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CSIR-NEIST bags prizes in flower show


CSIR-NEIST won 2 first prizes and 1 second prize in the 'Flower show cum cooking competition' organised by Lioness Club of Jorhat held at Lions Multiple Project Centre, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Jorhat on 02.02.2014.



Dr D Ramaiah takes over the charge of Director, CSIR-NEIST

Dr D Ramaiah Director, CSIR-NEIST (left) and Dr R C Boruah, outgoing Acting Director (right) seen signing the documents for handing over and taking over charge of the institute on 09 October 2013  

Dr Danaboyina Ramaiah, former Chief Scientist of the CSIR-National Institute of Interdisciplinary Science & Technology, Trivandrum has taken the charge of Director, CSIR-NEIST on 9 October, 2013 from the Acting Director Dr R C Boruah. A renowned scientist, Dr Ramaiah obtained Ph D (Chemistry) in 1988 from IIT, Kanpur and has extensive research experience in Photosciences and Photonics. He started his career as a scientist at CSIR-NIIST in 1988 and till recently was heading the institute’s Chemical Sciences and Technology Division. He is a recipient of several prestigious fellowships and awards. He has published over 90 papers in peer reviewed international journals and presented papers in various conferences and holds 15 national and international patents. On the day, he addressed the CSIR-NEIST staff members and expressed his appreciation and happiness to have the opportunity to lead one great CSIR family.

Motivational Programme on Biotechnology, Biodiversity at Itanagar



CSIR-NEIST Jorhat bagged First Prize for Official Language Hindi implementation

(Left) Dr R C Baruah, Acting Director CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat showing the presented award and (Right) Mr Ajay Kumar

CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat has received First Prize for implementing Official Language Hindi in office as per target. It was conferred by Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India to CSIR-NEIST for the financial year 2011-12 in North Eastern Region. Among all the Central Government offices of NE Region, CSIR-NEIST has achieved the highest target of implementation in this field.

The award presented in the “East and Eastern Region Rajbhasha Conference” held at Indian Museum, Asutosh Mukherjee Birth Centenary Hall, Kolkata on 18th April 2013. On behalf of Dr R C Baruah, Acting Director CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, Mr Ajay Kumar, Incharge Rajbhasha Section received the Shield from Shri Arun Kr Jain, Secretary, Govrnment of India.

An Appreciation certificate was also presented to Mr Ajay Kumar for his immense contribution in the implementation of Rajbhasha.  Constitutionally, Hindi in Devanagari Script is Official Language of the Union. As per provision of Official Language Act, Govt of India, English is continued as official language till the development of Hindi in day to day official correspondence. Therefore, this is the duty of office to develop Hindi as official language and implement as per target.

First review meeting of CSIR Network project “Environmental Research Initiative for Paper and Process Industry”, held at CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat

The first review meeting of the CSIR Network project “Environmental Research Initiative for Paper and Process Industry (ERIPP)”, CSC 0131 was held at CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat during 21-23 January, 2013. The inaugural session held on 22.01.2013 at MS Iyengar Hall of CSIR-NEIST was chaired by Dr PG Rao, CSIR-Technical consultant and former Director CSIR-NEIST. Dr P Sengupta, Head, Materials Science briefed about the objectives of the meeting and introduced the participants. Welcome the participants Dr A Goswami, Chief Scientist, briefly described the achievements made by CSIR-NEIST and the Cellulose Pulp and Paper (CPP) Division of CSIR-NEIST. He highlighted the background of the project particularly the pulping, paper making and titanium waste processing part and also pointed out the government policy and need of taking up the project earnestly. In his presidential address Dr Rao mentioned about earlier experience of CSIR-NEIST in the collaborative project of development of agrochemicals with IICT, Hyderabad and NCL, Pune long before starting of network project in CSIR. He emphasized the societal impact of the project and pointed that the development of biopulping / biochemical process will be helpful for the paper industry and the society. Dr PN Mohan Das, Retd. Chief Scientist, CSIR-NIIST in his speech remarked that the participation of industry is necessary for the success of this project. He emphasized at the value addition of the iron oxide industrial wastes and development of chemical and biological way to solve the problem. Dr AK Baruwa, Principal, NITS and former Director, ASTEC, indicated that there is no modernization in paper industry. He appreciated NEIST for taking up this issue. Dr NC Barua, Scientist-in-Charge, CSIR-NEIST, mentioned about the five focus areas of NEIST and pointed out that we can’t stop pollution completely where chemicals are used, but effort should be there to minimize the pollution. Inaugural session concluded with the vote of thanks from Dr P Borkakoti, Chief Scientist and Head, Chemical Engineering Division.
The first session entitled "Business session I: Presentation on the Process part" was chaired by Dr P N Mohan Das, who in his opening remark discussed the various problems associated with the Titanium pigment industry and synthetic rutile manufacturing. Mr. K H Bhat, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-NIIST & Nodal Scientist TI2OTI presented the overview of the  project entitled “Technology Initiatives for Utilization of Iron Oxide Waste from Titanium Processing Industries” to be under taken within ERIPP. CSIR-IMMT and CSIR-NEIST are the participating laboratory in this project. In his second presentation Mr Bhat presented the NIIST part of the work package title is “Processing of Iron Oxide Waste byproducts for value added products such as iron oxide pigment”. Dr K Jayasankar, Scientist, CSIR-IMMT, Bhubaneswar in the presentation highlighted on Static Bed Thermal Plasma Process Technology and Moving Bed Thermal Plasma Process Technology. Dr M R Das, Junior Scientist, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat presented the project activity from CSIR-NEIST titled “Metal and Metal Oxide based Nanoparticles Assembled on Iron-Oxide and Oxy(hydroxide) for Water Purification”. He briefly explained the presence of harmful heavy metal ions and bacteria in drinking water.

The second session entitled " Business session II: Presentation on the Paper part" was chaired by Dr A K Baruwa who in the opening remark mentioned that paper and pulp industry is under attack from both environmentalist and public. So, environmental scientists should try to reduce the pollution associated with the industry as well as look for alternative sources of raw materials. He appreciated CSIR-NEIST for taking such a project like ERIPP. Dr Tridip Goswami, Principal Scientist, CSIR-NEIST, Coordinator ERIPP and Nodal Scientist CLEANTEPP discussed the overview of the project in the presentation where he mentioned the detailed objective (labwise) and deliverables of whole ERIPP project alongwith the possible networking areas among the labs. In second presentation he presented the proposed work of NEIST Jorhat part in detail. Dr V Sonawane, Scientist, CSIR-IMTECH presented about the work package “Exploration and application of Xylanase and Laccase for bleaching pulp”. He focused on the screening of novel laccase and xylanase from IMTECH source as well as from the soil of North-East region. The mechanism of the enzymatic process was discussed. Dr V B Manilal, Principal Scientist, CSIR-NIIST presented the production of plant fibres such as banana fibre, coir, pineapple leaf fibre etc. using anaerobic digestion process. Dr R Srinivasan, Senior Scientist, CSIR-CLRI presented on the development of lignin derived tanning chemicals. Dr C R K Reddy, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-CSMCRI discussed about the possibility of exploration of lignin free seaweeds as less energy intensive and less polluting raw materials for pulp and paper industry.

The meeting concluded with the following observations :

  1. Efforts to be made on biopulping / biohemical to reduce the chemicals required in the industry.
  2. To concentrate on clean anaerobic digestion as a pretreatment process.
  3. To use the lignin from paper industry for developing tanning chemicals. Existing techniques of CLRI for effluent treatment in paper industry and the enzymatic processes for pulping and bleaching may be explored.
  4. To explore the seaweeds as a source of pulp in paper manufacturing and explore the marine microbes for bleaching and pulping.
  5. To look into the possibilities of developing MSME scale technologies based on the developed methods.

Dr R C Boruah, Outstanding Scientist takes over charge of CSIR-NEIST

The charge of CSIR-NEIST was taken over by Dr R C Boruah, Outstanding Scientist who will be the Acting Director w.e.f., 01 January, 2013. This function was probably unique because the handing over of the charge was done in the presence of the CSIR-NEIST staff in its Dr J N Baruah Auditorium.

It is worthwhile to mention here that Dr Boruah has initiated independent research in the field of Steroids in 1995. He discovered a novel system called 'beta formyl enamide'.  He has to his credit 88 research papers in reputed national and international journals of organic chemistry and filed 14 national and 1 international patents. Nine students have received PhD under his supervision, some of whom are recipient of prestigious Alexander von Humbolht Fellowship (AvH) in Germany, Post-Doctoral Fellowships in USA and Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). 
In 2005, Dr Boruah was conferred with the prestigious Fellow of National Academy of Sciences (FNASc) in recognition of his significant contribution in the chemistry. He also received CRSI Bronze Medal (2005) at the national level and Professor H C Goswami Memorial Fellowship (2003-06), instituted by Assam Science Society, Guwahati. He received "Certificate of Appreciation" from American Chemical Society for his manuscript to ACS journal. He is also Member of several Academic Bodies and Societies like American Chemical Society, Chemical Research Society of India, Indian Chemical Society, Indian Society of Chemists & Biologists, Indian Science Congress Association, Society of Chemists & Biologists etc. He is also a reviewer for some of the highly reputed international and national journals. He is PhD thesis examiner of many Indian Universities. 

He graduated from Sibsagar College, Assam with Honours in Chemistry and completed MSc (Chemistry) from Dibrugarh University in 1976 with gold medal. He obtained PhD degree from Dibrugarh University in 1980. Under CSIR-DAAD exchange program, he visited West Germany and worked with Professor Wolgang Pfleiderer at the University of Konstanz during 1982-83. He also worked as a Post-doctoral Associate with Professor Edward B Skibo at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arizona State University, USA during 1992-94 where he worked on anticancer drug Mitomycins under NSF funded project. In 2010, Dr Boruah visited East China Normal University, Shanghai under CSIR-NSFC programme.

Earlier the function began with a brief presentation by the outgoing Director Dr P G Rao, who led the institute for a decade (2002-2012). He recapitulated what progress the institute has made over the last decade like formation of national and international research linkages, attainment of ISO 9000 certification, improvement in the External Cash Flow, Societal activities undertaken and communicating the same to the public through CDs namely NEIST towards societal development and The butterfly story etc. He also mentioned about various fields where research activities could be taken in future. Dr Boruah in his brief speech also highlighted some of the significant achievements CSIR-NEIST has made over the last decade in Dr Rao's leadership. This was followed by formal handing over of the charge of CSIR-NEIST by outgoing Director Dr P G Rao to the incoming Acting Director Dr R C Boruah, Outstanding Scientist, assisted by Sh Santosh Kumar, SO, CSIR-NEIST.

CSIR-NEIST Scientist received Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award 2012

Dr Binoy K Saikia (Left), receiving the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award 2012 from Sriprakash Jaiswal, Hon’ble Minister of Coal, Govt. of India.

Dr Binoy K Saikia, Scientist, Coal Division, received the prestigious, ‘Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award-2012’ in recognition to his excellent work, meritorious services, outstanding performance and remarkable role in various fields. The award which is instituted in the memory of Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi was initiated by Seemapuri Times, a National News Magazine. The award was given away by Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal, Hon’ble Minister of Coal, Govt. of India, New Delhi, at a function of the presentation ceremony held on 10 July, 2012 at the Speaker Hall, Constitution Club, New Delhi.

Dr Pritish Chowdhury received Prestigious Author’s Certificate

Dr Pritish Chowdhury, Chief Scientist, received the Prestigious Author’s Certificate from OMICS Publishing Group, USA (An open Access Publisher & Scientific Events Organizer for the advancement of Science & Technology: ranked 9th in the world by Index Copernicus) for the ‘Chemical Engineering & Process Technology’ in the year 2011 scoring 210 & 190 for Number of full text views & Number of PDF downloads respectively with a total scientific credit of 200 for his article entitled, “A Simple  Efficient  Process  for  the  Synthesis of 16-Dehydropregnenolone Acetate (16-DPA) - A Key Steroid Drug Intermediate from Diosgenin” with doi.10.4172/2157-7048.1000117


Dr Dipanwita Banik received 3rd Runner up Award in Best Managers Competition

Dr Dipanwita Banik, Jr Scientist, received joint third runners up award in the recently conducted, “North East Best Managers Competition” by Guwahati Management Association. The award was given at the award ceremony held on 28 July, 2011 at hotel Landmark, Guwahati where Ms Rekha Sethi, Director General of All India Management Association attended as Chief Guest. The award carried a Memento and a Citation.


Dr Manash R Das received Peravadhanulu Award for the best paper

The Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers has awarded the prestigious “Peravadhanulu Award” for the best paper in the characterization category to Mr Sarat Ch Borah, Dr Manash R Das and Dr Pinaki Sengupta for their paper entitled, ‘SEM-EDX characterization of some graphite deposits of Arunachal Pradesh’ presented by Manash R Das in the “IIME International Conference on Mineral Processing Technology, MPT 2011” held at Udaipur during 20-22 October, 2011. The award carried a citation and a cash award of Rs.1000.00.


Dr B P Baruah awarded the prestigious “Coal Beneficiation Award

Dr B P Baruah, Principal Scientist, has been awarded the prestigious “Coal Beneficiation Award (Academic/R&D)” instituted by the Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers (IIME) for his outstanding professional contribution to Mineral Engineering. The Award was presented by Professor R Venugopal, President, IIME and Dean, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad at the XIIth International Conference on Mineral Processing Technology, 2011 on 20 October, 2011 held at Hindustan Zinc Ltd., Udaipur.



ImageCSIR-NEIST received 1st Prize for Best Exhibition stall at Tripura State Science  Fair 2011-2012  








CSIR-NEIST participated in Tripura State Science Fair 2011-2012 organized by Tripura State Council for Science & Technology and State Education Research & Training Council, Govt. of Tripura, at Umakanta Academy, Agartala, during 5–8 January, 2012. The Science Fair was inaugurated by Shri Manik Sarkar, Honb’le Chief Minister, Govt. of Tripura, on 5 January, 2012 at an Inaugural function held at Umakanta Academy, Agartala. CSIR-NEIST participated in the exhibition and showcased its activities by display of posters, samples and other exhibit materials.  The stall was visited largely by students and common people besides dignitaries present. CSIR-NEIST stall received the first prize for best exhibition stall.


CSIR-NEIST tableau received first prize at Jorhat District Administration’s Republic Day celebration

CSIR-NEIST participated in the Republic Day celebration organized under the aegis of Jorhat District Administration on 26 January, 2012 at Jorhat Court Field by participating in the tableau parade. The tableau represented the Institute’s achievements and activities since its inception in various areas of research for development of the region in particular and the country as a whole. CSIR-NEIST received the First prize for best tableau on the occasion.


Dr S P Saikia received SARC Distinguished Scientist Award—2011

Dr S P Saikia, Scientist, has been awarded the prestigious “SARC Distinguished Scientist Award—2011” by the ‘Scientific & Applied Research Centre’, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, for his outstanding contribution in the field of Plant Biotechnology. The Award was formally conferred on 14 September, 2011 on the occasion of “National Symposium on Advances in Biotechnology Research in Agri-Horticultural Crops for Sustaining Productivity, Quality, Improvement and Food Security” held during 14-16 September, 2011 at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.




   Ms.Minakshi Bhattacharjee,Project Assistant , Biotechnology Department CSIR-NEIST Jorhat Assam awarded the Ph.D degree in Biotechnology  by the Gauhati University for the thesis entitled ENVIRONMENTAL AND MOLECULAR STUDIES OF RISK FACTORS OF LUNG FUNCTION OF HUMAN POPULATION SURROUNDING OPEN-CAST COAL MINES OF LEDO, ASSAM. Ms.Bhattacharjee has undertaken the studies related to COPD after having an intensive survey carried out around the vicinity of open cast coal mines at Ledo, Assam . Environmental analysis and Lung function tests of the villagers/workers living in the vicinity of the coal mine site were also carried out on regular basis. She observed a genetic alteration/ makeup in GSTT1, GSTM1, α1 – Antitrypsin gene in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) compared to control population and statistical correlation of genetic alterations of the above genes, lung   function analysis with disease severity were made. She also found from her studies that the presence of at least one active allele (either GSTM1 Or GSTT1 gene) has a protective effect against the development of COPD. The Ph.D research work was a part of the network project (NWP-0017) sponsored by CSIR. Ms Bhattacharjee carried out her research work at Biotechnology department, CSIR-NEIST under the supervision and Guidance of Dr.BG Unni Chief Scientist & Area Coordinator (Biotechnology/Biological Sciences)

Andhra Pradesh Academy of Science awarded Dr. P.Gangadhar Rao, Director, NEIST, Jorhat with prestigious Fellowship (FAPAS) in recognition of his contributions to Science & Technology on the 19th November, 2010. To view citation please click here.

The National Academy of Science, India has also elected Dr. P.Gangadhar Rao, as Fellow in the year 2010 for his valuable contribution in the field of Science & Society / Engineering Sciences. To view citation please click here.

CSIR-NEIST Scientists Receives CSIR Innovation Award

In a special function held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today on 26 September, 2010 to mark the celebration of 68th CSIR Foundation Day, CSIR Technology Awards-2010 by CSIR in the category of "Innovation" was formally conferred on the NEIST Scientists for the development of process for making "High Strength Proppants". The award was given away by Hon'ble Minister Shri Prithviraj havan,
Minister of Science & Technology to Dr Dipak Kumar Dutta, Scientist F, Dr Pinaki Sengupta, Scientist F and Dr Avinash Garg, Scientist G in the presence of Director General, CSIR Prof Samir K Brahmachari. The award carried a cash amount worth Rs. 2 lakhs along with a plaque and a citation. For full report please 1, 2

Congratulation to Dr. Dipak Kumar Dutta, Sci F and all other team members !

Mr.S.B.Wann , Scientist E-I  Biotechnology department   was awarded Ph.D degree in life sciences by the Dibrugarh. University   for his thesis entitled “Studies on medicinal properties and Biochemical characterization of some indigenous plants of North East India. Mr.S.B.Wann  carried out the Ph.D research work under the guidance & Supervision  of Dr.B.G.Unni Scientist G & Area coordinator of Biotechnology/Biological sciences NEIST (CSIR), Jorhat. Assam.

Congratulation to Dr. S B Wann !

Mrs Pratima Borah and Ms. Radhika Chetri were awarded championship in doubles of Carom event at 40th SSBMT (Indoor) held at NGRI, Hyderabad during 20-22nd February 2009. Congratulation to both of them!.[ certificates, trophy and participants. 1,2,3,4,5]


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