Sci-ROI Connect
Volume 11 | June 21, 2021
Sci-ROI initiative
Sci-ROI has planned for a series of in-depth webinars on early career fellowships for anyone who is looking to transition to Indian academia. These webinars focus on talks from successful grant applicants in Indian Institutes. They will be sharing their grant application process followed by a Panel discussion including representatives from Host Institutes and Funding agencies. If you have any questions on early career transitions or re-entry funding opportunities, these webinars will answer them all!

The first webinar from the series was held in April on DST-Inspire Faculty Fellowship and it very was well received by our members outside and in India aspiring to move into independent academic positions. Now, we are coming up with the next one from the series on DBT Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship scheduled on 24th July 2021. We will soon open the registration for this focused webinar. Stay tuned!
Last month Sci-ROI has organized an in-depth webinar and Panel discussion on "Moving to Industry" for anyone who is looking to transition to Indian industry from an academic position. This webinar featured successful R&D personnel in various Indian companies sharing their experiences on —

  • How to tailor your CV? -highlight your academic, technical and non-technical skills
  • What additional skills to gain? - leadership, commercial awareness, communication skills
  • Interview tips, tricks and background work, and much more!
Listen to this recorded event from the experts panel from Industry on several critical aspects of career transition to an industry position.
Sci-ROI's 2nd virtual recruitment drive is going to happen during June 28th - July 4th, where Indian academic and industrial recruiters will be engaging with the shortlisted candidates in 1-to-1 interviews. The virtual recruitment drive intends to bring together well-qualified Indian STEM professionals residing abroad and recruiters from reputable Indian institutes.

Ten institutes from India - IIT-Gandhinagar, IIT-Roorkee, IIIT-Delhi, Ahmedabad University, Ashoka, Amrita, Plaksha, UPES, GITAM and Cactus are participating in this drive and total 124 candidates have applied for several open positions in these institutes.

Sci-ROI wishes all the very best to all the applicants in securing future academic/industry position of their dream in India.
In the latest blog from the series of Non-traditional careers, Sci-ROI presents Dr. Amitavo Mitra, Associate Partner at the Patent Law Organization, SaiKrishna & Associates. In this video, Dr. Mitra talks with Sci-ROI volunteers (Atul Gopal and Manali Ghosh) about his career journey, his views on a career in patent law in India and advice to the aspiring young research fellows.

Dr Amitavo Mitra is an expert in Patent law with special focus in the biotech, biomedical device(s), and pharma domain. He is experienced in the drafting of patent applications broadly in the biotech domain and the prosecution of patent applications. Learn more from his interview published in our YouTube channel.

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:
Volunteer's Corner
I am a neuroscientist and finished my PhD from Northwestern University, Chicago. I am currently a postdoctoral scholar at Max Planck Florida Institute of Neuroscience and work on understanding how brain connections change with experience. I find it really fascinating that the changes in the neuronal connections or synapses are the basis of learning and remembering relevant information. I specifically work in the brain region called hippocampus and study the synaptic changes that occur during spatial learning.

I learned about Sci-ROI when I attended one of the annual events during my PhD in Chicago and was fascinated with the unfiltered discussions between directors of the top Indian institutes and researchers in the USA about diverse topics like science policies, job opportunities and entrepreneurship support. Since then I have always been a member and have followed the amazing new initiatives Sci-ROI brings every year. I joined Sci-ROI as a volunteer in Feb 2021. My primary role so far has been to help with the monthly newsletter and the blogs on the Sci-ROI website. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with this exceptional team and organize various workshops and events all year round.

Know more about Anant here

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
Winstep Forward, Sci-ROI's parent organization, invites you to an upcoming virtual event- 'Top Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Stories' for aspiring entrepreneurs of any age and nationality. Six businesswomen will share anecdotes about their entrepreneurial journeys and impart advice on how to stay on top of one’s game. Apart from the live webinar sessions, we will provide relevant resources for participants who are beginners, intermediate, or advanced such as links to useful reading material, websites, courses, and entrepreneurial internship opportunities. For more in-depth biographies of the speakers and event registration click here.

WHEN: 9:30-11 AM CT/7-8:30 PM IST on Saturdays in July (July 10, 17, 24,31)
WHERE: Zoom Webinar Platform
Call For Application

India Alliance invites applications for Clinical/Public Health Research Centres Grants 2021

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Excellence centre by IIT-Kanpur, Ficci in Noida @ UP StartUp

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IIT-Bombay to set up chair professorship for women faculty

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IISc world's top research university in QS World Ranking...

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, has been ranked the "world's top research university," in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings 2022, an annual publication of university rankings.

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C.N.R. Rao has been awarded the International Eni Award 2020

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Do you know who was the first Female Ph.D from India?

Dr. Kamala Sohonie, the first Indian woman to receive a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1939 from Cambridge University after her MS from IISc Bangalore. She broke the barriers in the history of Indian Science, where she was "doubted" on her competence to pursue research being a woman. During her early days at IISc, she also had a gentle waning from the institute director that she “should not be a 'distraction' to male researchers”. Later, she went on to become the Director of the Royal Institute of Science, now known as Institute of Science, Mumbai.

Here is a great tribute to her by one of Sci-ROI's talented team members, Kanika Khanna, who made this crochet portrait to display the power of women in Indian science. Thanks Kanika for such a wonderful gesture.

To learn more about Dr. Kamala Sohonie, click here.
Kolkata scientist invents pocket ventilator to manage COVID

The device has two parts - a power unit and a ventilator unit attached to the mouthpiece. A scientist in Kolkata has invented a first-of-its-kind "pocket ventilator" that may come in handy during the current Covid-19 crisis.

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IIT-H researchers develop oral solution against black fungus

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (Hyderabad) have developed a method to produce an oral solution to treat patients suffering from black fungus. Its low nephrotoxicity helps tablets fit well into the treatment regimen.

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