Renu Swarup is presently Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India. Having served in Department of Biotechnology for over 29 years, she also holds the position of Chairperson, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Company incorporated by the Government to nurture and promote innovation research in the Biotech Enterprise with special focus on Start‐ups and SMEs. In a candid telephonic interview, she opens up about her thoughts on teamwork and leadership.
G.V. Ramanjaneyulu is the executive director of the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA), Hyderabad. CSA attempts to understand farmers’ crises, design remedies and make agriculture productive and ecologically sustainable. In the second instalment in this two-part interview, Ramanjaneyulu talks about CSA’s history and the the various initiatives that it undertakes.
PK Burma, senior faculty at the Delhi University wanted to be a politician in his younger days. Here he shares stories on mentorship that moulded him into a plant geneticist with a love of teaching. He suggests that a forum for teacher networking is good as long as the discussions remain meaningful.
In this new article in our series on scientific networking, Anusha Krishnan writes about the need for more educator-focused conferences in India and how encouraging teachers to attend or organise such meetings can elevate the quality of undergraduate education in our country.
In this next article in our series on interdisciplinarity, we explore how a physicist and biologist duo (Ambarish Ghosh, Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and Deepak Saini, Department of Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics, IISc, Bangalore) combined their expertise to create a nanomotor system that can be precisely and accurately manoeuvred inside biological cells.
In a recently published study, Sridharan et al. developed a model that explains why it is that when superior colliculus in the brain goes offline, that the ability to use incoming sensory information to make behavioural decisions is severely compromised.
The advent of social media has greatly increased the ease and speed of sharing information, and the Indian scientific community has not lagged behind. In this first article in our new series on scientific networking, Karishma Kaushik and Snehal Kadam discuss the various ways in which researchers and science professionals can leverage the use of social media for influencing scientific discourse and policy.
Located halfway across the world from each other, four dedicated researchers felt the acute lack of well-researched science stories in their mother tongue, Bengali, and decided to come together to fill this gap. The outcome of their efforts - Bigyan.org.in - was launched on National Science Day, 2014. Here is the story of their journey.
Charanya Ramachandran is a Scientist at the Sudhakar and Sreekanth Ravi Stem Cell Biology Laboratory at LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. In this invited article, she writes about her journey from the clinic to the laboratory and back, and some important lessons learned along the way.
Ambadas Rode is an Assistant Professor at the Regional Center for Biotechnology (RCB), Faridabad. In this invited article, he talks about the many turns he took in his career path to reach his current position.
Kollegala Sharma has been a science communicator for over forty years. His most recent venture is Janasuddi, a weekly podcast about science in Kannada, which is circulated amongst thousands of people. In this invited article, he writes about how his early experiences and interests led him to science communication and what keeps him going.
Narmadha Devi writes about mathematics for children in the Tamil student’s daily – ‘Pattam’, a product of Dinamalar groups. In this article, she discusses the importance of presenting science to children in an interesting, attractive and rational manner in order to build scientific temper for the future.
Formal structures of mentorship in universities and research institutions will benefit both science and scientists
This is the second article in a two-part series reporting on the proceedings of the 11th Young Investigators’ Meeting (YIM), which was held in Guwahati, Assam, from 6 to 10 March, 2019. The meeting brought together young researchers, mentors, post-doctoral fellows and institutional representatives for five days of talks, panel discussions, breakout sessions and poster presentations.
This is the first in a two-part series reporting on the proceedings of the 11th Young Investigators' Meeting (YIM), which was held in Guwahati, Assam, from 6 to 10 March, 2019. The meeting brought together young researchers, mentors, post-doctoral fellows and institutional representatives for five days of talks, panel discussions, breakout sessions and poster presentations.
"“Are you a Doctor now, Amma?”
Chandrima is a recent graduate from the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) and Manipal Academy of Higher Education. In this new post in our PhD cafe series, she writes about her experience of doing a PhD in field-based ecology at the same time as raising a toddler as a single mom.
Debdutta Paul is a PhD student at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. In this article, he writes about a few myths often believed by graduate students throughout India, which often prove detrimental to their scientific journeys. He also discusses a few good practices to follow in order to ensure an efficient, productive and healthy PhD journey.