Sci-ROI Connect
Volume 21 | Apr 20, 2022
Sci-ROI Initiative
Sci-ROI is happy to announce that we are organizing an in-depth webinar on "Crafting a Career in Science Communication in India” on April 30, 2022. Join established professionals and recruiters from the field of sci- and med-comm in India in this focused webinar and learn from their experience and career journey.

Learn more and Register here.
SRM-IST (Institute of Science and Technology) is actively looking to host Ramanujan/ RLS/ India Alliance re-entry fellowship potential applicants. The Dean of Research, Dr. Rajiv Janardhanan, will be hosting an informal session on April 22, 2022 at 7:30 PM IST/10 AM US EDT to discuss about SRM-IST’s premier infrastructure and research facilities in medical and engineering domains, and answer any questions that interested Sci-ROI members and potential applicants might have.

For registration, click here.
If you are interested to help the next generation of transitioning Indian diaspora to start their career in India, become a mentor for Return2India Mentorship Program and provide guidance and mentoring to fellow STEM professionals planning to transition to India soon.  You can also sign up as a mentee as someone who might need guidance on how to transition physically to India, set up in a new city, look for collaborative opportunities, and new funding resources.

For more information, click here.
To facilitate cross-sector partnerships and networking in India, Sci-ROI@India launched a collaborative database that will capture the information from all current and independent STEM professionals in India who would be willing to have potential collaborations with academic, industrial, non-academic or non-profit partners.

Established STEM professionals across all disciplines in academia, industry, non-profit and non-academic sectors currently working and residing in India can initiate collaborations with other STEM professionals at their current capacity.

Learn more here.
As part of the “Evolving Trends in India” series, Richa Khanduri, Sci-ROI@Blogs team member, blogs on 'STIP2020: A Step Towards Self-Reliant India'.The global COVID-19 pandemic crisis led India to review its existing Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP). This led to STIP2020 which aims to build a robust Science, Technology, and Innovation ecosystem for an “Atmanirbhar” or self-reliant India. This paves the way for a more sustainable growth including socio-economic development, environmental sustainability, and global competence.

Read more in our latest blog here.

Sci-ROI is inviting members to write blog articles with a focus on STEM sectors in India. We are looking at several ideas such as - New Faculty transition, Established Scientists in Indian academics, Current STEM events, Cutting edge Research in Indian Academia or Industry, Online STEM education, Creative STEM ventures, Start-up stories, Unique Careers and many more.

If you have any idea or unique story which you want to share with our members, please pitch them by writing to us at:
Current Job Opportunities in India
Sci-ROI's job portal is dedicated for helping researchers and Ph.D. scholars accessing job opportunities in India. These job listings are targeted towards research, industry and entrepreneurship that may be of interest to the STEM community. Checkout some new additions to our Job Portal.
Current Affairs
The Quad Fellowship offers a unique combination of financial benefits, cross-cultural exchange, networking, and content programming. Each Quad Fellow will receive a one-time award of $50,000 which can be used for tuition, research, fees, books, room and board, and related academic expenses (e.g., registration fees, research-related travel). All Quad Fellows are eligible to apply for separate demonstrated needs-based funding of up to $25,000 to cover costs related to completing graduate-level studies.

The fellowship will develop a network of science and technology experts committed to advancing innovation and collaboration in the private, public, and academic sectors, in their own nations and among Quad countries. The program will build a foundational understanding among Quad Scholars of one another’s societies and cultures through cohort-wide trips and robust programming with each country’s top scientists, technologists, and politicians.

25 students will be awarded from each QUAD country.

Deadline: June 1, 2022 at 5pm EST

Apply here.
Highlight of the Month
Sci-ROI Global hosted the focussed webinar for the topic "Global & Local Perspectives on Academia-Industry Collaboration" on April 2, 2022. Global leaders from academia-industry interphase and funding agency, participated in this webinar to share their experience and career journey. Several important points such as pros and cons of academia-industry collaborations, role of funding agencies in such ventures and how current ecosystem enables the Indian STEM diaspora from outside to collaborate with Indian industrial partners were discussed.
Watch the video here.
Sci-ROI Global Team is excited to announce that we are coming up with a brand new Podcast series to feature Indian STEM professionals to share their stories with our members. Our team is working closely to present to you a diverse range of episodes such as 'Return to India' stories, Indian science highlights, Women in Indian Science, and much more.

Stay tuned to our social media pages or join us as a member to hear to such inspiring podcasts on the way back home from your work.

Stay tuned!
Interesting Reads
"Over the past years, the AIM has worked to provide an institutional mechanism to integrate innovation activities across the country. Through its programs, it has brought innovation to lakhs of school children. The AIM supported startups have raised 2000+ Crores from the government and private equity investors and have created several thousand jobs. The AIM has also executed several innovation challenges on topics of national interest. Together, the programs of AIM cover 34 states and Union Territories with the goal of leveraging India's demographic dividend by inspiring greater participation in the innovation ecosystem."
The Union Cabinet has approved continuation of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), till March 2023.

For full text, click here.
"The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of India today signed an agreement to establish the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine. This global knowledge centre for traditional medicine, supported by an investment of USD 250 million from the Government of India, aims to harness the potential of traditional medicine from across the world through modern science and technology to improve the health of people and the planet."

Read more here.

Volunteer's Corner
Kaustav is a Ph.D. candidate advised by Prof. Sara E. Skrabalak at Indiana University, majoring in Materials Chemistry. His research is focused on developing novel and durable semiconductor materials for solar energy applications. He collaborates with national and international labs with complementary expertise to gain insights into the atomic scale using advanced electron microscopy and computational tools. He joined the Sci-ROI Global volunteer team in 2022 to help expand the reach of Sci-ROI to a greater and more relevant community in the STEM ecosystem. He manages and assists in Social media handles, Podcasts, and Science outreach activities at Sci-ROI. Outside of the lab, he enjoys hiking and cooking Bengali meals!

Learn more about Kaustav here.
Kalki is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Harvard University, in Boston, Massachusetts. She studies how embryos develop into organisms and how embryonic cells diversify into different types of cells to form functional tissues and organs such as brain, heart, blood, skin, etc. Specifically, she is studying how cell division and differentiation are coordinated during embryo development. She is leveraging single cell sequencing and imaging-based technologies to measure fate choice and differentiation rate.
Kalki always wanted to stay connected to Indian academia and help bridge the gap between science in India and developed countries such as the United States. When she learnt about SCI-ROI, she was excited to contribute towards that. As a volunteer here, she is part of the organizing committee of a webinar on single cell-omics in India and a Vlog on the response of Indian academics to the Covid 19 pandemic. She also helps with editing some of the blogs and managing Sci-ROI’s twitter account.

Learn more about Kalki here.
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