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​Why India still lacks good research facilities?

Saturday - July 7, 2018 4:45 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL

July 7 (WTN)- India may have some of the best brains serving in the global arena today but when it comes to research the country ranks terribly low. India produces the least number of international research papers and seminal advances in the fields of science and technology, history and economics are few and far between. Even traditional Indian assets like Ayurveda, yoga or spiritualism are stagnating for want of proper research and advancements in new innovations.
 
There are two primary reasons for this backwardness in the field of research, which is a basic sign of a society’s vitality and the direction towards which it is moving. Today China, Japan or the US are leading countries in the technological ascendancy, largely because of their research capabilities and availability of facilities for such research.
 
India, unfortunately, has a continually waning research culture while the thrust is given not on originality, but on mugging up facts. This trend produces the best of technocrats but not scientists and seekers. The education system we follow has a big role to play in making us such robotic simulators.
 
Our archaic education system does not promote research; it makes us fit to be clerks and babus. Our education instead of helping us stimulate and explore the recesses of our mind teaches us how to become slaves to a system and play the perfect cog in the wheel of development that is run by the German or the Japanese.
 
 The second factor is our mental makeup. We love to play the second fiddle as long as we have the right money. We would do anything for easy money. We want easy innovations, easy effort and easy access to shortcuts to make it big. We don’t like to spend time and energy in study beyond what is essentially needed to make us practically fit for a job.
 
That urge and zeal to explore, discover or invent are missing in most. This makes us dependent on foreign countries for most of our technological needs, which ideally should have been developed in India. Another de-motivating factor at work is the comparative lack of resources that are allocated to research work in the country. Our research facilities are always short of ample funding and governments have not taken much interest in providing greater facilities to researchers and scientists.
 
This not only discourages prospective students who want to pursue research but also stall the progress of scientists or educationists who are already into it. This is also one reason why the best brains often leave the country and settle abroad as they get better facilities for the advancement of their studies.
 
Such brain drain also leaves our country bereft of the best faculties who could contribute to the Indian growth story. The NDA government is trying to reverse the brain drain and create an ecosystem which could make things more conducive for specialists and researchers in the country but that will need time and more importantly needs commitment and sustained focus. In any case, we urgently need scientists and inventors in the country if we want to break into the ranks of the best in the world.

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