ACADEMIC RESEARCH : IS IT ENOUGH ?

THE CHANGES THAT ARE BEING MADE IN OUR EDUCATION SECTOR , TO PLACE IT WELL FOR THE STUDENTS SO THAT THE LEARNING CAN BE AT ITS BEST , HAS SPARKED EFFECTIVENESS DUE TO THE EFFICIENT ACADEMIC RESEARCH ACTED BY THE GOVERNMENT . A STATEMENT WHICH IS HOLD TRUE THAT ACADEMIC RESEARCH IS NOT SUFFICIENT , THE PROCESS IS STILL INCOMPLETE. THE GOVERNMENT FOLLOW THE POLICY OF SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION , IT DIRECTS GOVERNMENT AND MANDATED IT WITH THE FUNDING IN HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND NATIONAL LABORATORIES . IT HELPED GOVERNMENT WITH THE APPROACHES TO MAKE THEM CONQUER THEIR OBJECTIVES . ONE SUCH APPROACH IS TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVELS , PROPOSED BY NASA . IT IS A KIND OF MEASUREMENT SYSTEM USED TO ASSESS THE MATURITY LEVEL OF A PARTICULAR TECHNOLOGY.

TRL -1 COMMUNICATE THE OBSERVATION OF PRINCIPLES FOR PUBLICATION .

TRL 2 COMMUNICATES THE FORMULATION OF THE TECHNOLOGY AT THE LEVEL OF CONCEPTS .

THEN THE FRAMEWORK FRAMED ADVANCES TO PROOF OF THE CONCEPT , VALIDATION IN A LABORATORY ENVIROMENT AND THEN TO PROTOTYPE DEMONSTRATION AND ENDING WITH ACTUAL DEPLOYMENT .THE TERMINOLOGIES FOR THE APPLICATIONS ARE SPECIFIC LIKE DIFFRENT TERMS ATTACHED TO THE TECHNOLOGIES OF AEROSPACE AND HEALTH SECTOR , THIS IS WHERE THE TERM TRANSLATOR RESEARCH IS USED. AN ALTERNATIVE FOR THEESE TERMINOLOGIES ARE ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND POST ACADEMIC RESEARCH .

THERE ARE LARGE LABORATORIES WHICH ARE SPECIALLY MADE FOR THE RESEARCH WHICH IS FURTHER CONTRIBUTING TO GENERATE NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE FOR NATIONAL DEVOLOPMENT.

IT IS OBSERVED THAT THE INVESTMENT MADE BY INDIA IN THE RESEARCHES ARE NOT SO HUGE COMPARING THE SAME WITH THE ADVANCED COUNTRIES.HERE ARE THE TWO OBSERVATIONS THAT MAKES THIS STATEMENT ‘ A TRUE SET OF WORDS’ , AS WE ALL ARE AWARE ABOUT THE IMPLEMENTATION EFFICIENCY OF OUR COUNTRY WHICH IS AVERAGE OR VERY POOR IN FEW OF THE SECTORS. THE COUPLE OF OBSERVATIONS MADE ARE AS FOLLOWS :

  1. THE COUNTRIES BELONGING TO THE ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND DEVOLOPMENNT REPORT RESEARCH STATISTICS ACCORDING TO THE FRASCATI MANUAL WHICH WAS FIRST LAUNCHED IN 1963, AND HAS BEEN REVISED FIVE TIMES SINCE THEN .BUT , DATA CANNOT BE COMPARED WITHOUT HAVING THE CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN INDIA’s DATA AND OTHER’s COUNTRY DATA .
  2. SECONDLY , IT HAS TO BE DECIDED BY INDIA WHERE TO INCREASE THE INVESTMENT EITHER IN ACADEMIC RESEARCH OR IN POST-ACADEMIC RESEARCH BUT THE FACT IS INVESTMENT IN POST ACADEMIC RESEARCH CAN ONLY BE TURNED TO THE NATIONAL DEVOLOPMENT , ONLY IN THE PURSUIT OF POST- ACADEMIC RESEARCH.

IN INDIA , THERE IS A NEED OF ADDING THE VALUE TO RAEW MATERIALS IN INDIA , WHAT SHOULD BE DONE ? , THE ANSWERE LIES IN INCREASING THE INTENSITY OF TECHNOLOGY WHICH WAS IDENTIFIED AS ONE OF THE GOALS OF THE STI POLICY.

THE STI POLICY SHOULD LAY EMPHASIS ON PAR TO ENSURE THAT INVESTMENT IN RESEARCH RESULTS IN ECONOMIC GROWTH. THE REWARD SYSTEM IN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS AND NATIONAL LABORATORIES SHOULD BE REORIENTED TO PROMOTE POST ACADEMIC-RESEARCH. ACADEMICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION SHOULD NOT ONLY PURSUE ACADEMIC RESEARCH BUT ALSO FEW STAGES OF POST ACADEMIC – RESEARCH.

POST – ACADEMIC RESEARCH IS FOCUSING MAINLY ON THE RESEARCH GOALS AND QUESTIONS THAT EMERGE FROM BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS WHEREAS ACADEMIC RESEARCH IS DEFINED AS ‘ SYSTEMATIC INVESTIGATION IN THE PROBLEM OR SITUATION WHERE THE INTENTION IS TO IDENTIFY FACTS AND OPINIONS THAT WILL ASSIST IN SOLVING THE PROBLEM OR DEALING WITH THE SITUATION. THIS CLEARY SHOWS HOW MUCH ‘PAR’ IS EFFECTIVE IN COMPARISON TO ‘AR’.

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