Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Rajya Sabha Q & A on NISER
MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION
UNSTARRED QUESTION N0.450
TO BE ANSWERED ON 27-11-2006
Institute at Orissa
t450. SHRI RUDRA NARAYAN PANY:
Will the Minister of HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is National Institute of Science (N.I.S.) or Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (U.S.E.R) or something else what the hon'ble Prime
Minister declared about of late in the month of August. during his visit to Orissa;
(b) whether the hon'ble Prime Minister laid the thundation stone of any building in this regard; and
(c) what is the amount to be incurred on this project and by when this institute will be built?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE
(a) Hon'ble Prime Minister visited Institute of Physics at Bhubaneswar on 28 th
August, 2006 and declared setting up of a National Institute of Science Education
& Research (NISER)at Bhubaneswar.
(b) No, Sir.
(c) The approximate expenditure for setting up of the Project, to be spread over a
period of seven years, will be. to the tune of Rs. 560.00 crores. All efforts are
being made to start the first academic session from July, 2007.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Bill expected to be passed in the winter session of Parliament, says C.N.R Rao
THINK TANK: Chairman of Advisory Council to Prime Minister C.N.R Rao talking to Gen (Retd) K.V. Krishna Rao at the Nayudamma Memorial Lecture on Tuesday.
HYDERABAD: The National Science Foundation, being set up with an annual funding of Rs.1,000 crores to give a fillip to research and support institutes of excellence, is expected to begin functioning in April next.
Eminent scientist C.N.R. Rao told reporters on Tuesday, after delivering the `Dr. Y. Nayudamma Memorial Lecture' at the Administrative Staff College of India, that the Bill on the foundation was expected to be passed in the winter session of Parliament.
The Government has given the nod for establishing five centres on the lines of the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore. Two are to be set up this year in Kolkata and in Punjab with an investment of Rs. 500 crores each. Another IISc-type institute would come up in the South next year, followed by one in Central India in 2008.
Prof. Rao, who is the Chairman of the Science Advisory Council for the Prime Minister, stated that the council had recommended increased investment in education, to 6 per cent of the GDP, and to 2 per cent in science. The salaries of scientists needed to be improved to get best talent.
Delivering the lecture, he expressed concern at the decline in the country's contribution to world science from 8 to 10 per cent 15 years ago to 2.7 per cent now. "Unless we buck up, we will be in a worst situation", he warned. India's contribution was less than one per cent in the top one per cent of the cited research publications, while those from the US accounted for 63 per cent.
While universities had in the past contributed 50 to 60 per cent of the research, their share now had dwindled to a mere 5 per cent. The quantity of research produced by IITs was "pathetic". Prof. Rao observed that pre-eminence in science would determine pre-eminence in technology.
[ 23 Nov, 2006 0029hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]
NEW DELHI: In what could be a major boost to aspiring architects and those keen to pursue pure sciences, Planning Commission has given in-principle agreement for two more schools of planning and architecture and an equal number of Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research(IISER).
The plan panel's move would also come as a relief to those fearing that OBC reservation would limit opportunities for general category students. While giving the green signal for more SPAs and IISERs, Planning Commission rejected the HRD ministry’s proposal to set up 20 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) in the 11th Plan. The panel reasoned that such initiatives should come through public-private partnership.
In case of SPA also, the ministry had proposed four more institutes but the panel felt two would be enough in the next plan. However, the commission agreed with HRD ministry's demand for two more IISERs. Two IISERs are already functioning in Pune and Kolkata and a third is coming up near Chandigarh.
The two new IISERs will come up in central and south India. Locations have not yet been decided. "This will ensure that five IISERs are in place by the next plan. It will encourage science education and in the long run, will make up for the shortfall of qualified teachers for IITs and other engineering colleges," an official said.