When it comes to attracting and retaining quality post-doctoral fellows, India often finds itself lagging behind, which in turn exerts a cost on the scientific output of the country. In this opinion piece, Shambhavi Naik, Research Fellow, Technology and Policy Programme, Takshashila Institution, and Megha, India Alliance Early Career Fellow at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), examine possible causes and suggest solutions to this issue.
Pedagogical training, while a must for school teachers, is not so for college and university faculty. What options are available for interested college faculty to enhance their teaching skills - Sushama Yermal discusses..
Nobel Laureate and University Professor at Columbia University, New York, Martin Chalfie shares some very valuable tips with graduate students applying for postdocs. This article was first published in SDB e-news, an electronic newsletter from the Society for Developmental Biology. Link
A fortunate student who had been offered admission to 3 excellent graduate programs wrote to me to ask how to choose among them. My answer may help others in this situation:If you are choosing between reputed programs in excellent Institutions, then this is one decision in which it doesn’t help to make a list of pros and cons. Students often ask me if there is an “exit option” for getting … More
How many papers one should aim to publish as a graduate student or postdoc? Some may offer this quick response - publish as many papers as possible! However, I would caution against such a strategy. Sometimes one good paper might be better than several and help you more in your career.