"Do research. Feed your talent. Research not only wins the war on cliche, it's the key to victory over fear and it's cousin, depression." ― Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

Research a n d development

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." ― Carl Sagan

Only research can bring in innovations- Prakash Javadekar

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 6 : The Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Mr Prakash Javadekar has said that only the research work in various fields can pave way for innovations in the country. Addressing a valedictory session of the 8th Women Science Congress at the ongoing the 106th Indian Science Congress at the Lovely Professional University Jalandhar, he said that research and development are the most important prerequisites for the nation building. He said that it is the research only which helps countries to overcome problems of any type in any field and that's why the research work is being strengthened and given top priority by the union government.

Edges on science

"A number of years ago, when I was a freshly-appointed instructor, I met, for the first time, a certain eminent historian of science. At the time I could only regard him with tolerant condescension. I was sorry of the man who, it seemed to me, was forced to hover about the edges of science. He was compelled to shiver endlessly in the outskirts, getting only feeble warmth from the distant sun of science- in-progress; while I, just beginning my research, was bathed in the heady liquid heat up at the very center of the glow. In a lifetime of being wrong at many a point, I was never more wrong. It was I, not he, who was wandering in the periphery. It was he, not I, who lived in the blaze. I had fallen victim to the fallacy of the 'growing edge;' the belief that only the very frontier of scientific advance counted; that everything that had been left behind by that advance was faded and dead. But is that true? Because a tree in spring buds and comes greenly into leaf, are those leaves therefore the tree? If the newborn twigs and their leaves were all that existed, they would form a vague halo of green suspended in mid-air, but surely that is not the tree. The leaves, by themselves, are no more than trivial fluttering decoration. It is the trunk and limbs that give the tree its grandeur and the leaves themselves their meaning. There is not a discovery in science, however revolutionary, however sparkling with insight, that does not arise out of what went before. 'If I have seen further than other men,' said Isaac Newton, 'it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants." - Isaac Asimov, Adding a Dimension: Seventeen Essays on the History of Science.

Mr Prakash Javadekar said that the Union Government has chalked out a programme to strengthen research and development in India. Talking about the slogan of "Jai Anusandhan" given by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in the inaugural session of the 106th Indian Science Congress, he said, "This shows the commitment of the Centre towards the research and innovations. The NDA government had carved out a fund of Rs 200 Crore this year for the innovative solutions and 1000 colleges across the country are being equipped with innovation hubs." He also called upon the Universities and other educational institutions to set up such innovation clubs on their own level, too.

Call to join science stream

Mr Prakash Javadekar also mentioned the problems faced by the country and gave clarion call to the women to come forward and join science stream to resolve social and economic problems. He said union government had set up a fund under Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) to provide assistance to the research laboratories. This year ministry is spending nearly Rs 33,000 crore for this purpose while to encourage social science research Rs 250 crore has been earmarked.

He said the major project of the government is SPARK which was launched to assist and encourage students to carry on their ambitious research projects within India instead of going abroad. In this regard the ministry has also planned to provide scholarship of Rs 1 Lakh per student per month for research and innovation work. He said the government is bringing together the students, teachers and industrialists in innovation and research work.

The initiatives taken by the government had not only stopped brain drain but replaced it with brain gain. He said inculcation of scientific temper of the mind to understand the things in proper perspective is essential.

Mr Prakash Javadekar said country cannot make progress unless the science laboratories and research work are strengthened. With this motive the government has established six research parks in different IIT's of country where students and teachers are doing their research work. He said there is a good scope of teaching and learning science and it is the science only which can make India the world leader.

Effective research

"I don't know if you realize this, but there are some researchers - doctors - who are giving this kind of drug to volunteers, to see what the effects are, and they're doing it the proper scientific way, in clean white hospital rooms, away from trees and flowers and the wind, and they're surprised at how many of the experiments turn sour. They've never taken any sort of psychedelic themselves, needless to say. Their volunteers - they're called 'subjects,' of course - are given mescaline or LSD and they're all opened up to their surroundings, very sensitive to color and light and other people's emotions, and what are they given to react to? Metal bed-frames and plaster walls, and an occasional white coat carrying a clipboard. Sterility. Most of them say afterward that they'll never do it again." ― Alexander Shulgin, Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story

"Research is the highest form of adoration" ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic." ― Thomas Huxley

Nothing can illustrate these observations more forcibly, than a recollection of the happy conjuncture of times and circumstances.