Find your PhD- Best websites and quotes

PhD is the garden of the questions. If you keep your mind and heart open, you will able to find all the answers to all the mysteries. Although a PhD student search for the universe, just to find his own. His soul always search for wisdom rather than the publications. Please bring in the magic back in PhD. Here is my contribution to help my fellow colleagues to search there PhD and lab partners.

https://www.findaphd.com/

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https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/

 

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https://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/jobs

 

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https://jobs.sciencecareers.org/

 

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https://www.wemakescholars.com/

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https://www.eurosciencejobs.com/

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https://www.daad.de/deutschland/promotion/en/

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https://www.seek.co.nz/PHD-jobs

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https://scholarshipdb.net/

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https://www.phdportal.com/

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https://www.universityvacancies.com/

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https://www.glassdoor.com/

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https://academicpositions.com/

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How PhD Students can make a Huge difference using INTERNET?

Are you confused? How can you make the difference using INTERNET? PhD students only use internet to extract the technical or scientific information. Isn`t? But most of the PhD projects always struggle to explain the success rate of replicability or scalability of the results at worldwide level. So, there is big need for PhD students to understand the power of Internet and Digital media which can be used to bring the change. I can understand if we were conducting research in 1970s or 1980s, we cannot obtain successful replicable results due to unavailability of advanced communication devices and digital platform. But in 2018, there should be no reason because we have 4g and 5g Internet.

Considering the case of not obtaining the replicable results in scientific results globally , there are many reasons ranging from technical issues, experimental set up or human handling. The reason is that there is no record or a platform which observes these changes at regular time intervals and every time a new PhD student has to make certain changes in the standard lab protocols. To acquire uniform results globally, PhD students will have to make some changes in there traditional way of recording the information by using Internet. We can make this happen. Does this make sense? It will

And you don`t to have make big efforts or spend hours to do this but you will need to understand the digital platforms as they all work quite differently. All you have to do is to transform your everyday mistakes and efforts into a blog,vblog or podcast (if you want to do it weekly), pictures or animations. Lets just say, your project is related with DNA of plants or microbes.   There are so many commercial kits available to extract DNA whose experimental set up or protocol does not vary a lot but it gives the non uniform results depending of various factors such as quality of commercial kits, buffer, timing, handling and many other factors.  I am a bio-technologist,  so I am talking in terms of DNA. But if you are in ecology or bioinformatic, the variation is the results triples down or even more which is important to understand. But there is no recorded data which shows the information of situations that are faced by PhD students. With increase in the number of graduate students, collaboration between industries and educational institutes, there is need to have a platform or digital information which can help the fellow PhD students in the similar field. It could be the product review just like we review iPhone or any other electronic device. We always appreciate the reviews by other users and it also helps us a lot to know about different products and make the right call.

I believe that with so many platforms in today`s digital world, we can increase the replicability and scalability of our research at global scale but will require constant efforts from PhD students. PhD students can easily communicate and link with each other all around the world. It is a long shot but it has become a necessity which can be achieved.  If PhD students starts creating content which can increase the efficiency of overall research impact, it will change the world for better.  Your PhD will be more than just publishing papers in high impact factor journals or attending international conferences.

Surprisingly, today`s research and development sector only produces positive results which shows that there are no problems in the progress of the project which makes me think that then it could have solve all the world problems. There are still millions of problems to be solved. All the problems are there in your lab only. The only way to solve these problems is to increase the networking between PhD students working in similar area and create content specifically focusing on the protocols, products and experimental set up we use.

And, What if I say, there are additional perks in addition to make science better and fast. With changing digital economy, we have the potential to unlock the billion dollar market but the key to unlock this market is creating content in form of written words, videos or podcast or even pictures.

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Life is Chess but We are playing Ludo

I was bit confused about how to start this piece but I decided to go on and blast a bomb on you by saying that most of you are sitting on a wrong TRAIN for Life. Just imagine the time, when you missed a train or are have boarded the wrong train. How does that feel? Will you accept it for life? What if I told you that you are in that train but you are not aware of it.

Our brain and our reactions in response to our life decisions has become constant or quite similar and most of us respond in a very similar way to the so called responsible society. The big change that I noticed while growing up is that each year more and more engineers are graduated from India. If we talk about numbers, there were almost 1.5 million graduates in 2018 and if we constantly produced the same number of engineers there will be almost 35 million or more engineers by 2035.

Well, Ask yourself a question, when was the last time you got really happy or satisfied. Most of the answers will be- when i got the apple laptop, iPhone, new shoes, luxury or a job that is going to pay 20% more from your current salary. You will notice the similar pattern in our youth and we do not even need artificial intelligence to understand this pattern. This is a serious pattern to notice as India has 60% of youth population. The society,system or industries have recognized your pattern and understood your response towards the material happiness. Make sense?  Its going to make sense to all of you. Think about the time when you were choosing your future when you were just just 14 or 15. What were you told? What did you hear? Who were the people? How was the feeling? Was it good or bad? You were told that engineering and private companies are the future. You were told that these companies will pay you more and you will have a luxurious life to live. Everyone including your parents, friends and school told you this and filled your mind with hopes and desires for the next 4-5 years. Isn`t?

Let me take you quickly to those 4-5 years. I am not saying that all of you must be feeling like this but its only for those who feel this way. But if you are happy with your decision or working in a corporate company and completely satisfied at present, then its great.  But if you were thinking every single moment of your University life when you wanted to be something else instead of becoming a corporate professional. But the problem was the stimulus of all the hopes and desires that were created by society and parents was so strong that you could not take that wild step towards your passion.

But no told you or even give you a hint that you would have got better in your skill if you had worked your ass of for 1500 days. Isnt? So instead you spent those years in studying the subject you didn`t liked while arguing, complaining, crying about society and life.

IMPORTANT NOTE – You still have time as you have just lived 25% of your life.  Bs thodi si himat karni padegi. 

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I am pretty sure that most of the generation of India of my age will be on fire or would want to kill me because of my blunt writing. But its true we all are playing ludo instead of Chess. We all are tying to get 6 moves ahead so that we could afford a luxurious flat, car or a fucking euro trip.  We are not taking two steps backwards to understand the pattern and overall game we are deeply stuck in from throat to anus. Nothing is going in and nothing is going out of your mind and heart.

Most of us are trying to win big but instead of winning big we are getting stuck in a bigger bubble. It`s high time for us to understand the bubble formation as when one bubble mixes with the another one, it makes the bigger bubble with bigger unwanted problems to deal.

 

 

 

 

 

F**K Media and Understand the power of INTERNET

Do you complain about the society, media and government? I am warning you that if you still want the media or big industries to change there work ethic and your life, then its not for you but if you want to understand the power of internet, change we can bring then read my blog. And I decided to write this blog after observing that we are only complaining  and sharing the negative content in the internet instead of sharing positivity and solutions. Internet has become a complaint box with infinite number of complaints which will never get answered. Specifically, I was bit surprised that in the world where you can access the Internet in railways, bus stations and even in airplanes, we are still discussing about Hindu-Muslim debate which is depressing for the whole country. Please try to understand the power of Internet. Internet is the real democracy and we finally have the power in our hands if we use it effectively.

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The rules and functioning of society is changing faster than ever before, the life  has become so comfortable that we are able to book and place everything online with just one click. Then why can`t we spread love and peace with just one click.

It`s been long time that we are fearing over the big corporate companies controlling  everything and creating the unnecessary fear and negativity among the people around the world. But with internet, we need to open our hands, free our heart, start typing and fill the internet with positivity, love, fear and optimism so that these media companies who are creating the disturbances in terms of religions and society get the hell back down. But it would take effort from each individual and would require to initiate. We all are just trying to find tricks or easy ways out of it by expecting that media and society will change.

Number of internet users in India is expected to reach 500 million by June,2018 and we are still complaining about the media, society and government. India has the second largest number of Internet users globally who all are connected through a common medium which is completely free for everyone to use and share there views and ideas. But we take this opportunity to share what media, society and government has to tell us and dwelling on the points which has been there for long time and dividing the society every now and then. Do you still want to do that for next 50 years or until you die?

So, What`s the solution?

I would like to believe that there are more number of good people than bad people in this world, then how come the Internet is full of negativity and complaints instead of positive content and solutions that brings peace and positive change every single day.  Before, all the platforms were just supporting a certain set of people who had the everything controlled but Internet gives us the complete freedom to every single individual in the society to make the change. It is the magical network where you can send peace, love and and positive solution through a single send button. Words in both book and internet platforms means the same so it`s time for us to stop finding the easy way out and complaining about the problems in the society.  Imagine, how much time it will take to reach to 1000 people in your parents time when they were watching television or reading newspaper to learn about the world. The internet has completely reverse the trend from millions/billions to 1 (case of television or radio) to  1 to millions/billions which is the case of Internet It completely depends on how you use it.

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We have unlimited alternatives if we understand this technology. Our parents did not had this opportunity to connect with billions of people with all around the world so why do our thoughts are still stuck in there time zone and why are we still complaining about the same issues that existed 30 years before?  We have limitless alternatives to develop and deliver the change we want. Ofcourse, it`s not easy, because complaining and sharing the post without reading it completely is easy.

The problem is that we don`t share our real viewpoints or the solution you think that it is best for the humankind. We do not make an effort to create a positive content instead we debate on what politicians and industries are doing to the environment. Because we think that everyone knows but the media and government is still controlling things.  So we decide not share positivity and peace but instead we prefer to share the viewpoint of negative people who are trying to divide and create a difference in the society and expect them to change. We need to come out of our artificial comfort zone and start working on the change we want to see. The only difference is that they have understood the use of internet and are exploiting it to the maximum.

Indian Boy got 2.3 million EUR Funding

An Indian boy got 2.3 million Euros funding from the Government of Italy to create some innovative Enzymes. He is one of the most calm and talented Human being I have never met and his passion is to create innovation projects in Science.

Me- Hey,I know you personally but can you tell my readers little bit about yourself. Like you background and what are you doing now?

Roh- Well basically I’m from Himachal Pradesh, my father is a retired army officer, mother is a house wife and have a younger sister. In 2016 I completed my Bachelor from Amity university, India in Biotechnology. After that I got admission in Masters in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling in University of Groningen, Netherlands which was funded by Erasmus Mundus. But after completing my 1st semester, I realized that I am not enjoying this course as this course was totally different from my bachelor studies. So, I discussed this issue with my director and she helped me to get another Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Italy for 1st Chemical Nano Engineering Program. This program is launched first time in Europe in collaboration with university of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy , Aix Marseille University, France and Wroclaw University, Poland.

Wow this amazing that your director helped you out with everything. And you got selected for both the scholarships.

Me. Where are you located these days?

Roh. In my hometown, Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh

Great

Me- I read about your grant from the Government of Italy? How did you started this project?

Roh- I started working on this project a year ago before I start my education consultancy company for European education.I am trying to collaborate with universities in Europe for my education consultancy in India and other countries around the globe who wish to pursue there studies in Europe. I got information regarding this funding program by Italy government to launch startup visa for innovation project. I confirmed this with my director Maria of university of Rome tor Vergata, Italy. And I thought that it is a golden opportunity for me to develop something innovative. Then I talked with my mentor in India with whom I have worked in one of my summer internship. He accepted my offer to mentor this project.

So we decided to produce enzyme technology and production unit in India. It took us ` year to develop the basic protocol of the project. We got the approval of our grant on 21st March,2018. And we were ready to launch this startup in Italy.

Me. What kind of enzymes are you going to develop in your industry? Where will your industry be located?

Roh- In the first phase of our project we will develop enzymes by traditional methods by using fermentation menthol. We will manufacture enzymes like Alfa amylase, protease, cellulase, xylanase. All these enzymes are used in different industries of textile, food, detergent, paper, pharmaceutical industries. Our head office is located in Milan and production unit in India. We have already developed the market for 1st phase production and In the second phase, we will be testing our new technology to enhance the overall process of enzyme manufacturing which I cannot disclose right now. As it is still in the process.

Me- What Kind of raw material will you be using to create these enzymes?

Roh- Agriculture waste. We will be using rice husk, wheat brawn and sugarcane waste which are complete waste to the farmers and they usually burn them. So, we are creating values out of the waste. So instead of burning the waste, we will be buying this from farmers which will also give the additional income to the farmers for there waste.

Me- Why are you so interested in this project?

Roh- It will benefit all kind of stakeholders as we are creating something out of the waste. It is estimated that this US enzyme industry will be worth 6.3 billion dollars by 2020. So I thought, it will be a big industry in India too. Although, many companies are already working on it but we still need innovative techniques to build better quality products for many industries.

Me- What are your expectation from your start up in terms of money or Jobs creation?

Roh- I am expecting that this industry will generate 150-200 million euros by 2020. It will create atleast 150-200 jobs.

Me-Have you started employing people?

Roh- Yes we started to hire People for our work

Me- How many people will you be employing?

Roh- We already have team in Italy to manage operation in Europe and We need 20 people in India to start the intial phase of the project.

Me- Can you give some advice to future students?

Roh- I just want to tell student never run for marks and try to do something different. Scores are not everything. Always try to build a network and meet new people. It will give you a chance in your life to make your life better.

Me- Do you think I can upload your public information in my blog so that people can contact you for suggestions.

Roh- Yes ofcourse. And if any one has any innovative idea which they want to turn into reality, I can help them out with the complete process

Interesting facts about Genes

The earth is a mix of many genes of humans, animals, viruses, bacteria, shark and so on. Just think of every living life and think why is it like this?  It`s all about genes.

Did you wonder if the number of genes can make a difference in your life? And the crazier fact is that these genes are not constant. They are always evolving and changing becoming better or furious. It depends of what we are talking about. Over here, I am only going to talk about numbers, Just numbers. And its going to blow your mind.

Q1. How many genes are there in Humans?

A1. Its about 100,000.

Q2. Do we know the function of all the genes in humans?

A2. No. We only know the function of about 19,000-20,000 genes which are known as protein coding genes.

Q3. What about other 80,000 genes?

A3. Earlier they consider them to be non-functional genes (non coding) but the theories are changing stating that they have an effect on function of 20,000 protein coding genes.

Q4. What is the most popular gene in Humans?

A4.  The gene is known as TP53. It`s role is to protect you from the cancer.

If there is a technology or a strategy that can make this gene so strong that it never under goes mutations. There will be no case of cancer in the world.

Well this is something about genes in humans. What about the genes in other living life?

Q5. When was the first tiger genome published?

A5. 2013

Q6. How many genes are there in a tiger?

A6. Researchers reported 20,226  protein coding genes and 2,935 non coding genes. Well the numbers can change with advancement in technology.

Q7. When was the first cat genome published? Do you know the name of the Cat?

A7. 2007. The name of the cat is cinnamon.

Q8. How many genes are there in a cat?

A8. Roughly 20,000 genes.

Q9. What percentage of DNA tiger shares with a domestic cat?

A9. 96%

Sometimes I wonder if we put the rest 4% genes from the tiger in a cat that cats does not have, will they become more ferocious like wild tigers.  What if you subtract these 4% genes from the tigers that cats does not have? Will you be able to play with these tigers like you can play with cats?   I am really interested to know more about these 4% genes. 😉 

Q10. How many genes are there in  most common bacteria- E.coli?

A10. It can vary from 4000 to 6000 genes

Do you know that this E.Coli normally live in the intestines of the humans and animals but some types of E.coli can cause intestinal infection include diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever. In some extreme cases, it can also lead to bloody diarrhea, dehydration or even kidney failure.

In this case you usually doctors advise you for a course of antibiotics and other medications. Not only this, there are reports that this along with other set of bacteria have become resistance to these antibiotics.

Q11. How many genes are resistant to antibiotics?

A11. It is a very hard question to answer but out of 4000-6000 genes that are present in E.Coli, there can be 5-10 genes (it can be more) that are resistant to bacteria which can vary in different strains of bacteria.

There is a small or big chance that these genes are present in the E.coli that are growing strong in your intestine.

Let me tell you something about Apple Fruit.

Q12. When was the first Apple genome published?

A12. 2010. It was a collaborative project between countries – New Zealand, USA, Italy, Belgium and France.

Q13. What is the total number of genes in a apple?

A13. A big count of 57000. Wow

Q14. Does the genome of apple reveal something new?

A14. Yes, That it is a fruit crop of temperate region  and the Asian apple is the ancestor not the European apple which was proposed earlier as an ancestor.

Q.15 What about the number of genes in Dinosaur? 😉

A15. Yet to find 😉

 

 

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Options after MBBS- India

Today, I was talking to my friend Manoj who has recently become a Doctor from a renowned college “MAMC”, India. And I was talking to him about his future plans which lead to many questions regarding the present situation of students pursuing MBBS and Bachelor of Dental Studies in India. Also, my sister and some of my family member are into this field, so i can completely understand the struggle of first getting a position in a Government college to pursue your graduation, then more struggle for MD, MS and then to get a Job. Its completely fine if you are really passionate and only want to practice medicine or surgery for the rest of your life. Its going to be little hard to crack  the MD or MS exam in first shot but not impossible considering that there is only 3% chance of you getting admission into a government college. And this 3% is including both reserved and general seats.  According to my research, I could find out that there are total of 30,000 seats in the different fields of medicine and surgery including non clinical field and the number of aspiring students appearing was recorded to be around 100,000.  Lets take it fast forward that you have already completed your MBBS or BDS.

What now?

I am  sure that many of you might be interested  in looking for some new options and if you are flexible to try to some new fields,then there are many things that you can try and have a stable and good life.  Some of my friends pursued there masters in Health Hospital Management and are presently working with multinational companies, hospitals and  Health IT. Before, I go into the details of the options that you can puruse, I want to ask you one question.

Are you active on Digital Media? Do you inspire to become a freelancer or Digital Doctor? Do you think that you have some content or knowledge that other Doctors or health specialist does not have? If yes, please be active on social media like instagram, youtube and facebook. There is big need of real doctors sharing the real knowledge in  social media.  The smart phones that you are holding in your hands that use to share your problems with your friends and family is the actual answers to all your problems. Share the positive and informative content and make this world a healthy place.

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Apart from this, you can check these following options …

1.IIHMR is the renowned institution that provides courses in the area of hospital management, pharmaceutical management and public health etc. Not only this, they also have collaboration with John Hopkins to provide study options in the area of health management, public health biology, policies, ethics, environment sciences etc.

https://mph.iihmr.edu.in/

There are several over institutions that provide the similar courses like Manipal University.  https://manipal.edu/som/programs/program-list/mba-healthcare-management.html

2. Combined Medical Services Examination : Is conducted by Union Public Service Commission to train doctors to work in various public organisation such as railways and factories that are functioning under the government of India. The examination has two sets of written exams followed by an interview and personality test.

3. Biomedical Engineering: I think its pretty interesting that having immense knowledge that you can apply in studying the root cause problems of various health related disorders. I am not sure if it will be satisfying at helping a patient in real life. But you will be developing technologies, medicines that can help millions of people. Various institutions in India provide Masters in Biomedical Engineering including most of the IITs.

http://cbme.iitd.ac.in/

4. Clinical Research :  There is big need of conducting clinical trials in India which carries almost 15% of the world population and 20% of disease burden. Recently, it has been reported that there will be change in regulations and policies to conduct the clinical trials to increase the transparency of the results by reducing the approval time-period. So this will create a large number of opportunities.

5.Mental Health- What do you think about the rising level of depression in Indian among youth? I am not sure about the stats but the way we are moving ahead with the depression cases will be the maximum among Indian youth.  Another friend of mine who is also a Doctor, suggested me this option that future Doctors can consider.

6. Public health-  Are you curious about the understanding the impact of overall envrionment and social factors on humans health. Then you can puruse the studies in Public health. TISS is one of the most renowed instute that provides the course entitled Masters in Public Health.