IISc chalks out plans to
be among top 50 varsities
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has chalked out several programmes
to break into the top 50 rankings of world universities, according
to its director Dr Anurag Kumar.
the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the
IISc has been ranked between 301 and 400. In individual fields
like mathematics, however, it has been ranked better, between
151 and 200.
IISc has now formed a committee to look into international ranking.
The institute’s senate had discussed the matter earlier, Kumar
spoke about various steps to improve the IISc’s status in the
world. Increasing connection with well-placed and successful
alumni, attracting international faculty and students and rapid
upscaling of infrastructure are some of these steps.
a means to better connect with the alumni, the IISc has established
a new alumni affairs unit and already hired two development
officers. A new portal for alumni engagement has also been created,
IISc director maintained that funding constraints in research
have stopped India from achieving greatness in the field of
science. While research spending in the US is three per cent
of the GDP and about two per cent in China, it’s just one per
cent in India, he pointed out.
Nano park coming up in Bengaluru
A Rs. 100-crore nano park, complete with an incubation centre
and an institute for nano science, will take shape on the outskirts
of Bengauru. It is being funded by the Union government’s Nano
Mission, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced here on Thursday.
the two-day Bangalore India Nano 2013, Mr. Siddaramaiah said
the State had provided 14 acres of land on Tumkur Road for the
park, which is meant to catalyse new businesses and innovators.
invited nanotechnology industries and entrepreneurs from India
and abroad to set up their businesses in the park.
Chief Minister urged scientists to use nanotechnology — the
science of ultra-small materials one-millionth of a millimetre
— to solve common problems, and said the State will consider
increasing the outlay for nanotech and other science initiatives.
“I call upon scientists to come up with tangible nanotechnology-based
solutions for food security, energy, water purification, medicine
and healthcare as well as waste management,” Mr. Siddaramaiah
said, while addressing several hundred scientists, academics
and entrepreneurs. Sir Andre Geim, joint Nobel Prize 2010 winner
for his research in nano carbon called grapheme, was among the
key people present at the event.
Rao, the force behind the event and Honorary President of the
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, said
two of the top national institutions to have contributed to
nanoscience and technology, namely the Indian Institute of Science
and JNCASR, are both in Bangalore.
called for continued funding of nano science, a difficult and
complicated area for research.
Bengaluru population booms
to 96 lakh
The population of Bangalore grew by about 30 lakh in 10 years,
but its social indicators nosedived. The Primary Abstract of
the Census of India 2011, released on Thursday, puts the city's
population at 96,21,551 — a growth of 47.18% during 2001-2011.
city has the lowest sex ratio of 916 women to 1,000 men, while
Udupi has the highest: 1,094.
also has the lowest work participation rate (WPR) among women,
and ranks 14th in the state's 30 districts child sex ratio.
24 women out of 100 in Bangalore go to work. Chitradurga has
the highest WPR of 41.9. Of the 96.21 lakh populace, only 11.31
lakh women were found employed for a year before the enumeration
was done on March 1, 2011.
Bill to trifurcate Bangalore University
Karnataka State Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2015, was tabled
in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday to bring reforms in the
governance and administration of the Bangalore University (BU)
and improve academic quality by trifurcating BU.
Bill said that the Bangalore University will continue with the
campus at Jnanabharathi with jurisdiction over the areas of
15 Legislative Assembly constituencies of Bengaluru Urban and
Rural and Ramanagaram districts.
new university called Bangalore Central University, which would
be established as an affiliate would have its headquarters as
Bangalore Central College campus with territorial jurisdiction
over the areas of the 13 Assembly constituencies of Bangalore
new university called Bangalore North University, which would
be established as an affiliating university with headquarters
at Jangamkote (Sidalagahatta taluk) (temporary camp office at
Kolar PG Centre) with territorial jurisdiction of 17 constituencies
in Bengaluru Urban, and Rural, Chikkaballapur, and Kolar districts.
proposed legislation would incur an expenditure of Rs. 10 crore,
the Bill said.
Government would appoint a Special officer for taking steps
to establish the Bangalore Central and North Universities.