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Science Research

In his article ‘Science Education and Research in India’ (June 14), Gautam Desiraju reviews the abysmal state of science research in India. His basic thrust is that research can be nurtured only in the academic environment of a university, and that the “single biggest blunder” of setting up state­owned research institutions needs to be reversed. But his criticism of universities such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) for their negligible contribution to research activity runs contrary to his own prescription. He does state that uni­versities need autonomy and financial self­sufficiency in order to develop a research base. But is it that the IITs would step up research if these conditions were met?

S Ganesh

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