India and United States have joined hands to build capacity in clean and environmentally safe energy. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, which is the funding agency, has announced the very first list of candidates selected for the Bioenergy-Awards for Cutting Edge Research (B-ACER) Program 2016. Following are the B-ACER awardees:
|NAME :Reena Pandit
PARENT INSTITUTION:DBT-ICT-Centre of Energy Biosciences, Mumbai
|NAME : Alok Satewal
PARENT INSTITUTION: DBT-IOC Centre for Advanced Bioenergy, Research, Faridabad
|NAME : Mohammed Ali Haider
PARENT INSTITUTION: IIT Delhi
|NAME : Navanietha Krishnaraj R
PARENT INSTITUTION: NIT Durgapur
|NAME : Sachin Kumar
PARENT INSTITUTION: Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Bioenergy, Punjab
|NAME : Mohandass Ramya
PARENT INSTITUTION: SRM University, Tamil Nadu
|NAME : Piyali Das
PARENT INSTITUTION: TERI, New Delhi
|NAME: Tirath Raj
PARENT INSTITUTION : IOC Centre for Advanced Bio Energy
| NAME: Rohit Rai
PARENT INSTITUTION :Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
|NAME: Neha Arora
PARENT INSTITUTION : IIT Roorkee
|NAME: Yogesh Babasaheb Chaudhari
PARENT INSTITUTION :Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology, Guwahati
|NAME: Trunil Shamrao Desai
PARENT INSTITUTION : ICGEB, New Delhi
The program has been outsourced to Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF, http://iusstf.org)
The objective of this programme is to provide opportunity to the best and brightest Indian students and scientists. The programme also provides exposure to the researchers to world class research facilities in leading institutes of United States. Promotion of research and capacity building is the primary aim of the program. The intent of the programme is to motivate students towards a career path involving research in energy.
The first group of seven bright young scientists and five interns has been selected to carry out long-term research in the clean energy. Two wait-listed candidates are also selected for internship. Applications were invited from Indian citizens pursuing a full-time Ph. D in the field of bio-fuels with proof of independent research work in internationally recognized journals. They were asked to submit a research proposal and candidates with the best among the research proposals made themselves to the list.
For both fellowship and internship the candidates will be provided monthly stipend and contingency allowances to pursue research as per their proposal in an US institution. The period of work for internship program is a minimum of 3 months and maximum of 6 months. For the fellowship program the time duration is minimum of 3 months and maximum of 12 months.
The priority areas of B-ACER program are systems and synthetic biology, feed stock improvement and production technology for biofuels.
In the long run, the award can help enrich capacity in clean energy research, an urgent requirement both for India and the US as both countries tackle the challenges of climate change.
This award can also go a long way to create and cultivate scientific understanding in bio-energy and bio-fuels and nurture young and mid career talents in the field and help develop mutual trust, leadership and fraternity in research and development.