I requested Professor Hassena Khan, now on lien at the South Asian University to write about her academic pursuit and the challenges she is facing at her new job; she promised she would do so soon. However, pending that write-up she has written to me about her impression about the status of advanced research in India. I am reproducing an important excerpt from her recent letter.
“Here, in India policy matters related to science are so conducive that one is not surprised to see the phenomenal progress that the country is making. In the South Asian University, even though they are in a temporary location hoping to move into their new premises in about three to four years, it is not stopping them from making major structural, physical changes to accommodate the laboratories and to procure the state of the art instruments like flow cytometer, mass spec, phosphoimager.
Coming from Bangladesh and knowing how things run in our country, I cannot help feel sad, wondering when we will ever come close to what the Indian government is doing for science.