The timeline of me and my research stint. 2014-2015
July 2014: Once you stop learning, you start degrading. The most interesting part of research, you know your procedure but unaware unsure & indecisive bout your objective until you plot results and conclude :’) I am still working on a predetermined procedure, but can’t determine the tittle of my work, till i summarise my outcomes. Frustrated with exhaustion
February 2015 : i spent half of the month in IIT Guwahati, doing my experimental works of B.Tech Project. My journey with research in Material Science is not new, neither IIT G was a new place to work, but a lot of back dragging thoughts, dipped bottleneck in a quagmire of ambiguity and existential crisis of a bright career in this field was baffling me like anything worse than hell. Solution, a lot of study and counseling on Indian Research Scenario. Below are the excerpts from my numerous posts on various social media platforms that followed to suffice me with temporal satisfaction and comfort.
March 2015: Recently I have started hating being surrounded by technical nerds cocooned in sincere attribution to research, where the task begins by assuming a minimal desirous inference required to get the paper published and than ruthlessly manipulating the actual outcomes to precisely coincide with stipulated predetermined theoretical data !!! And you are done. A successful scholar. Voila !
April 2015: Mercifully feeling sorry for the scientific research institutes and the brain storming geeks (respectfully known as researchers or scientists), searching for happiness inside their sophisticated labs.
Interesting mishmash. We are blessed with secularism, cursed with consequences, United by diversity, integrated by communalism. When you have communalism and that too in multifaceted forms (Naxalism, Marxism, Leninism, Maoism and the list flows no fullstop), where do you have priority time for technological innovations? R&D is a farway dream to invest upon. Indian govt. is busy restructuring its economy, contingent on service sectors. At the end of the day spending most of its national income in buying patent licences, importing technology to feed unemployment and nurture vote banks for next tenure. Amazing. Are we trying to become a nation of clerks and prove the world that we are the strongest among the emerging economies, Boasting of a talent pool that relies on outsourcing, rather than innovating?
May 2015: Being an engineering grad and curious for a career in Research, these stats tickled me to give a second thought continuing my career. On the process of knowing the field well, found some really interesting data revering this field.
India’s 700 or so universities vary tremendously in quality. To identify the leading
science institutions, Nature looked at the citation rates in Elsevier’s Scopus database. Link is provided below.
on Business today’s March issue, covered a article, revealing the progress india made and hope indian researchers presume. Refer to that to know why india has not yet found young millioniars like MARK Zukerberg n ELON Musk.
Indian science is a study in contrasts. With its vast population and rapidly expanding economy, the country has ramped up scientific production at an impressive rate. India started the twenty-first century well behind Russia, France, Italy and Canada in terms of yearly publications and it now leads
them all by healthy margins. It is quickly closing in on Japan. Despite those gains, India is not yet a major player in world science. Its publications generate fewer citations on average than do those of other science-focused nations, including other emerging countries such as Brazil
and China. Relative to its size, India has very few scientists; many Indian-born researchers leave for positions abroad and very few foreign scientists settle in India. e country invests a scant portion of its economy in research and development (R&D), and it produces relatively few patents per capita compared with other nations. But there are bright spots. India boasts several world-class centres for
science education, particularly the highly regarded Indian Institutes of Technology. Businesses in the country are investing more in R&D, which bodes well for future innovation. And more women are participating in science, although their numbers still fall far below those of men.