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Australia gives AU$ 1.1 million scholarships for Indian research students
Hindustan Times (Online), 13 April 2017

Senator Simon Birmingham, education and training minister, Australian government, has awarded a three-year tuition fee waiver scholarship to 11 Indian students, worth AU $ 1.1 million. He made the announcement during a visit to the TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre (TDNBC) in Gurgaon.

The scholarships have been awarded to the PhD students engaged in research programmes at the TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre in Gurgaon. They are currently enrolled at Deakin University under the Deakin India Research Initiative (DIRI), which was launched in India in 2009. DIRI builds on Deakin University’s world-leading expertise in material sciences, nanotechnology and biotechnology.

While addressing the gathering at TDNBC, Birmingham said, “The TERI Deakin Nano Biotechnology Centre facility is not incredible because we are commissioning bricks and mortar, it’s incredible because of the brains, the students, the knowledge that is embedded within the facility, and the potential that they (students) are going to realise in so many different ways.”

Under the programme, each student will get a full tuition fee waiver from Deakin University of up to an amount of approximately AU$ 100, 000 for a period of three years. The students will travel to Deakin University, Australia, for six to eight months during their PhD to work closely with their Deakin supervisor.

Elaborating on the scholarship programme, Professor Jane den Hollander, AO, VC Deakin University said,” The three-year scholarship programme is predominantly designed to equip the best of the talent with advanced research facilities. Under this programme, Deakin University and TERI will provide joint supervision to the students. TDNBC envisions meeting the demand for a global, skilled workforce in nanobiotechnology.”

Students selected for the programme include Devangana Bhuyan, Poonam Shashidhar, Mohd Azeem Khan, Rahul Chandra Mishra, Gaurav Chugh, Tanuka Sen, Nandini Bhattacharya, Shifali Garg, Amos Samkumar Rajan and Aditi Pandit. Bhuyan has completed her masters in Biotechnology from Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore. She also has more than three years of work experience in government sponsored research as senior research fellow. Shashidhar is a graduate from Savitribai Phule Pune University who has specialised in biotechnology . Her research interests are plant molecular biology, plant stress physiology and plant biochemistry. Khan has completed his masters in engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani. He is also a rank holder in Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-NET-Life Sciences, 2016. Mishra, an MSc-life sciences student from the National Institute of Technology Rourkela has been a senior research fellow at the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) and has interests in immunological and cell biological techniques, molecular genetics techniques and microbiological techniques. Chugh, who holds a master’s degree in Botany from Delhi University has worked as a student research assistant in a Delhi University-funded innovation project on soil pollution. Sen is a post graduate in microbiology from University of Delhi, south Campus. Her current research interests include immunology and antibiotics resistance in microbes, bioremediation techniques, pathology , various aspects of molecular therapeutics especially regarding cancer and HIV-AIDS pathologies. Bhattacharya, a master’s in biochemistry from Allahabad Agricultural Institute, has worked with several reputed research institutes such as the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University . Garg has pursued her MSc environmental studies from Delhi University and was awarded a junior research fellowship in 2016. Rajan is from Karunya University and has worked in the molecular plant immunity laboratory,National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. Thakkar is a post graduate in botany from Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi. Her interests include plant science and agriculture. Pandit graduated in plant biotechnology from TERI University, New Delhi and has been working with TERI in Mycorrhiza Culture Collection .

Giving more details of the awards, Dr. Ajay Mathur, director general, TERI, said, “Within five years, the Centre aims to have a number of researchers, including PhD students, enrolled at Deakin. With its cutting edge technology at the disposal of these bright minds, this Centre will help India make a mark on the global map for building new capabilities and bringing new innovations in the field of science and technology”.
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Applied knowledge
The Times of India (Education Times), 20 March 2017

KANIKA DHIMAN: Final year, MSc Environmental Studies and Resource Management (ESRM), TERI University, Delhi

With growing concerns for the environment, it is necessary to be up-to-date with the happenings in this field and help society to develop. Education is the means to spread awareness about climate change, resource management and other issues. That is why I decided to study these topics. Before signing up for the MSc Environmental Studies and Resource Management (ESRM) course, I talked to alumni to understand the industry demand for such degrees. I received positive feedback. The interdisciplinary course opens the gates of many organisations. Being a chemistry graduate(Gargi College, University of Delhi), I could relate to the course.

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I opted for the programme in 2015. The curriculum is more practical than theoretical, merging all fields of science. It is split into four semesters with two projects -minor and major to be undertaken by each student in an organisation or NGO or by research or independent study. The syllabus comprises core courses with elementary knowledge of domains such as ecology, environmental lab, environmental geosciences, and so on. Along with the core courses, a block course on research methodology is taught. The first semester is about developing a foundation for environmental studies. We read environmental law and policy, ecology, environmental geosciences, introduction to sustainable development, environmental chemistry and microbiology as elementary subjects. In the second semester, we studied hydrology, geoinformatics, air quality manage ment, water quality management, environmental health and risk assessment, and other topics.

The fourth semester is the practical aspect of what we study in previous semesters. There is no classroom study in this semester. The student is supposed to take a major project for four to six months in an organisation to work on hisher research thesis.
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Narmada Seva Yatra – A Social Movement: Chief Minister Shri Chouhan’s Resolve Overwhelms TERI Varsity Students
mpinfo.org (Online, Bhopal), 4 March 2017

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the Narmada Seva Yatra has become a social movement. Campaigns like drug deaddiction, save trees,Beti-Bachao-Beti Padhao etc. have also been launched alongside. He saidthat campaign for conservation of other rivers will also be launched in future.

Shri Chouhan was talking to a group of students from the TERI (The Energy Research Institute) University at his residence today. These students had come to take part in the Narmada Seva Yatra. They undertook a study on the changes in social behaviour of those residing on the banks of the river Narmada following the Narmada Seva Yatra.

The students lauded the efforts of the Chief Minister aided by the support of people towards water conservation, drug deaddiction, diversion of sewage water from the river, renovation work and provision of education for talented children. Sharing their experiences of the Narmada Seva Yatra with the Chief Minister the students said that a new awareness is being created among the rural society towards the environment.
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