Sci-ROI Connect
Volume 17 | Dec 20, 2021
Sci-ROI initiative
We are excited to announce that the Sci-ROI Global Leadership team is actively looking for new volunteers to expand our horizon in 2022. In 2021 Sci-ROI organized a virtual annual event, two virtual recruitment drives, multiple focused webinars on grant writing and industry transition, and initiated a funding database focused on the Indian STEM sector in 2021. We have also expanded our member base by performing outreach activities in Europe as well. In 2022, Sci-ROI Global will continue its multifaceted vision to assist the Indian diaspora with year-round activities and programs. If you wish to be a part of this endeavor, consider joining the Sci-ROI Leadership Team for 2022. 


As a part of the Sci-ROI team, you can contribute towards organizing webinars, workshops, annual event, recruitment events and outreach. You can also contribute to the blogs and our monthly newsletter and conduct informational interviews. This gives you an opportunity to network with people of eminence in the Indian scientific ecosystem. We also welcome your ideas and perspectives to engage with the Indian STEM community and will assist you in implementing them.

Application DEADLINE: January 7th, 2022. Apply Here.
Dr. Vidita Vaidya is a neuroscientist and professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai. Her lab is interested in understanding the neurocircuitry of emotion. Dr. Vaidya received her undergraduate degree from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai in Life-Science and Biochemistry. She obtained her doctoral degree in Neuroscience at Yale University and her postdoctoral work was done at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and at the University of Oxford in the UK. She joined the Department of Biological Sciences, TIFR, in March 2000.

In this video, Dr. Vidita Vaidya, a neuroscientist at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) at Mumbai talks with Dr. Atul Gopal- a member of the Sci-ROI leadership team about her career journey; particularly about her transition to India after postdoctoral training abroad. She also talks about the initial struggles of setting up a laboratory and how her research evolved over a period of time. Dr. Vaidya also gives advice to aspiring applicants on how to write their research proposals and how to tackle their first few years in India.

Listen to Dr. Vaidya 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
S Chandrashekhar set to take charge as DST secretary

Dr S Chandrashekhar, director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad, has been appointed as the secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DST)...

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Dr Jyotsna Dhawan Appointed Interim CEO of India Alliance

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Highlight of the month
Sci-ROI's 3rd Virtual Recruitment Drive was organized during 6th-12th December 2021. The virtual recruitment drive brought together well-qualified Indian STEM professionals residing abroad and recruiters from 19 reputable Indian institutes and industry. ACS India, Ashoka University, Amity University, Ahmedabad University, Azim Premji University, BITS-Pilani, Bharat Biotech, Cactus Communications, GITAM, IISER-Berhampur, IIT-Jodhpur, IIT-Gandhinagar, IIT-Madras (Biotech), IIT-Tirupati, Jubilant Biosys Ltd., Plaksha University, Shell India, TIFR-Mumbai (Chemistry), and UPES participated in this drive. 

175+ candidates from various disciplines of STEM registered for this drive leading up to around 600 applications for multiple posts in these 19 academic institutes or industry organizations. After going through a rigorous selection process, the institutes shortlisted 163 applications for the next round which was held during the week of Dec 6-12. Applicants are currently awaiting results after the 1-on-1 interactions/interviews or online assessments by the recruiters.
Interesting reads from Indian scientific community
Exclusive: Heavy-Lift Made-In-India Drone To Redefine...

In two years from now, the first made-in-India 'heavy lift' drones could begin redefining e-commerce operations in the country. These will be able to transport 150 kilograms of cargo to a distance of 150 km. In doing so, a package, which...

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India - stop looking down on international collaborations

WORLD VIEW Publications co-authored by scientists from the West are sometimes discounted by grant and hiring committees. That needs to change. Arun Kumar Shukla Arun Kumar Shukla is a professor of biological sciences and bioengineering at the...

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