At the Indian Science Congress in Thiruvananthapuram, several issues related to science & technology were discussed. Many speakers found fault with our bureaucracy, but the problems are far more complicated. It must be recognised that rapid quantitative expansion of science and technological institutions has not been accompanied by a matching focus in quality. Dearth of experienced teachers is a serious issue. While salaries and perks of the teaching community have been substantially hiked in recent times, this move has not been entirely successful in attracting the best talent. It is sad that in India, few industries engage the services of professors in universities for R&D. Government can help by providing support through policy initiatives and incentives for better industry-university cooperation.
NS Venkataraman, Chennai