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    A wake-up call for the researchers

    Coming to the topic of research work being done in our country,the picture is not very impressive.In terms of research productivity,India has 7.8 scientists per 1,000 population compared to 180.66 in Canada, 139.16 in the Russian Federation, 53.13 in Korea and 21.15 in the U.S according to a survey.
    Though the number of institutions participating in research in India increased in the last 10 years, 80% of the publications come only from 10% of the institutions. In terms of publication output measured by the number of papers published in journals indexed by Web of Science, the Indian share has remained flat under 3% for the last 10 years.
    The share of Brazil, South Korea and China has substantially increased during the same period, putting India in the 13th position.
    Less than 1% of the total students enrolled in higher education are pursuing Ph.D. and this is not in pace with the overall growth of students in the higher education sector.
    What is the main reason behind this consistent lack of interest in research work?
  • #570070
    There were reports in the media that Ph.D. thesis were being sold at photocopy shops in Delhi for few hundred rupees. Also a parliamentary panel had observed that apart from acute shortage of competent research professionals, the quality of existing doctorates leaves much to be desired.
    The main reasons of our lacking behind in research are said to be poor quality of education at most of the universities, insufficient funding and bureaucracy. Even the political leadership is interested in looking into the glories of ancient India, instead of keeping pace with the cutting edge research being carried out in developed countries.
    Most of the scientists in the national laboratories are functioning as typical Government employees waiting for increments, DA installments, promotions and foreign trips.
    The elementary school system in the country is very poor. Most of the students come out of colleges without any ability to contribute meaningfully to any intellectual activity. Such people join research as an alternate option of employment for getting fellowships.

    Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.

  • #570072
    The information shared by the author is really alarming. India has been considered as the think tank by foreigners in many fields and this details portrays the different story. It is very much clear that the researchers are not given free hand and not allowed to think freely in their respective fields and thus the out put is very low and far below the expectations. And one more thing I found that those who have acquired the Ph.D does not know how to present their researched articles as they are weak in English. Probably this may be one more reason for not publishing their works. This is the high time that think tank of India comes together and make available whole lots of research work for future generation.
    K Mohan
    I consider myself as the learner everyday

  • #570097
    As far as I see Indians are not much motivated to do Research. There was a recent call given for innovation and research. The video spread viral in all the social media and there were lots of views for the videos. But ultimately after some months it went silent. There is no progress for the same. Government should take some initiatives to support people who are willing to do research. We lack more foundation in India to do proper research or motivate people who do a research and find something.

    I have seen many people inventing so many items. The main example is the invention of solar bikes and cheap rate cars. They are either threatened by big companies or the idea is sold to big companies. It is not reaching the market as they have already established the market with their brands and products. Ancient scriptures in India has various scientific items. There is no encouragement given to people to study those things and bring a change. London, Italy, UK, Germany etc. took so many such scriptures and they have patent now on most of our items. They don't even know Sanskrit but they have the patents.

    It is definitely a sad thing.

    Thanks and Regards,
    S Balasubramanian

    Quote: "It doesn't matter what we want. once we get it, then we want something else."

  • #570192
    Neither parents nor teachers encourage research. The minor percentage of students themselves nourish interest for research are discouraged by the relative low compensations, relative lack of recognition. Deserving candidates have to face the various impediments in the recruiting process and enlisting process(many of them statutory also). Even after doing good research, the same statutory necessities also hamper the progress of many. Thus they get discouraged and hence discourage their own children from taking up research. Those who really have the urge migrate to other countries.
    Let us keep faith on ourselves and work sincerely, not leave everything to fate.

  • #570214
    What the central research institutes are doing? Is the question there Do the scientists are giving enough justice to the salaries that they get paid? Is the question why you people beat around the bush to answer the question. The research institutes which are setup by Central Government of India are not at all useful to the ordinary people simply scientists are doing time pass in office everyday . I worked in ISRO (as a outsourced employee) and DLRL(Project Trainee) I interacted so many scientists of various categories they themselves told there are nothing to work here and they felt boring of staying here.
    If you ask your doubt you are fool for 5 minutes but if you don't you are fool forever -- Chinese proverb

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