Do you want to know what some of the prominent personalities think about the Indian research ecosystem, its progress so far, the current situation and future directions? In this series, we take an in-depth look at these opinions/perspectives, while sharing the writers’ own opinion, analysis and possible solutions.
After transitioning back to India, getting oneself established in a particular research field is no easy task. It is possible that you might be one of the few people working in a new, cutting-edge research field in India. Here, some words of experience can be helpful from people who transitioned back to India a long time ago and established themselves in a new field. Learning from the challenges that they faced and the unique experiences they had will help all of us. Their outlook on the future and their advice to young researchers will also be important. Keeping this in mind, Sci-ROIBlogs is starting this series called “Forerunners of Indian STEM”, to share the experiences of established researchers in India.
Indian scientific research is growing at a rapid pace. New policies are being made and facilities are being developed to pursue different avenues of cutting-edge research. There is much left to be done as well. If you would like to know what is happening in India in an emerging research field of your interest, you have come to the right place. Evolving Trends in India series explores different aspects of the growing Indian research, showcasing the progress being made and providing suggestions for further improvement.
How often have you thought about transitioning to a non-academic or a non-traditional career after your PhD or postdoc, but had limited exposure to such ‘alternate’ careers and STEM professionals making such transitions? A study conducted by the Royal Society in 2010 reported that out of all the freshly minted PhDs, 53% goes for non-research careers outside academia and another 26.5% will do the same at some point in their career. Hence, a whopping 79.5% of the PhDs will have a career beyond professorate even after specializing in a core competency for many years. Isn’t it time that we start thinking about these careers as ‘careers of choice’ rather than alternate careers? In the Spotlight Series, we will explore such fascinating and unique careers and learn from the STEM professionals who have embarked on their wonderful journeys in these careers.
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