Prof Prabhat Ranjan's Blog

Prof. Prabhat Ranjan is Vice Chancellor of D Y Patil International University, Akurdi, Pune
Empowering Women : KIRAN-IPR scheme

Empowering Women : KIRAN-IPR scheme

Dept of Science and Technology(DST), Govt of India funds activities to promote Science, Technology and Innovation in India. Among these are also schemes to empower women. One of the schemes is called Women Scientist Scheme (WOS) or KIRAN (Knowledge Involvement in Research Advancement through Nurturing). This has 3 components WOS-A, WOS-B and WOS-C (or KIRAN-IPR). Main purpose of these schemes is to bring back women with S&T background and mid-career break to main stream again. WOS-C (KIRAN-IPR) is handled by TIFAC (Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council), an autonomous body of DST. I was heading TIFAC from April 2013 to

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Learning from Netarhat School and Dignity of Labour !

From the age of 10, I studied in Netarhat Residential School close to Ranchi. It is about 156 kms from Ranchi by road and at a height of about 3700 ft. It was a boarding school and open to students from Bihar (Comprising of current Bihar and Jharkhand until year 2000). Students between age group of 10 to 12 years were taken in through a tough state wide competition. I wanted to share a few of my educational experiences which I liked during my school days. We had one teacher Mr Dey, who used to teach mathematics. His teaching style was

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How I got into Nuclear Fusion Research

How I got into Nuclear Fusion Research

This story goes back to 1981, when I had completed my Masters in Physics from Delhi University and was proceeding to USA to do PhD. I did specialization in Astrophysics and General Theory of Relativity during my MSc. During summer of 1981, I had worked with Prof J V Narlikar on Black Holes at TIFR as part of NCERT National Science Talent Search Summer Camp. While applying for PhD to US Universities, I had mentioned in my Statement of Purpose (SOP) that I would want to continue my research work in Astrophysics Area. I got admission on the basis of

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How I became Accidental Experimentalist !

How I became Accidental Experimentalist !

This long blog describes my successful foray into experiments to prove my model and my insistence on using only components available in local market. It led to a unique development, improvement of machine to international standards and publication in top rated journal in spite of efforts made by colleagues to put barriers! While working at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics(SINP) in Kolkata(1986-95), I was engaged in nuclear fusion research. The device that we worked with was called Tokamak. It is an experimental nuclear fusion reactor whose concept was first given in Russia and is still the main contender for a

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