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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Research is an underdeveloped, often neglected sector within the fast paced career atmosphere of our times. Pallavi Smart finds out the potential, obstacles and scope for research as a career.

‘Aim for excellence, success will follow’, is the quote by Baba Rancchoddas Shyamaldas Chanchad a.k.a Aamir Khan in the film 3 Idiots.

In today’s career environment where virtually everyone is competing in the rat race, have you once given any thought to your career path.

What did you consider while deciding your career path? Passion or financial security? That’s the general attitude of today’s fast-track generation. A professional degree course or an MBA which assures sure shot success. And while aiming at fast results, Gen X has ignored the importance of research work. Thanks to the sad sighs expressed by certain academicians that the dearth of good research work is realised; but on a sad note the realisation is the last step of this process. And India still craves for good international recognition due to decreasing number of researches.

Dr. T.A. Shivare, Principal, Hinduja College of Commerce, Charni Road says, “This is a general trend in the metro cities - commercial way of life. Sadly, it has also reached the two/three tier cities. And the younger generation is aiming for a lavish life. In this entire struggle, they want fast results, without any patience.

On the contrary any research work requires patience, commitment and the sacrifice of a luxurious life. And when we are unable to make these sacrifices, we grieve over the low rank on which we stand when it comes to international standards.”

Shivare further explains, “In academics, any country gets international recognition on the basis of number of patents received by the country. Thanks to the low research work in our country, we end up with a handful of patents.

“In India, only a handful of institutes encourage research work, II Ms, IITs, ISRO, TIFR to name a few. In Maharashtra, only one university has records of research work i.e. Pune University. Sadly, Mumbai University stands low on this list,” added Shivare.

Shivare continued, “Why blame the institutes or the government? What are our respectful faculties doing? The HODs (Head of Department) are seen leaving their offices by five in the evening. When the guides themselves are not keen in the research work, it is unlikely to expect it from students.”

Suyog Marathe, who is pursuing PhD in Organic Chemistry nods with Shivare’s assessment. He says, “The Government is paying a hefty amount to encourage research work. But, it is not implemented properly by the authorities.”

Every institute should have an attitude that their students should get the best fellowships, infrastructural facilities or machineries.”

“Overall, students’ attitude should change. We have immense potential, but we still have to milk it,” added Suyog.

Dr. Nandini Sardesai, an eminent faculty for Sociology adds here, “We have to encourage students to take up research work. As is generally seen, this is the same lot of students who go abroad and take up research. We need to adapt same facilities to offer enough stability offered to these researchers. Why can’t we adapt such systems and encourage research work. Encouraging more subsidies for research work, mostly in the field of science might help. Also private and public sector players should come together to change this apathy toward research work.”

Sardesai adds, “It is a new atmosphere of life. Everybody wants to make money now. Only academically inclined and committed youngsters can take up research work. General way of thinking among youngsters is ‘why waste years in research?’ But they will probably realise its worth in the long run.”

The general negativity beamed at research work needs to undergo a paradigm shift. And it shouldn’t only be from the point of view of the students but also from the authorities. So, have you finally decided to take the subject of research seriously?
 

“We have to encourage students to take up research work. As it is generally seen, that these are the same lot of students who then go abroad and do research. We need to realize that the facilities and the stability offered to these researchers in those countries are attracting them. Why can’t we adapt such system and encourage research work.”
Dr. Nandini Sardesai,
Eminent faculty for Sociology

“Government is paying a hefty amount to encourage research work. But it is not implemented properly by the authorities. Every institute should have an attitude that my students should get the best – be it fellowship, infrastructural facilities or machineries etc.”
Suyog Marathe,
a students Pursuing PhD in Organic Chemistry

“In the academics, any country gets international recognition on the basis of number of patents received by the country. Thanks to the low research work in our country, we end up with a handful of patents resulting in the low rank on international standards.”
Dr. T A Shivare,
Principal, Hinduja College


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