News 2011

Demand for software in astronomy growing

In an article in The Hindu Business Line, Prof. Shrinivas Kulkarni, Infosys Prize Physical Sciences Jury Chair, highlighted the job options available to software professionals in alternate fields like astronomy. He is quoted stating "Twenty years ago, if you got into electronics, you could do research. Software is today in the same boat".

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CCMB scientist rewarded for path-breaking work

In an article in The Times of India, Dr. Imran Siddiqi, Infosys Prize 2011 Life Sciences Laureate explains his pathbreaking work and is quoted stating "Apomixis can be introduced not only in food crops but also in vegetable plants. We have shown that it is possible to get genetically identical seeds in all respects. So, from what is cultivated, the farmer can use the same seeds to get the consistently rich crops".

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India's unrealized human potential

In "their views" section of the Mint, Prof. Pradeep Khosla, Jury Chair for the Infosys Prize for Engineering and Computer Science, emphasizes on the need for India to optimize its intellectual assets and thereafter creating sustainable economic development.

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Astronomy on a resurgent path in India

This article in The Indian Express, by Prof. Shrinivas Kulkarni, Infosys Prize Physical Sciences Jury Chair, outlines how with the Indian government pushing for participation in several international projects, astronomy is witnessing resurgence in India. The article also highlights some of the work being undertaken by Prof. Kulkarni in partnership with the Indian universities and the government.

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The Bold and the Fruitful

Prof. Avinash Dixit

In an article in the Times of India, Prof. Avinash Dixit, Juror of the Social Sciences Category for 2011 and Professor Emeritus of Economics at Princeton University, states that a well-designed research institute will create channels to identify, encourage and nurture promising mavericks, giving them a real chance to prove themselves. It will provide resources to pursue novel approaches and experiment at the initiative of the persons or groups that come up with ideas, while being ruthless about terminating projects that fail to live up to their initial promise after a reasonable amount of time.

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Enabling India to Shine in the World of Science

Mr. Narayana Murthy

Competitions in scientific and mathematical thinking will encourage the youth to think critically and independently with a research-oriented mindset, is a gist of what Mr. Narayana Murthy, Trustee of the ISF and Chairman Emeritus of Infosys Limited said in an article published in The Hindu.

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ICGEB cracks malaria puzzle: Is onto the first viable vaccine

An article in BioSpectrum focused on how after years of intensive research, the research group at ICGEB headed by Dr. Chetan Chitnis, Infosys Prize 2010 Life Sciences Laureate, cracked the puzzle on processes involved in invasion of malaria parasite in red blood cells thereby streamlining the development of first viable vaccine against malaria.

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