Bean counting is fine Mr Modi, but also look at the ‘blue sky’

Every once in a while comes a researcher who by the sheer intensity of his visceral interest in a phenomenon, or a nagging question, changes the course of a discipline. Psychiatrist and bioengineer at Stanford University Karl Deisseroth is one such scientist. Former IISc director P Balaram, while introducing him at the TNQ-Cell Press lecture last […]

Why the new director of IISc has his role cut out

  In the din and bustle, hope and anxiety, of the national elections, one big event which is being sidelined is that India’s largest and one of the oldest institutions is going to have a new director. Even if most of the public couldn’t care less about a research institution’s new director, it is a […]

Reputation Race in Higher Education is Getting Bigger, but is it Getting Better?

The university ranking system is getting bigger every year. More institutions are added, more heart burns are caused, more browbeating happens, more student lives are touched, and so on. But the question is: Is it getting better? The year-on-year rankings have created a race, maybe some sort of an anxiety syndrome, where institutions strive to […]

When the Best Malaria Drug Starts Losing Power

Good things don’t last very long they say. Artemisinin, the plant-derived compound that has today become the best drug for malaria has started losing its effectiveness. Two new reports published today in Science and The Lancet show that the most deadly species of malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum) is becoming resistant to artemisinin-based drugs and the […]

How About a National Entrepreneurship Mission, Led by Nandan Nilekani?

As I was reporting and researching for this special report (Forbes India issue dated March 2) I was pleasantly surprised by the extent of thinking, and even action, that’s going on world over to get lab research out of the academic papers onto the market, and into people’s hands. Perhaps what economist Tyler Cowen last […]