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Recruitment in CATESSC – IITM Pune for Scientists Trainees Admissions for the 2013-14 batch

posted Jan 14, 2013, 5:12 AM by gibies george

Saturday, Jan 12 2013 10:30AM IST

Recruitment in CATESSC – IITM Pune for Scientists Trainees Admissions for the 2013-14 batch

Jobs – ESSO – Earth System Sciences Organization – Pune – IndianInstitute of Tropical Meteorology

The Centre for Advanced Training in Earth System Sciences and Climate(CATESSC) announces admission to the second batch of scientist trainees. Themain objective of the Centre is to create a large pool of trained and dedicatedmultidisciplinary climate and earth system scientists with in depth hands onexpertise on individual physical processes of the land, ocean, atmosphere,biosphere and cryosphere with special emphasis on climate modeling. The aim isto go beyond the conventional training on individual systems and addressweather and climate as processes arising from interactions between the abovecomponent systems.

Hence for the motivated candidates, the training will offer considerablescope to realize their full potential in this highly challenging field.Meritorious candidates with M.Sc / B.Tech / M.Tech / MS degree with outstandingacademic background throughout and with a high rank in the CSIRNET or IIT-GATEexamination will be recruited, provided inductiontraining extending to 18 months and on successful completion will be placed inthe constituent institutes of the Earth System Sciences Organization (ESSO) ofthe Ministry of Earth Sciences ( as Scientists. Therecruitees are encouraged to pursue Ph.D after placement. The program iscarried out at IITM and a new campus with self contained facilities for trainingand research is being developed in Pune.

Name of the Post: Scientists (Trainee)

Date of Training: The training program for the selectedcandidates is scheduled to start by the first week of July 2013.

Qualification: The candidate should possess first classM.Sc / M.Tech / MS degree or equivalent in Physics, Applied Physics,Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics Meteorology, Atmospheric Sciences,Chemistry, Ocean Sciences, Geophysics, Geology or any other area of EarthSciences or any related disciplines with Physics and Mathematics at thegraduate level.  OR

A first class B.Tech / B.E / M.Tech / M.E / MS in Mechanical, Civil,Chemical, Electrical or Electronics or any other relevant Engineeringdisciplines. Those who are appearing for the final exams may also apply subjectto the condition that they produce the final certificates if and when calledfor the interview. However, the average marks obtained in the completedsemesters be entered in the application.

Remuneration: Rs.25, 000/- p.m.

Note: The candidates applying for the posts should havepassed during 2011-13 the CSIR National Eligibility Test (NET) or theIIT-Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). In the case of those who areappearing for the current NET/GATE examinations, the results of which areexpected in the first half of 2013, the outcome needs to be communicated to theundersigned once it is announced. The candidates are required to give theiradmission no. of NET/GATE Examinations and the rank obtained in the Applicationproforma in the appropriate column.

Age Limit: 28 years as 30th April 2013 (Relaxation: SC/ST –5 yrs ; OBC – 3 yrs ; for M.Tech’s – 2 yrs)

Placement : All those who successfully complete thetraining program will be placed in any one of the constituent institutions ofthe ESSO as Scientist-B (for B.Tech / M.Sc) or Scientist C (for M.Tech / MS).

How to Apply: Candidates are required to apply ONLINE inthe prescribed proforma with detailed CV and other
relevant documents.

Last Date: 31st March 2013

For further details: – Scientist-Trainees-details-pdf

Register and then Apply ONLINE:

Indo-US Research Fellowships for Indian Researchers 2009-10: Call for proposals

posted Nov 13, 2010, 4:00 AM by gibies george

Submission deadline: 31 December 2010

Dear Sir/Madam,

In an effort to augment scientific excellence in emerging areas of science & technology, the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) in association with Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) of Department of Science and Technology (DST) launched the Indo-US Research Fellowships in 2007. After receiving an overwhelming response against the call, we are pleased to announce these fellowships for the third consecutive year 2009-10.

Young researchers under 40 years of age can apply for the IUSSTF Research Fellowships to carry out research in frontier areas of science & technology at any premier institution in USA upto a period of 12 months.

More information about the fellowship along with application guidelines and e-brochure is available at: The application deadline is 31 December 2009.

Source of Information :

Monsoon Mission holds Technical Cooperation with NOAA

posted Nov 9, 2010, 8:22 PM by gibies george

US President Barack Obama’s visit has taken forward the country's "Monsoon Mission", in which Pune's Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) will play a key role. On Saturday, officials inked a pact under which India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences will tie up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US, to design a weather prediction model to improve Indian monsoon forecasts. The model is set to be operational next monsoon.

“The agreement has been formalised in Delhi through the President's representative in New Delhi where IITM, Pune, will play a key role,” said Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Swati Basu. The 'Technical Cooperation for the Study of Dynamical Seasonal Prediction of Indian Summer Monsoon Rainfall' was on the cards but was formalised with Obama’s visit. It was signed by NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco and Secretary, MoES, Shailesh Nayak.

Source : Indian Express ( )

International SOLAS summer school

posted Nov 1, 2010, 2:15 AM by gibies george   [ updated Nov 1, 2010, 2:25 AM ]

There is now less than 3 weeks left to complete applications for the
5^th International SOLAS summer school.
*Application deadline is 15^th November 2010.
*To apply visit

Please encourage students and colleagues to apply.
Click here
to download the summer school advertisement (figure on the right).

The school will bring together over 70 students and 15 world leading
international scientists, in a variety of fields, for a combination of
lectures and practical workshops, from the 29^th August to the 10^th
September 2011.

Further information about the school can be found at

Best wishes

School student creates robot having emotional intelligence

posted Nov 1, 2010, 12:14 AM by gibies george   [ updated Nov 1, 2010, 12:21 AM ]

A scene from Disney/PIXAR's animated movie

A scene from Disney/PIXAR's animated movie "Wall-E". A 12th standard student had developed a robot having emotional intelligence. He said that his ‘iTalk’ although has no sci-fi movie connection but it bears resemblance to the 2008 Walt Disney produced science fiction film WALL-E. File Photo

This robot may not have a Rajnikanth-like image, but the model created by a 17-year-old Doon School student possesses emotional intelligence and can even dish out answers for unexpected questions with the help of the internet.

The 3-dimension Robo ‘iTalk’, an award winning working model, talks in English, lisps like a human and understands human moods of happiness and anger with the help of unique programmed algorithms and a ‘software development kit’ offered by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US.

“The iTalk is a robot capable of communication in a manner similar to humans. Technically, his functional construct also emulates the basic blueprint of the human body. By interpreting data in the same manner we do, he is able to emulate human behavioural tendencies,” Arjun, a class-12 student at the Doon School, said.

“He (the robot) is an intelligent module, able to take decisions on his own, learning from past experiences,” he added.

Once developed to an advanced stage, the Robo can be used for interface with children and humans for counselling and other purposes, he said.

The ‘iTalk’ Robo can distinguish between different humans with an accuracy of 97.68 per cent as it is enabled with a stereoscopic vision and face recognition software.

“The speech analysis software put inside it enables it to differentiate between different pitches and voice samples,” Arjun, who displayed his creation during his school’s 75th founder’s day celebrations, recently, said.

Arjun, who was assisted by his junior Sookrit Malik from class 10th in the project, now plans to take the Robo to international innovation forums and get a larger technical assistance from institutes like the MIT.

The students have put an initial investment of Rs 70,000 in the project which was funded by the school.

The ‘iTalk’ although has no sci-fi movie connection but it bears resemblance to the 2008 Walt Disney produced science fiction film WALL-E, in which the computer is designed to clean up a waste covered Earth sometime in the future, Arjun said.

“For each new person it meets, it creates a new profile, logging all information. This allows it to carry out various tasks such as having a conversation, and as soon as it is told something which is not already stored, it logs on to the internet and gets the information and also saves it,” he said.

The ‘iTalk’ stands 2.5-feet tall, has two eyes as webcameras, a speaker for the mouth and a track system for legs.

Source :

Indian Science Congress 2011

posted Oct 12, 2010, 10:25 PM by gibies george   [ updated Oct 13, 2010, 12:35 AM ]

Five Nobel Laureates and several eminent scientists from across the world are expected to participate in the 98th edition of the Indian Science Congress (ISC) to be held at Chennai Jan 3-7, 2011. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the 98th annual Indian Science Congress to be held at SRM University, Kattankulathur, Chennai.

General President K.C. Pandey announced that “Quality Education and Excellence in Scientific Research in Indian Universities” will be The theme of the Indian Science Congress 2011.

Queried about the ISC 2011’s theme being similar to that of ISC 2009 held at Shillong `Science Education and Attraction of Talent for Excellence in Research’, Pandey said: “The focus of the ensuing event will be on how universities can improve and contribute. We have been saying this for the past several years and even in earlier editions of ISC.”

According to him, though India has the third largest higher education sector in the world, it has not been able to keep pace with the knowledge explosion.

He said higher quality of science education and excellence in scientific research in Indian universities is the key to success if the country has to become a knowledge superpower.

The innovations and challenges in science and technology required to solve societal problems are quite complex and demanding. There is a need to make radical changes in our educational system and our approach to scientific research, Pandey added.

Official website for ISC 2011 is launched already.

Sources : 

Ranking of Engineering Institutions in India

posted Oct 11, 2010, 5:00 AM by gibies george   [ updated Oct 11, 2010, 5:16 AM ]

 Dr. Gagan Prathap and Dr. BM Gupta,  the authors of the article published in the Current Science magazine, had basically identified the total publication output of Indian engineering colleges from SCOPUS, the popular database for the last 10 years. Jadhavpur University, Anna University, CUSAT are the Universities which make there position in top 10 along with IITs and IISc. 

 RANK Institution Output
 1 IISc, Bangalore 12951
 2 IIT Kharagpur 7370
 3 IIT Bombay 7228
 4 IIT Delhi 6520
 5 IIT Kanpur 6234
 6 IIT Madras 5715
 7 Jadavpur University 4807
 8 Anna University 3687
 9 IIT Roorkee 3471
 10Cochin University of Science and Technolog 1625

Source :
Team Careers360 published a report (on May 31, 2010) based on a article published in the Current Science magazine.

Image transmission through an opaque material

posted Sep 29, 2010, 9:33 PM by gibies george   [ updated Sep 29, 2010, 10:00 PM ]

Nature Journal have published a new article entitled "Image transmission through an opaque material". The article reveals the idea of a new technology which can be used for seeing through the opaque media. This invention is capable to bring a booming development in the Medical Science, Radiology and Remote Sensing. A group of French Scientists (Sébastien Popoff, Geoffroy Lerosey, Mathias Fink, Albert Claude Boccara & Sylvain Gigan) are the inventors of this new technology. 

Artificial Mudbank to protect coast

posted Sep 23, 2010, 12:21 AM by gibies george

മംഗലാപുരത്ത് ജിയോളജിക്കല്‍ സര്‍വേ ഓഫ് ഇന്ത്യയിലെ ശാസ്ത്രജ്ഞരായ ദിനേശ് എ.സിയും ജയപ്രകാശ് സി.യുമാണ് തീരം സംരക്ഷിച്ച് കൃത്രിമ ചാകര തീര്‍ക്കാമെന്ന കണ്ടെത്തലുമായി രംഗത്ത് വന്നിട്ടുള്ളത്.

കണ്ടെത്തലിന് കേന്ദ്ര ഖനിമന്ത്രാലയത്തിന്റെ അംഗീകാരം ലഭിച്ചാല്‍ കൃത്രിമ തിരമാല സൃഷ്ടിച്ച് പരീക്ഷണം പ്രദര്‍ശിപ്പിക്കാനാണ് ഇരുവരും ഒരുങ്ങുന്നത്. ഇത് അംഗീകരിക്കപ്പെട്ടാല്‍ തീരക്കടലില്‍ ചാകര തീര്‍ക്കാനും തീരം സംരക്ഷിക്കാനുമാകും.

1950 കള്‍ മുതല്‍ ചാകരയുടെ രഹസ്യം തേടാന്‍ സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ ഏജന്‍സികള്‍ ലക്ഷങ്ങള്‍ മുടക്കുന്നുണ്ട്. മണ്‍സൂണ്‍ കാലത്ത് തീരക്കടലില്‍ അടിയുന്ന ചെളിമൂലം തിര നശിക്കുകയും അവിടേക്ക് ചെമ്മീന്‍ അടക്കമുള്ള മീന്‍ കൂട്ടത്തോടെ എത്തുന്നതുമാണ് മലയാളിയുടെ ചാകരക്കാഴ്ച. മീറ്ററുകളോളം ഉയരത്തില്‍ ചെളിക്കെട്ടുണ്ടാകുന്നതിനാല്‍ തിര നശിക്കുന്നതാണ് ചാകരയ്ക്ക് പിന്നിലെ രഹസ്യമെന്ന് ശാസ്ത്രജ്ഞനായ ദിനേശ് വിശദീകരിക്കുന്നു. ഈ സാഹചര്യം കൃത്രിമമായി സൃഷ്ടിക്കാമെന്നാണ് കണ്ടെത്തല്‍. അതിലൂടെ ചാകരക്കാലം കൂട്ടാനും തീരത്തേക്കുള്ള തിരയുടെ ആക്രമണം കുറയ്ക്കാനുമാകും.

സംസ്ഥാന സര്‍ക്കാരിന്റെ കൂടി സമ്മര്‍ദ്ദമുണ്ടായാല്‍ കേന്ദ്രാനുമതിയോടെ പരീക്ഷണം നടപ്പാക്കാനാകുമെന്നാണ് കൊച്ചി സര്‍വകലാശാലയില്‍നിന്ന് മറൈന്‍ ജിയോളജിയില്‍ ബിരുദാനന്തരബിരുദം നേടി 22 വര്‍ഷങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് മുമ്പ് ജിയോളജിക്കല്‍ സര്‍വേയിലെത്തിയ ഈ സഹപാഠികളുടെ പ്രതീക്ഷ.

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