Research output in Science dissapointing: Scientist

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Bangalore, Aug 11 (UNI) Noted scientist C N R Rao today said researchers in India should look to work on original ideas even if the output proves to be small.

Delivering the foundation day lecture on 'Doing Science in India: Personal Reflections' at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics here he regretted that most of the research work done in the country had remained repetitive and not much new had emerged.

"Choosing a research problem is a very difficult thing to do.

Anxiety for success should be imbibed by our Scientists. Quality of research must be worthy of investment made on it. However we have seen that big funding research projects bringing out a tiny and disappointing output," he said.

Prof Rao said India could take a cue from Taiwan which companioned innovation of newer products despite being a tiny country. "We have seen China make good strides in science research and this is funded by Tiwan," he said.

Money was not a problem for science funding in India. However doubling or tripling the salaries was not the solution. Quality of research must be worthy of investment, he said.

He said the government had tripled the funding on education and research during the last few years but unfortunately the institutions were not finding enough research students to take up resarch in new fields, he added.

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