Research Highlights

What India can learn from China: Experience of cross border gas pipeline projects

“India is lagging behind China due to TIPS (Trade-Investment-Political-Social) strategy with the supplier and transit country”, claims a new study. Sanket Sudhir Kulkarni and Prof. Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan from the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Indian Institute of Science have studied the execution of energy projects in India and China. The study undertook a comparative analysis of approaches of China and India towards supplier and transit countries in the energy pipeline.

Fruit preferences in the rhesus macaque

The large, red-faced, rather scary rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta)is a species of monkey a lot of us have encountered. The primate is highly adaptable, and eats almost anything – fruits, small leaves and human food.

In the context of forests, the fruit-eating habit of primates makes them ecologically important as seed dispersers. Studying what kind of fruits primates prefer can reveal their importance in this important activity of seed dispersal, and in turn the impact the primates can have on forest dynamics.

Asmita Sengupta and Sindhu Radhakrishna from the School of Natural and Engineering Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies undertook a study at the Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal to explore this further.