Nita Ambani elected to board of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

Educationist, Philanthropist and Businesswoman Nita Ambani has been named the Honorary Trustee of New York City’s The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest U.S. art museum. In the museum’s 150-year of history, she is the first Indian Trustee. Her election took place at the meeting of the Museum’s board and the announcement in this regard was made by Daniel Brodsky, the Chairman of Museum.

Key Highlights

The 149-year-old Metropolitan Museum of Art, is considered as the largest and most visited art museums in the world. The museum draws billionaires, celebrities and millions of visitors a year to see art spanning 5,000 years from around the world.

Nita Ambani: She is the Founder and Chairperson of the Reliance Foundation. She is the wife of Asia’s richest person and Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani. She is first Indian to be so honoured.

Why is She elected? For her commitment to The Met and to preserving and promoting India’s art, culture and heritage. The Met also noted that the Reliance Foundation has sponsored key cultural events such as ‘Abbaji’, the annual concert of legendary musician Ustad Zakir Hussain, among the many efforts to recognize cultural legends of India and ensure their relevance to a younger generation.

In October 2017, the museum had also announced that Reliance Foundation promised a generous gift (without stating the amount of gift) to support exhibitions that explore and celebrate the arts of India.

IIT Guwahati: Paper based sensors for faster assessment of milk freshness

The IIT-G on November 13, 2019 has developed paper-based sensor to make assessment of freshness of milk by simple and instantaneous method. The method can be used to check the quality of milk at the point of milk collection ans also in home kitchens.

Concept

The method detects quantity of ALP (Alkaline Phosphate) in the milk to determine its freshness and quality. ALP is a metalloprotein found in raw milk samples. It is an important bio marker in quality control in milk. The ALP compounds are destroyed during pasteurization. Therefore, detecting ALP compounds can help in detecting inadequate pasteurization in milk.

Method

Researches have used a simple filter paper and made the final product highly inexpensive. The team modified the chemical composition of the filter paper by loading it with anti-ALP elements that captures the presence of ALP in the milk.

The paper turns blue-green color if milk contains ALP compounds.

Highlights

  • The method takes 13 minutes to detect ALP compounds
  • Using the paper, the scientists could detect down to 0.87 units of ALP per milliliter of milk
  • The accuracy of the method is 91% to 100%

Significance

India is the largest milk producer in the world. It accounts to 20% of world milk production. Milk production has been constantly growing in India over the years from 55.6 tons in  1992 to 176.3 million tons in 2018.