‘Tenure track system: Incentivising performance better than making insecurity as a model’

MHRD has called for a meeting of all seven IISER directors to discuss the merits of tenure track system and alternative systems for evaluating the performance of new faculty members before they are made permanent. The directors have been asked to send their views prior to the meeting. A meeting of all seven directors of … Continue reading ‘Tenure track system: Incentivising performance better than making insecurity as a model’

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Paper publication prior to PhD thesis submission rule may go

Balaram committee has recommended to do away with the current UGC rule requiring PhD students to publish a paper prior to thesis submission. Many institutions have abdicated the responsibility for PhD quality by outsourcing it to journals, says Prof. Balaram. Prof. VijayRaghavan's alternative solution is to allow students to submit thesis chapters to a preprint server … Continue reading Paper publication prior to PhD thesis submission rule may go

Science news on The Hindu website has high readership

Between January 2017 and January 2019, the Science section (excluding health, environment and technology) on The Hindu website got on average 5 lakh readers per month. And even on certain days when important news were breaking out, science articles were highly read and ranked among the top ten most read articles. On Sunday May 19, … Continue reading Science news on The Hindu website has high readership

Indian Science Congress sans drama from 2020?

The Indian Science Congress Association has finally decided to bring some respectability to the Congress by deciding to do precisely what the Nobel Laureate Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan had suggested in an email to me. With the government funding the Congress in a substantial way and patronising it with its presence, was the Association compelled to … Continue reading Indian Science Congress sans drama from 2020?

Funding for science in India has nearly doubled in four years: Ashutosh Sharma

With fewer and fewer research proposals getting approved, delay in the release of funding for approved proposals, and only a fraction of the approved funding being released, science in India is facing some grave challenges, says an editorial in the Proceedings of the Indian National Academy of Sciences. Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST denies these … Continue reading Funding for science in India has nearly doubled in four years: Ashutosh Sharma

Internet-based India Science channel launched

Under the guidance of DST, Vigyan Prasar recently launched India Science, an Internet-based science channel, to showcase the recent developments in science and technology from Indian labs and institutions. In May-June, the AWSAR programme was announced to encourage PhD scholars and post-doctoral fellows to write articles and reward the best articles with prize money. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, … Continue reading Internet-based India Science channel launched