‘Research must be in tune with India’s needs’
Underlining the huge promise of Indian scientific research, Tapas Kumar Kundu and Subhasis Chaudhuri — the winners of GD Birla Awards for 2011 and 2010 respectively — have said the position of Indian research is “up there”.
“In the last 7-10 years, plenty of Indian research institutions have come up, but there should be more. The research standards in India are not so far from those in US, UK or China,” said Kundu, adding Indian research should be tuned with the country’s needs.
Kundu is a scientist with the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore.
“India has already entered the phase of consolidation. We are a very young nation but in some time we will be up there with the best,” said Prof Subhasis Chaudhuri, a scientist at IIT, Bombay.
Kundu and Chaudhuri were speaking at the GD Birla Awards function. Minister of state for commerce and industry Jyotiraditya Scindia gave away the awards.
Instituted in 1991 by the KK Birla Foundation, the GD Birla Award is given for high calibre research undertaken by Indian scientists, who are living and working in India and are below 50.
The award carries an amount of Rs 1.5 lakh.