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Bureaucracy is stonewalling research: CNR Rao

Eminent scientist and educator Professor CNR Rao has accused Indian bureaucracy for stonewalling efforts to make research in central institutions attractive. Blaming the IAS officers for being negligent in clearing proposals to pay higher salaries and incentives for scientists, Rao said that these officers do not want scientists to earn more than them.

“If we want to recruit a talented young researcher and pay him a salary of Rs 1 lakh per month, we cannot do that. Bureaucracy has increased everywhere and it has turned out to be the biggest bottleneck for development or research. Appointment and promotion of faculty has been hit in many universities (due to this). In central institutions nearly 50 to 60 per cent of the faculty/research positions are vacant mainly because clearance has not come from the Ministries concerned,” he said.

Rao, who was in Tamil Nadu to inaugurate an International Conference on Advanced Materials (ICAM – 2011), said “But private institutions like PSG College of Technology do not have such kind of restriction and should start working on various research activities and produce results, as in the case of many foreign countries.” 

Expressing concern on the fact that very few Indian institutions figured among the Top 100 world institutions Rao noted, “We only have few experts in every field. If they go, we would be helpless. We are running short of talented youth who pursue research. We should create a large manpower capable of doing high capacity research. The contribution of US and China towards Science is 17 per cent and 13.5 per cent respectively, whereas in India it is just 2-3 per cent.”

[Source: IBNLive]

 

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  1. Dear Sir,
    I agree 100% with Pro CNR Rao. But IAS officers have been selected based on the all india level competition and placed in a highly adversed situations. Whereas the so called professors who are working in University and colleges enjoy all the facilities provided by the Government and do little work with out accountability and disturb most of the young and interested persons in the field of reasearch AND KILL THEIR SPRIT OF TEACHING AND RESEARCH SKILL BY DOING THEIR PETTY POLITICS and they never allow youngsters to contribute for the development of research because of mere ego and their administrative positions in the academic instituttions as head of the institution and head of the department . i remember one beautiful story that INDIAN CRAB without lid WhenEVER i think about our indian academic institutions . THEY WON’T CONTRIBUTE BY THEMSELVES AND NEVER ALLOW OTHERS ALSO WORK IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, NO INSTITUTION IS EXEMPTED FROM THIS IN INDIA.
    fIRST AND FOREMOST, THE ELDERS SHOULD CHANGE THEIR MIND SET AND ALLOW YOUNGSTERS TO TAKE UP THE LEAD. NO MERRIT system IS FOLLOWED IN MOST OF THE UNIVERSITIES in India.How can you produce excellent research? YOU HAVE RED TAPISM AT EVERY LEVEL WHICH WILL KILL AND NO RETIREMENT BENEFIT OR ANY INCENTIVE FOR RESEACRH. eVERYBODY IS PLACED AT SAME LEVEL. yOU JUST BRING IN EFFICIENCY BAR IN ACADEMIC CLASS THEN YOU SEE THE CHANGE.

  2. Dear Sir,
    It is high time that the Govt. machinery do away with this so called VIPs who perform as an interface between the Minister and the general public with better talented youngsters with MBAs of higher institutions or similar. According to my experience and information, these IAS officers will see that they carry out the wills of their political bosses ( probably to stay in power and even if they have to act against their own conscious) by giving instructions to the heads of institutions /people etc. The Govt. may also study the susess/failure the functioning of ISRO, Railways, RDSO, CISF, military etc.(where the interference is at a minimum level) probably with the help of IIMs/similar institutions.

    These people, barring a few percentage, are are not good visionaries of the nation or thought provokers but dignified clerks. Most of them know ” how to put up” and to act well between the two. Our elder leaders were left with no choice but to depend up on certain category people like IAS who could be entrusted with both ” authority and power”. We had good politicians, engineers, IAS/IPS/IRS officers those days and the system worked well. As every one knows, the situation today is different. Let us not generate another team like Anna Hazare, as the days to come.

    I still remember few observations and comments made out by Prof. CNR Rao, during a seminar at IITM, that could motivated and transformed me very much
    (when I was around 30years). I am very happy to note that we have many leaders and visionaries like CNR Rao, Sam petroda, Manmohan sing ( not because he is the PM) etc. Our country need good visionaries to run it and they should be picked up whether they are employed in Govt, Banks, Private institutions, Military etc.probably for a specified term and never as we are doing now- Enter a Govt. job and retire at the age of 60/65.

    N.Achuthan

  3. I am unable to accept Prof CN Rao’s view completely. In fact, our government has opened up several avenues to prevent brain drains, and giving handsome financial support in establishing the good infrastructure. According to me, it is the scientists who are failing to execute the focused science. The buracracy is not with government, failure is in identifying and placing the right person in a right place-governing bodies and funding agencies. If government is successful in placing the right person, then our contribution can reach peak of the growth.

  4. Great! Person who sits in the highest position is criticising the buracracy! I wish such people comes up with good strategy for a good solution rather than criticising buracracy.

  5. Der se his sahi, jaage to! There is so much corruption in the higher education, thanks to bureaucracy, via UGC and all those funding agencies, that it will take years to improve research culture in the country.

  6. Largely accurate analysis. What the article does not mention is the fact that most scientists in India find pandering to such bureaucrats more profitable and better for their careers than doing good reserach. This is most evident in the field of economics where bureaucrats get passed off as “eminent” economists when they are no more than file pushers!

  7. A friend was in December commenting about how people like CNR Rao are the real problem and how a number of these really old people do not want to give up control and keep denying younger (in 40’s and 50’s) people a chance to come in leadership positions.

    Its become easy to blame the bureacracy for everything. In institution after institue there are horror stories of old fogs and stupid people entrenching themselves and making lives miserable for brighter people. That needs to handled with more urgency.

  8. A friend was in December commenting about how people like CNR Rao are the real problem and how a number of these really old people do not want to give up control and keep denying younger (in 40’s and 50’s) people a chance to come in leadership positions.

    Its become easy to blame the bureacracy for everything. In institution after institue there are horror stories of old fogs and stupid people entrenching themselves and making lives miserable for brighter people. That needs to handled with more urgency.

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