28 February, 2021

A Little Flare To Scientific Temper

It has the power to transform lives, let's strive to strengthen its edifice

A Little Flare To Scientific Temper
During one of my interactions with students, Arunava Roy of first year biotechnology from the University of Calcutta asked me a question, "A majority of bright students at the high school level aspire to become doctors, engineers or managers. How can these rich minds be motivated to take up research as a first-grade career option?" This question, indeed, is a reflection of the feelings of many students who are in the 10+2 stage. To seek an answer, I would like to present a few thoughts on scientific magnanimity, the value of science, research areas of the future and creating a national science cadre.

Scientific Magnanimity: I would like to narrate an incident which took place during a function conferring Nobel laureate Professor Norman E. Borlaug—a well-known agricultural scientist and a partner in India’s first Green Revolution—with the Dr M.S. Swaminathan Award at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on March 15, 2005. Professor Borlaug, at the age of 91, was in the midst of all the praise showered on him by everybody gathered there. When...

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