A recent memorandum from the Department of Science and Technology suggested incentivizing publications and patents by doctoral research scholars through a monetary reward scheme. In this opinion article, Shambhavi Naik, Takshashila Institution, and Megha, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), discuss the implications and possible repercussions of such a policy.
The advent of the era of biopharmaceuticals - pharmaceuticals of biological origin, has brought in an industry that requires an indigenous workforce specialising in biological sciences. What is the skill set that a job in biopharma industry requires? Leadership Conclave held during the Biosimilar Workshop at ICT Mumbai brainstormed on the question and presented its requirements to educational bodies and policymakers.
Aravindhan Vivekanandhan is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Genetics, University of Madras. In this opinion piece, he discusses the damaging consequences that may result when analogies turn into claims and pseudoscientific statements are put forward in national scientific forums.
What if playing or trading cards had information of the natural world? Educators suggest that it could induce "tree-thinking" - the understanding of evolution using phylogenetic trees. This article discusses the use of playing cards as teaching tools to piece together key events in plant evolution.
Anand Krishnan is a DST-INSPIRE Faculty Fellow at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. In this article, he speaks about the various approaches that he has employed in his role as a teacher of organismal biology, in order to encourage students to think independently, creatively and scientifically.
To introduce the habit of observation and systematic recording, young citizens should be encouraged to participate in active science. One way is to inculcate field observation within the school and college curriculum. Citizen science initiatives combined with information technology are powerful tools in knowledge creation and collective learning.
What happens when you expose fruit flies to low temperatures? Like many insects, they go into a chill coma - a sleepy state. Analysing the phenomena of coma recovery could help teach the concepts of rapid evolution, and the impact of climate change on it. How? A team of scientists and educators created a wholesome teaching module of fruit fly experiments using the phenomena of "chill coma recovery".