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NTA ICAR NET 2020 Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit & Educational Qualification for ICAR AIEEA

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has entrusted the responsibility of conducting All India Competitive Examinations for admission to Bachelor UG, Masters PG & Ph.D Courses in Agricultural Universities (AUs) and award of scholarships and fellowships, to the NTA from 2019 onwards. The online application process will end on 15th May 2020 at NTA ICAR NET official website.

About Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
The ICAR-AU system of India has 74 Agricultural Universites comprising 63 State Agricultural, Veterinary, Horticultural and Fisheries Universities (SAUs), 4 ICAR-DUs, viz. IARI, IVRI, NDRI and CIFE, 3 Central Agricultural Universities (CAU, Imphal, Dr. RPCAU, Pusa and RLB CAU, Jhansi), 4 Central Universities (CUs) having Faculty of Agriculture (BHU, AMU, Viswa Bharati and Nagaland University). The National Agricultural Research, Education and Extension System (NAREES) of India is one of the largest in the world, admitting more than 27000 graduates, 1…

Top Destinations for Indian Students Who Plan to Study Abroad

Universities worldwide have seen a constant rise in the number of Indian students enrolling for a degree away from their home country. The main reason behind their choice is the fact that the Indian job market appreciates a degree from a top international university more compared to an Indian’s Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
Additionally, universities from several countries provide top quality higher education, far better facilities and most importantly, focus more on research than Indian universities. So, which are the best countries to study abroad?

According to data collected by Studyportals, the top five countries where Indian students choose to go abroad are:

Canada Germany Australia United States Italy 
Check out the English-taught Master's degrees offered in these countries and see which one fits you best.

1. Why study a Master's degree in Canada?
Based on statistics, around 14% of all international students in Canada are comprised of Indian students. The Canadian government …

Scientists Engineer Gorgeous Glowing Plants That Shine Bright Their Entire Life Cycle

The glowing greenhouse of our dreams is still so very far away, but it just got a tantalising nudge closer.
Scientists have genetically engineered a plant with not just a visible glow, but a self-sustaining glow that lasts for the duration of the plant's life cycle.
It's a breathtaking improvement on previous glowing plants. It's brighter than previous genetically engineered tobacco plants, and it doesn't need to be fed with chemicals to maintain luminescence. Also, the duration of the glow is much longer than glowing plants produced using plant nanobionics.
Of course, we all immediately think of a breathtaking Avatar-style night garden, glittering and gleaming in the darkness, and - further into the future - reducing our dependence on electric lighting.
But glowing greenery could also help us understand the plants themselves - how their metabolism works, and how they respond to the world around them.
The team worked on two species of tobacco plant. And, unlike previous gen…

NESAC Recruitment 2020: Applications Invited for 21 Research Vacancies, Salary up to Rs 1,77,500

NESAC Recruitment 2020 is being conducted for 21 research vacancies for which engineers and postgraduates can apply online. Out of the 21 vacancies, 12 are for the Research Scientist (RS) posts and 9 are for Junior Research Fellow (JRF). Selected candidates will be eligible for a salary of Rs 31,000 for JRF and Rs 56,100 up to 1,77,500 depending on the qualification and experience.

Who can Apply for NESAC Recruitment 2020?
The official notification issued on the NESAC website says that for the 12 Research Scientist vacancies candidates with a first-class ME, MTech or MSc degree in the following streams as applicable against the post can apply: Electronics and Communication, Geoscience, Remote Sensing, Geo-informatics, Physics, Botany, Environmental Science, Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Earth Systems Science, Computer Science, and Engineering, Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Data Science, and so on. For more details on the qualification required, candidates are advised to…

Trials of Mw vaccine for treatment of Covid-19 patients to be initiated soon: PGIMER Chandigarh

The Mycobacterium w (Mw) vaccine is not a vaccine for Covid-19 and will be used only as an adjunct, said experts at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh. The facility was among three premier health institutions, including AIIMS Delhi and AIIMS Bhopal, chosen to conduct trials of Mw vaccine which is normally used to treat leprosy patients.
In a recently concluded multi-center trial, it has been found that Mw reduces mortality in ICU patients with severe sepsis. "Mw can potentially decrease the cytokine storm seen in patients with Covid-19 and may thus be of potential benefit in managing these patients and decreasing mortality," added the spokesperson.

Citing the recent trial findings, PGI officials said that the impact of Mw-use on long term safety and efficacy will only be known after the conclusion of this CSIR-supported clinical trial. "It is very early to say about the outcome of results and its use, officials said.

The tri…

Ozone layer hole over Arctic closes, confirm scientists

Scientists said the hole over the Arctic, noticed in March this year, has healed

The largest hole in the Ozone layer above the Arctic caused due to the unusual atmospheric conditions has closed, as per reports. The hole was first identified by scientists in March this year.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) confirmed the development.
The Ozone layer is a region in the Earth’s stratosphere that absorbs the sun’s ultraviolet rays, shielding the planet from the harmful radiation which can cause skin cancer. In the 1970s, scientists discovered that the ozone layer was being depleted due to man-made activities, thereby leading to a threat to life on Earth.

In March, scientists had noticed signs of a hole forming in the Ozone layer above the north pole and thought it was the result of low temperatures. It is believed to be the largest hole in the Ozone layer, and would…

ICMR Notification 2020 for 150 JRF Posts Released, Exam on July 12

ICMR Notification 2020 : The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has released the Junior Research Fellowship Notification- 2020 on its official website. Candidates willing to apply for Junior Research Fellowship Posts can apply online on or before 27 May 2020. 

It is noted that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi is all set to hold a National level online examination for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) on 12th July 2020. ICMR has collaborated with Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh in this regard.

ICMR will conduct the Computer Based Test (CBT) at Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi (NCR), Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Srinagar (J&K) and Varanasi.

Eligibility Criteria :
Educational Qualification: MSc/MA or equivalent degree with minimum 55% marks for General/EWS/OBC candidates and 50% for the SC/ST and PwBD candidates in the subjects mentioned above. Candidates appearin…

Canada: International students still eligible for post-graduation work permit as courses go online

Since universities in Canada have shifted to online learning due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has changed the requirements for international students applying for a post-graduation working permit (PGWP).

According to Canada Immigration News (CIC), international students starting their programme at a Canadian university via online coursework will not be penalised when they apply for the PGWP after completing their studies.

Prior to the pandemic, students will not be ineligible for the work permit if they studied online and were not enrolled in a full-time programme for at least eight months.

The Canadian government has stated that despite travel bans, they are still allowing international students to enter Canada to begin their studies, provided they self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry. However, many international students are still unable to do so due to travel restrictions in their home countries.

These students can still st…

COVID-19: The international student guide to visa and benefits in Canada

If you are an international student in Canada, the government’s COVID-19 measures may provide some relief.

As of late April, there are significant updates that would likely affect your mobility, post-graduation plans and income over the coming months.

Read on for details every international student in Canada should know about.

Travel ban
Canada’s travel ban is expected to take place until June 30.

However, as Study International previously reported, international students in Canada whose permits were approved before March 18 can still enter the country — under the condition they self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry.

Those who find themselves stuck in their home country can still begin their classes outside Canada.

Under current circumstances, those with valid permits may complete up to half of their programme remotely and return to Canada once the travel ban is relaxed or lifted.

Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)
According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, every internati…

A guick guide to CERB for international students in Canada

International students in Canada are among the many groups covered in the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), a government scheme to support citizens and taxpayers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

If you are one of the 642,000 international students in Canada, this could provide relief in a crucial time. Canadians lost a record number of one million jobs in March alone, which includes many part-time and campus jobs that were supporting international students.

For all of you wondering how to go about it, here’s a quick guide to CERB for international students in Canada.

What is CERB?
The CERB will provide temporary income support for those whose livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19. Under this scheme, Canadian taxpayers are entitled to CA$500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Bear in mind that you will have to reapply for CERB every four weeks. At every stage, you will have to prove that you still qualify for the payout with supporting documents.
At the same time, several students have rai…

Researchers in Spain Use Biotech to Produce SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine in Plants

Researchers María Coca and Juan José López-Moya from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) at the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) are using their expertise in plant biotechnology and virology to produce SARS-CoV-2 antigens to be used in vaccine development. The researchers will experiment with different expression systems from plants and have formed a team including an immunologist expert in coronavirus.

In 2019, María Coca has successfully engineered a plant virus to produce antifungal proteins inside plant leaves. This same strategy could be now used to produce SARS-CoV-2 antigens, not only in Nicotiana benthamiana, but also in lettuce plants. According to María Coca, antigen production in lettuce could make it possible to test for oral immunization.

The production systems they propose would overcome some of the problems associated with other vaccine production systems, such as the difficulties to escalate production, or the need to isolate the antigen and to purify …

Call for Papers: Amity International Journal of Juridical Science [AIJJS, Volume 6]: Submit by May 15

About the Journal
Amity International Journal of Juridical Science [AIJJS] is published annually by Amity Law School, Amity University, Noida bearing ISSN 2395-4019. It is a faculty run Annual Refereed Journal whose primary goal is to serve an important legal
scholarship academic forum on any issue.

Word Limit
Articles (words between 5000 to 6000, except footnotes).
Essays (words from 3000 to 5000, except footnotes).
Reviews of Books/Case Comments/Short Notes (2500 words, except footnotes).

Formatting Details

The manuscript body must be in the “Times New Roman” font with font size 12, heading 14, line spacing 1.5 and the “justified” alignment with 1-inch margins on all sides of the page with page numbers.All footnotes must be in “Times New Roman” with font size 10, line spacing 1. Endnotes are not allowed and speaking footnotes are generally discouraged.All submissions must follow the “Bluebook: A Uniform Citation System (19th edition).” Failure to comply could be a ground for rejection.Submi…

Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET 2020) for DBT-Junior Research Fellowship: Apply by May 18

Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, invites application for award of “DBT-Junior Research Fellowship” (DBT-JRF) for pursuing research in frontier areas of Biotechnology and Life Sciences.

The candidates will be selected through “Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET)”. Based on the performance in BET, two categories of merit list will be prepared (Category-I and Category-II). Government of India norms for reservation will be followed for selection.

Qualification: M.Sc./ M.Tech./ M.V.Sc. or equivalent degree/ Integrated BS-MS/ B.E./ B.Tech. in any discipline of Biotechnology, M.Sc./ M.Tech. Bioinformatics/ Computational Biology, students admitted under DBT supported Postgraduate Teaching Programs. M.Sc. Life Science/ Bioscience/ Zoology/ Botany/ Microbiology/ Biochemistry/ Biophysics and Masters in Allied areas of Biology/Life Sciences. Candidates appearing in the final year examination are also eligible to apply.

Marks: Minimum 6…

5 mistakes people make while taking an education loan

Taking an education loan, however, is a life-altering decision – one ought not to be taken lightly. If it is not given due attention and care, it can become a chronic headache.
Education loan is the second largest contributor to consumer debt around the world, led only by home loan. Thanks to the trend catching up in India, millions of students have been able to fulfill their dream of pursuing higher education – both within the country and abroad. Taking an education loan, however, is a life-altering decision – one ought not to be taken lightly. If it is not given due attention and care, it can become a chronic headache. Given below are a few things you should keep in mind while getting an education loan to prevent any unprecedented trouble.

Borrowing more than needed

The maximum amount of loan you can draw from a bank ranges from 20 lakhs to 40 lakhs. That, however, in no way means that you should borrow such a large sum. The more money you take from the bank, the more you’ll have to re…

DBT-Research Associateship in Biotechnology & Life Sciences at IISc Bangalore: Apply by April 30

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India invites applications for the DBT Research Associateship in Biotechnology & Life Sciences Program 2020. The DBT has introduced the aforesaid program. The Secretary, DBT requested the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore to co-ordinate and administer the implementation of the said program.

The program was started in December 2000 at a total project cost of Rs. 465.00 lakhs. The purpose of the fellowship program is to train scientists in frontier areas of research in Biotechnology at such institutions in India which are engaged in major biotechnological research activities.

The Objective of the program is to train post-doctoral students in frontier areas of research in Biotechnology and Life Sciences at premier institutions in India.


The applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree in Science, Engineering or M.D./M.S. degree in any area of medicine with research interests in Biotechnology and Life Sciences and…

What To Do When Faced With Career Uncertainty

If you are feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. That’s because humans crave certainty. It isn’t just the magnitude of this shock that is unprecedented but the uncertainty surrounding almost every facet of it—uncertainty that is corrosive in its own right.” There are many things out of our control right now, including the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, the duration of social-distancing measures, the economic and financial impact, and government policy. What we can control is our own response to the current crisis. Whether you’ve been laid off or are working for a company that is on shaky ground, here are some steps you can take to deal with career uncertainty.

Acknowledge the distress
The best thing you can do to deal with career uncertainty is to acknowledge your feelings. That might mean verbalizing your concerns to friends, family, or a counselor. You may also want to make sense of what’s happening by writing it down. This could take the form of a journal or simply a list of …

Careers that are even more viable during the pandemic outbreak

We’re living in unusual times.

While it’s true that remote work is challenging and there is a new reality for most, some employment categories will likely see an upswing in terms of greater needs, more positions available, and even higher pay.

These jobs will be in particularly high demand over the next few weeks and months.

1. Software development
To say that software development is now even more important is an understatement. Apps and desktop software are now more viable because many of us are working at home on a computer all day.
We need apps to help us connect with one another, keep track of projects, and communicate more effectively. I’m convinced we’ll see new and innovative apps that go beyond Zoom and Slack that offer even more powerful features after this is all over.

2. Graphic design
Visual communication is also more viable now — mostly because we’re all so distracted and stressed out. Graphic design is a field that helps cut through the noise.

A well-designed logo, website, or b…

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