|Two Prestigious National
Research Fellowships Instituted For Scientific Research
The Government has instituted two National
Research Fellowships- Ramanujan Fellowship and J.C. Bose Fellowships
to give a boost to scientific research in the country. Announcing
this at a press conference here today, the Minister for Science
and Technology and Ocean Development, Shri Kapil Sibal said
that the Ramanujan Fellowships are meant to attract brilliant
scientists and engineers from all over the world to take up
scientific research positions in the country. There will be
a bank of such Fellowships which will be operated by the Department
of Science and Technology. The Fellowships are scientist-specific,
very selective and will have close academic monitoring. The
value of the Fellowship will be Rs.50,000/- per month. In
addition, each Fellow will receive a contingency of Rs.5 lakhs
per annum. The term of the Fellowship will be initially for
five years and the Fellows could work in any of the institutions
and universities in the country. For those, who continue as
Fellows after a period of three years, the Fellowship value
will be increased to Rs.60,000/- per month for the last two
years. The Ramanujan Fellows would be eligible for regular
research grants from various S&T agencies.
The availability of Ramanujan Fellowships will
be advertised in order to receive nominations from institutions
or applications of individuals through the host institutions.
All areas of science (in the broadest terms) will be covered
by this Fellowship scheme. Selections of Ramanujan Fellows
will be made periodically by Search and Selection Committee
specially appointed for the purpose.
The J.C. Bose National Fellowships are meant
to recognize active, performing scientists and engineers in
the country who are below the age of 60 years. The Department
of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India will
administer the Fellowship scheme. The Fellowships are scientist
specific, very selective and will have close academic monitoring.
The J.C. Bose Fellows will be provided a Fellowship of Rs.20,000/-
per month in addition to their regular income. A small contingency
of Rs.5 lakhs per annum will be provided towards conference
participation and other expenses. The Fellowship will be for
a term of five years initially. The availability of J.C. Bose
Fellowships will be advertised to receive nominations. All
areas of Science (in the broadcast terms) will be covered.
Selection of Fellows will be made periodically by a Search
and Selection Committee appointed for the purpose.
Shri Sibal also revealed that the phase-I
clinical trial of two candidate Rota Viral Diarrhoea vaccines-116E
and I321 specific to India have been completed in adults,
children and infants. The trial studied the safety and immunogenecity
of the two vaccines. The results revealed that the 116E based
vaccine is safe and provides upto 70% protection with single
dose in infants which may increase to complete protection
with 2-3 doses. The two vaccines have been jointly developed
under Indo-US Vaccine Action Programme by Dr. M.K. Bhan, Dr.
Pratima Ray of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New
Delhi and Dr. Nita Bhandari of Society for Applied Studies,
New Delhi in collaboration with Dr. Roger I. Glass, Centre
for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, USA and Dr.
C. Durga Rao of Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore in
collaboration with Dr. Harry Greenberg of Stanford University,
USA respectively. For phase-II and III clinical trials M/s.
Bharat Biotech International Limited, Hyderabad has produced
proto-type vaccine under cGMP conditions to ensure that sufficient
quantities are made available.
Source : Ministry
of Science & Technology
Date : August 05, 2005