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Masterclass for scientists

The Newton Bhabha Fund on Thursday started a workshop for scientists on the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research's Calcutta campus at Mohanpur in Nadia.

By SUBHASISH CHAUDHURI
  • Published 15.12.17
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Mohanpur: The Newton Bhabha Fund on Thursday started a workshop for scientists on the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research's Calcutta campus at Mohanpur in Nadia.

The three-day workshop aims to involve scientists from across the globe and the IISER in social and economic development, Sourav Pal, the IISER Calcutta director, said after inaugurating the workshop.

Scientific research should be industry-oriented instead of remaining confined within laboratories, Pal said.

"A huge amount of money is spent on research across the world. Many brains are being used at laboratories.

"But, it is high time that research findings are translated for the benefit of people through industries. It should be used for capacity-building of the researchers as well," he said.

"A researcher should not be satisfied only by publishing his findings in a journal."

The workshop, "Functional Nanomaterials: From Spectroscopy to Bioimaging", is supported by a Researcher Link grant under the Newton Bhabha Fund.

Prasun Mandal of IISER Calcutta, who is the joint coordinator of the workshop, said the prime objective was to bring together chemists and researchers from various faculties to explore new ideas for social and economic development.

The Newton Bhabha Fund has organised the workshop in association with the University of Manchester, the British Council, the UK's Royal Society of Chemistry, and IISER Calcutta, Mandal said.