Dehradun, November 20
The scientist fraternity in Dehradun has expressed solidarity with Bharat Ratna CNR Rao's recent outburst highlighting that poor funds were a big constraint for carrying out research works in the country. Dehradun is home to about dozen eminent research institutions of national and international stature linked to various aspects of science like forestry, geology, wildlife, remote sensing, soil science and anthropology.
Renowned botanist A N Purohit asserts that CNR Rao was when he says there were no adequate funds for research in the country. “I totally agree with him”, he said asserting that it was unfortunate that science-based reseraches were not getting their due importance. He categorically held that there was a tendency to appoint a bureaucrat even in the science and technology linked posts as being done in case of Uttarakhand and argued that a scientist can only do justice with such posts.
Anthropologist A R Sankhyan said fund constraint was the biggest challenge before scientists today as inadequate funds affect research work tremendously. He said research was not just a one-day affair but a long time process and thus need patience and appropriate funding.

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