A state of research in India: How can you contribute?
India has witnessed traditions of discovery and creativity to an era of copy paste and corruption. In the face of cumulative problems at multiple fronts, research has become a need for the society.
In recent the Nature magazine has highlighted the need to boost research in India. Indian research suffers not only in terms of investments but also in terms of poor workforce and its quality. This is partly attributed to poor education but also to lack of adequate research training.
The current research in India is limited to some elite institutions or research organizations with limited access. Much of the Indian research also suffers from lack of funding. We are committed to bring a research culture that aims to bring innovation, creativity and fulfillment at different levels. We thus invite you to comment, share and promote research.
India is making global impact with its research, yet a long way to go. The 2016 State of innovation report, published by Thomson Reuters gives an overview of advances in research and innovation and highlights the contribution of Indian research in automotive industry and pharmaceutical industry.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) recently announced that the time spent by a student in doing research for a PhD degree without leave will be counted as teaching experience when they apply for direct recruitment to vacant faculty positions in colleges and universities.
There has been an increase in the number of MPhil and PhD students, who received fellowships as part of schemes by the University Grants Commission and All-India Council for Technical Education, since 2013.
In a bid to prevent brain drain, the government has embarked upon a scheme to fund pure science scholars, who have completed their PhDs, to enable them continue their post-doctoral research in India.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) relaxed the criteria for women pursuing MPhil and PhD degrees. They will now get one extra year to complete their MPhil degree and two years for PhD.