860 research outputs found

    A Study on Influence of Personal Profile Variables on Emotional Intelligence Ofarts and Science College Students

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    Purpose: To assess the level of emotional intelligence among Arts and Science College students as well as the influence of personal profile traits on emotional intelligence in those students.   Theoretical framework:  Variables like Education, Area of residence, Gender, Age, Family monthly income, Father Educational Qualification influence the Emotional Intelligence of the Students   Design/methodology/Approach:   Purposive sampling, T- test, F- Test   Findings: This research has added to the body of knowledge about emotion-related personality differences among arts and science college students studying in various streams, and how they differ in various ways   Research, Practical  &  Social  Implications: Emotional intelligence should be taught through various workshops, Community-wide awareness programmes should be organized   Originality/Value: Establishing Emotional Intelligence-based results across several streams can aid in achieving a better balance between a student's personality and their academic stream of choice. Academic success and professional advancement are made easier with this balance. Emotional intelligence testing may also aid in the development of self-reflection and increased understanding of one's own personality

    A Study on Quality of Work Life of Software Professionals in Bengaluru City

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    Purpose: The earning potential of software companies depends on their employees’ productivity. To improve productivity, the organizations have to provide their employees with a pleasant working environment.  By offering pleasant Quality of Work Life (QWL) a company may retain efficient employees and keep them preoccupied with work, thereby improving productivity.    Design / Methodology / Approach: Study being descriptive in nature. Data relevant to the study have been collected by employing well-structured questionnaire. By adopting convenience sampling technique software employees have been selected from Bengaluru city. Data have been gathered from select software professionals at Bengaluru city.  Questions relating to personal profile and quality of work life are included in the questionnaire.   Findings: Result of chi-square test discloses that gender, educational qualification, type of family and working hours significantly influences the perception of QWL of Software Professionals.   Practical Implications: The result of the study assist employers to understand their employees’ perception towards quality of work life and understand the employees’ expectations thereby, management are in a positon to fulfil the expectations of the employees.  Once employees’ expectations are fulfilled dedicated and committed employees may be retained at the workplace and efficient employees are attracted, thereby productivity and profitability of an institution may improve.   Social Implications: Offering better working environment at work place may motivate employees to be loyal and committed and to put their level best for the development of an organization as a whole.   Sincere and committed employees are an asset for the institution, their efforts not only contribute towards institution growth but also growth of a nation as a whole.   Originality / Value: Data collected through questionnaire are original in nature. Questionnaire assist in understanding the employees’ perception towards quality of work life at their work place

    Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) Cell line permeability of Curcumin loaded Phycocyanin nanosponges - In-Vitro study

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    Blood Brain barrier (BBB) is a natural protective wall in the brain to restrict the invasion of xenobiotics or toxic chemicals. This, in turn, becomes a major obstacle for researchers and industry people in formulating new drugs to treat brain disorders like brain tumors, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, meningitis, and so on. The purpose of this research is to study the in-vitro cytotoxicity & BBB permeation of curcumin-loaded phycocyanin nanosponges (Cur-PC NS) using Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cell lines. Cell viability of Cur-PC NS was performed using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2.5- diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay, the transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) values, and permeability coefficient were measured to test the integrity of monolayer of MDCK cell line. Results of the current study showed that Cur-PC NS at 50µM, 85% of MDCK cells are more viable and there was a significant (p<0.01) reduction in TEER values up to 48 hours when compared to the curcumin. The permeability coefficient of nanosponges produced a 2.5-fold increase in enhancement ratio with a Papp value of 1.94±0.11×10-6 cm/s and 4.86±0.04×10-6cm/s for curcumin and Cur-PC NS respectively. Results of the study can be concluded that phycocyanin nanosponges can be used as a carrier for curcumin to permeate the BBB which may play a major role in the treatment of various brain disorders. Future studies are needed to substantiate the exact mechanism of permeability with clarification of efflux transporters presented in BBB

    A Cross Sectional study on systemic hypertension and It’s relationship with waist to stature ratio in an urban population in Chennai

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    Hypertension is a Silent Killer disease. Worldwide , the most frequent disease causing Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality is Systemic Hypertension . Overall in the year 2000 , about 26.4% of the world’s population had Systemic Hypertension. It is expected that approximately 1 in 3 adults aged above 20 years will have the disease by the year 2025 . Hypertension is an iceberg disease. It can be described as the sleeping snake which bites when it wakes up. METHODS: A total of 440 study participants aged 20 to 60 years selected by two stage Simple Random sampling from T.P.Chathram, an urban locality in Chennai, the field practice area attached to Govt. Kilpauk Medical College were administered a semi structured Questionnaire for Socio demographic data and basic anthropometric measurements such as Height ,Weight ,Waist and Hip Circumference were taken including Blood pressure using a mercury sphygmomanometer with standard procedures. RESULTS: The Overall prevalence of hypertension was 27.5% with 95% C. I. of 23.33% to 31.67% . The Mean Waist to stature Ratio was 0.506 (±0.03) with 95% C.I. of 0.503 to 0.509. The Receiver\ud operating Characteristic ( ROC ) Curve analysis done revealed area under the curve ( AUC ) of WSR > Waist Hip Ratio > Body Mass Index. The Maximum Sensitivity of 96.7% and Specificity of 26.6% of WSR as a predictor of Hypertension was established at 0.502 . CONCLUSION: The prevalence of hypertension was high in the study population which requires comprehensive multimodal approach to treatment .The Superiority of Waist to Stature Ratio as a predictor of Hypertension has been established with greater AUC. So, Waist to Stature Ratio can be used for initial screening for hypertension at the Community level

    Regional nitrogen cycle: an Indian perspective

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    During the past century through food and energy production, human activities have altered the world's nitrogen cycle by accelerating the rate of reactive nitrogen creation. India has made impressive strides in the agricultural front, in which N fertilizer plays a major role. There has been a marked change in the supply and use of land, water, fertilizers, seeds and livestock, but the N use efficiency remained at a low level. Exploring the nature of these changes and quantification of the impacts on the N cycle has become essential. Hence we have presented data on various N pools and fluxes based on a conceptual N model. In India, efforts should focus on understanding the fate and consequences of the applied N and to increase the efficiency of N use

    Effect of Helical Winding Angle on External Pressure based Buckling of Partially Filled Thin Composite Cylindrical Shells

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    Effect of helical winding angle on buckling load of thin composite tubes is investigated in this work.  Experiments are conducted on both empty and partially filled S2 glass tubes to estimate contribution of strength to the tubes by the filler material.  Chosen filler material mechanically simulates behavior of typical solid propellant used in aerospace application.   FE analysis with non-linear effect correlates well with the experimental data.  Three series of experiments are conducted to quantify effect of helical winding angle and increase in volumetric loading fraction(VLF).  Results confirm appreciable improvement in strength of filled tubes for higher VLF.  For the chosen pattern of winding, lower winding angle provides more strength to the tubes against external pressure buckling.  &nbsp

    A Role of Knowledge Level of Employees in Customer Relationship Management With Special Reference to Lic

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    Purpose: Role ofknowledge level of employees in customer relationship management with special reference to LIC. In order to investigate a range of factors of CRM in LIC of India. In this specially concentrate to understand the knowledge level of the employees as perceived by the customer.   Theoretical framework: The theoretical frame work of the study, CRM is assessed the Knowledge level of employees isthe independent variables and the customer satisfaction is the dependent variable in the study. CRM is shown influencing the customer satisfaction. The significant influences of the factors on CRM vary according to different demographic profiles and views on policy holdings.   Design/Methodology/Approach:Descriptive research design was use in this studyThe prime data were collected from the sample of the respondents was identified from the total population of lic policy holders. The statistical analysis was carried out with the application of SPSS package. Both Descriptive and Inferential Analysis were carried out. The tools for the Inferential Analysis included Independent Sample t-test, One Way ANOVA, Chi Square Test, Friedman Test, Correlation and Regression.   Findings: The findings of the study based on output of the study. Henceforth reasoned that there is a huge distinction between mean positions towards Factors of Customer Relationship Management. In light of mean position, Customer Engagement is the main variable of CRM, trailed by Deployment of Modern Technology Knowledge level of the Employees etc. There is no importance contrast between capability of representatives concerning the Factors of Knowledge level of the Employees, There is significance contrast among male and female of laborers with respect to the Factors of Knowledge level of the Employees. The connection coefficient between Perception on Explanation of various items and Ready for Clarification is positive connections between Perception on Explanation of various item and Perception on Ready for Clarification .The connection coefficient between Explanation of various item and Recommending Right Schemes is positive connections between Explanation of various item and Recommending Right Schemes. The connection coefficient between Perception on Explanation of various items and Knowledge about Procedure is positive connections between Perception on Explanation of various items and Easy Acquisition of Policy and also different variables are decidedly corresponded with one another.   Research, practical & social implications:This article express a different perspective on CRM in LIC.The results of this study indicate knowledge level of employees has a strong impact on customer satisfaction. Therefore top management should implement latest technology based increase the knowledge level of employees. To increase the knowledge level of employees to help the increasing satisfaction level of policy holders. It is intended to help guide and reassure current and potential Ph. D students.   Originality/value:To date, no systematic review has been conducted on the knowledge level of employees in LIC .This paper makes an important contribution to knowledge level of employees in CRM

    Female Anopheles gambiae antennae: increased transcript accumulation of the mosquito-specific odorant-binding-protein OBP2

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    <p>Abstract</p> <p>Background</p> <p>New interventions are required to optimally and sustainably control the <it>Anopheles </it>sp. mosquitoes that transmit malaria and filariasis. The mosquito olfactory system is important in host seeking (transmission) and mate finding (reproduction). Understanding olfactory function could lead to development of control strategies based on repelling parasite-carrying mosquitoes or attracting them into a fatal trap.</p> <p>Findings</p> <p>Our initial focus is on odorant binding proteins with differential transcript accumulation between female and male mosquitoes. We report that the odorant binding protein, OBP2 (AGAP003306), had increased expression in the antennae of female vs. male <it>Anopheles gambiae </it><it>sensu stricto </it>(G3 strain). The increased expression in antennae of females of this gene by quantitative RT-PCR was 4.2 to 32.3 fold in three independent biological replicates and two technical replicate experiments using <it>A. gambiae </it>from two different laboratories. OBP2 is a member of the vast OBP superfamily of insect odorant binding proteins and belongs to the predominantly dipteran clade that includes the <it>Culex </it>oviposition kairomone-binding OBP1. Phylogenetic analysis indicates that its orthologs are present across culicid mosquitoes and are likely to play a conserved role in recognizing a molecule that might be critical for female behavior.</p> <p>Conclusions</p> <p>OBP2 has increased mRNA transcript accumulation in the antennae of female as compared to male <it>A. gambiae</it>. This molecule and related molecules may play an important role in female mosquito feeding and breeding behavior. This finding may be a step toward providing a foundation for understanding mosquito olfactory requirements and developing control strategies based on reducing mosquito feeding and breeding success.</p

    Enhancement of TbIII-CuII single-molecule magnet performance through structural modification

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    We report a series of 3d–4f complexes {Ln2Cu3(H3L)2Xn} (X=OAc−, Ln=Gd, Tb or X=NO3−, Ln=Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er) using the 2,2′-(propane-1,3-diyldiimino)bis[2-(hydroxylmethyl)propane-1,3-diol] (H6L) pro-ligand. All complexes, except that in which Ln=Gd, show slow magnetic relaxation in zero applied dc field. A remarkable improvement of the energy barrier to reorientation of the magnetisation in the {Tb2Cu3(H3L)2Xn} complexes is seen by changing the auxiliary ligands (X=OAc− for NO3−). This leads to the largest reported relaxation barrier in zero applied dc field for a Tb/Cu-based single-molecule magnet. Ab initio CASSCF calculations performed on mononuclear TbIII models are employed to understand the increase in energy barrier and the calculations suggest that the difference stems from a change in the TbIII coordination environment (C4v versus Cs)
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