Welcome message from the Chair

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS).  INYAS was founded by INSA in December 2014 and came into existence with the selection of its 20 founding members by the INSA Council in May 2015. Currently our member strength is 76. INYAS aspires to be the voice of young scientists across the country. INYAS provide a platform to exchange ideas, initiate discussions/collaborations among the new generation of scientists and to make the voices of the young researchers be heard by senior academicians and policy makers of the country.

 

A defining feature of India is its diversity in terms of religion, caste, language, and culture. With so much diversity, there are serious concerns about science education. Science aims to stimulate our natural curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought process. It is important for the community to relate science to everyday life and in this way appreciate how science contributes to our economic, social, and cultural well-being. If we look at the evolution of school education in India, we see a clear trend of including more and more content – an overwhelming amount of facts in the content. Laboratory tasks have declined, and even scientific demonstrations, once common, have been now confined to elite schools only.  In other words, science education in schools has left the curious student bored and has lacked in producing high quality scientists given the mass population of the country. As a result, India has not received any Nobel Prize in the field of science in the last 85 years - largely because of lack of scientific environment in the country. We are simply not producing young scientists of sufficient quality in sufficient numbers. INYAS has a significant role to play in raising awareness among school students and a critical understanding of science and technology in society. It is important that we continue to seek ways, through formal and informal education and training and lifelong learning, to bring about a greater general understanding of science.

 

INYAS hopes to collaborate with young academies across globe and aims to explore new approaches for connecting young scientists and academicians from India with the rest of the world and to work together to exchange new ideas and design projects. With the aim of improving academia for our country, come forward and join hands with us and set sail toward a better future for India with the help of science.

 

Warm Regards,

 

Mahesh Kumar, Founding Member and Chair, INYAS