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Perspectives on Indian STEM

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.

A Need for Expanding Indian Research Beyond the Top Few Institutions

Forerunners of Indian STEM

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.

Vidita Vaidya, Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai, India
Sudipta Maiti, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Chemical Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai, India
Evolving Trends 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.

STIP2020: A step towards self-reliant India

Plant Phenotyping: An alternative career track in India

Superheroes against Superbugs

Synthetic Biology: Redrawing the Blueprints of Life

A Perspective on Indian Interdisciplinary Research

In The Spotlight

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.

Dr. Sarah Hyder Iqbal, Ex Communications and Public Engagement, DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance
Dr. Amitavo Mitra, Associate Partner, Saikrishna & Associates
Dr. Shambhavi Naik, Founder & CEO, CloudKrate
New Faculty Perspective

Is pursuing an academic faculty career your prime ambition? You might find that your mind has already started weaving multiple novel research ideas and as you are reading this, it has wandered off to your dream institute. Or maybe you know you want to remain in academia, but you do not know how and where to search for your dream institute or research ideas. You miss your family and friends (and oh, that delicious Indian food!) and would love to settle down in India and start a research lab. But you are not sure how to start thinking about that arduous transition. If so, you have come to the right place to get answers on how to navigate through your transition period from being a successful student or postdoc to being an established faculty in India. To learn more about how early career professionals in the United States have transitioned to a faculty position in India recently, Atul, Sayan, and Manali from the Sci-ROI team had conversations with some new faculty members from eminent universities in India.

Dr. Sriram, Faculty of Biology, Aziz Premji University
Dr. Shubhasis Haldar, Assistant Professor of Biology, Ashoka University

 

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