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#IP 1104 18 - 24 Nov 2013
57th Kannada Rajyotsava at CSIR-NAL
The 57th Kannada Rajyotsava at CSIR-NAL was celebrated with customary gaiety and fervor. Mr. Shyam Chetty, Director, NAL hoisted the bicolour flag in front of the NAL main gate. The flag hoisting was followed by rendering of the poet Kuvempu’s popular song ‘Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanu Jate, Jaya hey Karnataka Mate’ which means ‘ Victory to you, Karnataka maathe ; the daughter of mother India’. After this the venue shifted to DR S.R. Valluri Auditorium wherein there was a series of Kannada song recitals by NAL Campus children trained by Mrs. Bhavani Ananthachar and compeered by Mr. Kamaleshaiah (who was also playing the violin and providing the background music). The pomp and splendour of the rich Kannada literature / culture was brought out in these recitals.
Subsequent to this Dr. G.N.Dayananda, President, Kannada Samskrutika Sangha addressed the gathering and impressed upon the fellow kannadigas to work consciously to promote the interest of Kannada taking into account the fast changing scenario in the modern world. Dr. (Mrs) Girija Gopalaratnam, Adviser (M&A) presided over the function and appreciated the cultural pleasantries that were showcased by the Kannada Sangha. She also presented a song which added grandeur to the occasion. Sri B V Nagaraja (supported by Sri. A B S Vijay) entertained the audience by rendering a nice poem.
Mr. H VRamachandra, Secretary, Kannada Samskritika Sangha proposed the vote of thanks.
G N Dayananda
Congratulations Siva Kumar
K. Siva Kumar, CTFD Division, has received the "IEI Young Engineers Award 2013-2014" by The" Institution of Engineers India (IEI)" at the Inaugural Session of the 27th National Convention of Aerospace Engineers and National Seminar on 'Technological and Engineering Challenges in Indian Aerospace Industry' held at University of Petroleum & Energy Studies,Dehradun (Uttarakhand) on November 8, 2013.The award was presented by Padma Shri & Padma Bhushan Dr. V.K. Saraswat, former Chief Scientific Advisor to the Minister of Defence and former Director General, DRDO.
#IP 1103 11 - 17 Nov 2013
#IP 1102 4 - 10 Nov 2013
CSIR Fourth Paradigm Institute & CSIR National Aerospace Laboratories jointly celebrated the International Open Access Week on Thursday 24th October 2013 Conference Hall, Network Building, CSIR 4PI, Bangalore.
The programme started with an invocation by Mr G N Mohapatra. Prof Seshu, Head CSIR-4PI welcomed the gathering and spoke about the changing scenario with advent of internet and availability of information on our desktop compared to the days 20-25 years back when library were only source of information for students and researchers.
It was followed by an address by Dr. Girija Gopalratnam, Advisor, Management & Administration. She acknowledged technological advancements in the area of information dissemination and highlighted the importance and advantages of open access publishing. Same time she cautioned authors to be careful regarding quality, author fees, etc while publishing with open access journal by quoting “sting” operation by John Bohannon, science writer at Harvard University revealing the pitfalls in open access scientific publishing.
Dr Poornima Narayan Head, ICAST, NAL presented her lecture on CSIR Initiatives. She started her presentation with introduction to Open Access publishing and moved on to Indian scenario, where she mentioned that there are 550 OA journals and 77 institutional repositories (46 R & D and 31 Academic). She spoke about the initiatives taken by DG, CSIR by forming an implementation committee and a committee for implementation at each laboratory. She briefed about the mandates adopted by CSIR. About 29 repositories are established by different CSIR labs and a Central Harvesting at CSIR Central at CSIR URDIP. She ended her talk with NAL Institutional Repositories and initiatives taken by NAL team for its implementation. She also introduced audience to PRAKAS, an in-house developed publication system with an objective to capture author copies of CSIR-NAL publications in order to facilitate open access in green channel by depositing them in NAL-IR. She also stressed upon the role of CSIR at national level in framing policies regarding Open access publishing.
Dr Francis Jayakanth delivered his talk "What is Open Access and why should we care?” on Open Access Week 2013. He started his talk by mentioning what OA literature means and why do we need them. He then spoke about OA journals and repositories. He said that many studies has been conducted, which shows increase in author citations compared to close access (traditional publishing). He showed graph on increase in citation with Open Access with respect to different subjects. He emphasized that OA is an excellent model of publishing for researchers, teachers, and academicians. He quoted that various government and research funding agencies also are interested for opening up literature generated by their funding in open domain through OAP and mandating OA policies for their funding. OA helps developing countries to get access the latest developments in global context. He also spoke about author's concerns and copyright issues, effective way to achieve OA. Finally he cleared some of the myth behind the OA issues.
There was interactive question and answer sessions where both speakers clarified various doubts for the audience. Dr. L Venkatakishnan, Head EAD, CSIR-NAL, opined that still some publishers don’t have clear policies towards archiving author preprints or post prints at Institutional repositories and suggested authors should insist to sign author addendum in order to support OA by depositing their publications at institutional repositories. Few library professionals from ISRO participated in the event.
The event ended with Vote of Thanks given by Mr B S Shivaram from ICAST, NAL.
G K Patra
#IP 1101 28 Oct - 3 Nov 2013
The Valedictory function of Vigilance Awareness Week - 2013 was organised by CSIR – NAL and CSIR – 4PI on Thursday, the 31st October, 2013 at S R Valluri Auditorium, NAL, Bangalore.
Prof P Seshu, Head, 4PI welcomed the gathering and informed that the main purpose of observing the week dedicated to Vigilance Awareness is to rededicate ourselves and to reaffirm our commitment to see that public service in our country is rendered with dedication, sincerity and honesty. He also said that Corruption cannot be viewed as something external to an individual and can be fought against only if the Civil Society and the individuals play a far more effective and proactive role.
The Chief Guest Dr Shalini Rajneesh, IAS and Secretary to Government of Karnataka, Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms and also incharge of implementing Karnataka Guarantee of Services to Citizens Bill, 2011 popularly known as “Sakala”, in her lecture on “Reinventing Government” gave brief details of the “SAKALA” Act . She said this unique Act ensures that the Government servants deliver 419 services to the citizens, within the stipulated time, else a compensatory cost payable to the citizen will be deducted from their salaries, besides disciplinary action will be taken for committing more than 7 willful defaults. She said that any citizen can log in www.sakala.karn.nic.in and apply for Police FIR copy of the Complainants, Age Certificate, Birth / Death Certificate, Duplicate Ration Card, Tax Clearance Certificate, Recounting of the Examination marks, Identity Cards for Senior Citizens, Caste Certificate, Vehicle Driving Licence etc., and the same will be provided within the stipulated time frame. She also requested everyone to come and exercise their right. She distributed the pamphlets and the Book on the details of the Act.
Shri Shyam Chetty, Director, presided over the function. In his address he said that this year the theme of observing Vigilance Awareness Week is “Promoting Good Governance – Positive Contribution of Vigilance”.
He said that today is the day for every one of us to resolve as to how to be an ideal civil servant and that we need to own, treasure and relish the qualities such as unblemished character, integrity, and above all accountability and answerability for what we do and for what we are paid for. He briefed in simple words that we shall never resort to do something which is not supposed to be done. He also said “Let us pledge that we shall never forget that Work is worship and Honesty is the best policy; and therefore, we shall work unstintingly and honestly towards the reputation of our organization.
Shri Shyam Chetty, Director, CSIR – NAL and Prof P Seshu, Head, 4PI distributed prizes for the winners of various competitions conducted in connection with the Vigilance Awareness Week for the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, NAL and the employees of NAL and 4PI.
Shri M S Vidyanathan, Sr Controller of Administration proposed vote of thanks and Smt Radha Ramani, Section Officer – Vigilance compered the function.
Shri Ramachandra G, EAD
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