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New Delhi: The government will provide annual scholarships to five Indian students for doctoral research in science, engineering and mathematics to create a “critical mass of performing scientists”, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

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The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to support five Indian students every year for doctoral research in science, engineering, and mathematics at CMU, Minister of State for Science and Technology, Y.S. Chowdary, said in a written reply.

“The SERB proposed to spend $2.4 million while CMU will spend at least $5 million on Indian students who will be selected from 2016-17 to 2020-21,” Chowdary said.

“This overseas doctoral fellowship program is aimed to build national capacity where the talent supply of researchers in the areas of interest to the country is sub-critical,” he added.

According to Chowdary, the program will in the long run create a critical mass of performing scientists in niche areas to strengthen national programs of interest to the country.

(IANS)

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TikTok Still Unavailable on Google, Apple App Stores: Report

TikTok refused to share anything more than what it had said on Wednesday

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The logo of the TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken Feb. 21, 2019. VOA

TikTok remained unavailable for download on both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store on Thursday – a day after the Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench lifted the ban on the short video-sharing app.

Sources in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that official communication to the technology companies would be made after it receives the court directive.

The IT ministry had earlier asked Google and Apple to block the app following the Supreme Court’s refusal to stay the Madras HC’s call for ban on the app on April 3.

Deciding the case filed by advocate Muthukumar, the Madurai Bench on Wednesday vacated its interim order banning the app, subject to conditions that pornographic videos will not be uploaded on it, failing which contempt of court proceedings would begin.

Owned by Chinese company ByteDance, TikTok claims to have over 120 million monthly active users in India.

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TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

A search for the app on Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store on Thursday did not yield any result.

While Google and Apple refused to share any official statement, the companies would be able to reinstate the app only when they receive an official directive revoking the ban.

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TikTok refused to share anything more than what it had said on Wednesday.

“We are glad about this decision and we believe it is also greatly welcomed by our thriving community in India, who use TikTok as a platform to showcase their creativity,” TikTok had said. (IANS)