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Skyrocketing R and D Careers

Skyrocketing R and D Careers

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Research and Development is a key element for technology up gradation and latest innovations from individual organisations to a nation. Many experts emphasise that R and D activities are significant for any country to stay ahead in the global world. However, new inventions demand high-quality research activities. Keeping in view, the government takes a step forward by making policies and implementing them to boost up the R and D, which lead to developing the complete product design and production in science and technology, pharma and medicine disciplines. Accordingly, R and D sector is capable of creating ample of opportunities than before. It is the right time for young and bright research scholars to grab the opportunities and demonstrate their talents. If your passion is to work with R and D organisations and interest to take part in research activities, this information is for you to kick-start your career.

EngineeringFocus on scientific innovations
Scientific innovations are crucial and plays vital role in day-to-day life. Keeping in view, the central government allotted a sum of Rs.100 crores exclusively for R and D in the Union Budget 2015-16. Consequently, private organisations and public sectors joined hands together to extend their research operations, which in turn accelerate the new inventions. The government makes another move by launching ‘National Institution to Transforming India’, the organisation is to provide required inputs to the enthusiastic R and D aspirants. 

Atal Innovation Mission is another promotion introduced by the government by funding Rs.150 crores. AIM will provide funds to a network of institutions to conduct research on innovations that can improve economic growth and job creation. The government is also planning to establish centres of excellence in order to boost up the research activities such as telecom, wireless technology, bioinformatics, lasers, optoelectronic devices and nanotechnology fields. 

Companies queue up to invest in India
Many multinational companies have come forward to invest in India recently due to new FDI policy. An appreciable number of global companies are planning to set up R and D centres to expand their research operations. Unilever, Expedia, Panasonic, FireEye, Ricoh, Royal DSM, Ruckus Wireless, Abbott are the few companies among the list. 

Impact of IT and e-commerce sectors
R and D activities growing significantly in the IT sector too. IT giants like Microsoft, Infosys, TCS, IBM have already set up their own R and D centres. E-commerce companies are also walking in the same track and making their moves accordingly. Make my trip, Flipkart are some of them in the queue. This trend makes the broader way for job seekers thus by generating plenty of opportunities in the research sector.

Research from the scratch
Academic institutions play the significant role by nurturing future scientists. Most of the reputed institutes are conducting entrance tests in order to pick the enthusiastic scholars. Some of the institutions offering PhD and Integrated PhD based on their GATE score. Besides the national level entrance tests, individual universities and private institutes have also set their own requirements. Of course, a candidate who qualifies CSIR-UGC-NET more preferred among the others at the time of admissions. Apart from the IITs, NITs, each IIM also conducts entrance exam separately to pick perspective students for their diverse PhD programmes, which are termed as the fellow programme in management. 

What are you waiting for?
About 4 or 5 years ago, students have no proper awareness and enough guidance over the R and D activities and latest innovations, but the situation now is gradually changing. Nowadays, a large number of youngsters is gearing up their skills to grab the multiple opportunities offered by the R and D sector. The substantial increase in research activities in various sectors around the globe is a good sign for research aspirants.

The government is taking many initiatives towards research activities and innovations. Make in India, Start up India are among those which themselves create more than lakh jobs for next 3 years. Statistics says more than 60% candidates with research-based profiles. Consequently, there are many opportunities in the public sector such as Defence Research and Development Organisation, Department of Biotechnology, Department of Science & Technology and ISRO.

Patience is the key to success
Nowadays, R and D is a rapidly growing sector. The government is moving forward and extending its support to the R and D sector by conducting various research activities through different research labs. Prominent research labs such as Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) located at Hyderabad are few among the list and offering research degrees through Department of Science & Technology Fellowships. Apart from these, private organisations also setting up their own R and D centres to ahead in latest innovations. Moreover, research labs under government tie with the academic institutions and expanding their research activities. Enthusiastic research degree holders keep one thing in mind that research field doesn’t give immediate job offers. One should inculcate patience, consistency and fix long-term goals to attain their dream job. I would strongly recommend research scholars that they must update their skills according to latest technology trends.
Dr. S. Venkata Mohan
Principal scientist, IICT-Hyderabad 

Top entrance exams 
There is a gradual increase in PhD registrations by every year as the reputed academic organisations as IITs, IIMs and NIPER are expanding their research activities rapidly. Here is a list of some major national level entrance exams for your information.

    • This exam conducted twice in a year.
    • One who qualifies in the entrance test is eligible to pursue PhD in one of the research centers of CSIR.
    • Fellowship is Rs.42,000/- per month.
    • For more details please visit:
  2. Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)
    • JEST is the entrance exam intended for Physics PhD aspirants.
    • The successful candidates of JEST can secure the PhD admission in premiere institutions such as Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Indian Institute of Science, IISERs etc.
    • For more details please visit:
  3. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
    • ICMR conducts JRF exam for PhD in medical field
    • For more details please visit:
  4. NIPER PhD Entrance
    • National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research conducts Joint Entrance Examination for PhD in pharmaceutical field.
    • For more details please visit:
  5. IARI
    • Indian Agricultural Research Institute conducts PhD entrance test for research degree in agriculture.
    • For more details please visit:
  6. IISc-PhD Entrance
    • IISc conducts PhD entrance exam exclusively for Engineering and Science sectors.
    • For more details please visit:
  7. GATE
    • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is the popular exam for Mtech admissions and some of the reputed institutions offering Integrated PhD and PhD Programmes based on GATE score.
    • For more details please visit:
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