Lack of focus and objectivity has crippled scientific research in the country rendering the efforts at different levels redundant, an eminent scientist and academician said on Friday.
The often asked question is when will India win a Nobel Prize in science but the people engaged in research have no clear perspective as to what they were doing and where it was taking them, Prof. Sudhakar Panda, Director of the Institute of Physics and National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), both located in Bhubaneswar, said on Friday.
Students at the Plus Two level were encouraged by their parents to prepare for entrance examinations to qualify for engineering or medical courses and got them admitted into coaching centres. Fundamentals of science are not taught in coaching centres where students are told how to prepare for the entrance exam, he pointed out. “I wish to alert ourselves as to where we were heading towards,” he said adding “I feel like flying in an aeroplane with other passengers being flown by a pilot who knew how to take off, but doesn’t know how to land it.
The national conference has been organised by the Department of Physics of the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), SOA’s faculty of engineering, in collaboration with International Academy of Physical Sciences (IAPS), Allahabad. Prof. Panda said research-funding agencies often wanted to know about the research work being done or where it was taking the research scholars, “but I’m afraid we don’t yet know what we are trying to do.”
Prof. P.K. Sahu, Dean of ITER, presided over the inaugural function which was also addressed by Prof. P.K.Nanda, SOA’s Dean (Research and Development), Prof. R.N.P. Choudhury, Convenor of the conference, Prof. P.C. Das, Head of Department of Physics, Prof. S.K. Kamilla of the Department of Physics and Dr. R.N. Panda, Organising Secretary of the conference.