We all understand the importance of economic growth and social development programs for India. Do we consider research and innovation equally important? No… The talk will start with presenting reasons why India should aspire to lead in science and technology. I will argue that that the neglect of research and innovation in India risks its economic growth and social development.
Further, I will use data to illustrate India’s performance in research and the various deficiencies in India’s research ecosystem. The data will shed light on productivity of Indian researchers, interest in research in India, research institutions’ performance, collaboration among Indian scientists and industry involvement. This will form the basis of policy suggestions on improving India’s research ecosystem. During the talk, I will read through some interesting excerpts from my recent book, “Leading Science and Technology: India Next?”
Varun is a researcher, entrepreneur and author. He has a Masters degree from MIT and co-founded Aspiring Minds in 2008 to drive meritocracy in labour markets. Aspiring Minds is one of the largest employability assessment companies in the world. Varun heads research at Aspiring Minds. His work has led to the world’s first machine learning-based assessment of coding skills and the world’s first automated motor skills assessment. He has published more than 30 research papers and takes pride in the fact that the fruits of his research have improved millions of lives.
Varun is also a promoter and advocate of data science. In conjunction with colleagues, he runs ML India (www.ml-india.org), to build India’s data science ecosystem, and also organized world’s first data science camp for school children. Varun’s work has been covered in The Economist, MIT Technology Review, Wall Street Journal, HT Mint, Economic Times and IEEE Spectrum.