Opportunity for Visiting NRI scientists to work in Indian institutes

India’s Central Government is all set to launch a first-of-its-kind programme next month wherein foreign and Non Resident Indian (NRI) scientists can work in the country’s scientific institutions for a period of one to three months.

Those of us (including GaramChai.com editor) who attended the “Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) in 2017” recall the announcement on Visiting Advanced Joint Research (VAJRA)

Hon’ble Prime Minister during the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention at Bengaluru on 8th January 2017 has announced the launching of VAJRA (Visiting Advanced Joint Research) Faculty scheme by the Department of Science and Technology which enables NRIs and overseas scientific community to participate and contribute to research and development in India. The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a Statutory body of the Department will implement the Scheme.

VAJRA faculty will undertake research in S&T priority areas of nation wherein the capability and capacity are needed to be developed. The VAJRA faculty will engage in collaborative research in public funded institutions.

The residency period of the VAJRA Faculty in India would be for a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 3 months a year.

The VAJRA Faculty is provided a lump-sum amount of US$ 15000 in the first month of residency in a year and US$ 10000 p.m. in the other two months to cover their travel and honorarium. While no separate support is provided for e.g. accommodation, medical / personal insurance etc. the host institute may consider providing additional support.

A few key points about the program

  • VAJRA initiative has been welcomed by leading Indian institutes
  • Foreign researchers see the VAJRA initiative as a gateway to meaningful research in an environment full of opportunity
  • The scientists under the VAJRA programme would draw a salary of USD 15,000 in the first month and USD 10,000 each in the remaining months.
  • The number of scientists under the programme has been capped at 1,000.
  • The government currently runs a programme under ‘Ramanujan Fellowship’. However, it is aimed at attracting Indian students and doctors working abroad. The period of the fellowship is for five years.

Link to the Department of Science and Technology announcement 

For more details, log on to http://www.vajra-india.in/

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Where are most first generation (Asian) Indian Americans settled in USA?

Here is an interesting question from an online forum “Where are most first generation (Asian) Indian Americans settled in USA? Like I know that they came in California, Washington & Oregon… But what about the trends that later followed? Did anyone choose agriculture oriented states like Iowa or Idaho? I can also see that ~500k Indian Americans are in California itself.” 

Response from our editor

The US Census has begun cataloging “South Asians” and Asian Americans. Among South Asians, Indians are the prominent sub-category.

Much of the research on this sub-category and Indian Americans in particular is empirical.

Check out the link: Statistics and Demographic information on Indians, NRIs and Global Asians in the US and North America

The challenge with census data is that a review of “Indian Americans” will include first and second/third generation Indian Americans (e.g Sundar Pichai and Kal Penn). It may also include those on temporary work and student visas, who happen to be legally resident in a state at the time of survey.

MOVIE CASTING NOTICE: Opportunity for Desis in Canada!

TO AUDITION FOR THE LEAD IN A NEW MOVIE FOR TELEVISION FOR A WELL-KNOWN CABLE NETWORK NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY We are looking for a truly special, talented, feisty and intelligent girl who appears to be East Indian.

MOVIE CASTING NOTICE!

SEEKING: 13-16 YEAR OLD ACTRESS Singing & dancing talent is a plus.

TO AUDITION FOR THE LEAD IN A NEW MOVIE FOR TELEVISION FOR A WELL-KNOWN CABLE NETWORK NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY We are looking for a truly special, talented, feisty and intelligent girl who appears to be East Indian.

SEEKING GIRLS FOR THE ROLE OF “SUNNY SHAH”:

FEMALE, 13-16, to portray East Indian, the feisty waitress at her parent’s Indian restaurant in Queens. She constantly struggles with her identity: she feels too Indian for the world, but too American at home. She is naturally brilliant & clever, an A+ student who’s the head of the school’s coding club while having a secret passion for music. She’s able to create the hottest tracks with her ability to see music in everyday sounds plus her coding skills.

If interested please send us an email with your headshot and resume to:

sgorin@sgcasting.ca

If the Casting Director thinks that you are right for the role, you will receive an email with instructions on how to self- tape along with the materials for the audition.

**If you have already auditioned for this role it is not necessary to re-tape**

THERE IS NEVER A FEE TO AUDITION.



Note: The details came to us via Carly who works for Stephanie Gorin Casting Inc.  Please feel free to share with those who you think would be interested!

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