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Two MRSPTU teachers among top scientists of world: Stanford Study

- Posted on 04 December 2020

– Achievement will inspire young scientists and scholars: VC

Bathinda, December 4: Two scientists of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University (MRSPTU), Bathinda have been listed in the World ranking of top 2 per cent Best Scientists in an independent study conducted by Stanford University (USA).

    One of the most prestigious Universities in the World, Stanford University (USA) has recently released a list of Top 2% Best Scientists in the year 2019.   

    Dr. Kawaljit Singh Sandhu, head Department of Food Science and Technology and Dr. Ashish Baldi from Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology, (MRSPTU), Bathinda made the university proud by getting featured among Top 2% Best scientists across the globe in “Food Science” and “Pharmacy” domains respectively. Dr. Sandhu and Dr. Ashish Baldi set benchmarks in teaching & research in their respective fields.

     The total of 20 Indian Scientists in Food Science and 91 in Pharmacy were selected in this global list on the basis of research quality and quantity indicators.

     Dr. Sandhu acclaimed worldwide rank of 967 whereas Dr. Baldi was ranked 1745 in their respective fields. 

      Dr. Sandhu has been actively involved in research and to his credit 3 books, 12 book chapters, and 82 publications in journals of repute. His h-index and citations are 22 and 2488, respectively (Scopus).

     Dr. Sandhu has received grants worth more than Rs. 3 crores from different funding agencies including University Grants Commission (UGC), Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and Punjab State Council of Science and Technology. He was also awarded “Young Scientist Award” by Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India) as well as by Punjab Academy of Sciences. He is presently working on de-bittering of kinnow juice, starch applications, antioxidants, and 3 D printing in food.

     Dr. Ashish Baldi is known globally in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences due to his 5 patents, 2 technologies transferred to Industries, more than 125 publications, 12 major research grants by Govt. of India, 12 books and over 150 talks/presentations. He is presently working on burning issues of Punjab like farmer’s sustenance through medicinal plant cultivation, breast cancer and other projects of National importance based on artificial intelligence, quality-by-design Technique for affordable healthcare.

  Another Alumnus of Giani Zail Singh Campus College of Engineering and Technology, MRSPTU, Dr. Harpreet Singh, now working in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar also finds a place in the list in the field of “Materials”.

   On Friday, both Scientists were honoured for their achievement at an impressive function held at the University.

          Facilitating both the achievers on this occasion, MRSPTU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Buta Singh Sidhu congratulated them for bringing laurels to MRSPTU through their research publications. He said, “This achievement has brought great pride to the Institute. I congratulate both scientists and their hard work and commitment to furthering science by excellent research work.”

     Prof. Sidhu stated that their achievement will inspire young scientists and scholars to perform better. It will motivate the entire MRSPTU faculty to set a benchmark in the field of education & research, he added.

      While  congratulating the achievers on this occasion,  Prof. (Dr.) Jasbir Singh Hundal, Dean (Research and Development) of the University emphasized on the importance of Research and Development for different ranking criterion for the educational institutions such as NIRF, Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The accomplishments of the University faculty are equally important in Accreditation such as NAAC, NBA among others. He said more than Rs. 6 crores have been granted by different funding agencies to the University in the form of research projects and more research projects amounting to Rs. 2 crores are in pipeline. 

     It is noteworthy that the MRSPTU was established in 2015; however, its research related activities are at par with the established Universities of the region.

          Head of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology Department, Dr. Rahul Deshmukh, Director, College Development Council, Dr. Ashok Goel, Dean Student Welfare, Dr. Paramjit Singh, Director Public Relations, Harjinder Sidhu, Director Training and Placement, Harjot Singh Sidhu also expressed their gratitude towards Dr. Sandhu and Prof. Baldi for commendable work in the field of Food Science and Pharmacy Research. 

          It is worthwhile to mention here that  In the study, Stanford university scientists created a database of around 1,60,000 top scientists of the world and made ranking on the basis of standardised citation indicators such as citations, h-index, co-authorship,  adjusted hm-index, citations to the papers in different authorship positions and a composite indicator. The Scientists were classified into 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields. The subject wise-analysis in this database has been conducted by the team of Stanford University, USA led by Dr. John PA Ioannidis and the same has been published by reputed Journal ‘PLOS Biology’.

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