Director’s message

The current outputs of IASST in terms of infrastructure, technology, scientific manpower generation and several outreach ventures are listed here. It is a sincere belief that the vision of original founders of IASST has now come to some level of fruition, although in the same breadth, we feel that the achievement is not proportionate to the long journey of 39 years since its establishment in 1979. This has been mainly because neither its founder, The Assam Science Society, had resources to support the new borne institute nor the Government of Assam supported it adequately for the growth of infrastructure and manpower so that it could flourish as a scientific institute in the region. It was only from the time of its taking over in 2009 by DST, Govt. of India that the true research spirit came alive and infrastructure and other research ambiance began taking shape.This is clear from a glance at few parameters with actual values for the periods 2009-12, 2013-16 and 2017-18.

Total land area (sqft)864000864000864000Core Faculty151614
On use land (sqft)576000864000864000NPF184
Building area (sqft)84641533115331NPDF088
Road network (sqft)193686456064560RA32013
Green area (%)89.4279.5879.58JRF/SRF636822
Core fund (Cr.)40.8482.3428.86Publications15534358
EMP fund (Cr.)9.8621.74.85IF (total/per paper)196/1.27584/1.70124/1.94
Internal revenue (Cr.) filed5115
NPF: National Program Faculty; NPDF: National Post-Doctoral FellowPhD awarded273624

Research laboratory and civil infrastructures and residential accommodation facilities of IASSTgot augmentedsubstantially during last five years and several construction projects namely Essential Services Staff Quarter,Engineering Unit, Boundary wall of BCH and Director’s Residential Quarterwere completed and taken over during the year 2017-18.Eighty percent of the construction of Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) and GLPcompliantAnimal House Facility was completed during the same period and these buildings will be taken over soon. Several sophisticated research equipment including TEM, GC-MS-MS, Time Resolved Fluorescence Spectrophotometer, Raman Spectrometer and CHNS Analyser were added to the pool of equipment in CIF.These facilities have also been a factor in IASST becoming an excellent research centre to attract talented research scholars for doing quality science. In fact,in the last five years, there had been a sharp increase in the number of JRF/RA/PDF/NPF who joined IASST with scholarship/fellowship under different national programmes. Eight (8) NPDFs and thirteen (13) RAs joined IASST during 2017-18 and currently twenty five (25) PDFs and one hundred twenty eight (128) Ph. D. scholars are pursuing research in the institute. Twenty four (24) research scholars received Ph. D. degree during 2017-18 which is the highest number of Ph. D produced by the institute in a single year since the introduction of this academic programme. Some of them already had placements as PDF in laboratories inside and outside the country.To provide guidance and leadership to the large part of young researchers, the process of recruitment of eight (8) Scientist positions started during 2017-18 and more scientists will be in place soon. The year also saw several new initiatives, which were outcome of the efforts for reorientation of institute’s activity in the light of deliberations in the review meetings of the autonomous bodies initiated by DST during early part of 2017-18. It is realized that institute’s research strategy should be a balanced mix of basic science and technology generation so that it can create start-up opportunities. IASST started an Incubation Centre named “IASST Societal Venture and Entrepreneurship Consortium” (ISVEC) during the year. Two groups of incubates of IASST were hosted in ISVEC for testing proof of concept of two of IASST’s technologies. The institute has been taking up various other related activities under ISVEC for the benefit of prospective entrepreneurs and also putting best possible efforts to generate internal revenues. During the year ₹1059 lakh (3.2% of core budget) was generated against ₹ 35.1 lakhs of2016-17 (1.2% of core budget).

Institute’s activity under its scientific societal responsibility has been intensified during the year. In thetwo adopted STcommunity villages, farmers adoptedrural technologies on IASST’s initiative for production of mushroom, eri silkand vermicompost. One health camp was organized and theInternational Yoga Day was alsocelebrated in the village. Under the Laboratory Exposure Visit programme, more than 2500 school and college students of North East (NE) India were hosted in the institute. During the year, the institute also observed and celebrated different national programmes including Swachhta Pakhwada, National Science Day, Hindi Diwas, Vigilance Day, International Yoga Day, Commemoration of 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, Independence Day and Republic Day in right earnest with a devotional spirit towards collective consciousness and action for dedication of IASST in the service of the nation.

Overall, IASST witnessed satisfying growth momentum during the year. I would like to put on record the valuable suggestions and guidance received from Governing Council, Scientific Advisory Council, Building Works and Finance Committee in execution of the different activities.  The members of Annual Report preparation committee did an excellent job in bringing the report to the final shape within the set time limit. Finally,I take this opportunity to complement the entire IASST family for their continuous efforts towards growth of IASST. It is a pleasure to present the activities and achievements of this public funded national R&D institute to the esteemed readers.

‘Jai Hind’.

(N. C. Talukdar)