Sun Pharma announced that Dr. Anil Koul, Director, CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTech), Chandigarh as the winner of the 2017 ‘Sun Pharma Science Foundation Award’ (also known as ‘Ranbaxy Research Award) for his role indiscovery and development of a novel drug against resistant Tuberculosis- SIRTUROTM. Dr. Koul’s candidature for this award was selected among several nominationsby an independent committee comprising of world-renowned scientists.The award ceremonywas held on 28th April 2017 at India Habitat Center presided by the Honorable Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda. Also present at this event was the Chief Guest, Prof. Mike Turner, Head- Infection and Immunology, Wellcome Trust, UK, the world’s second-largest private funding agency for biomedical research. Several other luminaries from academia and Industry attended the event. This award recognized the work done over last several years that went into the discovery and development of SIRTUROTM, generically also called as Bedaquiline. On this occasion, Dr Koul said “It is an honor to receive an award of this stature and to be recognized for your efforts towards issues of the global public health”.
India accounts for over 480,000 tuberculosis deaths annually which amounts to 27% of the global disease burden. SIRTURO belongs to a new drug class with a new mechanism of action – blocking bacterial energy production. This is the first new drug in last 45 years to be discovered for treatment of drug-resistant TB and is approved in US, Europe and several other countries. In 2015, Indian Government approved SIRTUROTM for conditional use in patients with drug-resistant TB. Till date, several thousand drug-resistant TB patients across the world have received SIRTUROTM. “Anil’s contributions in fundamental science and its translation into new TB drug will help millions of patients”, said Prof. Arun Grover, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University and founder President, Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC). Dr. Koul’s joining as Director, CSIR-IMTECH has added strength to the activities under the aegis of CRIKC.
Dr. Koul, previously, served as Senior-Director at Johnson and Johnson and is an expert in pharma drug-discovery researchand has over 30 patents to his credit.”Dr. Koul’s work on tuberculosis and associated new drug discoveries for other infections will help India tackling the menace of antimicrobial resistance”, said Dr. Behera, Head of the Pulmonary Division of PGIMER (Chandigarh).
Prior to this, Dr. Koul has received many accolades including ‘Swiss-TB Prize’ conferred by Switzerland’s Society of Pneumology and was invited to European Parliament to present to members of Europe-India Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the United Nation’s STOP TB program.
Dr. Koul’s focus for CSIR-IMTECH is on novel drugs/products that will meet India’s challenges in health care sector, and will provide new skill development opportunities as well as align the R&D Programme with our national goals and objectives.
NEW DELHI: Sugarcane juice can easily be India’s answer to sugary soft drinks which are widely believed to refresh the body after jogging, aerobics and exercise. The fact is that drinking one can of soda per day can increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes by 22 per cent. One can of soda contains 2.6 teaspoons of refined sugar, (approximately 39 g) with 130-160 calories and 30-55 mg of caffeine.
India is one of the leading producers of sugarcane in the world. No beverage stands a chance to compete with sugarcane juice as it is loaded with abundant carbohydrates, proteins, minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, and potassium, and vitamins A, B-complex, and C.
Sugarcane juice has low glycemic index due to the presence of complex sugars and hence good for even diabetic population. The nutrients of this juice strengthen liver, which is useful during jaundice. Unlike other sweet drinks, which hurt teeth, sugarcane contains a host of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus, which help build your teeth enamel. And yet, its consumption is limited to roadside crushers and only in a specific season. The presence of bacteria and yeast in the juice causes quick fermentation, making the sugarcane juice unfit to compete in the massive Indian beverage market.
Sugarcane juice is a great option by preservation and packaging technologies.
“By making sugarcane juice fit for consumption for three to five months from the date of manufacture, given its popularity to beat the heat, it is expected to become multi-crore industry, directly benefitting the farmers,” according to Dr Alok Dhawan, Director, IITR.
Seven laboratories of CSIR have come together to work in a mission mode in three focus areas, namely milk and beverages, edible oils and food storage. Lucknow-based CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR) is spearheading the mission. It is not going to be an easy task as scientists from different disciplines would have to work together and find solutions to complex problems of food safety.
“It is true that scientists from different disciplines, for example, physics, chemistry, economics, psychology, biology, don’t often get the opportunity to mingle and put their collective wisdom together,’ says Dr Girish Sahni, Director General, CSIR.
India is frontrunner in nuclear science and technology and yet the issue of food irradiation lingered at the cost of enormous quantities of fruits and vegetables perishing in supply chains. Irradiation is a well-established process of exposing foodstuffs to ionizing radiation.
Ionizing radiation is energy that can be transmitted without direct contact in the targeted food. This treatment is used to preserve food, reduce the risk of food borne illness, prevent the spread of invasive pests, and delay or eliminate sprouting or ripening. Department of Atomic Energy has recently appointed former chairman of Electronics Corporation of India, P. Sudhakar, to head its outreach program and use this and other nuclear technologies for the benefit of both producers and consumers of food.
Scientists at CSIR have decided to take on the menace of food adulteration and loss across supply chain due to decomposition. Every year food worth Rs. 92,000 crore gets spoiled before reaching consumer and 13,000 “Made in India” items were rejected by the US FDA during 2011-2015 which severely hurt India’s economic interests.
The Food safety mission, called FOCUS, aims to bring together industry giants like Amul, ITC and FCI on board to create a robust system and help meet challenges of feeding a large, geographically dispersed population, millions of whom are poor and malnourished. (ENDS)
CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) is the custodian of Indian Standard Time (IST) and has the responsibility for realization, establishment, maintenance and dissemination of IST through an act of Parliament (Govt. of India Gazette No 589).
A “Leap Second” is added every now and then to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in order to synchronize clocks worldwide with the Earth’s ever slowing rotation. UTC consists of a time scale that combines the output of more than 300 highly precise Atomic clocks worldwide, including the one at CSIR-NPL. Atomic clocks are very accurate and are stable within 1 second over a period of millions of years. On the other hand, the Astronomical Time known as Universal Time (UT1) refers to the Earth’s rotation around its own axis and determines the length of a day. However, the Earth’s rotation around its own axis is not regular, as sometimes it speeds up and sometimes it slows down, due to various factors including the moon’s gravitational Earth-braking forces that often results in ocean tides. As a result, Astronomical Time (UT1) gradually falls out of synch with Atomic time (UTC), and as and when the difference between UTC and UT1 approaches 0.9 seconds, a “Leap Second” is added to UTC through Atomic clocks worldwide.
Since 1972, 36 “Leap Seconds” have been added at intervals varying from six months to seven years. 37th “Leap Second” will be added to UTC at the midnight of December 31, 2016 in the countries within this time zone. However, countries in other time zones will have “Leap Second” inserted according to their longitude. As the “Leap Second” is added simultaneously all over the world at UTC 23:59:59 on December 31, 2016, implying that in India the “Leap Second” will be inserted at IST 05:29:59 on January 1, 2017 (IST being five hours and thirty minutes ahead of UTC). In order to follow IST, the clocks need to be adjusted after the insertion of “Leap Second”. Those utilizing CSIR-NPL time dissemination services (NTP, Teleclock etc.) need not worry as they will receive the corrected time post the insertion of “Leap Second”. The “Leap Second” adjustment is not so relevant for normal everyday life; however this shift is critical for applications requiring of time accuracies in the nanosecond e.g. astronomy, satellite navigation, communication networks etc.
A “Leap Second” explanatory meeting will be held on December 31, 2016 at 23:30 Hours at the Main Building Reception area of the CSIR-National Physical Laboratory. All are cordially invited for this meeting followed by celebration of the “New Year -2017” along with refreshment.
The detailed information about the IST is available on NPL website CSIR-National Physical Laboratory
- Inauguration of Mega Science Technology & Industry expo by Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Shri Y.S. Chowdary.
- Science Village- Mega Student Camp, one of the main focus of IISF, 2016.
- Students for the science village were selected under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana Scheme, laid by the government.
New Delhi: India International Science Festival (IISF)- 2016, jointly organized by Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences in collaboration with Vijnana Bharti (VIBHA), commenced at National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Delhi. It aims to provide a single platform to promote interaction among the young generation and scientists to share as well as spread ideas and discoveries.
The 2nd India International Science Festival (IISF) kick-started with the inauguration of Mega Science Technology & Industry Expo by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences, and Shri Y.S. Chowdary, Minister of State for the same.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “Any new and innovative idea will be appreciated and supported by our science department and the government”. Let’s learn science in a more creative way, he added.
Science Village- Mega Student Camp, is said to be one of the main focus of IISF 2016. Today, around 1000 enthusiastic students visited the festival from various schools. The participants included many outstation students also. Dr. Girish Sahni, Secretary, Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of S&T, and Dr. Vijay Raghawan, Secretary, Department of Bio-Technology accompanied the ministers to the camp and explained the nuances to them. Also present on the occasion where, Dr. Vijay P. Bhatkar and Sh. A. Jayakumar, President and General Secretary respectively of the co-organizing agency VIBHA. Dr. D.K. Aswal, Director, NPL welcome the guests in the beginning of the program, while Dr. Manoj K. Patairiya, Director, National Institute for Science Communication and Information Resources, elaborated on the theme of the festival.
In addition to the invited over 3000 students and teachers, many more will gather and acquire knowledge about fundamental science, engineering and technology. Reaching the unreachable is the main moto of this mega camp. Students were selected by the Members of parliament from the villages in their areas. Selected Students were divided into eight houses. These houses are named after the eminent scientists.
Planetarium, Special Interactive Sessions and Activities were planned to keep the interest of the students intact.
“In terms of science, these events have a lot to teach and tell us” said, Deepti Chawla, a teacher from Raman Lal Shorawala International School, Raval Village, Mathura. Their School was nominated by actress-politician Hema Malini under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, scheme.
The five day festival is showcasing outstanding achievements developed by Indian laboratories in the recent past. The main focus of the event are Young Scientists’ Meet, Scientific Workshops, DST-INSPIRE national level camp, Science Village, Industry-Academia Interaction, International Science Film Festival, Mega Science Technology & Industry Expo followed by cultural programs and other activities.
The exhibition will continue up to 11th of this month and covers exciting information and ideas about many cutting edge technologies, scientific ideas in exciting fields in addition to display of innovative models by young students. The formal inauguration of the IISF and Young Scientists’Conclave will be done tomorrow by Sh. Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Home Affairs and of the Science film festival by the Israel’s minister for S&T and Space Mr. Ofir Aukun.
- 85 Indian films on science & technology, environment and health
- 10 international partners including Israel, Germany, Norway and Sweden
- Veteran Science filmmakers to participate in the conclave
New Delhi- As part of the 2nd India International Science Festival (IISF-2016), a four-day competitive International Science Film Festival is going to be organised by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)’s constituent laboratory National Physical Laboratory (NPL), with the association of Vijnan Bharati (VIBHA) on the behalf of Ministry of S&T and Ministry of Earth Sciences. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of S&T and Minister of Earth Sciences will be inaugurating the International Science Film Festival on 8th December, 2016 at NPL’s Pusa Road Campus.
The festival aims to encourage young science filmmakers and science enthusiasts for science communication, to foster awareness of science amongst people, and to inculcate scientific temper among them. 85 competitive Indian films on various themes of science & technology, environment and health are going to be screened in the festival. Out of 85, 13 films from student category and 24 films from the professional category have been shortlisted. These films will be awarded by the bench of jury in each category. This platform also gives the opportunity to the amateur filmmakers to showcase their talent.
28 Internationally acclaimed and awards winning foreign films from countries like Israel, USA, UK, Sweden, France, Russia, Germany and Norway to be screened at the film festival. Indian films on science, health and environment will be screened during the festival. During the inaugural session on 8th December, 2016 at 10 am, two films from Israel Space Agency and Ministry of S&T, Israel will be screened. An Indian film made by ARIES-DST – 3.6 Meter Devasthal Optical Telescope – Reaching Stars & Beyond from Himalayas will also be screened.
A competition for Indian professional and student film makers has been organised where short duration science films are invited on various themes relevant to the country’s scientific aspirations and several social issues such as health, food safety, climate and ideas &innovations. Film based communication is an attractive and dynamic facet of engagement with different audiences due to its unique synthesis of multimedia systems including audio, video, animation, and graphics, etc. The initiative recognizes the effort and contribution of film producers in the specialized areas of science and technology and motivates them to develop this unique profession of science film making with innovative quality content especially relevant to our country.
Three workshops on science film making and science communication by Veteran Science Film Maker Dr. Mike Pandey, Senior Science Film Academician Prof. Iftekhar Ahmad and Internationally recognised Scientoon Dr. Pradeep Srivastava will be screened and further followed by a panel discussion during the mega show of science films. (Ends)
- 600 छात्र आइंस्टीन की तरह दिखेंगे
- आइंस्टीन के ‘’सामान्य सापेक्षता सिद्धांत’’ (थ्योरी ऑफ़ रिलेटिविटी) पर करेंगे चर्चा
नई दिल्ली- 7 दिसम्बर से होने वाले ‘भारत अंतरराष्ट्रीय विज्ञान मेला’ (आईआईएसऍफ़ 2016) अपने आप में अनोखा होने जा रहा है। 9दिसम्बर को 600 किशोर छात्र महान वैज्ञानिक और नोबेल पुरस्कार विजेता अल्बर्ट आइंस्टीन की तरह दिखने की कोशिश करेंगे। उनका ये कारनामा ‘गिनीज़ बुक ऑफ़ विश्व रिकॉर्ड’ में दर्ज कराने का एक प्रयास है। इससे पहले ये रिकॉर्ड एक अमेरिकी स्कूल के नाम है। 2015 में ब्लैक पाइन सर्कल स्कूल, बर्कले के 319 बच्चों ने आइंस्टीन की तरह दिखने की कोशिश की थी।
डॉ. हर्ष वर्धन, केंद्रीय मंत्री, विज्ञान और प्रौद्योगिकी एवं पृथ्वी विज्ञान, ने कहा कि ये विज्ञान मेला युवाओं में वैज्ञानिक प्रवृति और उद्देश्य को बल देगा। जब हज़ारों लोग एक साथ एक मंच पे आएंगे तो नए विचारों का आदान-प्रदान होगा। इसमें भारत में हुए नए वैज्ञानिक विकास की रूपरेखा भी दर्शायी जाएगी। उन्होंने कहा कि, “हमारी सरकार वैज्ञानिक शोध में विश्वास रखती है और सहयोग करती है। नए विचारों को बल देने के लिए और देश में हो रहे नए-नए प्रयोगों को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए हमारी सरकार तत्पर है। ये देश में रोज़गार के नए संभावनाओं को जन्म देगा।”
इस साल 7 से 11 दिसम्बर तक चलने वाले विज्ञान मेले का आयोजन विज्ञान एवं प्रौद्योगिकी मंत्रालय द्वारा, सीएसआईआर- राष्ट्रीय भौतिक प्रयोगशाला (एनपीएल) के पूसा रोड स्थित कैंपस में किया जाएगा।
ग्रामीण भारत में विज्ञान के महत्व पर बल देते हुए डॉ. हर्ष वर्धन ने कहा कि विज्ञान व प्रौद्योगिकी मंत्रालय एवं पृथ्वी विज्ञान मंत्रालय विजनना भारती (विभा) के सहयोग से आईआईएसएफ़-2016 का आयोजन करता आया है। ऐसी पहल युवाओं और आम लोगों में विज्ञान की समझ और जागरूकता को बढ़ावा देगा। इस वर्ष के विज्ञान मेले का थीम ‘साइंस फ़ॉर द मासेस’ है।
मेले में अंतरराष्ट्रीय फिल्म फेस्टिवल के तहत प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी के महत्वाकांक्षी परियोजनाओं, जैसे ‘स्वच्छ भारत अभियान’, डिजिटल इंडिया और मेक इन इंडिया, पर आधारित फ़िल्में भी दिखाई जाएंगी।
केंद्रीय गृह मंत्री, राजनाथ सिंह, 8 दिसंबर को विज्ञान मेले का उद्घाटन करेंगे। इज़राइल के विज्ञान एवं प्रौद्योगिकी व अंतरिक्ष मंत्री ओफिर अकुनिस भी उद्घाटन समारोह का हिस्सा बनेंगे।
इस बार के विज्ञान मेले में वैज्ञानिक वर्कशॉप, मेगा विज्ञान एवं प्रौद्योगिकी शो, अंतरराष्ट्रीय फिल्म फेस्टिवल, औद्योगिक-अकादमी सहयोग और विशिष्ट विज्ञान विलेज को सम्मिलति किया गया है। फ़ेस्ट में लेक्चर्स, युवा वैज्ञानिक द्वारा तकनीकी प्रदर्शन और वैज्ञानिक वर्कशॉप व पवेलियन सम्मिलित होंगे।
- 600 Students to dress as Einsten
- Little Einstens to discuss Theory of Relativity
At the forthcoming India International Science Fest (IISF) 2016, around 600 students will be attempting to recreate a Guinness World Record for the most number of students dressed as Nobel laureaute Dr. Albert Einstein simultaneously at the same venue. The ‘Little Einstens’ will be discussing theory of relativity and photo electric effect.
Earlier, the record is on the name of Black Pine Circle School, USA, where a total of 319 Einstein lookalikes were gathered setting the new world record for the Largest gathering of people dressed as Albert Einstein in 2015.
The event, coordinated by the Ministry of Science and Technology, will have students at IISF 2016, NPL, Pusa Road. Addressing to media, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “We are a government that believes and supports scientific research, including an appropriate balance between fundamental research to support new discoveries and the commercialization of ideas, which will lead to provide an ample employment opportunities for India’s sustainable economic growth.”
The five-day festival is being organised by the ministry at NPL , Delhi.
Emphasizing the importance of taking science into rural India, the Hon’ble Minister said “The Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences has been organising India International Science Festival(IISF) in association with Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) to promote the science & technology developed by the Indian research labs and to inculcate the scientific temper among masses. The theme of this year festival is “Science for the Masses”.
The five-day fest will see young scientists display their research on subjects such as indigenous science and technology, innovative agricultural practices, livestock management and advanced manufacturing technologies.
The event also has a film festival that will showcase movies on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet projects such as ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’, ‘Digital India’ & ‘Make in India’.
Israeli Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis will pay special visit to the fest, which will be inaugurated by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on December 8.
The highlights of the fest include plenary lectures, technology demonstrations by young scientists, scientific workshop and pavilions and an exceptional opportunity for networking.
The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), is geared to meet the challenge with focus on its ‘Water’ technological interventions on the ninth day of CSIR Platinum Jubilee Technofest at 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF), 2016 at Pragati Maidan in Hall number 12-A. Theme-day seminar highlighted important aspects of water conservation and water management system in India. Scientists and researchers from the concerned laboratories of CSIR unfolded the means to generate pure and treated water for a large chunk of India’s population.
Dr. Amitava Das, Director, CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), said, “CSIR is focused to find out the solutions to minimize the adverse effect of water crisis in India. We are 4% of global water resource. 88% of India’s population has access to different water bodies, out of which only 32% gets treated or pure water. It has become a national challenge to provide access to treated water to a large chunk of India’s population. There is a huge gap that needs to be bridged and CSIR is dedicated in this cause.” Quoting a data he added, “The per capita usable water availability has drastically gone down from 1820 cubic meter in 2001 to 1550 cubic meter in 2011. As expected, till 2025, it will be struggling at 1340 cubic meter.”
The ‘Water’ theme pavilion showcased advancements in water processing technology. ‘Indigenously developed Membranes’ namely Reverse Osmosis Membranes, Ultra Filtration Membrane and Hollow Fiber Membrane, have revolutionized the efforts targets towards water purification. This technology is commercialized now. The lab has provided resins to overcome the lethal effect in the Arsenic and Fluoride prone water states like West Bengal. 65 water sources have been installed in some parts of West Bengal.
Nirmal Kumar Saha, Scientist, CSIR-CSMCRI, marked, “People say water is life, but we say clean water is life. CSIR has been working hard to provide safe, hygienic and affordable water to the masses.”
Dr. Alok Dhawan, Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR), said, “We have developed water filters using membrane. ‘O neer’ is a solar-operated purifier eliminating any hassle of changing filters. This is a breakthrough in providing safe and affordable water in the rural areas. CSIR is working on several pilot projects to manage water crisis in the future.”
Dignitaries from other major CSIR labs also attended the seminar and discussed on waste water treatment. Working in the theme area, Mr. Rahul Kesharwani, PMPL (Vadodara) and Mr. Soumendu Porel, MD, Poral Dass Water and Effluent Control Pvt Ltd were amongst the industrial partners of CSIR who attended the seminar.
The event day embraced several scientific activities for school students, science quiz and public science talk by CSIR-Center for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad.
- Exhibition of ‘Mining, Minerals and Materials’ on theme day at CSIR Platinum Jubilee Technofest in Hall no 12-A
- Seminar/ Conference by the delegates on the fourth day of the event
- Dr. K. Muraleedharan, Director, CSIR-CGCRI & CSIR- NML initiated the seminar
- Directors across various labs also joined the conclave
New Delhi: On Thursday, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) showcased its theme-based representation on ‘Mining, Minerals & Materials’ on day four of its Platinum Jubilee Technofest at the 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF), 2016.
Five distinguished laboratories of CSIR and its industrial partners attended a seminar organized to highlight the latest technologies used in the mining process across the country.
Dr. K. Muraleedharan, Director, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI) welcomed the delegates. Dr. P.K. Singh, Director, CSIR-Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) kicked off the seminar with his opening remarks stating the better function of powerplants like National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in India. He also said that the mining process in India has advanced with the changing time. Manual extraction of coal has been replaced by the machines gradually.
The session elevated with more presentation by the dignitaries present at the seminar. Dr. A.K. Singh from CSIR-CIMFR in the background of supply chain of coals in Indian powerplants added, “There are several projects in the pipeline to enhance the productivity of the thermal Powerplants, which will boost the inflow and distribution of electricity in the country. We have set an agenda to provide electricity to every Indian household soon.” Citing the benefits for the industries in the sampling of coal he said, “Our labs have extended support to the mines of Dhanbad, Ranchi, Belapur and Nagpur. More than 800 coal samples are being produced on daily basis for production analysis. Wagon Top sampling is the most prevalent technique that we use these days in our units to pull out coal. CSIR-CIMFR is in a pilot project of sampling at loading sites of Coal India Limited (CIL). We import coal from Indonesia and other countries, now we are looking to produce enough domestically by 2020.”
Distinguished scientists from CSIR-CIMFR, CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IIMT) and CSIR-Advance Material and Process Research Institute also attended the seminar.
Dr. M.R. Saharan from CSIR-CIMFR spoke about the art of explosions used in the mining process. Said Mr. Saharan, “Our expertise in blasting is highly efficient with no mess around. During explosion no flakes come out of the blasting furnace. No fly rocks can be seen, there is just a displacement of mere 3 and a half meter during the explosions.”
Dr. A.C.R. Das, Consultant, Ministry of Steel addressed the scientist and engineer, “We look forward to encourage more entrepreneurs, organization and institutes for Research and Development. Our website is available to submit advanced proposals on R&D.”
Dr. S.K. Biswal (CSIR-IIMT), Dr. B. Bhoi (CSIR-IIMT), Dr. K. Sanjay (CSIR-IIMT), Dr. S. Das, Director, CSIR-AMPRI, Dr. Pratima Mishra, CSIR-IMMT, Dr. A. Mitra, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML) and Dr. D. Sanyal, CSIR-CGCRI also attended the seminar.
The day concluded with signing of MoU between CSIR-CGCRI and ONCG Energy Centre Trust (OECT).
Some science-based activities were also conducted by CSIR-CBRI for the school students.
On Thursday, the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) dedicated its theme day to its contribution in the field of ‘Food & Nutrition’ at CSIR Platinum Jubilee Technofest at 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF), Pragati Maidan. Touching upon important aspects of food and nutrition in the seminar, the scientists and researchers from the CSIR labs expressed concerns over malnutrition, especially in the children and pregnant women. Diabetes is another evil which CSIR is determined to fight as the experts spoke on preventive steps. The industrial partners of CSIR also attended the seminar.
Prof. Ram Rajsekharan, Director, CSIR-CFTRI addressed the seminar.
“Malnutrition doesn’t only mean the deficit of nutrition level, it also occurs due to over-nutrition. CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) has developed micro-supplements for malnourished children that will help a child in the cognitive learning process. Our lab has played pivotal role in wiping out malnourishment from the country. When a pregnant woman is malnourished, the risk of child suffering the same is high.” said Dr. Sridevi. R. Singh, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-CFTRI.
CSIR-CFTRI has produced carbonated sugarcane nutritious juice rich in iron, magnesium, calcium and other minerals. ‘Neera’ a special unfermented beverage of Coconut Palm Sap has also been developed by CSIR-CFTRI, ready for commercial launch. Apart from the healthy nutritious drinks, CSIR-CFTRI has also produced instant snacks, ‘Chia’, for children and adults, Kokum Jelly Candy and multi-grain Banana Bar. India is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables globally. Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested in September this year that fruit juice be incorporated in small quantities in carbonated beverages in our nation.
“Nutriice” the omega-3 fats enriched ice cream, is the another product from the CSIR-CFTRI which has also been a global first. The lab has produced diacylglycerol (DAG) oil, a “Slim Oil”, can be used for normal cooking and frying. Our body uses this oil as energy but the excess energy from the oil does not store as fat in our system. This product is presently undergoing human trials and will be launched thereafter.
The panelists in the seminar emphasized on the need to carry out fortification with staple foods to overcome malnutrition, robust agriculture extension, and infrastructure enhancement in the supply chain.
The day concluded with signing of 6 MoUs with the industrial partners of CSIR.
CSIR-CFTRI and CSIR-IGIB organized science-based activities, science quiz and public science talk on ‘Food for Nature’.