JNCASR is the institution with the ‘highest impact’: Science Citation Index

Bangalore based Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), which is celebrating its silver jubilee, has been recognized as the institution with the “highest impact” in nano science and technology, according to the Science Citation Index for 2010-11.

Another institute, the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, has been acknowledged as the institute with highest number papers published. The rating was made after an analysis of 90,958 papers published by Indian scientists in 2010-11.

JNCASR has been focusing on four major areas of interest such as advanced materials, molecular biology & genetics, evolutionary biology, and engineering mechanics. Over the years, the JNCASR has filed 150 patent applications and received 12 patents from various countries. It is looking for partners to convert these findings into technology that could reach people.

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NGT issues notice to Ministry of Environment on idol immersion

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued a notice to the Ministry of Environment & Forest and Ministry of Water Resources regarding immersions of idols in rivers and water bodies of the country.

The notice has been issued following a petition filed to the NGT by an environmentalist Subhas Datta demanding a “uniform, practical, pragmatic” and well-accepted “standard operating procedure” for immersions.

The petition seeks a high powered committee/apex body like the NGT to monitor immersions in the country. The petition also suggests that while coming up with a standard operating procedure for immersion of idols, opinions and suggestions from religious gurus, environmental experts, social activists and scientists be taken.

The petition points to a recent order passed by the Allahabad High Court, which has imposed a “complete ban on immersion of idols in Ganga”, and questions how the practice can be permitted in West Bengal where the number of immersions is much higher than in Uttar Pradesh.

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