With $18 million venture funding, IIT Madras Prof breaks the glass ceiling

Science Chronicle

Amrit water filter Amrit water filter capable of removing arsenic from drinking water has been commissioned in 750 locations in India.

“I am glad that technologies from academic labs are getting venture funding in units of millions of dollars,” says Prof. T. Pradeep from the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. It was only a couple of days ago that he signed the final agreement with Nanoholdings based in Connecticut, U.S. wherein Nanoholdings will provide his team venture funding of $18 million (about Rs.120 crore) to further develop its nanomaterials-based water technology that is currently used in India to remove arsenic from drinking water for the global market.

For a person whose first research grant in 1994 was a meagre Rs.42,000 and slowly graduated to being funded in the range of Rs.200,000 to Rs.300,000, and the licensing fee for the first product (to remove pesticides from drinking water) he developed fetched…

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…in between..

..i love this song. ice cream. they are unusually talented. look at those lights. I’m not leaving. common get up. it’s so hot. i will not lose this time. i wish i could fly. you made me happy. can’t get too attached. yeah, let’s go party! be polite to them. you gotta taste this. I’m almost there. stop those silly feelings. this is cool. don’t rush. how can they be so amazing? I’ll get you a chocolate. how do i know. careful. better luck next time.

great irony about ambition.

This is the great irony about ambition. If you wish to be smarter and more successful than everybody else, you will always feel like a failure. If you wish to be the most loved and most popular, then you will always feel alone. If you wish to be the most powerful and admired, then you will always feel weak and impotent.


Economists + Policy makers [Part I]

This is another article I’ve posted, it’s about how to look at poverty while making development policies. Especially through utilizing behavioral economics.

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The World Bank’s World Development Report 2015 focuses on the application of behavioraleconomics (study the effects of psychological, social, cognitive, and emotional factors on the economic decisions of people and institutions and the consequences for market prices, returns, and the resource allocation. Behavioral economics is primarily concerned with the bounds of rationality of economic agents) to development policy. The focus, since people tend to be emotional beings than geniuses or ideal humans, is on consideration of human factors and social norms for policy design.

For eg; What is poverty? Apart from the definition how should a policy maker read it, that the policy being designed is reaches the needful?

Poverty is general scarcity or dearth, or the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. It is a multifaceted concept, which includes social, economic, and political elements. Poverty seems to be…

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Economists eye view on unemployment.

check out my new outing on http://ujwalandhra.wordpress.com/

its been a long time since i posted anything here. i’ve been busy, i’ll get back to almost regular thought provoking articles now.

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Unemployment Rate in India is reported by Ministry of Labour and Employment, India. Unemployment Rate in India decreased to 4.90 percent in 2013-14 from 5.20 percent in 2012. It averaged 7.32 percent from 1983 until 2013, reaching an all time high of 9.40 percent in 2009 and a record low of 4.90 percent in 2013-14.




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Rural + Urban




The Annual Employment & Unemployment Survey 2013-14, show that majority of the persons are employed in the primary sector. Under Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector, 46.9 per cent persons are estimated as employed. This is the first time the employment in primary sector has fallen less than 50%.

According to the reports by NSSO, illiterate population has the lowest unemployment rate. Because this segment of the society is ready to do low paying jobs.

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why i am doing what i am doing.

But you see,” said Roark quietly, “I have, let’s say, sixty years to live. Most of that time will be spent working. I’ve chosen the work I want to do. If I find no joy in it, then I’m only condemning myself to sixty years of torture. And I can find the joy only if I do my work in the best way possible to me. But the best is a matter of standards—and I set my own standards. I inherit nothing. I stand at the end of no tradition. I may, perhaps, stand at the beginning of one.”

-Ayan Rand in her book ‘The Fountain Head.’

a girl who reads!


I want a girl who reads.

“So, what do you go for in a girl?”
He crows, lifting a lager to his lips
Gestures where his mate sits
Downs his glass
“He prefers tits
I prefer ass.
What do you go for in a girl?”

I don’t feel comfortable
The air left the room a long time ago
All eyes are on me
Well, if you must know

I want a girl who reads
Yeah. Reads.
I’m not trying to call you a chauvinist
Cos I know you’re not alone in this

I want a girl who reads

Who needs the written word
& uses the added vocabulary
She gleans from novels and poetry
To hold lively conversation
In a range of social situations

I want a girl who reads

Who’s heart bleeds at the words of Graham Greene
Or even Heat magazine
Who’ll tie back her hair while reading Jane Eyre
and goes cover to cover with each water stones three for two offer
but I want a girl who doesn’t stop there

I want a girl who reads

Who feeds her addiction for fiction
With unusual poems and plays
That she hunts out in crooked bookshops for days and days and days
She’ll sit addicted at breakfast, soaking up the back of the cornflakes box
And the information she gets from what she reads makes her a total fox
Cos she’s interesting & unique
& her theories make me go weak at the knees

I want a girl who reads

A girl who’s eyes will analyse
The menu over dinner
Who’ll use what she learns to kick my ass in arguments
so she always ends the winner
But she’ll still be sweet and she’ll still be flirty
Cos she loves the classics and the classics are dirty
So late at night she’d always have me in a stupor
As she paraphrases the raunchier moments from the works of Jilly Cooper

See, some guys prefer asses
Some prefer tits
And I’m not saying that I don’t like those bits
But what’s more important
What supersedes
Is a girl a with passion, wit and dreams
So I’d like a girl who reads.

Mark Grist