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Discovery of biodiesel production from carbon dioxide concentrating oleaginous bacterium Serratia sp. ISTD04 from marble rock

The discovery is related to production of biodiesel from carbon dioxide concentrating endolithic bacterium, Serratia sp. ISTD04, isolated from marble rock, enriched by continuous enrichment in the presence of carbon dioxide in the chemostat, produces lipids inside the cells (oleaginous bacterium) and biodiesel. Carbon dioxide concentrating mechanisms of bacterium were evaluated by carboxylating enzymes and ribulose 1, 5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RuBisCO), formation of lipids inside cells by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and extraction of lipids, and transesterification of lipids by methanol and sodium hydroxide produced biodiesel, energy efficiency similar to jet fuel. Click for details


Dr. Vijay Pal
Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Sciences

Dr. Vijay Pal, Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, selected for prestigious INSA Medal for Young Scientists for the year 2014. Click for details


JNU celebrates Earth Day

Jawaharlal Nehru University's School of Environmental Sciences celebrated the International Earth Day on Tuesday by dedicating their existing seminar room to Amrita Devi Bishnoi. She is known for starting the long legacy of Bishnoi communities, who are known for sacrificing their lives against the blunt forces that humans use to degrade environment in the name of development.

The event, celebrated on the premises of the School, began with the plantation of Khejri saplings in the SES eco-garden by Vice-Chancellor S.K. Sopory, Rector Prof. Sudha Pai and Dean SES Prof. A.K Attri. Click for details


Discovery of a novel mechanism and pathway in Entamoeba histolytica for cell killing and virulence

Entamoeba histolytica is the causative agent of amoebiasis, a major public health problem in developing countries. Invasion of intestinal and extra-intestinal tissues, such as liver are the major manifestation of this disease. Unfortunately, detailed mechanism of cell killing and invasion is still unclear. In this manuscript a new mechanism of cell killing and invasion has been proposed. This involves biting off and ingesting distinct pieces of living human cells, resulting in cell death. After cell killing, the amoebae detached and ceased ingestion. The internalization of bites of living human cells is reminiscent of trogocytosis (from Greek trogo–, nibble) observed between immune cells but amoebic trogocytosis like ingestion differs since it results in death. Ingestion of bites was required for human cell killing. The initiation of trogocytosis follows a mechanism that has been proposed for RBC phagocytosis by the JNU group involving a number of novel molecules, including a C2 domain containing protein kinase. Click for details


SLS article in Global Medical Discovery

Interactions of polydispersed single-walled carbon nanotubes with T cells resulting in downregulation of allogeneic CTL responses in vitro and in vivo. Click for details


Moon shows Earth like Plate tectonic activities-A new discovery about planet Earth by "Remote sensing Applications in Geology"

Moon shows Earth like Plate tectonic activities-A new discovery about planet Earth by "Remote sensing Applications in Geology". Click for details


Dr Ramesh C Gaur
University Librarian, awarded Indian Library Leaders: Award for Professional Excellence-2013

Dr. Ramesh C. Gaur , University Librarian was awarded Indian Library Leaders: Award for Professional Excellence-2013 by Satija Research Foundation for Library and Information Science (SRFLIS), India in a function organized at New Delhi on April 11, 2014. The citation read:


Prof. Jayati Ghosh
Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, SSS

Prof Jayati Ghosh delivered the UN Public Lecture (as the second in the UN's Public Lecture Series) on "The invisible workers: Rights, justice and dignity for domestic workers" on 1 March 2014 at the SCOPE Auditorium in Lodhi Road. The details and the video of the lecture are available here.


Dr Abhinav Grover, SBT

Dr. Abhinav Grover, SBT was awarded the prestigious INSA Medal for Young Scientists for the year 2013 at the Anniversary Meet of the Academy held on Dec 28, 2013 in Lucknow. Dr. Grover has been honored by the Indian National Science Academy for his significant contribution in the field of Plant Biotechnology. Dr. Grover demonstrated that overexpression of squalene synthase in tissue cultures of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) enhances production of withanolides, which are high value phytocompounds with a plethora of therapeutic potential, thus elucidating that squalene synthase is a key regulatory enzyme of their biosynthetic pathway. Read more...

Dr. N. Janardhana Raju, SES

Dr. N.Janardhana Raju, SES has been selected for "Dr. Sudharshan Pani-Dr.(Smt) Rama Dwivedy Medal" award for the contribution in the field of Hydrogeology & Env. Geochemistry by ISAG. Read more...

Dr. Nandita Saikia, CSRD, SSS

Dr. Nandita Saikia, CSRD, SSS, has been awarded Raja Rao Memorial Prize 2013-2014 from ISI, Kolkata. Read more...

Dr. R. Mahalakshmi, CHS, SSS

Dr. R. Mahalakshmi, CHS, SSS, has been awarded Professor Hiralal Gupta Research Award for the best book by a woman historian published during the period 2008-2012 by the Indian History Congress. Read more...

Prof Ayesha Kidwai, CL, SLL&CS

Prof Ayesha Kidwai, Centre for Linguistics, SLL&CS, has been awarded the Infosys Prize 2013 for Humanities. Read more...


Prof Anand Kumar, CSSS, SSS

Professor Anand Kumar, CSSS, SSS has been unanimously elected president of the Indian Sociological Society. Read more...


Prof R Rajaraman, Professor Emeritus, SPS

Prof R Rajaraman, Professor Emeritus, SPS, has been selected for the '2014 Leo Szilard Lectureship Award' by the American Physical Society. Read more...


Prof Lalima Verma, SIS

Prof Lalima Verma, SIS, to be awarded the Japan Foreign Minister's Commendation for promoting mutual understanding between Japan and India. Read more...


Brahma Prakash (School of Arts & Aesthetics) receives prestigious Dwight Conquergood Award at Stanford University

Brahma Prakash, a temporary member of the faculty at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, received the Dwight Conquergood Award (a prestigious award in the field of theatre and performance studies) at the annual Performance Studies International conference at Stanford University on 29 June 2013. Read more...


Admission has started from today onwards in JNU

More than 5000 students came to enroll for 118 course on first day of Registration Read more...

Admission for around 1750 seats at JNU has started from 17th July 2013. Read more...


JNU Alumnus, Abhishek Amar received John R. Hatch Excellence in Teaching Award at Hamilton College

Hamilton College's highest awards for teaching were presented to three faculty members during the annual Class & Charter Day ceremony on May 13. Read more...


Lawrence Dana Pinkham Memorial Lecture at the Asian College of Journalism by Prof. C.P. Chandrasekhar, CESP, SSS

It is, for me, an honour and a special privilege to have been invited to deliver this year's Lawrence Dana Pinkham Memorial Lecture at the annual convocation of the Asian College of Journalism. Read more...


Prestigious Malcolm Adiseshaish Award for Professor Gopal Guru

Jawaharlal Nehru University Professor Gopal Narayan Guru has been chosen for the Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contribution to Development Studies for 2013-14. Read more...


Prof. S.S. Jodhka received the Amartya Sen Award 2012

Prof. Surinder S.Jodhka, Centre for Studies in Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, JNU received the Amartya Sen Award by ICSSR, New Delhi for exceptional contribution to agrarian studies. Read more...


School kids visit JNU lab for GM plant tour

About 120 children from different Delhi schools gathered at School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, for a seminar on plants and a tour of the campus's plant laboratories and glass houses. Fascination of Plants Day - May 18 - is being celebrated by 54 countries. Read more...


Centre for English Studies, JNU is in Top 100

The Centre for English Studies (CES) at Jawaharlal Nehru University has done it once again. The depasrtment has been adjudged as one of the top 100 English departments in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2013, released recently. Read more...


Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) "Paper of the Week"

Attacking drug - resistant strains of Candida albicans

Drug - resistant strains of the fungus, Candida albicans , have been on the rise for several decades, striking immunocompromised patients who have undergone organ transplants, chemotherapy or HIV treatments. The drug - resistant fungus exploits a number of membrane - embedded transporters to eject drugs from its cells. The efflux pump Cdr1 is one of the ATP - binding cassette (ABC) superfamily of transporters, which is one of the main ways C. albicans rejects azole antifungal agents. In this Paper of the Week, a team led by Rajendra Prasad at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. Read more...


Microsoft releases English–Urdu Machine Translation system

in partnership with Dr Girish Nath Jha, Special Center for Sanskrit Studies

On International Mother Language Day 2013, Microsoft Corporation at Redmond, USA, in collaboration with JNU, released its English-Urdu Machine Translation System as part of its online translator portal, Bing. The system can be used at www.bing.com/translator with English as source language and Urdu as target language. Read more...

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