VISAKHAPATNAM: The elite group of top Indian scientists, particularly in the field of life sciences, appreciated the success story of ISRO-MANGALYAN project during the inaugural of the Department of Science and Technology’s Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) annual meeting at GITAM University Thursday.
The SERB group, consisting of top scientists from different research centres like All India Institute of Medical Sciences, CCMB, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, IIT-Kanpur, Department of Medical Endocrinology, School of Life Sciences-Hyderabad, Guru Nanak Dev University, Department of Crop Physiology, University of Jammu, University of Calicut, Bose Institute, Department of Plant Molecular Biology and Department of Molecular Reproduction-IISc, met here to discuss research projects submitted by young scientists in life sciences.
Inaugurating the meeting, chairman Jitendra P Khurana said that the ISRO scientists made a remarkable step in the field of space technology and proved to be a great inspiration for others. The DST-SERB was committed to supporting basic research, and encouraging young scientists in the country, he added.
GITAM president MVVS Murthy observed that offering science courses in universities was a big challenge because the programs need sophisticated equipment and chemicals. Financial support from the DST and other agencies to varsities would encourage the concerned departments and young scholars to enter the field, he pointed out.
GITAM vice-chancellor G Subrahmanayam said that the varsity is actively engaged in 157 research projects and that 18 faculty members received young scientist fast track projects. The Centre sanctioned a major project to the varsity to monitor water quality in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states, he informed.
What is SERB?
The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) is a statutory body established through an Act of Parliament. Supporting basic research in emerging areas of Science and Engineering are the primary and distinctive mandates of the Board. The Board structure, with both financial and administrative powers vested in it, would enable quicker decisions on research issues, thereby greatly improving responsiveness to the genuine needs of research scientists.