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.
The artificially created public antagonism against science exists all over the world and is more pronounced in countries that are tilting towards right-wing authoritarianism.
Citations alone won’t be able to tell the full story: a good scientist needn’t be cited heavily – but not all those who are cited heavily are good scientists.
According to a UGC statement, the letter received by JNU was a forgery and the commission has no plans to cut funding for such centres.
Several universities were running such UGC-funded research centres that were set up under the 11th five-year plan and renewed under the 12th plan.
Scientists think there is a mismatch between the government’s rhetoric on bettering India’s research output and how much it is willing to spend for the cause.
Rao also doesn’t make much of the charges of plagiarism levelled against him and thinks they were the result of undeserving hype.
Studying the behaviour of these frogs provides invaluable information about how frog species evolved to adapt to surroundings in the past, and where they might be headed to in the future.