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Varun Aggarwal offers a compelling, data-driven, and analytical march through India’s science landscape. While we might not get science to the stature of cricket or Bollywood in the Indian imagination, at least we have to try to make it much more discussed. There is no substitute for a laser focus on science to foster social and economic change.
India has the potential to solve its own problems using science and technology. In doing so, it has a shot at solving the world’s problems too. This first-of-its-kind book discusses how the nation can achieve this by taking advantage of its unique strengths. Varun weaves databased insights with stories to demystify the world of research and India’s position in it. He cites several interesting examples from his days at MIT and as an entrepreneur developing research-led products out of India.
This book is a must-read for people who want to learn more about science in India, as it offers a comprehensive account of India’s science and technology ecosystem. Varun examines the national policy on science and innovation, the workings of India’s top research institutions, the role of industry, and the mind-set of India’s research personnel. Meticulously researched and based on a wealth of new data comparing countries across various research metrics, this book marks the start of an important and long-overdue dialogue in India about its position in world science and technology.
Just like you cannot imagine the Silicon Valley without Stanford, this book highlights the need for innovation backed by scientific research! To catapult India to the global stage of innovation, we need worldclass research institutions, empowered researchers who tackle challenging original problems, and a vibrant ecosystem for entrepreneurs. This book is for any individual who dreams of an India that creates globally competitive start-ups and pioneers new technologies.
It is a pity that India’s scientific output isn’t commensurate with the talent present in the country. This book explains why and warns about the opportunity cost of not acting. Varun presents a first lesson in the much-needed mentoring at various levels and for various actors to change the course. He nails it with his discussion around the importance of picking relevant problems, multidisciplinary research, building end-to-end solutions, tight partnership between industry and academia, and nurturing of appropriate ecosystems.
Can India become the next scientific superpower? With hard facts and plenty of personal anecdotes, seasoned entrepreneur Varun Aggarwal argues that it’s time to unleash India’s intellectual potential. Better yet, he shows us what needs to be done. [This book] is a roadmap to India’s future.
India has established a significant export-driven IT industry and has a large and growing number of start-ups. However, it is clear to Varun, and to others, that the foundation of this enterprise—the science and research base of the country—is weak. The scale, quality, and impact of India’s research and research training effort have not kept pace with its global peers. In a rigorous, evidence-based study that is frank and hard-hitting, but also ultimately hopeful, Varun identifies the issues and points to potential solutions.
Great research passes through various stages—from idea to peer review and publication to application. Different kinds of support are required at each stage and if the ecosystem is healthy, each stage simultaneously feeds on and supports the others. The strength of this book is precisely that it takes such a holistic approach, which is absolutely required to analyze the gaps that exist in India. Further, the book links the research all the way up to start-ups and entrepreneurship.
Technology is changing how economies are organized and how wars are waged, affecting people and nations across the world. To be a leader internationally, a country must take the lead in science and technology. In this important book, Varun shows why, in comparison to India’s impressive economic achievements, the country’s technological achievements lag far behind. His insights and his thoughtful analysis of what needs to be done require to be widely understood and should be publicly discussed.
‘Just like you cannot imagine the Silicon Valley without Stanford, this book highlights the need for innovation backed by scientific research! To catapult India to the global stage of innovation, we need worldclass research institutions, empowered researchers who tackle challenging original problems, and a vibrant ecosystem for entrepreneurs. This book is for any individual who dreams of an India that creates globally competitive start-ups and pioneers new technologies.’
The author argues that India would risk its progress and social development if it does not lead in research and innovation.