A “completely confusing statement” in a gazette notification has scientists wondering which of their papers will and won’t be considered towards their promotions in the future.
By instituting a top-down assessment scheme without concomitant support on the ground, the UGC conducted an experiment that was doomed to fail – and now threatens to take a good idea down with it.
To say that teaching is for college teachers and research is for university teachers is to question the basis of higher education, where teaching and research should coexist.
The research requirement in the API for college teachers was a travesty. All that it achieved was a proliferation of fake journals for college teachers to publish in.
The Centre isn’t doing enough to ensure that the unwarranted fears surrounding exposure to RF radiation can subside.
A number of predatory journals thrive in India, fed by many universities requiring students to publish a paper to get a PhD. This is “a BAD incentive to encourage scams”.
It has been labeled “anti-vernacular” because it excludes reputed journals in regional languages. It also ignores some well-established Indian journals in favour of Western ones.
If the UGC was truly serious about a transparent vetting process, its first step should be to make the list of journals available in a more accessible format.
Initiatives to check research fraud usually fall short because they are not eventually implemented or because techniques of fraud have advanced, rendering older measures as well as countermeasures irrelevant.
Himanshu Bansal wants to perform an experiment that will revive brain-dead people. However, he may have skipped some regulations while his previous research raises serious ethical and scientific questions.