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— Satwant Kaur, Mahilpur

A science for India

THIS refers to 'Our scientific experiment' (IE, January 18). Deepak Pental is right about the weaknesses of science and technology in India. The new science policy does not offer much hope for a substantial change in direction, and is largely a wishlist. He calls for structural changes, but unfortunately his suggestions seem to be merely management and administrative reforms. Real structural changes would need a paradigm shift in the way we perceive the objectives of scientific research within the cultural context of our nation. Our scientists seem to have consciously or subconsciously developed a model of scientific knowledge that is based on western models. Instead, they should approach research in a way that meets India's specific needs.

— Jagrut Gadit


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