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Why Go To Moon Or Mars While We Can Still Save Earth? Colonize Mars Or Save Earth? Why Mars While We Can Save Earth? Have you ever wondered – Why all are trying to go to Mars? Why do we want to inhabit Mars and recreate Earth-like atmosphere there? WHY NOT JUST REDIRECT THOSE IDEAS & MOTIVATION TOWARDS EARTH – OUR OWN PLANET AND REVIVE IT? IT IS EARTH THAT NEEDS OUR HELP TO REPLENISH ITSELF SO THAT IT CAN SUPPORT THE HUMAN RACE FOR CENTURIES TO COME! – WHY NOT SAVE IT FIRST? SO THE PRIME QUESTION HERE IS – COLONIZE MARS OR SAVE EARTH? OUR ELDERS TAUGHT US: By Ms. Urmimala Ray

INVEST IN FUTURE UNDOUBTEDLY BUT NEVER FORGET TO SAVE FOR THE BAD TIMES Presently much research is being carried out by people who want to go to Mars and make it a look-alike of Earth. First of all, people just don’t grasp the scale of it. It is an entire planet, not just some wetland that we can reclaim and build a parking garage on top of, it’s a whole planet. Furthermore, planet Earth is perfectly suited to us. Our ancestors and we grew up here tuned to these environments, to these very climates that we have here, on earth. Maybe people want to go to Mars or Moon just out of curiosity and in the spirit of adventure & exploration. We, humans, need adventure and we need great challenges to push ourselves to become the best versions of ourselves. Just because the mountains are there, we climb it.

Humankind and their ancestors kept on traversing planet Earth, crossing oceans, spreading across continents in the great tradition of a pioneering spirit to keep going, expanding and spreading out. So maybe people have general thinking about spreading even more and going to Mars. What they do not realize is that it is a whole other thing to go to Mars. There is nothing to eat, no air to breathe and there is hardly any water. Yes, we are talking about building a bubble and cooking the Martian rocks and getting the oxygen out of it. Well, it is just not so easy, isn’t it? And even if it is, why aren’t we doing that here on earth or use that same technology here on earth? It is becoming very important to remind people to start taking care of the earth in order for us all to live here. Right now there may be some 7.3 billion people. This might increase to 9B by 2050 or maybe even 10 billion people by the middle of this century. All of these people are going to want something to eat and drink, and that is why it is required to take much better care of our own planet. But it is better not to completely rule out the possibilities of colonizing Mars or Moon. Even if we don’t want to go to Mars and have a permanent settlement, a colony out there, we do want to have a base there just as humankind has a base in the Antarctic where scientists go and study the Antarctic, learn about the environment, learn about our planet, learn about ice and the Earth’s history and the climate today and the greenhouse gases and the effect of in-

dustrial emissions and so on, all these discoveries are made in Antarctica. It would be really astounding if we were to discover evidence of life on Mars, something that was once alive there, the equivalent of what geologists call stromatolite, fossilized bacteria that have turned to stone, and if we found something still alive there. What has been found on Mars are the recurring slope lineae, which is a geology expression for what look like rivulets, or little rivers. They can also be just rock falls which turned over gravel and hence has a slightly different color than the surrounding rock, but right now people at the National Aeronautics and Space Station NASA, European Space Agency ESA, JAXA Japanese Aerospace Exploration, all believe that it is water. Everybody believes that there must be some subterranean, some under sand/ice melt

if there are recurring flows of water every Martian summer. And it’s obvious that if we have liquid water anywhere on earth there’s something alive. Wherever there is liquid water there is something alive. If there is something alive on Mars, and we could prove it, show it to ourselves with our spacecraft or with human explorers walking around, it would probably change the world. It would be like the discoveries of Copernicus about the earth going around – all the planets go around the sun, not the other way around. Or that of Galileo, that we’re not the only body out in the cosmos. We have got the moon as do other planets, like Jupiter which has its own moons. These other discoveries were so profound. Why is that we are so bothered about exploring space when we’ve got prob-

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oil bubbling out of the Earth and the coal that was easily accessible. Now, we have come to a position where it takes an offshore drilling rig to get at the oil. These are the resources that the Earth took millions and even billions of years to accumulate for us to use, and transcend. To think about it, if we have any other species evolving intelligence and opposable thumbs, they won’t have those easily accessible resources to jumpstart their own space exploration program.

lems to fix right here on Earth. We, human beings are indeed messing up the environment, wiping out species faster than any natural disaster in the history of planet Earth. We are all aware of the dangerous experiments that we are doing on the climate of the planet, increasing temperatures worldwide, with devastating consequences, for both ecosystems and human civilization. We are only going to raise temperatures to levels unseen in millions of years unless we get this under control right away. There are actually islands of plastic garbage getting collected into huge toxic rafts by the currents in the oceans. Pesticides and habitat loss are killing colonies of bees. We are even polluting the space around the Earth with debris that might tear apart future space mission. The science itself is speaking about the mess that we are making here. For now, space travel is an unwanted business. Presently, there is two major crisis going on at your home planet: global warming and the worldwide economic crisis, the first one being the most severe issue the earth is going through. We sincerely have to take care of our planet before we go roaming other planets. This whole question is a false dilemma fallacy. Why is it that we have to choose between space exploration and saving the planet? Why is it not possible that we do both? In 2014, the world spent nearly $750 billion on cigarettes. Elon Musk feels that he can start sending colonists to Mars for less than $10 billion, where NASA’s total budget is less than $20 billion. Instead, why not make the whole world to stop smoking, and spend $20 billion on colonizing Mars and the other $730 billion on renewable fuels and cleaning up the negative impact on the environment, which can definitely

reduce poverty and give people access to clean water. As per records, Americans spend almost $27 billion on takeout pizza. We spend an awful lot of money on things that could be redirected towards a vibrant and healthy industry of space exploration and towards reducing our environmental impact. World Space agencies spend billions of dollars on space exploration every year – no one is questioning the motive behind. Of Course, it will be a matter of pride for us all if we succeed in colonizing outer space but the prime concern here is – shouldn’t the same billions of dollars be plugged into saving our existing planet Earth first and then embark the outer space exploration journey? The other side of this story is that it might actually turn out that space exploration is the best way to save the Earth. Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos says that we already know that Earth is the best place in the Solar System. Why not keep it that way. Mars might be an adventure to colonize and a fascinating place to visit, but we would still want to swim in rivers, climb mountains, walk-in forests, watch birds, sail in the ocean. There is a very simple reason for the need of colonizing the moon, according to Bezos, who believes that “Humanity’s very survival relies on colonizing space, starting with the moon”. Bezos’s Blue Origin & team recently unveiled a lunar-lander vehicle, called Blue Moon, designed to deliver a variety of payloads to the moon. The ultimate goal eventually is to help humans establish, “sustained human presence” on Earth’s moon: Bezos states in a presentation at Amazon’s Re: Mars tech conference. In his view, the reason we have got to go to space is to save the Earth. We need to keep moving if we are going to continue to grow this civilization – and this

has to be continued; something our grandchildren will work on and their grandchildren and so on. This is not something that only this generation is going to accomplish But the way we’re exploiting our surrounding, the natural environment, is going to take all that away from us. I completely agree with Bezos where he says that we should move all the heavy industry off Earth and up into space. We can also use solar collectors to gather power and mine asteroids for their raw materials. Isn’t it a much better thought to keep Earth as pristine as possible? For that, we actually have to go into space and learn how to survive and run that industry, from there. It might be that we’ve already crossed the point of no return. There is a great science fiction story by Spider Robinson called “In the Olden Days”. It is about how modern society turned its back on technology and lost the ability to ever recover. Humanity has used up the entire technology ladder that nature had put in front of us; the chunks of iron just sitting on the ground, the

According to Elon Musk, we have to protect the cradle of consciousness. We have to assume that the Earth is the only place in the Universe that evolved intelligent life until we find proof otherwise. Even if we succeed in searching out biosignatures of life on nearby extrasolar earth, we won’t be capable of journeying there anytime soon. Thus, we should become more and more appreciative of what Earth offers and why we should be doing more to protect it; including its disappearing species of rhinos, elephants, tigers, lions, dolphins, and whales. The present generation is certainly the tip of the spear that is ever slowly moving its way into the cosmos. But it is also notable that we live in an era of strange dichotomies, where we remain fixated on finding life off-planet when we still haven’t cataloged all of our own Earth’s biota. The biggest current blindside is that we simply do not care about planet Earth. The odds remain in our favor in terms of calamitous impactors. Things we learn from cleaning up our own planet Earth and preserving its flora-fauna will only assist us when terraforming the world next door. But before fretting about terraforming Mars or any other planet in our Galaxy, we should deal with our own environmental issues here first. We would love to know are readers views on this – Why Go To Moon Or Mars While We Can Still Save Earth? Colonize Mars Or Save Earth? Do share your reviews in the comment section below.



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CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute Scientist Recruitment 2019 Govt job vacancies for msc & phd biochemistry, natural sciences candidates at CDRI. CSIR-CDRI Research Recruitment 2019 – msc & phd candidates apply online for Project Positions. GOVERNMENT CDRI – CENTRAL DRUG RESEARCH INSTITUTE JOBS FOR NATURAL SCIENCES CANDIDATES AS PER THE DETAILS BELOW: By Diluxi Arya

CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) Sector 10, Jankipuram Extension, Sitapur Road, Lucknow – 226 031, Uttar Pradesh, India SCIENTIST RECRUITMENT-2019 Advertisement No 07/2019 URL for Online Application: OR Access link ‘SCIENTIST RECRUITMENT-2019’ on CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, a premier Institute under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is included in multidisciplinary R&D programs of both basic and applied nature. CSIR-CDRI is a pioneer biomedical research organization in India and has the infrastructure and expertise to come up with a drug from conceptualization to commercialization. In the year 2012, CSIR-CDRI shifted to its state of the art new campus, that was set up with a vision to serve as a Nodal Center of CSIR in new drug discovery and development. Spread across ~61 acres, it houses an R&D Complex, Support Services, Guest House, Hostel and Staff Quarters. Please, see for additional info. With the intention to enlarge and strengthen the areas of ageing biology, neurobiology, natural and herbal product chemistry, virology, pre-clinical and clinical development, endocrinology, toxicology that the Institute is looking for enthusiastic, talented young researchers / professionals with brilliant academic record, proven scientific achievements and zeal to conduct research according to the mandate of the Institute aligned with National Missions. Because weightage will be given to the

candidates involved in the product physiological parameters for cognitive development/ technology innovation/ impairment and emotional deficit. applied technics/ translation research. Post II The positions offer exciting opportunities for career growth according to Area: Ageing Biology the Flexible Complementing Scheme Position: Senior Scientist for Scientists. No. of Posts: 01 Position Code No.: 004 Applications are invited from mo- Age limitation: 37 tivated young Indian Nationals with Pay Matrix: Level-12 Rs.78800/ requisite qualifications and experience for the following posts accord- Essential Qualification: PhD in ing to the details provided below. The any area of natural sciences with two emoluments and age limitation for a years’ experience in areas associated Variety of posts according to criteria with ageing Science / mobile death is summarized as below: OR MBBS +PhD in areas linked to ageing biology/cell death. Desirable Qualification: ExperiPost I ence in strategies for augmentation of autophagy, elimination of senescent Area: Neurobiology Position: Senior Scientist cells, transfusion strategies, nutrition, stem cell therapy. No. of Posts: 01 Position Code No.: 002 Job Specification: Setting up HTScompatible assays and in vivo Age limitation: 37 models to evaluate synthetic and Pay Matrix: Level-12 Rs.78800/natural product libraries for targets of ageing such as autophagy, senesEssential Qualification: MD / MVSc with 3 years’ expertise cence. in areas related to neurobiology OR PhD in an area of natural sciences Post III with relevant two years experience in neurobiology OR MBBS +PhD in ar- Area: Virology eas related to neurobiology. Position: Scientist Desirable Qualification: Post-doc- No. of Posts: 01 toral experience in whole-cell patch- Position Code No.: 007 clamp on isolated cells and brain Age limitation: 32 slices, hERG ion channel recording Pay Matrix: Level-11 Rs.67700/isolated cells/ electrophysiology, neurobehaviour, expertise in neurode- Essential Qualification: MVSc vigenerative disorders. rology or microbiology / MD microJob Specification: Regulatory patch- biology OR PhD in any field of life clamp studies for hERG liability, estab- sciences (thesis submitted) lish and support evaluation of neuro- Desirable Qualification: Experi-

ence in the field of human pathogenic viruses, addressing infection mechanisms, host-virus interaction, diagnostics and antiviral therapeutics. Job Specification: Set-up a virology research lab with BSL2 containment on viral diseases of national priority. Develop an independent research program.

Post IV Area: Endocrinology Position: Principal Scientist No. of Posts: 01 Position Code No.: 008 Age limitation: 45 Pay Matrix: Level-13 Rs.123100/Essential Qualification: MD / MVSc with 5 years research experience in endocrinology OR PhD in an area of life sciences with 3 years’ expertise in endocrinology OR MBBS + PhD with 3 years’ expertise in endocrinology. Desirable Qualification: Experience in the following area: a) organization of growth plate and regulation of chondrocyte differentiation, b) patterning and morphogenesis of joints and bones and c) joints tissue remodelling pathways resulting in tissue damage, and also the identification of new therapeutic targets. Job Specification: To undertake research in the fields of joint and bone physiology and pathophysiology resulting in the discovery of therapeutic targets.

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How to Apply: a. Eligible candidates need to fill out the application form ONLINE by accessing the site https://recruit.cdri.res. in or accessing the link’SCIENTIST RECRUITMENT-2019′ available on CDRI site The printout of this application, generated following Online submission is to be sent To CDRI with all the relevant enclosures before 15.10.2019 17:30 Hrs. IST. b. For online application procedure please refer ‘How-to-apply Online’ instructions, ‘Fee Payment Process’ And ‘Application Replica’ on the above-mentioned site. c. The application is to be submitted in four distinct steps, as below: 1. Registration (online) 2. Fee Submission (online/offline) 3. Application Submission (online) 4. Dispatch of the physical copy of the online application with original signature (manual) d. The datelines for the above-mentioned stages of application is as follows: 1. Start Date for Registration for Online Application: Friday, 16 August 2019; 10:00 Hrs IST 2. Last Date for Registration for Online application IST: Monday, 30 September 2019; 23.59 Hrs 3. Last Date for Submission of Online Application IST: Monday, 30 September 2019; 23.59 4. Last date of Receipt of a physical copy of the application at CDRI IST: Tuesday, 15 October 2019; 17:30 Hrs. e. Candidates have to pay an application fee of Rs. 100/as per ‘Fee payment procedure’ available on the site. The candidates belonging to

SC/ST/PWD/Women/Other Gender/ CSIR Employees/Abroad Candidates are exempted from submission of application fee. f. In the Event of universities/institute awarding CGPA/SGPA/OGPA grades etc., candidates are asked to Convert the same into a percentage dependent on the formula in accordance with their university/institute guidelines. g. The print-out of this application, generated after online submission, duly accompanied by self-attested copies of the requisite certificates, mark sheets, and age proof, education qualifications, expertise, re-prints Of publications and caste certification, if applicable, along with a single recent coloured passport size selfsigned photograph affixed should be sent in an envelope super-scribed “APPLICATION FOR THE POST OF ____________ (Postcode ________)” by post to “ The Director, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Sector 10, Jankipuram Extension, Sitapur Road, Lucknow — 2260031, Uttar Pradesh, India”. Candidates Applying for more than 1 post must submit every application in a separate envelope for every single post Indicating the Code No. of the post. h. Application once made won’t be permitted to be withdrawn and fees once paid won’t be refunded on Any count nor can it be held in reserve for any other recruitment or selection process. i. Applications from employees of Government Departments will be considered only if forwarded through proper channel, certified by the employer which the applicant if chosen,

will be relieved within one Month of the receipt of this appointment orders. Additionally, vigilance clearance must also be submitted. But, an advance copy of this application may be submitted prior to 15.10.2019 17:30 Hrs. IST. Applications routed through proper channel must reach CSIRCDRI prior to outcome. j. Candidates should specifically say that the applications received after the final date for any reason whatsoever (such as envelopes wrongly addressed, delivered elsewhere( postal delay etc.) won’t be Entertained by CSIR-CDRI. k. Incomplete applications (i.e. with no a photograph, unsigned and applicable testimonials etc.) won’t be entertained and will be summarily rejected. 5. Following documents should be attached along with the physical/ hard copy(print-out) of online application Form delivered by post:


A. Coloured photo pasted on the form and signed across in complete. B. Self Attested photocopy of 10th / 12th class certificate indicating Date of Birth. C. Self Attested photocopies of education qualifications certificates in addition to mark sheets. D. Self Attested photocopy of caste certificate, if applicable. E. Self Attested photocopies of expertise certifications, if any. F. Recommendations of the referees, if any G All other supportive documents in support of the application. IMPORTANT: CANDIDATES MUST DOWNLOAD AND READ “HOW TO APPLY ONLINE” DOCUMENT, AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE, FOR INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONLINE APPLICATION.

Important Dates:

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Friday, 16 August 2019; 10:00 Hrs IST

Last Date for Registration for Online Application:

Monday, 30 September 2019; 23.59 Hrs IST

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Monday, 30 September 2019; 23.59 Hrs IST

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File No: 15/2/2018-RHQ (Vol-II) Government of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Staff Selection Commission (Website: Advertisement No: PhaseVII/2019/Selection Posts 1. Online Applications are invited from eligible candidates for the Selection Posts indicated in AnnexureIII of the Notice. Just those Applications that are successfully filled via the site of the Commission and found in order shall be accepted. 2. Candidates must go through the Recruitment Notice carefully before applying for the post and make sure that they fulfil all of the eligibility requirements like Age-Limit/ Essential Qualifications (EQs)/ Expertise / Category, etc. as indicated in this Notice. Candidature of applicants not fulfilling the eligibility requirements will be cancelled at any stage of the recruitment procedure with no notice. Candidature of Applicants shall be only PROVISIONAL at all stages of the recruitment process. 3 (a) All information about this recruitment right from the status of application up to the nomination of the chosen candidates to the User Department including call letters for the Computer Based Exam to the provisionally eligible candidates will be available on the site of Staff Selection Commission i.e. https://ssc.nic. in along with the websites of the Regional/ Sub-Regional Offices of the Commission. (b) Candidates are advised to visit the sites of the Regional/ Sub-Regional Offices for the latest information in regard to various categories of posts pertaining to this Region Concerned and the various phases of the recruitment process. The details of the Nine

Regional/ Sub-Regional Offices of the Commission are as follows: Details of Post in Phase VII/ 2019/ Selection Post

SSC Life Science Recruitment Central Region Post I Name of the Post: CR10819 – SCIENTIFIC ASSISTANT(GENTEX) Classification: Group B (Non-Gazetted) Vacancy: 36 ( 18 – UR, 9 -OBC, 5 -SC, 4 -ST ) Department Name: DIRECTOR, DGQA Grade Pay ( Pre-revised)/ Pay Level Matrix: LEVEL-6 (RS. 35400- 112400) Age Limit( in years): 18-30 Essential Qualification:

2. Two years of experience in Qual- YEAR’S PRACTICAL EXPERIity Assurance of Textile and clothing ENCE IN A MEDICAL/RESEARCH from a recognized Organization or LABORATORY. Undertaking. Job Requirement/ Duties of the Job Requirement/ Duties of the Post: TO ASSIST IN RESEARCH Post: WORK/HEALTH PROGRAMMES, Shall have full knowledge of Physi- FIELD VISITS DURING EPIDEMcal, Chemical, and Washing & Light IC ETC. Testing of Textiles Stores. Made-up Garments and Leather and Rubber Eastern Region Stores in a laboratory. To ensure that all the testing equip- Post I ment used by them are serviceable and correct. Name of the Post: Calibration charts in respect of test ER10519 – SCIENTIFIC equipment used for production tests ASSISTANT (CHEMICAL) and bulk inspection issued by compe- Classification: Group B tent laboratory or by the Estt should (Non-Gazetted) be verified whenever necessary. Vacancy: 2 ( 2 -UR )

Post II Name of the Post: CR12319 – RESEARCH ASSISTANT Classification: Group B (Non-Gazetted) Vacancy: 2 ( 1 -UR, 1 -OBC ) Department Name: NATIONAL CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL VARANASI Grade Pay ( Pre-revised)/ Pay Level Matrix: LEVEL-6 (RS. 35400- 112400) Age Limit( in years): 18-30

1. Bachelor’s Degree in Science with one of the subjects at Graduate level viz. Physics, Chemistry, computer SCIENCE, Microbiology, Biotechnology from a recognized University. OR Diploma in Engineering or Technology in one of the disciplines viz. Mechanical, Electrical, Metallurgy, Essential Qualification: A Master’s Textile and clothing, Textile Tech- Degree in relevant speciality i.e. Zonology, Plastic Technology, Polymer ology/Microbiology/Biochemistry. Technology, Ceramics Technology from a recognized University/Insti- Desirable Qualification: TWO tute.

Department Name: O/O THE NATIONAL TEST HOUSE, M/O CONSUMER AFFAIRS FOOD & PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION, DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ‘CP’-BLOCK, SECTOR-V, SALT LAKE, KOLKATA – 700091 Grade Pay ( Pre-revised)/ Pay Level Matrix LEVEL 7 OF THE PAY MATRIX AS PER 7TH CPC Age Limit( in years): 18-30 Essential Qualification: 1. Master’s Degree in Chemistry or Microbiology from a recognized University or 2. Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Technology or Chemical Engineering from a recognised University or Institution


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with one year experience in the relevant field Desirable Qualification: TWO YEARS EXPERIENCE IN AN ANALYTICAL OR CHEMICAL TESTING LABORATORY OF THE GOVERNMENT OR SEMI GOVERNMENT OR OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR UNDERTAKINGS Job Requirement/ Duties of the Post: Testing and evaluation of concerned laboratory samples and work in connection with the development of testing methods for these materials, Calibration and maintenance of instruments of the concerned laboratory.

Post II

TOR-I, SALT LAKE CITY, KOLKATA-700064 Grade Pay ( Pre-revised)/ Pay Level Matrix: LEVEL 3 OF THE PAY MATRIX AS PER 7TH CPC Age Limit( in years): 18-27 Essential Qualification: B.Sc with Botany from a recognized University

the Botanical Museum and explaining details about the exhibits. Maintenance, preservation and replacement of the perishable collection of plants. Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

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Post I

Desirable Qualification: Knowl- Name of the Post: NW11619 – edge in Systematic Botany, Knowl- TECHNICAL ASSISTANT edge of Field Collections or Herbar- Classification: Group C ium Methodology or Preservation (Non-Technical) Techniques and ability to read and Vacancy: 52 ( 25 -UR, 15 -OBC, write in Hindi 8 -SC, 4 -ST ) Department Name: DIRECTOJob Requirement/ Duties of the RATE OF PLANT PROTECTION, Post: TO ASSIST THE HERBARI- QUARANTINE AND STORAGE, UM ASSISTANT IN ACCESSION- M/O AGRICULTURE AND FARMING AND ARRANGING HERBAR- ERS WELFARE IUM SPECIMENS AND TREATING Grade Pay ( Pre-revised)/ THEM WITH PROPER PRESERVA- Pay Level Matrix: LEVEL-3 TION. Age Limit( in years): 18-25

Name of the Post: ER12019 – GARDEN OVERSEER Classification: Group C (Non-Technical) Vacancy: 7 ( 5 -UR, 1 -OBC, 1 -SC ) Department Name: BOTANICAL Post IV Essential Qualification: B.Sc. with SURVEY OF INDIA, M/O ENVIBotany or Zoology or B.Sc. in AgriRONMENT FOREST & CLIMATE Name of the Post: culture from a recognized University. CHANGE, CGO COMPLEX, 3RD ER12119 – SENIOR MSO BUILDING, BLOCK F, SEC- PRESERVATION ASSISTANT Job Requirement/ Duties of the TOR-I, SALT LAKE CITY, KOLK- Classification: Group C Post: ATA-700064 (Non-Technical) Grade Pay ( Pre-revised)/ Vacancy: 22 ( 10 -UR, 7 -OBC, DUTIES OF TECHNICAL Pay Level Matrix: 5 -SC ) ASSISTANT AT IPM AND PQ LEVEL 4 OF THE PAY MATRIX Department Name: BOTANICAL AS PER 7TH CPC SURVEY OF INDIA, M/OEF&CC, 1. To assist in all kinds of work reAge Limit( in years): 18-27 KOLKATA lating to Plant Protection whethGrade Pay ( Pre-revised)/ er in the field or indoor. Essential Qualification: Pay Level Matrix: LEVEL 5 OF 2. To assist in the collection and (a) B.Sc., in Agriculture or Botany THE PAY MATRIX AS PER 7TH maintenance of insect and plant or Horticulture from a recognised CPC diseases specimen, information University or Institute and possessing Age Limit( in years): 18-27 about pests, plant diseases and two years’ experience in Horticulture weeds and in the maintenance including ornamental gardening in Essential Qualification: of pesticides, plant protection any GovT. DEPTT. 1. B.Sc with Botany from a recogequipment and various types of B.Sc with Agriculture/Horticulture/ nized University display materials and of the reForestry/Botany from a recognized 2. Two years’ experience in colleccords connected therewith. tion and preservation of plant speci- 3. To perform all duties connected University mens in Government Departments, with plant protection and the staJob Requirement/ Duties of the Autonomous Organizations and rection or the office to which they Post: Layout of the experimental gar- ognized Universities may be attached in accordance dens, their maintenance, proper func- Desirable Qualification: Knowlwith the orders of the controlling tioning and progressive development edge in Systematic Botany, Knowlor senior officers of the Directounder the guidance of the Garden Su- edge of Field Collections or Herrate. pervisor (merged with Botanical As- barium Methodology or arranging To assist in sampling, inspection, botanical exhibits of a museum and laboratory and documentation work sistant) ability to read and write in Hindi. relating to import/export of agriculPost III tural commodities. Job Requirement/ Duties of the DUTIES OF TECHNICAL Post: Name of the Post: ASSISTANT AT LOCUST 1. Maintenance of laboratory equipER11919 – PRESERVATION CONTROL OFFICES (LCOs) ment, scientific instrument and appaASSISTANT ratus, chemicals and preparation of 1. To conduct the Desert Locust Classification: Group C reagents, stains, graded alcohol etc. (Non-Technical) Survey in Scheduled Desert ArVacancy: 6 ( 4 -UR, 1 -OBC, 1 -SC ) 2. Attending to the regional flora eas (SDA) in association with collected in the botanical exploraDepartment Name: O/O THE senior staff. BOTANICAL SURVEY OF IN- tions, classifying them in the proper 2. To associate himself in training DIA, M/O ENVIRONMENT & order and preserving them in the Herorganized for the Farmers, State barium method. FORESTS, CGO COMPLEX, 3RD functionaries and locust staff on MSO BUILDING, BLOCK F, SEC- 3. To afford guidance to visitors to latest locust control technolo-

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gies. Advise state functionaries, BSF personnel, Panchayati Raj Institutions during the survey to inform the nearest LWO office, if any locust activity was reported in their areas for further needful action. To assist seniors in arranging International/National meetings/ conferences. To assist seniors in preparing the various techniques as well as financial reports. To assist seniors in performing any other day to day activities assigned from time to time. To perform all the duties connected with plant protection as per orders from his controlling officers or senior officers of the Directorate of PPQ&S, Faridabad.

DUTIES OF TECHNICAL ASSISTANT AT FIELD STATION FOR INVESTIGATION ON LOCUSTS (FSIL). 1. To assist seniors in the conduct of research on the bio-efficacy of pesticides and biopesticides for locust control. 2. To conduct locust and grasshoppers survey in Scheduled Desert Area (SDA) in association with senior staff. 3. To assist the seniors in collecting and identification of flora of locusts in Scheduled Desert Areas (SDA). 4. To assist senior staff in the handling of scientific instruments in the laboratory. 5. To assist the seniors in preparing the various techniques as well as financial reports. 6. To assist seniors in performing any other day to day activities assigned from time to time. 7. To perform all the duties connected with plant protection as per orders from him controlling officers or senior officers of the Directorate of PPQ&S, Faridabad.

Post II Name of the Post: NW10119 – SCIENTIFIC ASSISTANT Classification: Group C (Non-Technical) Vacancy: 38 ( 18 -UR, 11 -OBC, 6 -SC, 3 -ST ) Department Name: DIRECTORATE OF PLANT PROTECTION, QUARANTINE AND STORAGE, MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE Next Page>>>>



AND FARMERS WELFARE Grade Pay ( Pre-revised)/ Pay Level Matrix: LEVEL-5 Age Limit( in years): 18-25 Essential Qualification: 1. Scientific Assistant- B.Sc. with Botany or Zoology or B.Sc. in Agriculture from a recognized University 2. B.Sc. with Botany or Zoology or B.Sc. in Agriculture from a recognized University. Job Requirement/ Duties of the Post: A) Field Duties • To assist in conducting surveys to monitor insect pests, diseases and weeds situation of various crops in the fields. • To assist in popularizing Integrated Pest Management techniques at farmers’ field for the benefit of farmers. • To assist in conserving and augmenting natural enemies for the biological control of crop pests, diseases and weeds. • To assist in training programmes in IPM including biocontrol to state officers and farmers. • To assist in the collection and maintaining information about insect pests, diseases and weeds situation including the methods of their control and plant protection equipment. • To assist in the organization and development of all kinds of plant protection work and to perform other duties in accordance with the official order of the superiors or controlling officers. • To assist installation and operation of light pheromone sticking traps etc. for monitoring of insect pests. B) LABORATORY DUTIES • To assist in mass rearing of host insects, parasites, predators, insect pathogens and phytophagous insects under laboratory conditions on natural and artificial diets. • To assist in collection, pinning, setting and labelling of insect and herbarium specimens. C) DUTIES OF SCIENTIFIC ASSISTANT AT PLANT QUARANTINE STATIONS • To carry out and assist in the inspection of plants and plant material meant for export as also the consignments of plant and plant

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materials received from abroad. • To assist in collecting and iden- in Plant Pathology from a recognized • To fumigate, treat and assist tification of flora of locusts in University or Institute. in fumigation and treatment Scheduled Desert Areas (SDA). of plants and plant materials • To assist in the study of biotic Job Requirement/ Duties of the imported from abroad if such factors of locusts and grasshop- Post: treatment becomes necessary pers in the laboratory. 1. To conduct and assist in conon examination of the imported • To assist in the handling of sciducting the inspection of plants/ consignments. entific instruments in the laboraplant materials meant for import • To assist or carry out the fumigatory. as well as export for interception of plants and plant material • To assist the seniors in preparing tion of diseases (fungi, bactemeant for export in cases where the various techniques as well as ria, virus, etc.) in order to meet the importing country insists in financial reports. requirements of import/export fumigation prior to shipment of • To assist seniors in performing regulations/standards, etc. Assist the consignment. any other day to day activities in undertaking post-entry quar• To handle the fumigations and assigned from time to time. antine inspection of imported arrange for their storage and upplants/plants materials. keep as these are deadly poison- F) DUTIES OF SCIENTIFIC AS- 2. To assist in preparing technical ous gases. SISTANT AT PLANT QUARANinformation on diseases (fungi, • To look after the proper upkeep TINE STATIONS bacteria, virus etc.) in developand maintenance of fumigaing a pest risk analysis and also tion equipment viz., fumigation • To carry out and assist in the inin related documentation work. chamber, electric blowers, applispection of plants and plant ma- 3. To assist in conducting surveys cations etc. terial meant for export as also and monitoring on diseases (funconsignments of plant and plant gi, bacteria virus etc.) and natuD) DUTIES OF SCIENTIFIC ASmaterials received from abroad. ral enemies on crops and assist SISTANT AT LOCUST WARNING • To fumigate, treat and assist States in organizing farmer’s OFFICES in fumigation and treatment field schools and popularizing of plants and plant materials activities related to bio-control • To conduct the Desert Locust imported from abroad if such and integrated pest management. Survey in Scheduled Desert Artreatment becomes necessary Assist in pest control operations eas (SDA). on examination of the imported including locust control. • To assist in the prevention of upconsignments. 4. To handle and ensure the mainsurge/invasion of Desert Locust • To assist or carry out the fumigatenance of routine/hi-tech scienin India through prompt control tion of plants and plant material tific equipment, plant protection operations. meant for export in cases where equipment and other technical • To take part in Indo-Pak Borthe importing country insists in equipment. Identification and der meetings for the exchange fumigation prior to shipment of disinfestations of diseases (funof locust situation information the consignment. gi, bacteria, virus etc.). Maintain between two Countries as and • To handle the fumigations and all relevant records, collection when arranged. arrange for their storage and and collation of data and prepa• To associate in training organupkeep as these are deadly poiration of technical reports. ized for the Farmers, State funcsonous gases. To look after the 5. To assist in organization and detionaries and locust staff on latproper upkeep and maintenance velopment of all kinds of plant est locust control technologies. of fumigation equipment viz., protection work at headquarters • To advise state functionaries, fumigation chamber, electric of the Directorate/Sub-station BSF personnel, Panchayati Raj blowers, applications etc. (in the field as well as the labInstitutions during the survey to oratory) besides assisting in orinform the nearest LWO office, Post III ganizing training on plant proif any locust activity was reporttection. ed in their areas for further need- Name of the Post: NW10619 – AS- 6. To assist in work related to ful action. bio-efficacy, screening/evaluaSISTANT PLANT PROTECTION • To assist senior officers in ar- OFFICER (PLANT PATHOLOGY/ tion of biopesticides, fungicides ranging International/National VIROLOGY/ BACTERIOLOGY) and bactericides for control of meetings/conferences. diseases (fungi, bacteria, virus Classification: Group B • To assist seniors in preparing the (Non-Gazetted) etc.). various techniques as well as fi- Vacancy: 20 ( 12 -UR, 3 -OBC, 7. To assist in maintaining liaison nancial reports. with external agencies namely 3 -SC, 2 -ST ) • To assist seniors in performing Department Name: DIRECTOCustoms, State Governments, any other day to day activities RATE OF PLANT PROTECTION, State Agricultural Universities, assigned from time to time. ICAR etc. QUARANTINE AND STORAGE, M/O AGRICULTURE AND FARM- 8. To perform any other duties asE) DUTIES AT FIELD STATION ERS WELFARE signed by Controlling Officer/ INVESTIGATION ON LOCUST Superiors from time to time. Grade Pay ( Pre-revised)/ Pay Level Matrix: LEVEL-6 • To assist in the conduct of re- Age Limit( in years): 18-30 search on the bio-efficacy of pesticides and bio-pesticides for Essential Qualification: M.Sc. locust control. degree in Plant Pathology or M.Sc. • To conduct locust and grasshop- degree in Agriculture with specialpers survey in Scheduled Desert ization in Plant Pathology or M.Sc. Areas (SDA). degree in Botany with specialization Next Page>>>>


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Northern Region Post I Name of the Post: NR12119 –SENIOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANT Classification: Group B (Non-Gazetted) Vacancy: 1 ( 1 -UR ) Department Name: DIRECTORATE OF MILLETS DEVELOPMENT, JAIPUR. Grade Pay ( Pre-revised)/ Pay Level Matrix: LEVEL-6 Age Limit( in years): 18-30 Essential Qualification: B.Sc Degree in Agriculture Sciences from a recognised University or Institute with two years experience in area of production or productivity planning or development or extension in food or cash crops namely, oilseeds or Jute or Cotton or Sugarcane or Pulses or Wheat or Coarse Cereals or Rice; OR Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural extensions or Agronomy or Entomology or Nematology or Genetics and Plant Breeding or Agriculture Botany or Plant Bio-Technology or Plant Pathology or Plant Physiology or Seeds Science and Technology or Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry from a recognised university or institute; OR Bachelors degree in Agricultural Engineering from a recognised University or Institute.

Post II Name of the Post: NR12619 – TECHNICAL OFFICER (S&R) Classification: Group B (Non-Gazetted) Vacancy: 13 ( 7 -UR, 2 -OBC, 2 -SC, 2 -ST ) Department Name: STORAGE & RESEARCH DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF FOOD & PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION Grade Pay ( Pre-revised)/ Pay Level Matrix: LEVEL-6 Age Limit( in years): 18-30 Essential Qualification: Master’s degree in Entomology or Plant Pathology or Bio-Chemistry from a recognized University. OR Master’s Degree in Agriculture with specialization in Entomology or Plant Pathology or Bio-chemistry from a recognized University; OR Master’s degree in Zoology or Botany or Chemistry from a recognized University.


Post III

shown as “Incomplete‟ and this info is printed on top of this Application Form printout. Further, the status of fee payment can be verified at the”Payment Status” link provided in the candidate‟s login screen. Such applications, which remain incomplete as a result of non-receipt of fee will be SUMMARILY REJECTED without a request for consideration of these applications and payment after the period specified in the Notice of Examination will be entertained. 7. Fee once paid won’t be reimbursed under any circumstances nor is it adjusted against any other examination or selection. The fee Ought to Be paid individually for each category of post applied.

Post IV

How to Apply:

Department Name: MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT, Name of the Post: NR13219 – RE- CENTRAL PUBLIC WORKS DESEARCH ASSISTANT (ENVIRON- PARTMENT, NEW DELHI Grade Pay ( Pre-revised)/ MENT) Pay Level Matrix: LEVEL-6 Classification: Group B Age Limit( in years): 18-30 (Non-Gazetted) Vacancy: 4 ( 1 -UR, 2 -OBC, 1 -SC ) Department Name: MINISTRY Essential Qualification: OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST (a) B.Sc in Agriculture or Botany or Horticulture from a recognized UniAND CLIMATE CHANGE versity or Institute; and possessing Grade Pay ( Pre-revised)/ Two years experience in Horticulture Pay Level Matrix: LEVEL-6 including Ornamental Gardening in Age Limit( in years): 18-30 any Govt. department or Autonomous Essential Qualification: Master’s or Statutory body or PSU or in any Degree in Environmental Scienc- Company incorporated under compaes/Earth Sciences/Botany/Zoology/ nies Act, 2013 or listed in Stock exChemistry/Bio-Chemistry/Bio-Tech- change OR nology or bachelor’s Degree in engi- (b) M.Sc in Agriculture with Speneering/technology in Environmental cialization in Horticulture or M.Sc in Sciences/Bio-Technology from a rec- Landscape Architecture or Floriculture from a recognized University or ognized University/institute. Institute.

Name of the Post: NR13319 – RESEARCH ASSISTANT Classification: Group B (Non-Gazetted) Vacancy: 2 ( 1 -UR, 1 -OBC ) Department Name: NATIONAL CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL, DGHS, MINISTRY OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE Grade Pay ( Pre-revised)/ Pay Level Matrix: LEVEL-6 Age Limit( in years): 18-30 Essential Qualification: A Master’s Degree in relevant speciality i.e. Zoology/Microbiology/Biochemistry.

Post V Name of the Post: NR13819 – TECHNICIAN Classification: Group B (Non-Gazetted) Vacancy: 3 ( 1 -UR, 1 -OBC, 1 -ST ) Department Name: NATIONAL CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL, DGHS, MINISTRY OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE Grade Pay ( Pre-revised)/ Pay Level Matrix: LEVEL-6 Age Limit( in years): 18-30 Essential Qualification: Science Graduate in Biology/ Biochemistry/ Microbiology.

Post VI Name of the Post: NR16919 – SECTION OFFICER (HORTICULTURE) Classification: Group B (Non-Gazetted) Vacancy: 12 ( 7 -UR, 2 -OBC, 2 -SC, 1 -ST )

Application Fee: 1. Fee payable: Rs. 100/- (Rupees One Hundred only). 2. The fee may be paid online through BHIM UPI, Net Banking, using Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, RuPay Credit or Debit cards or even at SBI Branches by generating SBI Challan. 3. Women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Persons with Disabilities (PwD) and Ex-servicemen (ESM) qualified for reservation are exempted from payment of a fee. 4. Online fees could be compensated by the candidates up to 02-09-2019 (5.00 PM). But candidates who would like to create the money payment via challan of SBI, can make the payment in cash at the Branches of SBI within the working hours of bank up to 04-09- 2019 provided the challan has been generated by them before 02-09-2019 (5.00 PM). 5. Applications received without the prescribed fee will not be considered and summarily rejected. No representation against such rejection will be entertained. Fee once paid will not be reimbursed under any circumstances nor is it adjusted against any other examination or selection. 6. Candidates that aren’t exempted from fee payment needs to make certain that their fee has been deposited with SSC. When the fee isn’t received by SSC, the status of the Application Form is

1. Candidates will need to apply for each category of post individually and pay a fee for each category. 2. Applications should be submitted in online mode only in the official site of SSC Headquarters i.e. For detailed instructions, please consult with Annexure-IV and Annexure-V of the Notice. 3. The last date for submission of online applications is 31-082019 (5.00 PM). 4. Candidates are advised in their own interest to submit online applications before the final date and to not wait until the final date to prevent the possibility of disconnection/ failure or inability to login to the SSC site due to heavy load on the site during the closing days. 5. The Commission doesn’t take any responsibility for those candidates not having the ability to submit their software within the last date due to the aforesaid reasons or for any other reason beyond the control of the Commission. 6. Candidates must apply only once for one post. 7. After successful submission of the online application, applicants must have a printout of this application form for submitting the same and the necessary documents, duly self-attested, as and if called for by the Commission following the conduct of Computer Based Exam. Next Page>>>>



8. The information furnished by the applicants in their applications will be verified by the Commission with reference to the original documents following the Computer Based Mode Examination. During verification of documents, if it’s discovered that any information furnished by the candidate in the application is wrong, his/ her candidature will be rejected forthwith. The candidates should make sure that they’ve furnished correct information in the application form.

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Important Dates:

Dates for submission of online applications:

06-08-2019 to 31-08-2019

Last date for receipt of application:

31-08-2019 (up to 5.00 P.M.)

Last date for making online fee payment:

02-09-2019 (5.00 PM)

Last date for generation of offline Challan:

02-09-2019 (5.00 PM)

Last date for payment through Challan (during working hours of Bank): 04-09-2019 Date of Computer Based Examination:

14-10-2019 to 18-10-2019


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Kary Mullis, Nobel Laureate & Inventor of PCR Technique, Dies

Kary Mullis, Ph.D., an eminent researcher who received the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of the technique known as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) at Cetus in the 1980s, passed away due to pneumonia at the age of 74. Karry Mullis leaves behind his wife, Nancy, three children, and two grandchildren. KARY MULLIS WAS BORN IN NORTH CAROLINA IN 1944. HE WENT ON TO PURSUE A CHEMISTRY DEGREE FROM GEORGIA TECH AND A PH.D. IN BIOCHEMISTRY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY. IN THE 1980S, WHILE WORKING FOR THE BIOTECH COMPANY CALLED CETUS CORP IN EMERYVILLE, HE DEVELOPED THE DNA REPLICATION TECHNIQUE KNOWN AS POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION (PCR). IT IS ONE OF THE MOST WIDELY USED METHODS IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS TODAY. By Rahul Mishra

He was also a controversial figure in the scientific community, who reportedly believed in astrology. He disagreed with the scientific community in that he did not accept that climate change was a major threat to our world or that HIV caused AIDS.

companies said that Kary Mullis was one of the most iconic personalities the scientific community ever witnessed. He is known to be an advocate of LSD usage and also famous for founding a company that infused jewelry with celebrities’ DNA. While Rich Robbins, the founder, and CEO writing for The Scientist, The Nobel of Wareham Development, a real es- Laureate said that it took him several tate developer for various biotech months to design the PCR protocol to

arrive at a convincing result. He describes this journey as a ‘Long- Short Experiment’. Nature and Science, leading Scientific Journals had rejected his idea of PCR. Ultimately, it got published in Methods in Enzymology in 1987. Around this Time Kary Mullis had left Cetus, and went on to Consult for various Biotech firms such as Abbott Labs and Eastman

Kodak. Kary Mullis – the Inventor of PCR Technique, was also the founder of a company called Altermune with the goal of developing a therapeutic to redeploy a person’s existing antibodies against new pathogens.

IIT JAM 2020 Notification – Biological Science Paper Cancelled

The official poster for the IIT JAM 2020 has been announced. Interested and eligible candidates can check out all of the details on the exam, schedule, important dates, eligibility, application procedure and such below. Joint MSc 2020 admission official notification below: IMPORTANT UPDATE: JAM 2020 EXAMINATION WILL BE CONDUCTED FOR SIX SUBJECTS ONLY. BL (BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES) PAPER HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED. BIOTECHNOLOGY PAPER WILL BE CONDUCTED AS USUAL. By Diluxi Arya


About JAM: National test for admission to M.Sc. (Two years), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, M.Sc.-M.S. (Research)/Ph. D. Dual Degree and other Post-Ba chelor Degree programmes at IlTs (Bhilai, Bhubaneshwar, Bombay, Delhi, (ISM) Dhanbad, Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Mandi, Pallakad, Patna, Roorkee, Ropar,

Tirupati and (BHU) Varanasi ) for the Academic Session 2020-21. JAM score will be used by llSc Bangalore for admission to Integrated PhD pro-

grammes. JAM score will also be admission to their programmes. used by other centrally funded technical institutions like NITs, IIEST Shibpur, SLIET Punjab and IISERs for Next Page>>>>



Joint Admission Procedure: Admissions to various academic programmes at IITs for the Academic Session 2020-2021 shall be made based on the All India merit list of JAM 2020. Candidates who qualify in any test paper of JAM 2020 will be eligible to apply for admission to all the academic programmes corresponding to that test paper, provided they also satisfy the minimum educational qualifications and the eligibility requirements as specified by the institute(s) in which admission is sought. Admission shall be given in the order of merit depending on the number of seats available at the admitting institute(s). After the declaration of JAM 2020 results, qualified candidates should apply online at common admission portal (JOAPS) through the Organizing Institute (IIT Kanpur) specifying preferences for the programmes of their interest. Further details regarding admission, prescribed fees, etc. are available on the

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JAM 2020 website. The reservation policy is applicable as per the Government of India norms.

subsidiaries, all years combined) should be at least 55% or 5.5 out of 10 for General/OBC (NCL)/EWS category candidates and 50% or 5.0 out of 10 for SC/ST and PwD category candidates (If CGPA/CPI is on a different scale, would be linearly mapped to a scale on 10).

STRUCTURE AND MODE OF JAM 2020 JAM 2020 examination will be conducted ONLINE only. A candidate can appear in either one Test Paper or two Test Papers by paying an additional fee for the second test paper. Candidates opting to appear in two Test Papers must ensure that the opted Test Papers are not scheduled in the same session.

Refer to for MEQ and other details. Proof of having passed the qualifying degree with the required eligibility and specified by the admitting institute should be submitted by September 30, 2020. PATTERNS OF TEST PAPERS


JAM 2020 Test papers will be fully objective type, with three patterns of questions: (i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), (ii) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ), and (iii) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.

In the qualifying degree, the aggregate marks or CGPA/ CPI without rounding-off (taking into account all subjects, including languages and

EXAMINATION CITIES & TOWNS Agra, Ahmedabad, Asansol-Durgapur, Bareilly, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Ernakulam, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Goa, Greater Noida, Gurugram, Guwahati, Hisar, Hubli, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Jammu, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kalyani, Kannur, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Kolkata, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Kurukshetra, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mohali, Moradabad, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, New Delhi, Noida, Pallakad, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Roorkee, Siliguri, Thiruvanathapuram, Thrissur, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Warangal. Note: The JAM 2020 Committee may add or drop any place as an examination city/ town at its discretion.




09 February 2020 (Sunday)

SESSION – I 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

09 February 2020 (Sunday)

SESSION – II 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Biotechnology (BT), Physics (PH) and Mathematical Statistics (MS) Mathematics (MA), Chemistry (CY) and Geology (GG)

INFORMATION BROCHURE AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE Refer to for the downloading of Information Brochure and the details of the application procedure. GROUP/CATEGORY

FEE DETAILS One Test Paper

FEE DETAILS Two Test Paper

Female (All Categories)/SC/ST/PwD

₹ 750/-

₹ 1050/-

All Others

₹ 1500/-

₹ 2100/-




IISc Bangalore

IIT Bombay

IIT Delhi

IIT Guwahati

IIT Kanpur

IIT Kharagpur

IIT Madras

IIT Roorkee



Start of ONLINE Registration and Application Process

08 October 2019

Closure of ONLINE Application Process

09 February 2020

JAM 2020 Examination

20 March 2020

Announcement of JAM 2020 Results


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Application Timeline ONLINE Registration and Application Process

September 05, 2019

Closure of ONLINE Application Process

October 08, 2019 (17:30 Hours)

Announcement of JAM 2020 Result

March 20, 2020



Commencement of ONLINE Registration September 05, 2019 and Application on JAM 2020 Website Last Date for Online Application Submission and Uploading of Documents on the Website

October 08, 2019 (Upto 17:30 Hours)

Mock Test Link

To be announced later

Admit Card Download

January 07, 2020

Date of JAM 2020 Examination

February 09, 2020

Announcement of the Results of JAM 2020

March 20, 2020

Submission of Application Form for Admission on the JAM 2020 Website

April 09 – 22, 2020

Last Date for Receipt of Request for Change of Category in Proper Format/ Rectification of Defective Documents

May 04, 2020

Declaration of First Admission List

June 01, 2020

Declaration of Second Admission List

June 16, 2020

Declaration of Third and Final Admission List

June 29, 2020

Closure of Admissions through JAM 2020

July 03, 2020





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Virtual R&D Cancer Research Center – A Joint Venture by Boehringer & MD Anderson Cancer Center German pharma Boehringer Ingelheim and also The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have joined their hands to create a new “virtual” R&D Center so both of them can work on cancer drugs. THE SO-CALLED VIRTUAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER WILL SEE SPECULATIVE INTESTINAL AND ALSO LUNG CANCER TREATMENTS OUT OF BOEHRINGER’S PIPELINE INCORPORATED WITH THE DRUG-DEVELOPMENT CAPABILITIES AT MD ANDERSON. By Ria Roy

To start, the virtual Research and Development Center will take a look at KRAS pathway inhibitors and also a TRAIL-R2 antibody (with the potential to selectively cause cancer cell death) from Boehringer as it looks to make deeper advances out of its pipeline. German pharma Boehringer Ingelheim and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center said in their statement that the Virtual R&D Cancer Research Center will also enable effective data sharing as well as the analysis between them. Dr. Victoria Zazulina, corporate vice president and global head of oncology medicine at Boehringer added that they could not have chosen a better partner with all its research, translational and clinical expertise in lung and gastrointestinal cancers. Together with The University of Texas MD

Anderson Cancer Center, they are hoping to transform the treatment landscape for these cancer diseases by tackling their root causes and drivers, that have so far remained elusive, exploring new and smart ways of killing cancer cells, explained Dr. Victoria.

German pharma Boehringer Ingelheim came into the oncology game a few years back. This was with the approval of their lung cancer med Giotrif. Since then they have been busy penning a series of pacts inside and outside of oncology to boost work on its pipeline.

Speaking about the Virtual R&D Cancer Center, Tim Heffernan, Ph.D., executive director of TRACTION at MD Anderson said that within MD Anderson, they are committed to a singular goal of ending cancer. he also added that they look forward to working with Boehringer Ingelheim She added that their innovative onto advance their innovative pipeline cology pipeline coupled with strong This includes even the recent deals of cancer medicines. Boehringer’s partnerships like, with the Univer- with Swiss cancer vaccine biotech Therapeutics Discovery team is wellsity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Amal Therapeutics, which it bought poised to conduct impactful translaCenter, will contribute to unraveling just last month, and late last year it tional research, and this partnership the complexities of these diseases and also inked a $300 million deal with will allow MD Anderson to more rapbringing innovative solutions to peo- Epizyme for research into two previ- idly advance much-needed new therple with various types of cancers. ously unaddressed regulators of genes apies to patients, Tim added. linked to cancer.


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Rewiring Damaged Heart Tissues Via Carbon Nanotube Fibers Carbon Nanotube Fibres which are thin and flexible have now proven to bridge damaged heart tissue and facilitate electrical signals essential for the functioning of the Heart. SCIENTISTS AT TEXAS HEART INSTITUTE (THI) USED BIOCOMPATIBLE CARBON NANOTUBE FIBERS INVENTED AT RICE UNIVERSITY IN STUDIES THAT SHOWED SEWING THEM DIRECTLY INTO DAMAGED TISSUE CAN RESTORE THE ELECTRICAL FUNCTION OF THE HEART. By Rahul Mishra

Dr. Mehdi Razavi, a cardiologist, and director of Electrophysiology Clinical Research and Innovations at said that this technique of creating a bridge to bypass and conduct over a scarred area of a damaged heart was more beneficial than the usual methods of shocking and defibrillating. Dr. Mehdi Razavi, co-led the study with the pioneering 2013 innovation by Rice chemical and biomolecular en- Pasquali’s laboratory of a method to make conductive fibers out of carbon gineer Matteo Pasquali. nanotubes. The lab’s first threadlike Razavi said that Ventricular Arrhyth- fibers were a quarter of the width of mias is the major cause of sudden a human hair, however, they had mildeaths in the world and there was no lions of countless microscopic nanotechnology to treat it. He further said tubes. The fibers are additionally bethat ventricular arrhythmias caused ing examined for electric interfaces by the unusual firing of impulses with the brain, for usage in cochlear from the heart’s lower chambers and implants, as adaptable antennas as are challenging to treat. He added that well as for vehicle and aerospace apthis experiment wherein for Rewiring plications. Lots of concerns stay priDamaged Heart Tissues – Carbon Na- or to the procedure that can move notube Fibres were used, had provid- toward human trials, Pasquali said. ed the first scientific data for using The scientists should establish a way a synthetic material-based treatment to stitch the fibers in place utilizing a rather than a drug to treat the leading minimally invasive catheter and also make sure the fibers are solid and also cause of sudden death in the U.S. adaptable adequate to serve a beating The research was kickstarted from heart over the long-term. Pasquali

noted that flexibility was critical as anything which is attached to a constantly pulsating heart ought to get deformed

said that Carbon Nanotube Fibres were helping in the reestablishment of Cardiac Conduction and that this technology had the potential to revolutionize therapy for cardiac electrical The experiments showed the safe disturbances which is one of the most non-toxic, Carbon Nanotube Fibres, common causes of death in the Unitwith their ends stripped to serve as ed States. electrodes, worked in restoring feature during monthlong examina- Good interfacial contact, as well as tions in big preclinical trails as well good conductivity, are key features as rodents, whether the preliminary for a material to get implanted in the conduction was slowed, severed or heart. These Carbon Nanotube Fibres blocked, according to the scientists. have both properties built-in by deThe fibers offered their objective with sign, which greatly simplifies device or without the existence of a pace- construction and lowers risks of longmaker, they found. The conduction term failure. These carbon fibers have disappeared in rodents when the fib- excellent conductivity and are also ers were removed. flexible enough to allow scientists to deliver it to a particular location withMark McCauley, the co-led author in the damaged heart.



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New Experimental Drugs Against Ebola Virus, Saving Lives in Congo These Two Experimental Drugs Against Ebola Virus are successful in Blocking this deadly virus. According to a report, More than 1,800 people have died in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since Ebola broke out there in August last year. THE VIRUS IS TRANSMITTED TO PEOPLE FROM WILD ANIMALS ALSO CALLED AS ZOONOTIC DISEASE. EBOLA VIRUS THEN SPREADS AMONG HUMAN BEINGS THROUGH DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE BLOOD, BODY FLUIDS OR OTHER SECRETIONS OF INFECTED PEOPLE. By Rahul Mishra

Ebola, a kind of hemorrhagic fever, has a very high rate of mortality rate. Dr. Michael Ryan of the World Health Organization said about 75 percent of those who become infected with this virus and receive no special care die. The US Health Authority, co-funding the research said that the Two Drugs were under Clinical Trials. These drugs were found to significantly boost survival rates by blocking the Ebola Virus. Researchers believe that The New Experimental Drugs Against Ebola Viruses is a step closer to its effective treatment. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said that the Study had begun last year in The Democratic Republic of Congo but its current phase has been halted and all future patients have been switched over to the treatment. The majority of the patients undergoing this treatment has shown a positive result. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH’s

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told that these are the first drugs that have clearly shown a significant decrease in mortality rate among patients suffering from the Ebola Virus disease. These New Experimental Drugs against Ebola Virus have been named REGN-EB3 and mAb114. Zmapp and remdesivir were two other drugs being used to treat Ebola Patients which are now been discontinued. The Clinical Trial was designed to include 725 people, but was halted by an independent board when it had enrolled 681 people, Fauci said. This was because one of the drugs, REGN-

EB3 by Regeneron, reached a critical threshold in success, while another drug called mAb114 was not far behind. The data has been analyzed for 499 people from the cohort of 681, so far. A decrease in Mortality rate was observed by 29% with REGN-EB3 and by 34% when treated with mAb114. The Mortality rate for Zmapp and remdesivir were 49% and 53% respectively. Some of the drugs namely, REGN-EB3, mAb114, and Zmapp are monoclonal antibodies (MAB) that bind to glycoprotein on the surface of the Ebola virus and neutralize its ability to infect other cells. The Final result of Data Analysis would be out by October, after which

the complete results would be submitted for publication in the peer-reviewed medical literature, Fauci added. Jeremy Farrar, director of Britain’s Wellcome Trust research charity, said that this trial for Experimental Drugs Against Ebola – will undoubtedly help researchers understand which treatment to administer patients in case of further Ebola Outbreaks. But, Anthony Fauci believes that a good vaccine is key to eliminate the virus. Other key factors that may help reduce the Outbreak are contact tracing, isolation, and then, ultimately, treatment.


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IIT Kgp Scientists Develop Pre-Screening Tool For Cancer Using Machine Learning Esophageal cancer or cancer of the food pipe is among the most common cancer that affects people in India. Every year some 47,000 new instances are reported. Also, 42,000 people die due to Esophageal cancer – which is often diagnosed at a later stage due to the lack of specific symptoms in patients. IITKGP – IIT KHARAGPUR RESEARCHERS BY UTILIZING MACHINE LEARNING TECHNIQUES HAVE COME UP WITH A FEASIBLE OPTION TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM OF EARLY DETECTION FOR THIS CANCER TYPE. ByPreety Suman

They have established a machine learning-based algorithm for forecasting indicators of esophageal cancer cells, based on demographic data & outcomes of certain scientific tests – Which can assist in screening people for more tests to verify if they indeed have cancer cells or not. It is, in fact, a Pre-Screening Tool For Cancer detection which can be made use of by wellness workers in rural areas. The software program has been developed making use of data of 3000 persons collected by mobile testing vans of Mumbai-based Tata Memorial Hospital in backwoods of Maharashtra. From the information collected by a paramedical team on numerous factors, researchers made use of data on 49 factors such as tobacco intake, tobacco eating period, alcohol usage, cancer fatalities in the household, the problem in swallowing and so on. The cancer cells of the food pipeline are typically accompanied by signs and symptoms like pain while swallowing as well as hoarse voice. This software developed may be installed in premises of hospitals, health

centers or can be hosted in the cloud and accessed over the internet. A suspected patient can enter his or her demographic info, way of living details and also available scientific test results. The software program can predict if the person has a specific illness. The forecast can be refined by adding even more test outcomes. If the forecast declares, he or she may speak to a doctor for further examinations and treatment. If the prediction is favorable, he or she might contact a physician for more tests and also treatment,” clarified Dr. Sourangshu Bhattacharya, assistant teacher of computer science as well as design at IIT Kharagpur, who co-authored the research study along with Ph.D. trainee Asis Roy. The researchers made use of open-

source machine learning software – Weka and also LibSVM – along with python for developing the prediction software. The objective was to manage the parameters of machine learning formula so regarding making false typical rate (variety of diseased people being noted as regular) absolutely no as well as the selection of attributes (tests carried out by medical research laboratories) based on standards of expense or comfort. Dr. Bhattacharya while speaking to India Science Wire said that – they looked through overall a combination of 15 tests, costing 65000 INR and found subsets of tests costing 2000 INR, which have zero false-negative rates. They could then zero down to the subset which yields the highest accuracy. Similar to this, indices of

discomfort were assigned to each of the tests and assigned budgets to total discomfort that a patient may be willing or be able to suffer in order to get an initial diagnosis. The main idea was to allow users of the software or implementing agencies to be able to customize the selection of initial tests based on individual requirements. Machine learning-based algorithm can facilitate in the prediction of esophageal cancer cells relying upon demographic, way of life, medical history and tailored professional test, with an extremely high precision as much as 99.18% with a level of sensitivity nearing 100%, scientists have actually declared in the research published in the journal Artificial Intelligence in Medicine.



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Estuarine Bacteria Eat Centuries Old Food – Metabolism Found To Be 1 Million Times Slower Just imagine having a metabolic rate of 1 million times slower than another person. This is what happens in those bacterias living in sediments at the way bottom of deep oceans and rivers. These microbes living at the bottom, only divide every 10 to 10,000 years. JUST COMPARE THE ESTUARINE BACTERIA METABOLISM TO THAT OF LAB-GROWN MICROBES THRIVING IN A NUTRIENT-RICH ENVIRONMENT WITH ALL THE FACTORS REQUIRED FOR THEIR GROWTH, SUCH AS ESCHERICHIA COLI, WHICH CAN DIVIDE IN AS LITTLE AS 20 MINUTES. By Ria Roy

Dead and organic detritus that sinks down into marine and estuarine sediments lock away carbon. As a matter of fact, practically fifty percent of natural organic carbon burial worldwide happens in estuaries as well as river delta systems. However, the mechanisms that regulate how much carbon is buried instead of that released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is still poorly recognized. An upcoming study by researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of Texas-Austin and also the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that bacterias with slower metabolism residing and estuarine sediments – Estuarine Bacteria, or the subsurface, are consuming food that is centuries old as well as of extremely poor quality.

The scientists studied the debris and sediment cores from the White Oak River in North Carolina. The cores cover roughly 275 years of product material that sunk to the subsurface. Researchers discovered that the much deeper the microbes in the core, the slower they broke down their food, with a 1000-fold difference between microbes on top contrasted to the bottom of the sediment core. The deep subsurface bacterias with slower metabolism were able to utilize enzymes to break down the centuries-old proteins and carbohydrates. The subsurface microorganisms with

slower metabolism are well-adapted to where they live and also what they have to consume. In addition to eating old, poor-quality food, the ocean subsurface Estuarine Bacterias – tend to have more genes for DNA repair and also for spore development, which are survival systems in the subsurface. Spore formation enables these microbes to become dormant and also to survive tough conditions. Dr. Andrew Steen, who led the study, said that their work shows that those bacterias with slower metabolism are living the same way as any other mi-

crobe does but just that the metabolism is way slower and with some improved ability to eat and survive upon the low-quality food in their environment. Understanding the fact of how ocean subsurface bacteria live successfully on low-quality resources could uncover how to slow down metabolism in human organs so that they can survive longer during transplants. It is equally important to have a better understanding of how and where carbon is stored, which could protect us from the self-reinforcing cycles of climate change.


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Cyborg Organoids For Viewing Early Stages Of Organ Development What does happen in the early days of organ development? How do cells or tissues organize to become a heart, a brain, kidney or any other organ? This critical period of organ development has long remained the black box of developmental biology. THIS WAS BECAUSE NO SENSOR WAS SMALL OR FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO OBSERVE THIS PROCESS WITHOUT DAMAGING THE CELLS AND TISSUES. HERE COMES THE IMPORTANCE OF CYBORG ORGANOIDS! By Ria Roy

Scientists from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) grew simplified organs known as organoids with fully integrated sensors to monitor the organ development. These are called as cyborg organoids. The Cyborg organoids with sensors offer a rare glimpse into the early stages of organ development. Jia Liu, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at SEAS and senior author of the cyborg organoids study, said that she was so inspired by the natural organ development process in high school, in which 3-D organs start from few cells in 2-D structures. With the development of nanoelectronics that is so flexible, stretchable, soft and that can grow together with developing tissue through their natural development process, the embedded sensors in them can measure the entire activity of the organ developmental process. Now, the end result of the work was a piece of tissue with a nanoscale device completely distributed and integrated across the entire three-dimensional volume of the tissue.

This type of device with sensors emerges from the research work that Liu began as a graduate student in the lab of Charles M Lieber, The Joshua and Beth Friedman University Professor. Liu during her research once developed flexible, mesh-like nanoelectronics that could be injected in specific regions of tissue. Building on that particular design, Liu and his colleagues increased the stretchability of the nanoelectronics by changing the shape of the mesh from straight lines to serpentine structures which are similar kinds of structures used in wearable electronics. The team then transferred the mesh nanoelectronics onto a 2-D sheet of stem cells. Here the cells are covered and interwoven with the nano-

electronics with the help of cell-cell attraction forces. The stem cells then began to morph into a 3-D structure and the embedded nanoelectronics seamlessly reconfigured themselves along with the cells, resulting in fully-grown 3-D organoids with embedded sensors. The research findings on Cyborg organoids offering a rare view of early stages of the organ development were published in Nano Letters. The stem cells were then differentiated into cardiomyocytes i.e, heart cells and the scientists were able to monitor as well as record the electrophysiological activity for about 90 days. his method of Cyborg organoids allows to continuously monitor the

developmental process and understand how the dynamics of individual cells start to interact and synchronize during the entire organ developmental process said, Liu. He added, that it could be used to turn any organoid into cyborg organoids including complex organs like brain and pancreas organoids. In addition to Cyborg organoids revealing Early stages of organ development and helping to find the answer fundamental questions about cells, tissues in biology, cyborg organoids could be used to test and monitor patient-specific drug treatment. They can even be potentially used for transplantations.



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Manipulation of Brain Cells Now Possible Using Smartphones A team of researchers from Korea and the United States invented a device that can control neural circuits in our brain, using an implant with the help of a smartphone. ACCORDING TO RAZA QAZI, A SCIENTIST AT THE KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (KAIST) AND THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER, THIS WIRELESS DEVICE ENABLES CHRONIC CHEMICAL AS WELL AS OPTICAL NEUROMODULATION, HENCE CAN PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN DRUG DELIVERY. By Rahul Mishra

Qazi said this modern technology substantially overshadows conventional methods made use of by neuroscientists, which typically entail inflexible metal tubes as well as optical fibers to deliver drugs and light. Aside from limiting the patients’ movement as a result of the physical connections with large equipment, their fairly rigid structure causes a lesion in soft brain cells with time, as a result making them not suitable for long term implantation. Though some efforts have actually been propounded partially alleviate adverse cell response by including soft probes and cordless platforms, the previous services were limited by their failure to provide medicines for long periods of time in addition to their large and also intricate control setups. To attain persistent wireless drug delivery, scientists had to address the essential obstacle of exhaustion and evaporation of drugs. Scientists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology as well as the University of Washington in Seattle worked together to design a neural tool with a changeable drug cartridge, which might enable neuroscientists to examine the same mind circuits for numerous months without stressing over running out of drugs, hence removing

the major challenge. Manipulation of Brain Cells- How was it Achieved? ‘Plug and Play’ drug cartridges which they are essentially called as were assembled into a brain implant for mice with a soft and ultrathin probe which consisted of microfluidic channels and tiny LEDs (smaller than a grain of salt), for unlimited drug doses and light delivery. Scientists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology as well as the University of Washington in Seattle worked together to design a neural tool with a changeable drug cartridge, which might enable neuroscientists to examine the same mind circuits for several months. Controlled with a classy and easy user interface on a smartphone phone, neuroscientists can quickly activate any kind of certain mix or specific sequencing of light and also drug distributions in any of the implanted target animals without the requirement to be physically inside the laboratory.

Using these wireless neural devices, researchers could also easily set up fully automated animal studies where the behavior of one animal could positively or negatively affect behavior in other animals by the conditional triggering of light and/or drug delivery. Jae-Woong Jeong, a professor of electrical engineering at KAIST said that this Powerful device which is used in the manipulation of Brain Cells is the fruit of advanced electronics design and powerful nanoscale engineering. He said that the scientists were further interested in scaling up this technology to make Brain Implants for Clinical Implantation. Scientists are planning to employ this technology for complex pharmacological studies which could be helpful in drug development for pain, addiction, and emotional disorders. Michael Bruchas, a professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine and pharmacology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, said that this will help neuroscientists in many ways including uncovering dis-

eases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, addiction, depression among others. The researchers at KAIST established soft electronic devices for wearable and implantable devices, as well as the neuroscientists at the Bruchas laboratory at the University of Washington studied brain circuits that regulate tension, anxiety, dependency, pain, and various other neuropsychiatric disorders. This worldwide collaborative initiative among engineers and neuroscientists over a period of 3 consecutive years and also various style iterations resulted in the validation of this effective brain implant in mice, which scientists believe can really speed up the uncovering of the brain functions and its illness. This research which involved the manipulation of brain cells was funded by various institutes such as the National Research Foundation of Korea, the U.S. National Institute of Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Mallinckrodt Professorship.


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69 Genes of Autism Spectrum Disorder Identified! A UCLA-led research group has identified the set of genes, including 16 new genes, that enhances the risk of autism. The findings of the research team were based on the studies conducted among the families with at least two children with an autism spectrum disorder. THE FINDINGS OF THE STUDY ARE PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL CELL. By Ria Roy

Scientists from UCLA, Stanford University and three other organizations with the help of whole-genome sequencing mapped the DNA of 2,300 people from nearly 500 families. Scientists found 69 sets of genes that increased the risk for autism spectrum disorder or ASD; Out of these 69 genes, 16 genes were not previously suspected to be associated with a risk for ASD. Scientists also identified hundreds of genes they suspect may increase the risk of autism based upon their proximity to those genes that were previously determined to carry an increased risk. This research revealed new biological pathways that had not previously been identified in the researches related to autism. The study’s co-lead author Elizabeth Ruzzo, a UCLA postdoctoral scholar, revealed that the research findings of the study also highlight the importance of learning how genetic variations or mutations i.e, the differences that make each person’s genome unique, are passed from parents to children affected with autism. Laura Pérez-Cano, the Former UCLA postdoctoral scholar, is the study’s other co-lead author. Ruzzo has also mentioned that when they compared parents of autistic children to that of the individuals without autism, researchers observed that the parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder carry rarer and highly damaging gene variants. These gene variants are frequently passed from the parents to the ASD affected children but not to the unaffected children which helps to identify that these gene

variants are significantly increasing the risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Out of the children considered for this research 960 had autism and 217 without autism. This helped researchers team to analyze the genetic differences between children with and without autism across different families. Dr. Daniel Geschwind, a senior author of the study and the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics, Neurology, and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA stated that the studies conducted on families with multiple children affected with autism has helped the scientists to detect inherited mutations in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Geschwind, one of the director of the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment and Director of the Institute of Precision Health at UCLA, said that the studies conducted by the UCLA-led research team show a substantial difference between the types of mutations that occur in different types of families that have more than

one Autism Spectrum Disorder affected child versus those having only one child with Autism. Dennis Wall, the study’s co-senior author, a Stanford University School of Medicine associate professor of pediatrics and of biomedical data science, said that the UCLA-led researchers identified newly determined 16 genes to be associated with an increased risk for autism which forms a network with the previously identified set of genes that are associated with the risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The way these genes interact with each other heightens the risk further. These genes associate with each other more tightly than the researcher’s expectation. These gene interactions appear to be an important link to autism spectrum disorder, Dennis added. The nearly 600 genes scientists presume to carry an enhanced risk of autism spectrum disorder were determined through “guilt by association” which means via their interactions with various other genes that already had been identified to carry an increased autism risk, said Ruzzo. Al-

though not all of those genes will be found to enhance the risk for autism, the analysis of the study indicated that future research studies will provide support for most of these genetics. The families in the study are part of the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange, or AGRE, which was created nearly twenty years back by researchers and the National Institutes of Health in partnership with Cure Autism Now, which is now a program of Autism Speaks. Autism is a spectrum of neurological disorders characterized by difficulties with communication and also social interaction. Geschwind has actually been working to identify the genetic causes and biological mechanism of the Autism spectrum disorder for more than a decade, and in the late 1990s, he led the growth of the AGRE resource used in the new study. In 2018, he and his colleagues at UCLA got their 2nd five-year give from the National Institutes of Health to further expand research on autism by studying the genetic root causes of autism in African American families.



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Govt SERB SUPRA Research Grant Announcement Dear Biotecnikans, SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board ) has recently announced the start of a new scheme called SERB SUPRA (Scientific and Useful Profound Research Advancement). IT’S A NEW INITIATIVE AND WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU HAVE A LOOK AND SEE HOW BEST YOU CAN MAKE USE OF IT. STAY TUNED TO RECEIVE UPDATES WHEN THE CALL IS ANNOUNCED. By Diluxi Arya

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Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Design a Logo – Cash Prize of Rs. 50,000/-


isten up all you creative geniuses out there, a very unique opportunity has come your way by means of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. Indian nationals are called upon to design a logo and the winner whose design is chosen will receive a cash prize and a certificate. So put your thinking caps on and get started. Check out all of the details below:

ment and Development (UNCED). The Ministry also coordinates with multilateral bodies such as the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and regional bodies such as Economic and Social Council for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on matters pertaining to the environment. The broad objectives of the Ministry are:

Broadly the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change handles issues related to Forest, Wildlife, Biodiversity, Wetlands, Climate Change, Pollution (air, water, river/lakes), Impact Assessment and clearances (Environment, Forest, CRZ) and Waste management.

i. Conservation and survey of flora, fauna, forests and wildlife ii. Prevention and control of pollution iii. Afforestation and regeneration of degraded areas iv. Protection of environment

MISSION • Clean Water • Clean Air • Clean Energy • Clean Environment • More Green VISION • Our vision is to have Sustainable Development • Our Vision is to have Growth and Environment Protection • Our vision is Development without Destruction • Our vision is Poverty Eradication and Green Growth. Role and Mandate of the Ministry The Ministry of Environment & Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) is the nodal agency in the Central Government for overseeing the implementation of India’s environment and forest policies and programmes relating to conservation of the country’s natural resources including lakes and rivers, its biodiversity, forests and wildlife, and prevention and abatement of pollution. While implementing these policies and programmes, the Ministry is guided by the principle of sustainable development. The Ministry is also the nodal agency for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the United Nations Conference on Environ-

These objectives are well supported by a set of legislative and regulatory measures, aimed at the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment. Besides the legislative measures, a National Conservation Strategy and Policy Statement on Environment and Development, 1992, National Forest Policy, 1988, a Policy Statement on Abatement of Pollution, 1992 and a National Environment Policy, 2006 also guide the Ministry’s work. Subjects under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The following items of work have been allocated to the MoEF&CC: • Environment and Ecology, including the environment in coastal waters, in mangroves and coral reefs but excluding marine environment on the high seas. • Environment Research and Development, education, training, information and awareness. • Green Skill Development Programme • National Environmental Geodatabase • Environmental Health. • Environmental Impact Assessment. • Forest Development Agency and Joint Forest Management Programme for conservation, • management and afforestation. • Survey and Exploration of Natural Resources particularly of Forest, Flora, Fauna, Ecosystems etc. • Bio-diversity Conservation in-

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cluding that of Lakes and Wetlands. Conservation, development, management and abatement of pollution of rivers excluding the river Ganga and its tributaries. National River Conservation Directorate. Wildlife conservation, preservation, protection planning, research, education, training and awareness including Project Tiger and Project Elephant. International co-operation on Issues concerning Environment, Forestry and Wildlife. Botanical Survey of India and Botanical Gardens. Zoological Survey of India. National Museum of Natural History. Biosphere Reserve Programme. National Forest Policy and Forestry Development in the country, including Social Forestry. All matters relating to Forest and Forest Administration in the Union territories. Indian Forest Service. Wild Life Preservation and protection of wild birds and animals. Fundamental and applied research and training including higher education in forestry. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. National Assistance to Forestry Development Schemes. Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute, Bangalore. Afforestation and Eco-Development which shall include National Afforestation and EcoDevelopment Board. Bio-fuel plantations in forest, wastelands and environmental issues concerning biofuels.

• Desert and Desertification. • Forest Survey of India. • Indian Institute of Bio-diversity, Itanagar. • Central Pollution Control Board. • G.B.Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development. • Wildlife Institute of India and Indian Board for Wildlife. • Indian Institute of Forest Management. • Central Zoo Authority including National Zoo Park. • Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education. • Andaman and Nicobar Islands Forest and Plantation Development Corporation Limited. • Climate change and all other matters related thereto. • The National Green Tribunal Act, 1995 (27 of 1995). • The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 • The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Cess Act, 1977 • The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 • The Indian Forest Act, 1927 • Indian Forest (Amendment) Act, 2017 • The Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 • The Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 • The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 • The Public Liability Insurance Act, 1991 • Planning, overseeing and implementation of the policies and programmes on the management of hazardous substances and chemical emergencies. The mandate of this division is to promote safety in the management Next Page>>>>



and use of hazardous substances including hazardous chemicals and hazardous wastes with the objective of preventing and mitigating damage to health and environment due to hazardous chemicals and wastes. The activities can be grouped under three main thrust areas, viz., Chemical • Safety; Hazardous Wastes Management and Solid Waste Management. • Green Skill Development. The designer of the finally selected Logo will get a prize of Rs. 50,000/- and a Certificate from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. All Indian citizens are invited to participate in the contest by registering on the MyGov platform and uploading designed Logo on the creative corner for MoEFCC Logo. The last date for accepting entries is 06.09.2019 at 5:30 PM. Click here for terms and conditions. For any queries, contact to: Shri Mahendra Yadav Under Secretary, Media Cell Tel: 011-24695334 Logo Design Contest for Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change Terms & Conditions 1. The last date for accepting entries is 06-09-2019 at 5:30 PM 2. Each entry should be accompanied by a brief written explanation of the Logo and how best it encapsulates its essence. 3. All entries must be submitted through the creative corner section of Entries submitted through any other medium/mode would not be considered for evaluation. 4. The contest is open to all participants in India. The entry could be an individual project or a team project. 5. Each participant/team can submit ONLY one entry. The submission of entry is free. 6. Please note that the logo must be original and should not violate any provision of the Indian Copyright Act, 1957 or the Intellectual Property Rights of any third party. The logo should not have been previously published in any print and digital media and must not contain any provocative, ob-

jectionable or inappropriate content. 7. In case of any copyright issues, the participant/applicant will be responsible to settle any legal proceedings arising out of it at his/her end. MoEF&CC will not be responsible. 8. Plagiarism of any nature is not allowed. Anyone found infringing on others’ copyright would be disqualified from the contest. 9. All entries are governed by the provisions of Emblems and Names (Prevention of improper use) Act, 1950 and any violation of the said Act will result in disqualification. 10. Participants must make sure that their MyGov profile is accurate and updated as we will use the information on the profile for further communication. This includes the name, latest photo, country declaration, complete postal address, email ID and phone number. Entries with incomplete profiles would not be considered. 11. The onus will be on the participant/applicant to prove that he/ she is the only authorized representative to send the entry for the Award Scheme. In case of the selection of the Logo for an award, it will be given to the participant/ applicant only. MoEF&CC will, in no way, be responsible for any dispute, legal or otherwise, arising out of it. 12. The responsibility to comply with the Submission of entries, Competition Technical Criteria and Selection Process fully lie with the participant(s) and MoEF&CC shall not be answerable to any dispute raised by a third party. 13. MoEF&CC or MyGov takes no responsibility for corrupted or late entries. 14. The winner will be declared through email or by way of announcing his / her name on the MyGov blog page. 15. The winning design of the logo would be the intellectual property of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change (MoEF&CC) and the winner cannot exercise any right over it, after acceptance of the prize. MoEF&CC will have unfettered right to modify the Prize-winning logo/entry or add/delete any info/design feature in any form to it. The winner will not exercise any right over his/her Logo and shall not use it in any way. 16. The winning logo is meant to be

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used by MoEF&CC for promotional and display purposes, information, Education and Communication materials and also for any other use as may be deemed appropriate by the MoEF&CC. The participants would be required to surrender copyright of the design to MoEF&CC. 17. The Logo should be usable on the website / mobile app / social media such as Twitter / Facebook /Instagram and on Magazines, Commercial Hoardings / Standees, Brochures, Leaflets and Pamphlets, Souvenirs and other Publicity and Marketing materials. 18. There will be no notification to participants of rejected entries. 19. MoEF&CC reserves the right to cancel or amend all or any part of the Contest and/ or the Terms & Conditions/ Technical Parameters/ Evaluation Criteria. However, any changes to the Terms & Conditions/ Technical Parameters/ Evaluation Criteria, or cancellation of the Contest, will be updated/posted on It would be the responsibility of the participants to keep themselves informed about any changes in the Terms & Conditions /Technical Parameters / Evaluation Criteria stated for this Contest. 20. Individuals, agencies, and associates, its employees currently engaged by MoEFCC are allowed to submit their ideas. 21. All Government employees participating in this competition should have prior permission from their employer to participate in this competition. 22. The winning entry will be considered for a cash award of Rs. 50000/-, (Rupees Fifty Thousand Only), a certificate from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change. Technical Criteria 1. The logo should be submitted in JPEG, PNG or PDF format only. 2. The logo should be designed in colour. The designed logo shall be provided in both CMYK and RGB formats. The size of the logo may vary from 5cm*5cm to 60cm*60cm in either portrait or landscape. 3. The Logo should be usable on the website / social media such as Twitter / Facebook and on printed materials such as black and white press releases, stationery and signage, labels etc. 4. The Logo should be designed on

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a digital platform. The winner of the competition shall be required to submit the design in open file format (EPS/CDR/PSD). Participants should ensure that original designs are submitted. All fonts should be converted to outlines. The file should be high resolution – at least 300 pixels per inch at 100% size. The file should look clean (not pixilated or bit-mapped) when viewed on-screen at 100% Entries should not be submitted in compressed or self-extracting formats.

Selection Process: 1. All entries received by the stipulated date and found in order shall be evaluated by a Selection Committee, constituted for the purpose. The Committee will shortlist the entries and will decide the winner if an entry is found suitable. 2. Entries would be judged on the basis of elements of creativity, originality, composition, technical excellence, simplicity, artistic merit and visual impact and how well they communicate the theme of MoEFCC. 3. The decision of the Selection Committee would be final and binding on all the contestants and no clarifications would be issued to any participants or on any decision of the Selection Committee. 4. There will be only one winner of the competition. 5. The winner shall be required to provide the original open-source file of the designed logo. 6. The Designer of the finally selected Logo will get a prize of Rs 50,000/- and would be required to give the copyright of the design to MoEF&CC. The prize money will be payable after deduction of TDS. 7. Any legal proceedings arising out of the competition/ its entries/ winners shall be subject to local jurisdiction of NCT of Delhi only. Expenses incurred for this purpose will be borne by the parties themselves. 8. MoEF&CC, if it so decides, reserves the right not to proceed with the competition at any stage. 9. To participate visit MyGov portal at design-logo-ministry-environmentforest-and-climate-change/.


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DST AWSAR Program – Share Your Research Story & Win Cash Prize


he call for entries for the DST AWSAR Program has been announced. AWSAR was a big success last year and the call for this year has been released. Indian nationals pursuing any stream of Science & Technology (S&T) are encouraged to apply for the DST AWSAR Program as per details below: “Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR)” is an initiative of Department of Science and Technology (DST ), Government of India. It attempts to disseminate Indian research stories of Science, Technology & Innovation being pursued In the nation in a format that’s simple to comprehend and interesting for all of the stakeholders. DST invites lucid stories from PhD scholars and Post Doctoral Fellows (PDF) with a goal to strengthen the ecosystem of science communication and inculcate scientific character in society. Indian citizen pursuing PhD or PDF in almost any stream of Science and Technology (S&T), within the tenancy period of her/his research, can submit the entry. The narrative needs to link to research being pursued by him/her. What’s AWSAR? Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR) is a brand new initiative commissioned by Department of Science and Technology (DST) and coordinated by Vigyan Prasar (An autonomous institute of DST) to link current gap in communication research to common person by using the latent potential of PhD Scholars and Post-Doctoral Fellows (PDFs). These are the goals of the initiative 1. Encourage youth pursuing higher studies to submit a minimum of one story/article according to their research work. 2. Foster, fortify and create scientific temper through popular science writing and producing a culture of science communication/popularisation among the scholars. 3. Recognize the initiative and also the output of researchers on the particular elements of physical,

natural, mathematical and information sciences, applied science, engineering, technology, and multi-disciplinary science. 4. Conduct training Workshops for Early Career Researchers (PhD Scholars and PDFs) in popular science writing. Submission of popular science stories associated with research work of PhD scholars and PDFs: Entries would be encouraged by research scholars and PDFs who would like to publish their research in a way that could appeal to non-scientific audiences. The story should revolve around the answering the questions like Why does my research matter?; Why is it significant? ; Why does it interest, researchers? ; Why should it interest the reader? ; objectively. The article has to be based on the research undertaken by the individual researcher. The article could be on complete or part of the research conducted, but it ought not to be a general review of the region and has to have the part of new knowledge generated as part of this research. The article must target a general audience via popular writing and ought not to be published elsewhere. It needs to be written in simple to comprehend terminology to communicate the importance of the search for its outreach. Qualification criteria for article submission: These are the eligibility criteria for submitting the article for the award. 1. The entries will be encouraged from the youth pursuing PhD in S&T and Post Doc fellows by a recognized University/R&D Institute. 2. Applicants have to be an Indian citizen. 3. Applicants can only submit an individual article in annually. Re-application by applicants in the prior years is invited, provided that the eligibility criteria continue to be met. But the previous winners of this award won’t be eligible to submit a research story second time in precisely the exact same category.

Selection Criteria: The following are the criteria for judging the entries 1. The entries will be judged on the basis of accuracy, clarity, insightfulness, fairness, and resourcefulness. 2. The entries should convincingly answer the questions like Why does the research matter? Does the article clarify the author’s research in a means that’s simple to understand? Is it a compelling read? etc.. 3. An Expert Panel of science communicators, media people, subject specialists and professionals, featured by DST, will assess the science stories that are submitted. Award categories: 1. Selection of best 100 entries of science awards and stories. a. For PhD researchers: The initial screening of this entry is going to be selected by an expert panel. 100 entries will be chosen and each will be given with cash prize of 10,000/ along with Certificate of Appreciation. b. For Postdoc fellows: Twenty entrances are chosen from articles submitted by PDFs relating to their own line of research. Each will be given with cash prize of 10,000/along with Certificate of Appreciation. 2. Selection of the top three major stories a. For PhD researchers: The best three articles/stories will be chosen from the leading 100 stories. Further, they’ll be awarded the cash prize of 1,00,000/, Rs.50,000/- and 25,000/- respectively.

b. For Postdoc fellows: One outstanding article/story will be chosen from the leading 25 stories. Further the exact same will be awarded the cash prize of 1,00,000/. These awards will be bestowed on 28 February in the National Science Day event each year. Each of the awardees will be provided with a chance to attend the Science Film Training Workshop arranged by Vigyan Prasar. The workshops plan to suggest tips for successful communication and remarkable writing in popular science writing format. An identified group of specialists will arrange a few workshops each year. The tentative theme will cover 1. Discover what makes writing good. 2. Emphasise an effective method of writing in the clearest way possible, use of jargon that describes its significance clearly. 3. Utilization of proper words, language, sentences clinches for certain effects 4. Strategies for original writing 5. Strategies for obtaining a hook to catch the eye of the reader. 6. Basic rules of style, the flow of words and phrases, Grammar and punctuation. Fundamental guidelines for submitting a popular science story: AWSAR programme will have the following guidelines for the execution: 1. Any Indian citizen pursuing PhD or PDF in almost any S&T stream is qualified to apply unNext Page>>>>







der AWSAR. The scholars ought to be registered in a PhD program from Government approved Institutions for two years. PDF related to any recognized institute may also apply. Preference will be given to applicants with the published paper(s) of the research work. Both full-time and part-time PhD students will be encouraged for bigger involvement. The article should signify a complete research story in easy language to be understood by the general public. No intricate figures, graphs, equations or formulae must be included except self-explanatory infographics that might be formulated for successful communication. Only original articles sent only for nomination for AWSAR award will be approved. Articles

previously published elsewhere, or concurrently sent for publication elsewhere, aren’t acceptable. 6. The candidates are asked to mention the theme, title of the paper together with their name, affiliation, and contact information in the submitted article. 7. Articles submitted must carry a statement that the article is original and hasn’t been previously published elsewhere. 8. Article of 1000-1500 words (A4-size with 2.5 cm margin on all sides, single column, Times New Roman font, font size 12, 1.5 line spacing composed in MS Word)will be approved for further scrutiny. 9. Applicants found guilty of plagiarism will be blacklisted and debarred from participating in the future. 10. All articles must be submitted

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through an online portal. It’s suggested that hard copy may also be submitted to the office for record. 11. A panel of distinguished scientists and science communicators featured by DST will pick the very best 100 entries received from PhD scholars and 20 best entries received from postdoctoral fellows. 12. The award will cover the following two broad categories • The top three entries/writeups by the PhD scholars would be awarded the cash prizes of 1,00,000, 50,000 and 25,000, respectively. Also, 100 selected entries/write-ups, by the PhD scholars, would be awarded the cash prizes of ₹10,000 each, every year. The award will include a cash prize, a certificate of appreciation and an opportunity for the winning articles to be

published. • One outstanding story, by the post-doctoral fellows, will be given a cash prize of 1,00,000. Also, 20 selected entries/writeups submitted by the post-doctoral fellows will be given a cash prize of 10,000 each and a certificate of appreciation.

UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 16 July 2020. • Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 16 July 2020.

• Are an employee, a former employee, or relative* of an employee (since July 2017) of Her Majesty’s Government (including British embassies/high commissions; the Department for International Development; the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy; Department for International Trade; the Ministry of Defence; and the Home Office), or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. • Employees, former employees, or relatives* of an employee (since July 2017) of Chevening Partner organisations are eligible to apply, but cannot receive a Chevening Partner Award from the organisation from which they work, previously worked, or are

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Chevening Scholarships 2020-2021 – Indians Apply to Study in UK


hevening Scholarships 2020-2021 – Indians Apply to Study in UK. This is a scholarship exclusive to Indian Students. Make sure to grab this opportunity. Interested and eligible candidates can check out all of the details on the courses, eligibility, application procedure and timeline below: Chevening is the UK Government’s international scholarship programme that provides future leaders the exceptional chance to study in the united kingdom. These scholarships are given to exceptional professionals from all over the world to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject in any UK university. Chevening provides fully-funded scholarships, leaving you free to focus on achieving your academic goals and enjoying the experience of a lifetime. You may live and study in the united kingdom for a year, during which time you’ll develop professionally and academically, grow your network, experience UK civilization, and build lasting positive relationships with the United Kingdom. In case you have ambition, leadership potential, along with a strong academic background, we encourage you to apply before 5 November 2019. What’s included? Since Chevening Scholarships is fully-funded, your award comprises

the following: • University tuition fees • a monthly stipend • travel costs to and from the United Kingdom • an arrival allowance • a homeward departure allowance • the cost of one visa application • a travel grant to attend Chevening events in the United Kingdom Eligibility: Ineligible applications will be rejected, so it is important that you check that you meet our eligibility criteria before you start your application. To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship you must:

• Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country or territory. • Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two You are not eligible for a Chevening years after your award has end- Scholarship if you: ed. • Have completed all components • Hold British or dual British citiof an undergraduate degree that zenship (unless you are a citizen will enable you to gain entry of a British Overseas Territory onto a postgraduate programme or hold BN(O) and are applying at a UK university by the time from Hong Kong). you submit your application. • Hold refugee status in a This is typically equivalent to an non-Chevening eligible counupper second-class 2:1 honours try. Applicants who are citizens degree in the UK. of a Chevening-eligible country • Have at least two years of work and who hold refugee status in a experience. Chevening-eligible country are • Apply to three different eligible eligible for a scholarship.

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affiliated with through relatives. • Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship. Once submitted, applications undergo an electronic sift against our eligibility criteria. Any applications deemed ineligible will be removed from the selection process. Please note that once your application has been submitted, it is not possible to change it retrospectively. *Relatives are defined as parents or step-parents, siblings or step-siblings, children or step-children, spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner (where the couple have been in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership for at least two years) Eligible Courses: In order to be eligible, the courses you choose must be full-time, and: • Start in the autumn term (usually September/October) • Taught master’s (i.e. not research-focused MRes programmes) • Lead to a master’s degree qualification • Based in the UK Courses cannot be: • Part-time • Distance learning • Less than nine months in dura-

tion • More than 12 months in duration Chevening accepts English language • PhD or DPhil tests from five providers: • Taught with more than one month of study outside the UK • Academic IELTS • Pearson PTE Academic Use our course finder to browse el- • TOEFL iBT igible master’s degrees at every uni- • C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge versity across the UK. English: Advanced [CAE]) • Trinity ISE II (B2) English language: The English language test must have In order to receive a Chevening been taken from one of these providScholarship, all applicants must ers on or after 1 October 2018. If you demonstrate that they have fulfilled do not already have an existing eligiChevening’s English language re- ble test certificate, it is your responsiquirement by 16 July 2020. We advise bility to ensure that you have booked all applicants to ensure they have ful- a test date so that you can obtain the filled the English language require- required results. ment as early as possible by either: Applicants are not permitted to take pre-sessional courses to fulfil Chev• Taking an English language test. ening’s English language require• Claiming an exemption based on ment. You will be required to take the UKVI exempt categories. one of the approved English language tests unless you fall into one of the If you fail to demonstrate that you exempt categories. have met the required English language level by 16 July 2020 or fail Applicants are not permitted to ento prove that you qualify for an ex- rol on pre-sessional courses to fulfil emption, your application will not be their university’s English language successful. requirement or any other conditions of a university offer. Any offer from English language tests: a university with a requirement to undertake a pre-sessional course will be You are free to take tests as many considered conditional. times as necessary to meet Chevening’s English language require- How to apply: ment. Please note that Chevening does not pay for costs associated with We recommend that you review the English language testing. You are re- following pages That Will Help You sponsible for booking and paying for prepare your application: costs associated with these tests.

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For information concerning the application and selection procedure, take a look at the application timeline and frequently asked questions. Application timeline: The process of selecting Chevening Scholars requires a minimum of eight months from the application deadline to if applicants have been conditionally selected for an award. Here’s an overview of the application and selection process, which means you always know what is going on. Notice: we’ve been made aware of agencies that offer help on Chevening Scholarship applications for a fee. We can confirm that these agencies Aren’t endorsed or approved by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, or the Chevening Secretariat. We advise prospective applicants against the use of these services in the strongest possible terms. Use of a paid-for service for Chevening applications isn’t permitted. Applications for 2020/2021 Chevening Scholarships are open until 5 November 2019

MHRD – CGI Bangkok Life Science Scholarships For International Students


ndian nationals are encouraged to apply for the Chulabhorn Graduate Institute Post-graduate Scholarship Program for NON-ASEAN Applicants (Academic Year 2020). Interested and eligible candidates are invited to check out all of the details on the same below: F.No. 30- I /2019-ES.3 Government of India Ministry of Human Resource Development Department of Higher Education External Scholarship Division Chulabhorn Graduate Institute Post-graduate Scholarship Program for NON-ASEAN Applicants (Academic Year 2020)

The Chulabhorn Graduate Institute,

Bangkok, Thailand is offering 10 scholarships to NonASEAN applicants for the Academic Year 2020 Beneath the’Chulabhorn Graduate Institute Post Graduate Scholarship Program for Non-ASEAN Applicants. The programs where the Institute is offering scholarships include Environmental Health, Environmental Toxicology and Chemical Science. The eligibility standards, application form and other details are annexed herewith. Applicants Must email a scanned copy of the completely filled application form along with other supporting files to cgi_academic@ Additionally, applicants are also required to send the original application and other supporting documents to the following address:

The Chulabhom Graduate Institute (CGI) is a multidisciplinary post-graduate academic institute situated in 2005, under the initiative of Professor Dr Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol. The The final date for sending applica- goal of CGI is to employ the latest intions for the Chulabhorn Graduate teractive teaching techniques utilized Institute Post Graduate Scholar- in leading research and educationship Program for Non-ASEAN Applicants is 30th October 2019. Next Page>>>> The Chulabhorn Graduate Institute 906 Kamphangphet 6 Road, Talat Bang Khen, Laksi, Bangkok 10210 Thailand



al institutions to generate effective thinkers and leaders to better serve their countries’ requirements towards sustainable development. The CGI is currently offering programs leading to Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Applied Biological Sciences: Environmental Health, Environmental Toxicology, and Chemical Science. This year, 10 (ten) scholarships are available for NON-ASEAN international applicants to pursue a Master’s Degree study at the CGI. Selection of applicants will be determined by merit. Eligibility: Scholarships are open to the eligible applicants that fulfil the following qualifications: 1) Under 30 years of age 2) Hold a Bachelor Degree with a cumulative GP A of at least 3 .00 in among those Following fields: o Sciences: Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology, Environmental Sciences o Medical Sciences: Medicine, Medical Technology o Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Sciences Applicants from other relevant areas are welcome to apply.

3) Have expertise in scientific lab re- Application Process: search Applicants must complete the Chu4) Must have demonstrated English labhom Graduate Institute Post proficiency, rather on one of 2 rec- -Graduate scholarship Program’s apognized test of language proficiency plication form (for NO -ASEA) and (TOEFL, IELTS) submit along with other supporting documents through the following 5) Must Offer a statement of purpose channel: explaining their interests in the study (1) Send via email the scan file of this Field of Study: application form and each of the supporting document to: Applied Biological Sciences: Envihe Chulabhom Graduate Institute ronmental Health Environmental Toxicology (CGI Scholarship Program) Chemical Sciences 54 Kamphaeng Phet 6 Road, Talat Bang K.hen, Laksi, Bangkok 10210 THAILAND Scholarship Coverage: Email: The scholarship will cover tuition and other academic fees, round trip (2)After step ( 1) send all of the origairfare, accommodation, monthly sti- inal documents via postal services to pend, book allowance, health insur- the address as mentioned in (1). ance as well as others. Note: No consideration will be grantAward Period: ed to application with incomplete of supporting documents. The scholarship award will cover 6 weeks refresher courses and followed Supporting Document: by a period of two years Master’s Degree study, subject to a yearly review Following documents should be subof this scholar’s satisfactory progress. mitted together with the application form: Notice: Refresher Courses will tentatively commence in June 2020 while 1) Full Academic Transcript the academic program begins in Au- 2) Three Recommendation Letters 3) Statement of Purpose explaining gust 2020.

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the interest of study 4) Medical History Report 5) Other supporting documents to facilitate application screening Application Period: Applications for the CGI Post-graduate Scholarship Program are due on 30 October 2019. Notification of the Award: Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome by the CGI Around January 2020. Application Form: CGI scholarship application form and medical history report can be found as the attachments. For more information, please contact Address: The Chulabhom Graduate Institute 54 Kamphaeng Phet 6 Road, Talat Bang Khen, Laksi, Bangkok 10210 THAILAND E-mail: Website: Tel Nos: (66 2) 554-1900 ext. 2155,2130 Fax Nos: -LRB-662-RRB- 554-1990/554-1992

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Remembering Walter Munk – The Einstein Of The Ocean Episode 44 By Ms. Somhrita Pal

“People should treat the oceans like we do anything else that we care about – with consideration, with care, and affection. That’s it. For that, we must educate.” These are the words of a high-spirited scientist-explorer whose insights on the nature of winds, waves, and currents earned him global fame and recognition. A warm welcome to another exciting episode of Biotecnika’s very own podcast- the Voice of Biotecnika. Today we will take you to explore through the journey of a science explorer who loved the seas and lived with the seas – a short insight into the life and achievements of the world-renowned oceanographer – Walter Munk.

Institution of Oceanography at the University of California in San Diego. Walter Munk was one of the most celebrated oceanographers of his era – a scientist who devoted nearly 80 years to unraveling such questions as to where waves begin, why they may break violently or wash ashore gently, how sound travels thousands of miles through the water, and what informaKnown as the Einstein of the tion that journey might reveal about Oceans, Walter Munk lived a century the global ecosystem. questioning and solving the mysteries of the deep blue seas. Where do His genius lay in divining the inwaves come from? Is our planet get- terlocked patterns beneath the seemting warmer? Can a sinking treasure ing clutter and chaos of the world’s house be saved? Seemingly uncon- oceans. According to Joshua Horwitz, nected but these were a few questions who profiled Walter Munk in his 2015 that challenged the restless mind of book War of the Whales. “He was rethis remarkable man. vered in equal measure by surfers and Being a professor emeritus of geo- navy admirals for his oracular ability physics at Scripps Institution of to predict when far-off waves would Oceanography at UC San Diego, break on beaches.” Walter Munk’s pioneering contribu- Much like the surfers of popular imtions to physical oceanography and agination, Munk found a home on the geophysics advanced the science beaches of California, where he had and understanding of ocean waves, fled to avoid a life on Wall Street. wind-driven ocean gyres, deep-sea Born in Vienna to an affluent banktides, internal waves, the rotation of ing family, he had come to the United the earth, ocean acoustics, and geo- States in the early 1930s to attend a physical data analysis was recognized boarding school in New York and to worldwide. carry on the family profession. But he soon discovered he despised banking, He helped ensure the safety and suc- bought a convertible and set out for cess of Allied beach landings during the west coast. the Second World War by devising He abandoned finance for science, ways to forecast the waves. Decades eventually landing at Scripps, where later he came to fire what became he apprenticed himself to the director, known as the “sound heard around Harald Sverdrup, a leading oceanogthe world” – an underwater emission rapher of his day. that reached across oceans – in an attempt to gain a greater understanding In 1938 Nazi Germany annexed of climate change. Austria and accelerated a campaign The scientist, who has died aged 101, of antisemitic persecution. Dr. Munk, was long associated with the Scripps whose family had Jewish roots, be-

came a US citizen and served briefly in the army before beginning what would be his seminal research for the navy. Walter Munk credited Sverdrup with playing a leading role in the development of wave forecasting, which military strategists used in the planning of the amphibious landing on north Africa in 1942, the Normandy invasion in 1944, and throughout the Pacific. New Scientist magazine credits Walter Munk with saving “countless lives by helping the Allied military determine when troops could make amphibious landings without being swamped by big surf hundreds of meters from a hostile shore”. Later in his career, he attracted wide attention, as well as some controversy, by using ocean acoustics to measure ocean temperatures, and thus to better understand climate change. In 1991 Walter Munk led an experiment near Heard Island, in the southern Indian Ocean. Understanding that sound travels more quickly in warm water than it does in cold water, Munk sent low-frequency sounds through the ocean. Even the test signal was detected as far away as Bermuda. Years later in an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune, he said, “I still can’t believe that happened. We hadn’t even started the main experiment.” This was one of his greatest achievements, was able to prove at such large scales for the first time that different oceans were warming at different speeds. Such acoustic tests encountered some opposition from ma-

rine biologists who feared they might interfere with migratory patterns of whales and other animals. For the wide-ranging nature and applications of his work, Walter Munk was dubbed the “Einstein of the oceans” – a comparison Munk rejected by saying- Einstein was a great man. He was never on that level. He attended the California Institute of Technology where he received a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1939 and a master’s degree in geophysics in 1940 and the University of California at Los Angeles where he received a doctorate in oceanography in 1947. In 1947 Walter Munk became an assistant professor at Scripps. In 1954 he became a professor of geophysics and also was named a member of the UC’s Institute of Geophysics, based in Los Angeles and, in 1960, he established a branch of the institute on the Scripps campus in La Jolla. The new unit was established to study the earth, its atmosphere, oceans, and interior, using methods of experimental and mathematical physics. Until 1982, he served as director of the Scripps branch and as an associate director of the university-wide institute, which was renamed the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP). In 1963 Walter Munk led a study of the propagation across the Pacific Ocean of swells generated near Antarctica. The program measured fluctuations with pressure sensing Next Page>>>>



devices lowered to the ocean floor at six Pacific Ocean locations. Measurements were also made from Scripps’ Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP). He operated the recording station on American Samoa during the threemonth project. In 1969 he began measuring tides in the deep sea, using highly sophisticated pressure-sensing instruments that were dropped to the ocean floor and retrieved by acoustic release. Munk and Frank E. Snodgrass, a Scripps engineer with whom he worked for more than two decades, received the first award for ocean science and engineering given by the Marine Technology Society. Munk also played a lead role in developing a new method for measuring long-term changes in ocean temperature associated with global warming that was first tested in the Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate (ATOC) project. The idea behind ATOC is to track the changes over time of the travel times of sound signals sent from underwater speakers to underwater receivers. Because sound travels faster in warmer water than cooler water, a long-term series of tests that recorded increasingly faster travel times would indicate the ocean is warming. After the war, Munk provided scientific support for the nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll. “It’s stunning; it’s horrible,” he said years later. “It’s not dark, it’s quite white. You see the boiling and the water vapor above you, like a curtain coming down all around you. His achievements were numerousstarting from The Arthur L. Day Medal from the Geological Society of America in 1965 till 2018, he received a total of 14 medals back to back from different organizations. To name some• In 1965 he received the Arthur L. Day Medal from the Geological Society of America and in 1966 received the Sverdrup Gold Medal of the American Meteorological Society. He received the Gold Medal of the Royal Astro-

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nomical Society of London in 1968. In 1976, he received the first Maurice Ewing Medal from the American Geophysical Union and the U.S. Navy. In 1977 he received the Alexander Agassiz Gold Medal of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1978 he was honored with the Captain Robert Dexter Conrad Award from the U.S. Navy. In 1983 Munk was honored with the President’s National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest award for lifetime achievement in scientific research, “for his unique contributions to the sciences of the geophysics and physical oceanography which have led to a better understanding of the earth’s rotation, the complexities of ocean waves, tidal processes and acoustic propagation.” In 1989 Munk was honored with the William Bowie Medal of the American Geophysical Union. In 1993 he received the Vetlesen Prize from Columbia University and the first Walter Munk Award for Distinguished Research in Oceanography Related to Sound and the Sea granted by the United States Navy and The Oceanography Society. In 1999 Munk was awarded the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences for his fundamental contributions to the field of oceanography, the first time the prize was awarded to an oceanographer. In 2001, he was the inaugural recipient of Prince Albert I Medal in the physical sciences of the oceans, which Prince Rainier of Monaco created in cooperation with the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans. Munk was honored with the 2010 Crafoord Prize in Geosciences from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for his pioneering and fundamental contributions to our understanding of ocean circulation, tides and waves, and their role in the Earth’s dynamics.

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• When Walter Munk accepted the 2010 Crafoord Prize in geosciences from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences – an award often compared to the Nobel, and which recognized a career that touched on waves and polar ice caps and warming seas – he opened a lecture about climate change by citing from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic poem “Kubla Khan”: The shadow of the dome of pleasure Floated midway on the waves; Where was heard the mingled measure From the fountain and the caves. It was a miracle of rare device, A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

At a civic event on October 2017 that was part of a series of celebrations for his 100th birthday, an array of elected officials came to La Jolla to fete Munk when the boardwalk on La Jolla Shores was renamed in his honor and would become Walter Munk Way. With his thanks, Munk left the crowd with an observation to ponder. later he was heard saying“The CO2 we are putting into the atmosphere now is producing a rate of sea-level rise so that the Walter Munk Way is not going to enjoy another 100 years.

Munk was a member or fellow of more than a dozen professional societies. He has served on many university, national, and international committees. Since 1968 he has been a member of JASON, a prestigious panMore recently, in 2018, Munk re- el of military advisors. He has written ceived the French Legion of Honor more than 200 scientific papers. with the rank of Chevalier (Knight) in Paris for his exceptional contribu- Walter Munk has been a world treastions to oceanography. The Legion of ure for ocean science and geophysics. Honor is the highest French decora- He has been a guiding force, a stimtion recognizing military and civilian ulating force, a provocative force in merit. science for 80 years. While one of the most distinguished and honored sciAnd what more? entists in the world, Walter never rested on his accomplishments. He was Munk has two marine species named always interested in sparking a disin his honor: Mobula munkiana or cussion about what’s coming next.” Munk’s devil ray—a “flying” pygmy devil ray known for its ability to leap However, this raspy-voiced barnacle out of the water at great heights—and of a man, always in and around waSirsoe munki, a deep-sea worm. The ter, trying to figure out how waves 2017 documentary Spirit of Discov- broke, where currents moved, and ery follows Munk as he goes on an why changes in the ocean’s makeup expedition to Cabo Pulmo in Baja affected Earth’s climate, took his final California, Mexico, in search of the retirement on 8 Feb 2019, at the age mysterious devil rays named after of 101. him. In honor of this great personality, at Munk’s habit of everyday scholar- the event, City of San Diego officials ship never stopped. He remained ac- issued a Proclamation that Oct. 19, tive in his advisory work with JASON 2017, would officially be known as in recent years and he was working “Walter Munk Day.” on research papers when Scripps was joined by national political and sci- This was the story of the Einstein ence leaders in celebrating his 100th of the Oceans. His work clearly gave birthday in 2017. In the past decade, us a message- ask questions, fear not he had continued outreach, conferring of failure. There is a vast ocean of with Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama knowledge yet to be discovered. So on the threat of climate change. are you ready to explore??


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Govt Space Application Centre – NESAC Life Science R&D Job


ovt Space Application Centre – NESAC Life Science R&D Job. Government jobs for botany and life sciences candidates is available at North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC). North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) is hiring for a scientist/engineer vacancy. Check out all of the details on the same below: Position: Scientist/Engineer ‘SC’ No.of Posts: 01 Post Code: SC044 Field: Forestry & Ecology Pay Matrix: [LEVEL 10 (₹56,100₹1,77,500)]

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Essential Qualifications: M.Sc. in Botany (Plant Taxonomy / Plant Physiology)/ Biodiversity / Biodiversity and Conservation/ Ecology/ Life Sciences (Botany- Plant Taxonomy / Plant Physiology) from recognized University in First Class with an aggregate minimum of 65% marks (average of all semester) or CGPA/CPI grading of 6.84 on a 10 scale or equal with B.Sc. In Botany or Zoology.

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Desirable Qualification & Experience: Working experience in Biodiversity/ Phenology/ climate change/ wildlife habitat evaluation-related knowledge and areas in microwave/ hyperspectral / lidar remote sensing data processing & analysis How to apply: 1. Applications will be received on-line only. The online recruitment portal will be available from 05.08.2019 to 16.09.2019 until 15.00 Hrs. For registration of the application. Interested candidates will need to visit our web site for detailed advertisement and filling-up of all the online application form. The candidates registered under National Career Services (NCS) portal and fulfilling the eligibility requirements could visit the NESAC Website and follow the application process as stated. Upon registration, applicants will be provided with an on-line Registration Number, which should be carefully preserved for future reference. E-mail ID of this applicant needs to be given in the application compulsorily. The online application needs to be invariably




followed-up with a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from the employer concerned, by those already in employment (permanent/temporary) under Central/State Government, Public Sector Undertakings or Autonomous Bodies. The posts are temporary but likely to continue People who have the necessary qualification as on 16.09.2019 only must apply. Only passed applicants are eligible to apply. Students awaiting the final result shouldn’t apply. Minimum age is 18 years and Maximum age limit is 35 years for all posts. Ex-Servicemen, Meritorious Sportspersons & Persons With Disability (PWD) are eligible for age relaxation as per Government of India orders. Only Indian Nationals are eligible to apply. Candidates called for interview/ Skill Test will need to produce all relevant original documents in proof of details furnished in the application together with a set of self-attested photocopies. Candidates that are currently employed under Central/State Government, Public Sector Undertakings or Autonomous Bodies will Page 14 of 16 also have to produce the’No Objection Certificate’, in original, in the time of interview/ Skill Test. In the event, the candidate fails to produce any of the above-mentioned documents or if any information furnished in the application is found to be false or wrong, his/her candidature will be cancelled and TA won’t be paid. Corrigendum/Addendum, if any, will be published only in NESAC site Candidates must regularly visit the NESAC site for latest updates about the status of their application. “There’ll be non-refundable application fees of Rs. 500/- (Rupees Five Hundred only) for every single application. Fee ought to be paid online through Credit Card/ Debit Card/Internet Banking only through Integrated SBI Collect Facility. No other mode of payment will be accepted and the fee won’t be reimbursed under any conditions. The final date for submitting online payment is 16.09.2019 to prevent any unexpected failures/ issues. All women candidates/Scheduled Castes (SC)/Scheduled Tribes

(ST), Ex-serviceman (EX) and Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PWBD) candidates are exempted from payment of Application Fee 10. It’s for applicants to make sure that he/she fulfils the eligibility standards and complied with all the requirements adhered to the instructions contained in this advertisement in addition to in the application form. Candidates are consequently urged to carefully read the ad and fill out the application form and submit the same according to instructions provided in this respect. 11. Candidates working in Central/ State Govt. / Public Sector Undertaking/Autonomous Organisation must bring the No Objection Certificate from the employer at the time of Interview/Skill Test. 12. After registration candidate must save their applications summary together for future reference along with a print out of the same is to be brought together with current colour passport size photo and documents supporting the data furnished in the application in the time of Interview. Please be aware that the website won’t be opened for printing after 15:00 hours of 16.09.2019. 13. It could be noted that candidates will be shortlisted for the written test/interview on the basis of this information provided by them in their online application. They need to make sure that this information is accurate and correct. If at any subsequent stage or in the time of interview any information was given by them or any claim made by them in their online application is shown to be untrue, their candidature will be summarily rejected. 14. The candidates should fill-up their own bio-data clearly suggesting their educational qualifications,

passing year, subjects, percentage of marks, publications, and experience. Upload the requisite educational mark sheet/certificates wherever indicated in the online form. In case of any discrepancy in the details given in the bio-data of online-application and uploaded document(s) (viz., qualification, percentage of marks( etc), then the information given in the online application will prevail. 15. /All the uploaded documents must be scanned at a good resolution and will need to be readable/legible. Uploaded Documents shouldn’t be photos taken from a mobile camera. Important Dates: OPENING DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF ONLINE RECRUITMENT APPLICATION THROUGH NESAC WEBSITE IS ON 05.08.2019 CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF ONLINE RECRUITMENT APPLICATION THROUGH NESAC WEBSITE IS 15.00 HRS ON 16.09.2019 DATE FOR DETERMINING THE ELIGIBILITY OF ALL CANDIDATES IN EVERY RESPECT SHALL BE THE PRESCRIBED CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF ONLINE RECRUITMENT APPLICATION. THE APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO FILL IN ALL THEIR PARTICULARS IN THE ONLINE RECRUITMENT APPLICATION CAREFULLY. DATE FOR THE INTERVIEW (SC039 – SC046) OR WRITTEN TEST (TA01 & TA02) ON WHICH THE SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES ARE REQUIRED TO BRING THE PRINTOUT OF HIS/ Next Page>>>>




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if any along with other relevant documents in the time of interview. Candidates who don’t have the original qualifying degree certification or at least the Provisional degree certification issued by the competent authority on Institutional/University letterhead will be disqualified. Candidates, if shortlisted for the position, must comply with administrative formalities to receive an Offer letter. Candidates reporting after 9.15 am won’t be allowed to attend the interview, which may be noted. The experience mentioned should have gathered after the acquisition of the essential qualifications. Applicants should produce their original work experience certification at the time of verification. It’s noted that the period of experience mentioned in the application form won’t be considered without the certificate. The experience will mean the experience in the relevant field acquired after obtaining the minimum essential qualification. An application that’s incomplete and/or not in the prescribed format will be strictly rejected. The Director, NCCS reserves the right to enhance/reduce the number of posts and cancel the recruitment process. Age limitation will be deemed as on date of walk-in-interview. Age relaxation of five years in the event of SC/ST candidates, 10 years in the event of PH candidates and 3 years in case of OBC

candidates will be given according to Government of India rules. Reservation according to Govt. Of India, norms will be followed closely. 9. SC/ST/OBC candidates should produce proof of the caste certification from the appropriate authority. Additionally, OBC candidates should also produce latest/ valid non-creamy layer certificate in the prescribed form for claiming the reservation benefits. 10. No interim enquiries/correspondence/communication of any sort will be entertained on this particular matter. 11. The aforementioned advertised positions are filled up only on a temporary basis for the limited period of time on the project. The position will automatically co-terminus on the conclusion of the project tenure. The appointed person will have no claim of appointment/absorption in funding agency or at NCCS/NCMR, Pune. 12. Canvassing in any form and/or bringing in any influence is going to be treated as a disqualification for the post. 13. The posts advertised shall be need-based without any commitment for its filling. 14. Candidates working in Government Departments/Public Sector Undertakings/Autonomous Bodies should create No objection certificate from their employer at the time of the interview with a clear certification the candidate

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grams/events geared toward stuandidates with MSc/ dents / common man. MTech/PhD Biological / Life Sciences are encour- 4. Great communication skills according to writing popular sciaged to apply for Scientist ence articles/blogs linked to Bio& Technician vacancies. Life sciences technology/ Microbiology. jobs for msc/mtech/phd candidates at NCCS. MSc Biological/Lifesciences candidates apply for scientist & tech- Post II nician positions that are available at NCCS details given below: Name of the Job: Technician ‘C’ No. of Posts: 01 National Centre For Cell Science, Age Limit: 30 years Pune Total Monthly Emoluments: Rs. (An Autonomous Institution of 53,000/- pm with a 5 percent increase the Department of Biotechnology, per annum Government of India.) Name of the Project: “Establishment NCCS Complex, S. P. Pune of Centre of Excellence for NationUniversity Campus, Ganeshkhind, al Centre for Microbial Resource” Pune – 411 007. (NCMR) Ph.:(020) 25708000 Fax: (020) 25692259 Essential Qualification & ExperiWebsite: Email: ence: M.Sc. With a 2-year experience of relevant experience in R&D organizations. Candidate should have a ADVT. NO. NCCS/NCMR/P06/2019 minimum of 60% marks in aggregate in qualifying exams.

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Desirable Qualifications: In one of the more of the following:

Name of the Job: Scientist ‘B’ No. of Posts: 01 1. Handling, preservation and mainAge Limit: 35 years tenance of microbial cultures. The scale of Pay: Rs.15600-39100 2. Work experience in culture colplus 5400/- Grade Pay lection and familiarity with SOPs Total Monthly Emoluments: involved with large scale handling Rs.69,308/of cultures. Name of the Project: “Establishment of Centre of Excellence for Nation- 3. Experience of handling/processing the cultures for patent deposit. al Centre for Microbial Resource” (NCMR) How to Apply: Essential Qualification & Experi- 1. Candidates satisfying the essential qualification and experience ence: 1st Class M.Sc/M.Tech/M.D./ of the above posts may kindly M.V.Sc/MPharm with 3 years experiattend · the walk-in interview on ence in R&D or PhD in relevant field the above. Dates cited in the tabuwith year post-doctoral experience. lated format. 2. Candidates have to bring an apDesirable Qualifications: plication in the prescribed biodata 1. Proven capability to interact with format duly filled in and origistakeholders for the promotion of nal documents/certificates/mark science and scientific services. sheets along with a single set of 2. Maintaining and operating social self-attested photograph copies of networking site(s) associated with relevant certificates showing date dissemination of scientific inforof birth, qualifications, experimation especially in the fields of ence, details of the exam passed Biotechnology / Microbiology. (SSC onwards), caste certificate, 3. Conducting science outreach pro-

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will be relieved within a month of receipt of the offer of appointreceipt of the appointment order if ment letter. chosen. 17. Please download the prescribed 15. No TA/DA will be paid to applibiodata format. cants for attending the interview. 16. Selected candidates will need to • Date of Interview for Post I: join obligation immediately on 04.09.2019


• Date of Interview for Post II: al Centre for Microbial Resource 05.09.2019 (NCMR), • Reporting Time of Interview: • Sai Trinity Complex. Central Starts from 8.00 am to 9.00 am Wing, 1st Floor, Raman Hall, Su• Time of Interview: Starts at 9.00 tarwadi-Sus Road, Pashan, Pune sharp 411021. Landmark: COSMOS • The venue of Interview: NationBANK

250+ Govt Jobs – PGT Biology / Biochemistry HSSC Recruitment


50+ Govt Jobs. Latest Government job opportunities at Haryana Staff Selection Commission. Government HSSC PGT Careers. Post Graduate Teaching Opportunities for MSc Biotech/ Zoology/Life Science/Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology candidates. Check details below: Advt. No 13/2019 HARYANA STAFF SELECTION COMMISSION BAYS NO. 67-70, SECTOR-2, PANCHKULA – 134151 Website Invitation of Applications: Online applications are invited for direct recruitment for the 3864 posts of (PGT)- H.E.S.-II (Group-B Services) cited under paragraphs 2.1 through the URL address i.e http://adv132019. Page. aspx from 20.08.2019 to 05.09.2019 until 11.59 P.M. Thereafter website link will be disabled. Procedure/Instructions/Guidelines for Online Filling of Application Form: Following are the special and general instructions for the applicant with respect to the internet filing of the application form: a. Apply online well in advance without waiting for the final date of submission of the online application form. b. Please read the instructions and procedures carefully before you start filling the Online Application Form and assess all of the particulars filled up in application form after obtaining the printout to guarantee the correctness of the information and upload all documents before finally submitting the application. c. The candidate must fill all of the details while filling out the Online Application Form. After applying online, Registration No. And the Password will be generated. Take a print from this registration no. And password screen for future reference of your

application status and for Reprinting of your online filled application form and e-Challan form. d. After successful submission of application, applicants may again take the final print from the application form and e-Challan. e. The hard copy of the application form together with all uploaded documents have to be brought at the time when called upon to do so by the Haryana Staff Selection Commission. Documents that haven’t yet been uploaded, won’t be entertained. f. No request for change of any particular on the application form shall be entertained by the Haryana Staff Selection Commission. g. No offline application form or copy of downloaded application form will be accepted b,y the Haryana Staff Selection Commission. h. The Selection shall be made in accordance with the provisions of Haryana Govt. Notification No’5233GS-70/2068, dated 28.01.1970 and further amended from time to time. i. Candidates who don’t meet the qualifications/eligibility requirements on the cutoff date, their application will not be approved by the online application system. AII the Certificates/ Documents relating to educational qualification/eligibility conditions and Socio-Economic Criteria, etc. will be ascertained with regard to the last date fixed to apply online applications also called as final date i.e. 05.09.2019 as given in the advertisement. The Commission doesn’t scrutinize the documents at the time of submission of online application and the same is checked only in the time of Scrutiny. Important Note: 1. Candidates are advised to meet with their application form carefully including Name, Father’s/ Mother’s Name, Date of Birth and category, qualification, marks, obtained passing year, photograph, Signature, details & fee, etc.. No request for modification of any particular on the online applica-

tion form shall be entertained by cancelled and he/she will even be the Haryana Staff selection comliable to be criminally prosecuted. mission following submission of That is irrespective of whether the the application form. candidate has been benefitted by 2. After final submission of the apfurnishing the incorrect or false plication form, no change will information in his/her application. be permitted. The candidate will 10. A candidate whether he belongs be responsible for any mistake in to General or reserved category the data of program form and fees viz. SC, BCA, BCB, EWS, ESP, paid by him/her. ESM/DESM, DFF or PwD (per3. If a candidate feels that he/she has sons with disabilities) may submit filled up the form erroneously, he/ only one online application form she should fill up a fresh online under one particular category of application form along with fresh the post advertised. Submission requisite fee before the final date. of more than 1 application form 4. Special Instructions for filling apwill automatically cause rejection plication form: of candidature. 5. 11. Haryana Staff Selection Com6. The online application can be mission reserves the right to call filled up using URL address i.e., any candidate personally along http:/ a printed copy of this appliicPages/HomePage.aspx. cation form with uploaded doc7. The conclusion of this Comuments original certificates and mission in all matters relating to photocopy of self-attested certifacceptance or rejection of an apicates along with Photo, Identity plication, eligibility/suitability of Proof i.e. Identity Card/Driving those candidates, mode and standLicense/Passport/Voter CardlPan ards for selection etc., will be final Card/Aadhaar Card etc.. and binding on the candidates. No inquiry or correspondence will be DETAILS OF POST & QUALIFIentertained in this regard. CATIONS 8. Candidates applying for a post should make sure that they meet POST GRADUATE TEACHERS all of the eligibility requirements (PGT) H.E.S.II (GROUP-B SERon the last date of application. VICES) 9. If on verification at any stage DEPARTMENT OF SECONDstarting from submitting applicaARY EDUCATION, HARYANA tion form till appointment and any ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATION time even after appointment, it’s COMMON TO ALL CATEGORY found that any candidate doesn’t OF POSTS meet any of their eligibility condition or it’s found that the information furnished is false or incorrect, his/her candidature will be Next Page>>>>



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(i) Hindi/Sanskrit as one of the subject in Matriculation or Higher.

Pay Scale: In the pay matrix level-8 (Rs. 47,600-1,51,100). Application Fees:

(ii) Certification of having qualified Haryana Teacher Eligibility Test (HTET)/School Teachers Eligibility Test (STET) of the concerned subject.


(iii)”Good Academic Record” Candidates with 5O7o marks after taking an average of any 3 examinations from 10th/12th /Graduation/Post Graduation as the case may be. However, the candidate should have at least 50% marks in Post-Graduation except for PGT Computer Science and in the event of PGT Computer Science, the candidate should have at least 55% marks in Post Graduation/Graduation as the case may be. Age: 18-42 years.

Cat. No. 1: 127 posts of PGT Biology. M.Sc. Zoology/ Botany/ Bio-Sciences/ Bio-Chemistry/ Genetics/ Micro-Biology/ Plant physiology/ Bio-Technology/ Life Sciences/Molecular Bio with 50% marks provided the candidate had studied Botany & Zoology in Graduation Level and B.Ed. From recognized university. Cat. No. 2: 131 posts of PGT Chemistry.


1. General (Male/Female) – Rs. 500 2. General Female (Haryana Resident) – Rs. 125 3. SC/BC/EWS Candidates of 3. Haryana State Male – Rs. 125 4. SC/BC/EWS Candidates of Haryana State Female – Rs. 75 5. PwD (Person with Disability)/ Ex-Serviceman of Haryana – 4. No Charges Documents to be uploaded with Application Form (MANDATORY)

1. Scanned Copy of Essential AcaM.Sc. Chemistry or Bio-Chemistry demic Qualifications and Matricwith 50% of marks and B.Ed. From a ulation Certificate Showing Date recognized university. of Birth along with other pertinent

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particulars. 2. Scanned Copy of SC/BCA/ BCB/EWS/ESP/ESM/DESM/ DFF/ PwD (Person with Disabilities) certificate along with Haryana domicile Certificate issued by the competent authority. Scanned copies of Certificate claiming weightage/marks under socioeconomic standards and expertise along with Haryana domicile Certificate issued by the competent authority. Scanned Photo duly signed by the Candidate. Scanned signatures of this Candidate. Scanned copy of all documents showing higher qualification, expertise etc. on which basis candidate claim marks.

Important Dates: Item(s)


Date of publication

7th August, 2019

Opening date for submission of online applications

20th August, 2019

Closing date for submission of online applications

05th September, 2019 (by 11 :59PM)

Closing date for deposit of fee

09th September 2019

ICMR-NICED Life Science Research Recruitment 2019


sc & MTech Life Science candidates are invited to attend a walkin interview at NICED. ICMR-National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases recruiting for Junior Research Fellow (Life Science) positions for msc & mtech candidates. Research positions for msc & mtech candidates at NICED, details given below: Title of Job: Junior Research Fellow No. of Posts: 01 Project Title: “Community-based evaluation of G6PD deficiency in eastern India and its relevance to infectious and metabolic diseases” PI: Dr. Santasabuj Das Consolidated Salary per month: Rs. 35,000/- p.m. (fixed) Age: Not exceeding 28 years as on 27.08.2019 Age Concession: Age is relaxable for SC/ST/OBC/PH Candidates as per Govt. of India Rules. Age relaxation may be considered for experienced

candidates in the relevant field. Essential Qualifications: 1st Class M.Sc./ M Tech in Life Sciences from UGC-recognized universities/institutes with NET qualification. Desirable Qualifications: Documented proof of a single year of research experience from the lab of a reputable institute/university. Onward, expertise, current passport size photograph pasted on the application and attested copies of Applica1. Age is relaxable for SC/ST/OBC/ ble certifications, for the Walk-In-InPH Candidates according to Govt. terview according to details given of India Rules. below: 2. For the post of Junior Research Fellow upper age limit relaxable No. TA/DA is going to be compensatup to 5 years for female appli- ed for attending the Interview. cants. 3. Duration of Appointment — 6 Walk-In Details: months • Date – 27th August 2019 Candidates meeting the above • Time of Interview – 11.00 A.M. standards may report on the date • Venue of Interview – ICMR-Naof interview along with an applicational Institute of Cholera & Ention addressed to the Director, ICteric Diseases MR-NICED, Bio-data showing ac- • (NICED II Building within ID & ademic record from Matriculation BG Hospital Campus) 57, BeliApplication Instructions:

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