Of rejections, melancholies and aspirations…

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Countless  number of project proposals across the globe
are not approved by funding agencies, including
many PhD students, postdocs and research faculties.

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The hopes of conducting collaborative research abroad are thus quashed.
Being a hard working and a responsible citizen isn’t sufficient any more;
One ought to be concerned about impact factors
and a long list of publications in hitherto unknown journals.

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Quantity supersedes quality.
If not provided a chance, how could one prove his/her worth at all ?
I shall then wonder how the big labs and powerful people happily
secure the funding and if the ‘law of diminishing returns’ ever applies to them ?

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Do the funding agencies ever read the publications
and ask if the content is relevant for our society at all ?
After all, where is the novelty when one merely changes the feedstock
and conducts exactly the same set of experiments ?

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Science needs freedom to explore.
It cannot be chained by funds and bureaucracies.
The truth or the unexposed facts will be discovered sooner or later,
for truth is beyond human.

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Meanwhile, all we shall do is to carry on
with a broad smile and hope that a benevolent
person showers his/her dollars on
the not-so-published and less-powerful ones too.

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Until then, we will toil,
and not yield to the pressure
that society and funding agencies demand from many
millions in this world, including lonesome researchers such as we are.

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This much I know that persistent hard work in imparting quality education at international standards will bring wonders, in countries mired in neck-deep bureaucracy. I hope in the near future that insightful and thoughtful people would hold the helm of affairs, thereby bursting open the imminent scientific blossoming that has choked the aspirations of many a number of intelligent and equally sensitive people in this beautiful country. I have been quoting Mr. Obama a lot, but it is befitting to say that ‘Yes, we can’. Till then, I can only utter boa sorte todos.

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