlights of the day-long programme held. Also, two participants from each state were given a chance to speak about their experience, wherein they highly appreciated the workshop held and its importance in today’s context, while extending gratitude to the Institute for giving them the opportunity. One of the resource persons, Dr T C James also appreciated the efforts of the Institute in organizing such an important workshop and said that from an academic point, the workshop deserves an A+ for its overall smooth conduct and organization.
Dr Boruah in his address extended his gratitude to all the experts for their deliberations on various important issues on IPR and also the participants for their active participation. After the session, certificates were distributed to the participants.
The workshop was attended by a total 65 participants who comprised of UG/PG students from all disciplines, faculty members and innovators from different Universities, Colleges and Institutes of Assam and Nagaland, besides CSIR-NEIST staff members.

The first technical session was held on “Introduction of IPR and Trademarks” in which Ms Juri Borborah Saikia, Research Officer, IPR cell, Tezpur University, delivered an informative lecture on ‘Overview of IPR and its role in protecting Trademarks’

Left: Dignitaries on the dais at the Inaugural session (from right), Dr R L Bezbaruah, Head-I&BD and Coordinator; Dr R C Boruah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST and Dr USN Murty, Chief Scientist, CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad who graced the session as Chief Guest. Right: Dr USN Murty addressing the gathering at the Inaugural session.

Ms Juri Borborah Saikia, Research Officer, IPR cell, Tezpur University delivering her lecture.

Dr T C James, Director, NIPO, New Delhi delivering his lecture.

Shri Madhurjya Thakur, Assistant Controller of Patents & Designs, Indian Patent Office, Kolkata delivering his lecture.

Prof S K Borthakur, Department of Botany, Gauhati University delivering his lecture.
 
Participants of the workshop along with Dr R C Boruah, Acting Director, CSIR-NEIST, experts and the organizing team

 

 

CSIR-NEIST  received the First Prize in Tableau Show at Republic Day Parade : 2013   held at Jorhat Court Field

 

 

CSIR-NEIST has participated in the Tableau Display at Jorhat Court Field organized by District Authority on the occasion of 64th Republic Day Celebration. The CSIR-NEIST obtained First Prize in the Tableau display. The Tableau replicates the technologies developed and current research activities of CSIR-NEIST.

 

Lecture Series, Spot Painting and Essay Writing Competition held on January 10, 2013 at the CSIR-NEIST Branch Laboratory, Lamphelpat, Imphal

The CSIR: NEIST Branch Laboratory, Imphal has organized one-day program on (i) Lecture series (ii) Spot Painting and (iii) Essay Writing Competition at the NEIST Substation, Lamphelpat Imphal on January 10, 2013 under the “DNA Clubs: DBT-TERI Mentoring the schools of Northeast”. Three students each from every DNA Clubs enrolled Schools of Manipur have participated the programme. The topics were “Biodiversity and its conservation”, “Forest and water” and “Importance of medicinal plants” for Lecture series, Spot Painting competition and Essay Writing Competition, respectively.

Prizes were distributed to the winning students by Chief Guest - Shri L Nandakumar Singh, MLA and Guest of Honour - Shri K Shyam Singh, MLA in presence of Local Advisory Members. The program was presided by Dr BG Unni, Chief Scientist& Area Cordinator & Director’s nominee, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat. Dr HB Singh, Scientist-in-Charge, Branch Laboratory and Dr Alka Jain gave welcome address and vote of thanks, respectively.

A view of the audience

 

New Year’s Message by Dr R C Boruah, Acting Director

Dr R C Boruah (left), Acting Director, delivering his New Year’s address. Dr R L Bezbaruah (centre), Head- I&BD Division and Sri Ajay Kumar (right), Incharge-Hindi cell are seen translating the address in Assamese and Hindi respectively.

Dr R C Boruah who took over the charge of Acting Director from Dr P G Rao, former Director on 31 December, 2012, addressed the CSIR-NEIST staff members on the occasion of New Year on 1 January, 2013 at the open air stage and extended his greetings to all for a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2013. In his address, Dr Boruah said that unlike previous years, the year 2013 is remarkable as the Institute will be functioning under the new leadership. The New Year’s address was delivered in English by Dr R C Boruah and the translated version was delivered by Dr R L Bezbaruah, Head-Information & Business Development division and Sri Ajay Kumar, Incharge-Hindi cell, in Assamese and Hindi respectively. In his address, Dr Boruah gave a gist of the activities and achievements of the Institute during the year 2012 and said that the year 2012 was a rewarding year on the scientific front. Dr Boruah mentioned some significant events such as the national and international collaboration made by the Institute with other organizations, universities and institutes such as Agriculture Research & Development agency, Thailand, Institute of Experimental Botany of ASCR, Czech Republic, ISM-Dhanbad, Nagaland University, Kaziranga University, etc. He further mentioned that the Institute received CSIR Technology Award in 2012 continuously for the third time, among various other prestigious awards conferred on the Institute and its scientists. The Institute’s performance in publication has also been significant with average IF of 3.133 and with highest Impact factor of 22.46 in Nature Medicine, he said. On the technology front, 6 technologies were transferred to various entrepreneurs, he opined. He also informed that CSIR-NEIST is committed to achieve the targets of 12th Five Year Plan with a record no. of 38 Network projects and 8 In-house projects. He congratulated all the staff members for their services and hard work in keeping the NEIST flag high. He further appealed to them, to begin the journey into 2013 with the same vigour, dedication and increased efforts to work for the betterment of the Institute and the society. On the day, Dr Boruah also recalled the address made by Dr P G Rao on 31 December, 2012 and appealed to all to carry forward his message to put more thrust for increased output and contribution to the society. It is noteworthy here that Dr P G Rao, in his address on 31 December, 2012 to the staff members declared the year 2013 as the “Year of Sustenance” and appealed to all to deliver more and reach out to the people with a sustainable approach.

 

 


 
 
 
   
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