L.S.Shashidhara | 07 OCT 2009 | filed under : Education

Integrating research with undergraduate teaching : a personal recount
L.S. SHASHIDHARAfrom IISER Pune gives his personal recount "Purely from the academic point of view, I have always been inclined to spend more and more time in undergraduate teaching"..

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Maithili Jog | 07 OCT 2009 | filed under : Education

The ‘Science Katta’ at Pune: catching them young
It’s Tuesday of any week. It is about five minutes to six in the evening at the Department of Biotechnology at Abasaheb Garware College in Pune. All the classes are over by now. Most students have dispersed calling it a day.

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Obaid Siddiqi | 10 OCT 2009 | filed under : Education

The Kerala Meeting

The young investigator meeting in Kerala, last February, organized by Ronald Vale (UCSF), Sandhya Kaushika (NCBS), and Mukund Thattai (NCBS) was an unusual event. The idea behind the meeting was to bring together a group of young Indian biologists in USA and Europe....

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V. Ramakrishnan | MAY 17 2010 | filed under: Education

From Chidambaram to Cambridge:  A life in science

Since the Chemistry prize had been awarded for biological work the previous year, I was confident that it would not be awarded for the ribosome that year.

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K. Guruswamy | 17 JUN 2010 | filed under: Education

The Exciting Science Group, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune

K. Guruswamy introducing the "Exciting Science Group", which aims to connect scientists with high school students and teachers in Pune.

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Urmi S. Bajpai | 21 Jun 2010 | filed under: Education

Research Experiences for College Students

Acquiring knowledge from text books and the teachers has been the mainstay of the undergraduate education in India. But doing things on your own builds scientific temperament and innovative thinking.

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Swati Patankar | 29 MAR 2011 | filed under : Education

Scientist and Teacher

When I am asked where I work and reply “IIT Bombay” the most common question that follows is “What do you teach?”.  To this I inevitably reply “Molecular biology and microbiology, but my lab does research on malaria”.

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MC Arunan | 29 MAR 2011 | filed under : Education

University-Institute Interactions: How will it Improve Undergraduate Biology Training in India?

How can one harness the collective intellectual resources and facilities in India to provide high quality education in the life sciences for college students?

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Chandni Gurrusrikar & Vidut Jauhari

In the year 1952 with a view to preserve the fauna of India, particularly to take urgent steps to prevent extinction of any species, the Government of India established an Indian Board of Wild Life (IBWL).  The Board has since been doing pioneering work to arouse public consciousness in favour of wildlife preservation.

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G. P. Manjunath and Farhat Habib

ENCODE – The first flag on a new frontier

G.P.Manjunath and Farhat Habib

For the data junkies among us Christmas came early this year! Five years after the first set of publications the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) consortium has released a comprehensive analysis of the human epigenome. The project that kicked off in 2003, released data sets from the pilot phase in mid 2007. In June of that year, a paper detailing the analysis of functional elements in 1% of the human genome was published in Nature with 36 other papers in Genome Research. Just over 5 years later, the ENCODE project reported a similar analysis of the entire human genome in 30 publications across 3 journals.

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