Science research languishing ``for lack of ideas'

Staff Reporter

Researchers asked to find solutions

TAMBARAM: Scientific research in the country is languishing because of lack of ideas, not resources, T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, said on Saturday.

Speaking after inaugurating the Nanotechnology Research Centre in SRM University in Kattankulathur, the official said the amount earmarked for research in science in the current five-year plan was higher than in the previous plans.

The aim of researchers in science should not be to strengthen their bio-data, but to arrive at solutions for problems that matter to the society, he said. "I see a general syndrome developing today in which higher science means higher investment," Dr. Ramasami remarked.

Creativity was embedded in every Indian's mind, he said, and research in India was languishing only because ideas were lacking, not funds. He pointed out the preparation of medicines by Siddha practitioners was an example of Nano science, which he said was an integral part of the country's culture and tradition.

"Research is not about using tools, but arriving at answers to problems for which no questions have been asked," Dr. Ramasami remarked. Lauding the institution for its initiative to set up the Nanotechnology Research Centre, the Union Secretary said the Department of Science and Technology was providing the necessary support to research in Nano science.

P. Sathyanarayanan, Vice-Chancellor of the university, said they had set up the research centre at a cost of Rs. 2 crore, which included sophisticated equipment. T.R. Pachamuthu, chancellor and M. Ponnavaiko, Director, Research, also addressed the gathering.