Jorhat, Jan. 1: Scientist R.C. Boruah took charge as the acting director of Jorhat-based CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST) from today.
Boruah, who holds the position of outstanding scientist, is currently engaged in anti-cancer research.
He said he would continue and sustain the projects being undertaken in the Twelfth Five Year Plan and try to achieve the targets.
“We are into our Twelfth Five Year Plan projects and my first priority will be to continue and sustain them and achieve our commitments. I will act after that,” he said.
Boruah initiated independent research in the field of steroids in 1995. He discovered ‘beta formyl enamide’, a system associated in the derivation of steroids.
He has to his credit 88 research papers in reputed national and international journals of organic chemistry and filed 14 national and one international patents.
Nine students have received PhD under his supervision, some of whom are recipient of prestigious Alexander von Humbolht Fellowship in Germany, Post-Doctoral Fellowships in the US and Japan Society for Promotion of Science.
In 2005, Boruah was conferred with the prestigious Fellow of National Academy of Sciences (FNASc) in recognition of his contribution to chemistry.
He also received CRSI bronze medal in 2005 at the national-level and Professor HC Goswami Memorial Fellowship, instituted by Assam Science Society, Guwahati.
Boruah has also received Certificate of Appreciation from the American Chemical Society for his manuscript to ACS journal.
He is also member of several academic bodies and societies like American Chemical Society, Chemical Research Society of India, Indian Chemical Society, Indian Society of Chemists & Biologists, Indian Science Congress Association, Society of Chemists and Biologists.
P.G. Rao, the outgoing director who retired on December 31, will remain associated with the institute as an adviser.