By Matin Durrani
The latest Physics World special report, which examines the challenges for physicists in India, is ready for you to read online now.
The report contains a great mix of news, features and opinion, including a look at the work carried out a top research centres such as the Indian Institute of Science, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and the Raman Research Institute.
It also has a great podcast on “India’s physics rebels” – the students who resist the pressure to study engineering and let their passion for physics burn instead.
For the record, here’s a list of the main articles in the report.
Welcome to science city – Why is Bangalore home to so many top science institutes?
Igniting a passion for physics among India’s top students – What the Indian government is doing to get more students turned on to science
New horizons for the Tata institute – How one of Mumbai’s leading research centres has ambitious plans to expand into Hyderabad
Speaking up for women – An interview with Shobhana Narasimhan from the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore
India sticks to the thorium trail – Why thorium is still so central to India’s energy plans
India sets its sight on Mars – Opinions are still divided over the country’s bold Martian plans
Digging deep for neutrinos – A look at India’s ambitious plans for a huge underground neutrino detector
Uniting Indian astronomy – An interview with Ajit Kembhavi from the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune
Delivering on a promise – Shiraz Minwalla from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research says that India must urgently reform its education system.
The report reveals that money for India’s top physicists is thankfully not in short supply, but what India currently lacks is a critical concentration of highly capable scientists who can make the country a world leader in research and boost its innovation.
I hope you enjoy reading the report – and do let me have your comments by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.