Blogs

  • Indian Science-what's in store for the long haul?

    Posted May 23, 2012 by Suresh VR

    http://www.nature.com/news/indian-science-in-need-of-overhaul-1.9750 Check out these positive, "inspired" sound bites by "eminent scientists" and also the more pessimistic remarks by the wise ones.   The above Nature news article states that:  (START OF ARTICLE) 'the PM, advis...

  • Research Scientists Beware!

    Posted May 13, 2012 by Suresh VR

    I had listed some pointers for research scholars (“research scholars beware!”) and some recent conversations with colleagues and some job-seeking friends and acquaintances made me sit down and try and list out some points for research scientists (also postdocs, scientists abroad who are ...

  • Trends in current science

    Posted May 8, 2012 by Suresh VR

    I have been coming across certain trends repeatedly and so I decided I would write about them.  I refer to certain universities that I came across but I would certainly welcome comments to the contrary or in support of my own arguments.  One is the very disturbing and idiotic trend of outs...

  • Whenever I hold a camera....

    Posted May 7, 2012 by Parveen Bazard

    Whenever I have a camera in my hands:a) I feel like a real photographer  b) I feel like I am the best in business   c) I try to convenience myself that so what I feel like this; I am really good. d) When I focus the camera, I don't see anything but the display of camera. But yes, a...

  • Biotechnology in India

    Posted April 13, 2012 by Suresh VR

    Recently many Biotechnology expos were held in Bangalore and in other places that covered the wonders of Biotechnology education and industry.  Many universities are advertising their Biotechnology courses now that admission season will start.    I remember some students who had do...

  • Looking London, Talking Tokyo

    Posted April 10, 2012 by Suresh VR

    Remember that old Hindi song: “Kahin pe nigahen, kahin pe nishaana (translated as “Looking London, Talking tokyo”)?  Recently, a research scholar told me somewhat casually that she had chosen a project on anticancer work and a research guide was a plant biotechnologist.  ...

  • Forensic Sciences University & Raksha Shakti University Gujarat

    Posted April 7, 2012 by Parveen Bazard

    I came across the news of two unique universities of its own kind started by Gujarat government; Forensic Sciences University and Raksha Shakti University.    Gujarat Forensic Sciences University: Gujarat government had founded the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University in 2...

  • Job or Higher Studies?

    Posted April 4, 2012 by Parveen Bazard

    With the session coming to the end, final year engineering students need to make crucial decisions related to their careers. One of the most common questions in front of students is whether to go for higher studies or to go for a job. For people not doing their degrees from institutes of repute li...

  • Research Scholars Beware!!!

    Posted March 26, 2012 by Suresh VR

    Interview season is here for research scholars seeking to enter postgraduate programs in many Indian universities.  As someone who has been a witness to all of this for a while, I want to make the aspirants aware of some things:   1)      Look at the websites of ...

  • Academic Publishing

    Posted March 20, 2012 by Suresh VR

    I am including below some excerpts from a very informative opinion article in The Scientist, "Academic Publishing Is Broken" by Michael P. Taylor.  I am not endorsing or condemning any business model (the subscription or open access) in this particular comment.  It is useful to know how p...