Research on topics relevant to society: Minister

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 2nd Nov: Stating that young minds need to be ignited and linked with research and study for relevance of future as well as to enable them to work for the betterment of the society, Education Minister Th Radheshyam has stressed the need for researchers to do take up topics that are relevant and important to the society as researching just for the sake of getting a degree is not enough.

The minister was speaking during a round table discussion on the topic, "Research and education priorities for transforming North East India", organised by Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) held at its Takyelpat campus here on Thursday.

Attending as chief guest, Radheshyam further said that mankind's greed has increased with progress. Humans have developed a tendency to become more defiant and arrogant after overcoming challenges.

"Hence, the constant conflict between nature and humans has given rise to a lot of problems. Thus, in order to resolve this conflict, priority must be given to education and researches that are relevant and can provide solutions to these issues," the minister maintained.

Radheshyam went on to note that research must not be done for the sole purpose of acquiring a degree. Teachers must also guide the students to choose suitable topics for their thesis which are not only relevant to the society but would also be applicable to the society in future.

In this age of globalization, researches which can provide solution to the problems faced by Manipur and also bring the state at forefront of development need to be prioritized.

The minister said that he felt happy on seeing people getting awarded doctorates which are published in the newspapers from time to time but was disappointed to see that none of the topics had any relevance to the state's problems.

Professor Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director of IBSD, who is the key architect behind the Round Table Discussion and presided over the event, noted that no country in the world has developed without applying advances in Research & Development and Education.

Keeping this in mind, IBSD has been working hard for the last 3 years without thinking about state or national boundaries and to maintain focus on projects undertaken by IBSD, all the projects have been sub-divided into short term, medium term and long term.

Observing that Manipur is a state with many resources but low per capita income, Professor Sahoo noted that until and unless the far-flung areas can be accessed, the problems and resources of the state cannot be assessed.

He further said that instead of waiting for the help of the government, one should accept that there is a problem and take the initiate to solve the problem ourselves. Even Japan which was reeling from the devastating after effects of World War II is now one of the most advanced and innovative countries, thanks to its citizens who took it upon themselves to bring the nation back to its feet instead of waiting for their govt to do so, he siad.

While addressing the gathering, that comprised educationists, scientists and students, he also emphasised that there is an urgent need to bring rapid development in the North East through scientific based interventions and applications.

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