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Volume - 1, Section - Perspective


Promoting a Climate for University Research: OURIIP, the Odisha University Research and Innovation Incentivization Plan


On November 14, 2018 the Minister for Higher Education in Odisha, Mr. Ananta Das released a policy guideline on the Odisha University Research and Innovation Incentivization Plan (OURIIP). The plan provides funding support in three aspects with the aim of promoting high-quality research. The first is to provide fellowships for students pursuing research. The second is to provide seed funding for early career research to the faculty across universities in the state, and the third is to support high-quality publications. The details of the scheme are given in the attached brochure, and in this introduction, I briefly discuss the motivation behind the OURIIP.

Published: 13 December 2018


Learning Outcome Based Science Education – Avoid ‘Old Wine in New Bottle’ Approach: Lessons from the Past

R N K Bamezai

Our country has made progress over the decades after independence, yet a lot remains to be desired, despite periodic formulation and revision of policies in Higher Education and S&T. The commentary here deals with current changes in looking at the policies of the past and the learning-outcome-based higher education, in brief. Suggestions are made in shaping learning outcome-based UG and PG education by providing a specific example of a subject area.

Published: 05 November 2018


Rewriting the Contract with Science

Gurpreet Mahajan

The social sciences stand at a critical juncture today; they have lost the capacity to intervene effectively and authoritatively in the public political discourses. Are our methodological practices responsible for this? Do we need to take a critical look at these practices and reassess them?

Published: 01 October 2018


On UGC: statement by three Indian science academies


On June 27th, 2018, the Government of India formally declared its intention to replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act of 1956 by the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) Act. The Science Academies offer their point of view.

Published: 06 September 2018


On the History, Politics and Science of Invasion Ecology

Ninad Avinash Mungi and Qamar Qureshi

The socio-political influence on conservation science has always been contested. One such arena, which has aroused much interest, is of biological invasions. Owing to the inherent paradoxes and dilemmas in defining geographies and impacts, invasion ecology was criticized for being value-driven.

Published: 30 August 2018


Higher Education Commission of India: Challenges Ahead

N. Sathyamurthy

Now that the Government of India has decided to set up the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), it is time to look at the challenges ahead. The University Grants Commission (UGC) will cease to exist. All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) will continue to function. National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) will continue too.

Published: 24 July 2018


The ‘Public’ and the ‘Outreach’: Public Outreach of Science in India

Dipyaman Ganguly

In the 21st century, as the global scientific pursuits provide an enormous amount of new revelations about the natural world, the gap between lay public and the scientific community widens more than ever. On the other hand, scientific endeavours all around the world increasingly depend on popular support for such efforts, as the policy decisions are largely driven by popular perceptions.

Published: 26 June 2018


On evolution: statement by three Indian science academies


The Hon. Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Satyapal Singh has been quoted as saying that “Nobody, including our ancestors, in writing or orally, have said they saw an ape turning into a man. Darwin’s theory (of evolution of humans) is scientifically wrong. It needs to change in school and college curricula."

Published: 06 June 2018


SERB and other sources of extramural support under the Ministry of Science and Technology

M. Vijayan

For decades, the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has been the most important source for competitive research grants in India. The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) which recently replaced SERC, has turned out to be less effective than SERC...

Published: 25 May 2018


A Policy Statement on “Dissemination and Evaluation of Research Output in India” by the Indian National Scince Academy (New Delhi)

Praveen Chaddah, Subhash C Lakhotia

Research adds to human knowledge by addressing well-posed questions about the unknown. Science progressesonly when a new discovery is subjected to thorough peer-review and further validated by the community...

Published: 22 May 2018


Commonwealth Academies of Science Statement on Climate Change

The world’s climate is changing, and the impacts are already being observed. Changing agricultural conditions, ocean warming and acidification ...

Published: 16 March 2018


Evaluate the Evaluations!

Raghavendra Gadagkar

Bad practices seem to spread very rapidly and go to near fixation, making it very hard to subsequently replace them with good practices...

Published: 23 February 2018


Science in the Public Sphere: Dissemination, Discussion, and Dialogue

Ramakrishna Ramaswamy

By its very nature, the scientific pursuit is a highly creative and individual undertaking. Today it has also concurrently become a highly collaborative enterprise ...

Published: 17 January 2018