Nagaland Science & Technology Council

Science and Technology intervention in Nagaland came to limelight when a one man commission was appointed under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister for few months and later created a cell under the Development Commissioner, Planning Department, way back in 1983.










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Nagaland Science and Technology Council (NASTEC) is an autonomous body, under the aegis of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Nagaland. The Council came into being as a registered society on 6th August, 1999 under the Nagaland Societies Registration Act, 1983. The Council involves in activities like S&T popularization, Research studies, implementation of development projects on S&T sector, Ecology & Environment, Micro-hydel projects, Remote Sensing and GIS applications, Space Technology Applications and promotion of new technologies in association with various scientific organizations in the country.

Under NASTEC, the following Centres and Divisions have been set up:
i. State Remote Sensing Application Centre
ii. Biotechnology Hub
iii.Patent Information Centre
i. Engineering
ii. Analytical Science
iii. Life Science
iv. Geoscience

Upcoming Events/Activities Recent Activity

  • 11/8/2021 State Level Webinar on Intellectual Property Rights on Collaboration with Zunheboto Government College: 11th August, 2021
  • Installation of Indigenously Developed Technology units for value addition of Agro produce in three districts of Nagaland.
  • Field Study of Zingiberaceae for species identification and pollination
  • Wetland study and field assessment for Peren, Dimapur and Mokokchung District
  • Training programmes on water quality analysis to Ph.D Scholars
  • Stake holders consultative meeting for vulnerable & risk assessment of Climate Change in Nagaland.
  • Upgradation of SSDI portal and deployment of School education portal
  • 26/8/2021 To attend 2-day training workshp on “Geodetic Network adjustment for high resolution 2D/3D surveys for NSDI application development on 26-27th August, 2021.

Best Activities of Nagaland Science & Technology Council For

The Year 2020-21

Implementation of Chemical Ecology of the North-Eastern Region (NER) of India:
A collaborative programme linking NER and Bangalore Scientists.
A new interdisciplinary programme in Chemical Ecology and the first of its kind in the country was launched in April 2016. This programme was formulated keeping in view that the NE region has a unique and rich biodiversity, however, lacks in sufficient researchers and expertise in the field to explore the potential of the rich bioresource. The programme is a collaboration among the NER institutions viz., Nagaland State Science & Technology Council, Kohima (Nagaland), IBSD-Imphal (Manipur), IBSD-Gangtok (Sikkim), NEHU-Shillong (Meghalaya), Rajiv Gandhi University-Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Mizoram University- Aizawl (Mizoram), Manipur University- Imphal (Manipur) and partner institutions in Bangalore such as NCBS, IISc, C-CAMP and UAS-GKVK. This programme is expected to bring a huge impact for NER researchers through capacity building, enduring research and training links with partner institutions in Bangalore (NCBS, IISc, UAS), particularly in the field of Chemical Ecology. This programme will both build new scientific capacity in India and provide tremendous, unique training and career development opportunities for aspiring and established scientists, particularly from the Northeast.

The Chemical Ecology program is funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India. It was launched by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister for Science & Technology & Earth Science on 19th April, 2016 at NASTEC, Kohima. NASTEC has hosted the 2nd Meet of SAC and PSC on DBT’s Chemical Ecology Programme at Kohima on 10 & 11th April, 2017. Under this programme, currently three projects have been taken up, namely:

(i) Chemical Ecology of Oak Borer Larva with its host and the associated organisms.

(ii) Chemical Ecology of Dazo Nha: A potent Anti-rheumatic plant.

(iii) Aquarium-assisted Evaluation of Fish-Poisoning Plants against Fishes followed by Piscicidal Plants Extraction, Isolation and their Neurobiological Activity.
Awareness creation at Schools levels, ITI, Polytechnics and Advanced Training Institutes (ATI) on Emerging Information Technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robots, cyber crime, Internet of Things, etc
Nagaland Science & Technology Council (NASTEC) organized the Phase-Wise Awareness Programmes on Robotics & Artificial Intelligence (AI) under the theme “Catch Them Young” at various rural areas under Kiphire District. This is supported by Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems Division, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.

Information Technology has become an essential utility which is being used everywhere including villages where people has access to it through mobile phones. However, there is not much awareness on its uses or the risk or vulnerabilities relating to cybersecurity. Additionally, children are being exposed to the risks without knowledge of the how systems work. The broad objectives of this proposal are:

• To create awareness to the students of schools about different emerging technologies in the IT world.

• To introduce new technologies on AI and Robotic and build an interest for the students at a young age to learn them.

• To guide students towards various career options available in the IT sector.

The project aims to cover 100 schools in Kiphire district of Nagaland State. It may be mentioned that this is the first pilot project and Kiphire District being an aspirational district has been selected for the said training. All the teacher trainees and students are covered under this programme from Scheduled Tribe category.
Implementation of CHAMAN-Phase 2 (Coordinated Horticulture Assessment & Management Using Geoinformatics):
This project is funded by Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre (MNCFC) using remote sensing technology. CHAMAN is a pioneer project in which remote sensing technique is being used for strategic development of horticulture sector as also to increase the farmers’ income.

The main objective is to prepare a horticulture development plan for Jhum land and Cultivable wasteland areas. This includes horticulture site suitability analysis based on physical parameters and based on conditional search from Jhum lands using Geospatial tools and techniques.
In Nagaland, the 1st Phase of Chaman project is completed.

Phase I: Dimapur District has been selected and the crop is pineapple. Inputs from Directorate of Horticulture were taken into account when preparing the technical modeling for suitability analysis. The release of report was done on 12th April on 2018 at Guwahati, Assam.

Phase II:The crops selected for Phase 2 are Orange for Wokha District and Kiwi Fruit for Phek district respectively. The geo-database is submitted to the ministry in Jan., 2020.
Facilitation of Integrated Watershed Monitoring Project (IWMP)
The Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) is one of the flagship programmes of the Government of India and is being implemented by the Department of Land Resources (DoLR), GoI in all states of the country. The project envisages monitoring and evaluation of IWMP projects using Bhuvan web services and Mobile app for the sanctioned projects from 2009-10 to 2014-15. Each project has to be monitored for a period of 5 years from the date of implementation. NASTEC has been assigned to carried out the monitoring and evaluate the activities and change detection analysis is going on for the IWMP activities for the State. Three (3) Districts has been completed and report has been submitted to the ministry.
Use of Geo-informatics in Rural Road Projects under Pradhan Mantri Gram SadakYojana:
Nagaland Science and Technology Council (NASTEC), in coordination with Public work department, Government of Nagaland is carrying out the mapping for PMGSY rural road using geo-spatial technologies. This is carried out in collaboration with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), ISRO with their technical guidance to generate of geospatial database of rural roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram SadakYojana (PMGSY), in order to have comprehensive geospatial database. PMGSY rural road network need to be verified on ground and road-wise attributes to be collected for the generation of road network. And to monitor all weather roads which are being constructed to connect the rural habitations in India under PMGSY from 2000 onwards. The completed roads initiated from 2000 were mapped under PMGSY-1 and geo-dadatabase has been created using high resolution BHUVAN satellite imagery and field verification is completed and for identification and code verification is ongoing in coordination with PWD, GoN.
Technology demonstration of Indigenously developed Biomass Fired Dryer &Animal Feed Crusher for Value Addition and Socio Economic Upliftment of Rural Tribal Population of Nagaland”
This project is funded by SEEDS division, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. The main objectives is to setup the units of Indigenously developed biomass fired drying unit and Animal feed crusher in six districts of Nagaland, and to give trainings and Technology demonstration of the installed Technologies & dissemination. The application of these technologies in remote rural areas is envisaged to be highly economical and can generate enormous impact in the socio-economic uplifting of the rural marginal farmers in remote rural villages of Nagaland. The Drying unit can be used for drying of agro produce or wild vegetables such as Chillies, all leafy vegetables, sliced fruits and tubers, meat, etc. The animal feed crusher can be used for preparation of feed by crushing any type of fodder such as vegetables, agro produce wastes, grasses, wild edible plants, etc.
Facilitation of the study on understanding the adaptive plant-pollinator networks among the understory perennial gingers (Zingiberaceae) using field and molecular ecology approach.
This projected is funded by DBT under twining progamme in collaboration with IISER Bhopal as a partner Institute. The main aim of the study is to have ginger repository and to understand plant-pollinator interactions under an evolutionary context using both ecological and molecular techniques. The overall objects are 1. To train scientists and students at NASTEC with methods in pollination ecology, modern plant taxonomy and population genetics using molecular markers, 2. Mapping phenology and pollination ecology of diurnal and nocturnal gingers in Nagaland. 3. Using molecular genetic approach understand the role of pollinators in population genetic structuring of gingers in the North East.

At least 11 species of Hedychium, and 20 species from allied families were collected during the fieldwork. Altogether seven genus belonging to Amomum, Cucurma, Elettaria, Globba, Hedychium, Cautleya and Zingiber were collected from Nagaland. Collection of Tissues, Rhizomes, Herbarium and maintenance of the green House at NASTEC. The green house is maintained at NASTEC, where the collected rhizomes are planted and maintained. It will also serve for manipulative experiments which will involve capturing pollinators as a study of their behaviour towards native and introduced ginger species.