THE FORMER director of the Indian Institute of Pulse Research (IIPR), Dr Shanker Lal stressed upon the need of cooperation of the alumni in shaping the university and its curriculum. This included technical and academic assistance from them.
Addressing the inaugural session of the ‘alumni meet’ at the CSA varsity here on Saturday, Dr Lal expressed his concern over the falling number of original researches in the field of agriculture. He said many of the research thesis he received for evaluating appeared to have been copied from other thesis. Citing an example, he said that a research thesis on ‘ladyfinger’, the scholar had used all the terms and the requirements related to wheat production. Besides, he said that very few scholars visited the fields to make physical studies about the plant under research project.
He advised the research students that they should be realistic and should do researches seriously, as their researches could determine the future of the agriculture in the country and also in the world. He advised them not to take up routine topics for research and should also avoid publishing the research papers without confirming the results.
He advised the alumni that they should show their interest in the affairs of the university and should try to associate themselves with its activities. He urged them that alumni could institute various scholarships, could organise academic exchange programmes, award scholarships, and could deliver expert lectures when they found time to update the students and the faculty with the global knowledge.