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The uninvited bacteria!

In 1928 the world celebrated the invention of penicillin by the British scientist Alexander Fleming and rightly so, as it brought about a revolution in the field of medicine and enabled treating life-threatening diseases like pneumococcal pneumonia, meningitis, etc. Unfortunately today, with growing strains of bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics, the world once again stands on a battle-field to counter-attack the enemy – the uninvited bacteria! Earlier this … Read more »The uninvited bacteria!

Anti-microbial resistance research at JNCASR

Anti-microbial resistance (AMR) is a huge concern globally and the day when common ailments and minor injuries can kill someone is not far away. The recent WHO report (AMR Global Report on Surveillance) also provides data on the very high rates of resistance in common bacteria such as E.coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus. These bacteria are known to cause common health-care associated and community-acquired infections. You may read more … Read more »Anti-microbial resistance research at JNCASR

A remote ingredient spicing the new emerging India

Until October 2011, when I was an enthusiastic researcher, all that attracted my attention was to publish research in high impact factor journals. Thereafter, to taste something different, I joined Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) where my major task was to disseminate information on various research funding opportunities for young and established Indian researchers. In this new role, I had the privilege to interact with the Indian scientific community, wearing the hat … Read more »A remote ingredient spicing the new emerging India

India Budget – new plans in R&D infrastructure and a lot more

The recently announced federal budget by the newly elected Government of India has unveiled a slew of initiatives to boost growth of India’s scientific capabilities. The focus is particularly on improvement of agricultural productivity, biotech clusters, capacity creation in health and education, clean energy initiatives and development of water resources and river conservation. Most of these plans are well aligned with the current thinking on UK-India strategic research partnership which … Read more »India Budget – new plans in R&D infrastructure and a lot more

UK’s capabilities in additive manufacturing and 3D printing

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Last week (July 7-10), I led a 7-member Indian delegation of manufacturing experts from the academia and industry to the UK for meetings and site visits in Nottingham, London, and Coventry. I collaborated with my colleague, Leena Arora, to deliver this event, which was the third in the series of manufacturing-themed workshops that I’ll be leading on in 2014. Watch this space for updates on upcoming workshops! We participated in … Read more »UK’s capabilities in additive manufacturing and 3D printing

Medical research in Puducherry

Set on the outskirts of Puducherry, the former French colony which retains a significant Gallic flavour and hosts some seriously warm weather at this time of year, is the Jawaharal Nehru Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER). I visited the institute earlier in the month with my colleague, Vimal Subramanian, to understand what they do and explore potential for more collaboration between JIPMER and UK partners. Of course, … Read more »Medical research in Puducherry

Science is child’s play at IUCAA

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Recently, I visited the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) in Pune, with my colleague Vishakha Chandhere who is based in Pune. As a Bangalorean, I was struck by how similar Pune and Bangalore felt – both cantonment towns with a significant military presence, relatively cooler than their surrounds, lots of trees and a seemingly more laid back approach to life compared to the bustle of Mumbai or Delhi. … Read more »Science is child’s play at IUCAA

Prospects of UK-India collaborative partnerships in distributed manufacturing

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Last week (16-19 June), I led a 4-member delegation of Indian manufacturing experts from the IITs and IISc to the UK for a 4-day programme on manufacturing. The visit kicked off with a one-day UK-India workshop on distributed manufacturing in London, jointly organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Indian National Academy of Engineering. The engaging workshop, steered by experts and policy influencers from each country, witnessed active participation … Read more »Prospects of UK-India collaborative partnerships in distributed manufacturing

UK-India civil nuclear collaboration – phase III

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Last week, I spent two days (11-12 June) with nuclear scientists from the UK and India at Oxford. The meeting, facilitated by RCUK India and co-organised by the EPSRC and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), was held to outline proposals for joint research projects under the Phase III programme of UK-India collaboration in civil nuclear research. A six-member Indian delegation representing the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Indira Gandhi … Read more »UK-India civil nuclear collaboration – phase III

3D printing – the future of manufacturing?

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Additive Manufacturing (also known as direct-digital-manufacture, generative manufacture or 3D Printing) is one of the most exciting emergent technologies available to global industry today, allowing companies to manufacture ever more complex and optimized products and components at very low unit volumes. 3D Printing has taken the media by storm, causing a mixture of knowing nods, eye rolling, excitement and also opportunity for those that have been using the technology for … Read more »3D printing – the future of manufacturing?