Updated on 21 March 2014
Q: According to you, what is the state of scientific research in India?
In 2009, I came back to India from Stanford University. Now, I see a lot of researchers full of energy and vibrancy. I have a very positive outlook right now.
There is tremendous amount of positive energy among young people. We want to be competitive at international level in the area of research.
Q: How do you think pursuing research can be encouraged among students?
One thing which we are unable to change is the classic situation existing in India. Most bright kids in our society are lost to medical or engineering careers, or even go on to do doctorates in the same fields. It has more to do with ‘survivability'.
However, pursuing research and taking risks is gaining increasing value nowadays. This is the change that we need to see and very soon, people will realize that in our country. We just need to be patient and watch, since the change is not going to happen overnight.
Q: Do you think our Universities face short-fall of funds for R&D?
Economics is a funny game. It is a cyclic process. There is plenty of money though poverty has been our pain in the past. One cannot ask a scientist to solve today's problems. Then it is not science, its engineering. Scientists actually keep understanding scientific barriers.