Qualcomm Incorporated announced six winners of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship program in India for the 2017-2018 academic year. The winners were Avisek Lahiri and Abhinav Agarwalla from IIT Kharagpur, Pratik Kalshetti from IIT Bombay, Junaid Ahmed Ansari and Sarthak Sharma from the International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad, Sayandeep Saha and Sikhar Patranabis from IIT Kharagpur, Preety Priya and Sucharita Chakraborty from IIT Kharagpur, and Reneeta Sara Isaac from The Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. QInF is a program created by Qualcomm’s R&D team that invests in university doctoral students in order to cultivate new and forward thinking ideas, and to continue to further research and development overall. In 2016, QInF India was launched to include both master's and doctorate students from India. “This year, we received a large number of research proposals across a broad range of topics. We have been very encouraged by the response from the participating teams and especially the very high quality of the proposals,” said Dr. Dhananjay Gore, senior director of engineering, and head of Qualcomm Research India. “We look forward to QInF India’s continued success and growth in the coming years and hope each participating team will succeed in bringing their research goals to reality.”

NC to Store Coal Ash from India

An Ohio company recently won approval to store coal ash imported from India in North Carolina. A byproduct of burning coal to make electricity, ash poses both a social problem and a business opportunity, according to a Charlotte Observer report. Metals in ash, such as arsenic, can contaminate groundwater and threaten the health of people who drink it, the report said. Duke Energy is working, under a legislative mandate, to run water lines or offer filtration systems to neighborhoods near its coal-burning power plants, it added. The move away from coal as a fuel by Duke and other power companies has only increased demand for ash, said association executive vice president Caroline Sutton in the report. The Council of State approved a two-year warehouse lease with Spartan to store 150,000 tons of fly ash imported from India at the state port in Morehead City. Spartan has right of first refusal, the official said in the report, for a long-term lease of two acres at the port if it decides to build a bulk operation that could store 200,000 tons of ash a year.

Phibro Israel Signs Indian MoU

The Israeli branch of veterinary company Phibro Animal Health Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding with Indian company Zydus Cadila, in which the latter company will set up a plant in India to manufacture Phibro's products and market them in India, according to a Globes.co report. Phibro Israel GM Jonathan Bendheim, son of parent company chairman, president and CEO Jack Bendheim, said in the report, "We're a leading global company in vaccinations and drugs for animals used as food for people. My grandfather founded the company. In the 1970s, my father decided to start operating in Israel for Zionist reasons, and this activity is now very financially worthwhile." Its business in Israel has now become Phibro's global base for development and marketing of vaccinations, in which Phibro is a global leader. In addition to vaccinations, Phibro Israel also includes a plant in Petah Tikva for making veterinary drugs, and the company's marketing activity in Turkey, where it leads the vaccination market, Africa, India, and Russia is conducted from Israel. Relations were established with the Indian company when Teva still had the vaccinations business, the report said. "This company used to distribute Teva's products, and today, from a small company, it has become the fourth largest pharmaceutical company in India, if you take both veterinary and human drugs into account."

ASTM International Honors Mohan Kosamia

Mohan Kosamia, manager of technical/R&D services at Church & Dwight Co. Inc. in South Chesterfield, Va., has received the D11 Distinguished Service Award from ASTM International’s committee on Rubber and Rubber-Like Materials. The committee recognized Kosamia for his dedication and service to the development and maintenance of international standards for the rubber industry. An ASTM member since 1980, he has also received the Award of Achievement from committee D11 in 2007. Kosamia received his master’s degree in organic chemistry from P.T. Science College in Surat, India. He has been at Church & Dwight since 1987, and was an operation manager for Carter Wallace in Trenton, N.J., until 1996. In addition to ASTM, Kosamia is a member of the American Chemical Society’s Rubber Division.

IFC Plans $6B Investment in India

International Finance Corporation, a World Bank Group member, is planning to invest up to $6 billion in India over the next five years to support initiatives in renewable energy and green buildings, said a top official of the institution. "We have already invested over $2 billion in green buildings initiatives in India since 2005. Over the next five years until 2022, we will be investing $5 billion to $6 billion on climate change-led initiatives,” said Jun Zhang, India country head at IFC, in a statement. Out of this proposed investment, 20 percent will be invested in efforts towards green buildings initiatives, while the rest will be in climate change-led and sustainable development projects, according to reports.

Berklee Signs Agreements with New Partners

The Berklee International Network, Boston, Mass.-based Berklee’s global network consisting of academic partnerships around the world, has added new colleges and universities in Chile, England, France, India, Mexico and the Netherlands, increasing its membership to 23 institutions in 22 countries. BIN members help to educate approximately 17,000 music students throughout the world. Global Music Institute in India provides musicians with a full-time engagement in the professions and art of music. The first two years of the graduate diploma program are focused on establishing a foundation in the core elements of music, while the third year is for directed study, mentorship, career development and student-led projects. Students learn to approach the field of music in a comprehensive and responsible manner, developing strong, professional habits, along with individual artistic identities that will enable them to navigate the many facets of a career in music. BIN was founded in 1993 to promote and advance the value of contemporary music education among its members throughout the world.

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