Research should benefit society or else it has little value: IISc scientist

Research should benefit society or else it has little value: IISc scientist

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-06-20 19:53 Mysuru: Researchers should focus on ideas that benefit the society than getting enamoured of advanced technology, said Dr M Mathirajan, Chief Research Scientist, Department of Management Studies, IISc, Bengaluru.In his keynote address at a faculty development programme organised by the computer science division, National Institute of Engineering, on Monday, Mathirajan questioned the modern research obsession with technology.  “Unless researchers deploy ideas to understand problems plaguing society and find solutions, research has no value, he said and asked researchers to treat the book authored by professor Krishnaswamy as their manual.Dr GL Shekar, Principal, NIE, spoke on the importance of central government’s ‘smart cities’ initiative. “The central government is investing Rs500 billion on developing smart cities across the country. The concept of smart city is not limited to digitalisation, but also encouraging start-ups. Hence, there is a huge potential for research in the area,” he said.N Ramanuja, Vice President, Managing Committee, NIE, said science and engineering research would more influential in the 21st century. “No one can predict which technologies will define the next century,” said Ramanuja. “Computers will transform work, communications, entertainment and education. Besides, greater understanding of biological processes will help to reduce the adverse effects of human beings on the environment, and new treatments and preventive measures for diseases and injuries will improve the quality of life and lengthen the human life span.”