GUWAHATI, July 25 � At a time when research activities are not among the most desired pursuits for the youngsters in the market-driven competitive world, Anindita Deka, a young research scholar, has done the State proud by making it to the prestigious 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting, held in Germany from June 29 to July 4.
A galaxy of the 37 Nobel Laureates and young scientists from around 80 countries across the globe gathered in Lindau city of Germany for the meeting dedicated to physiology and medicine.
The gathering was also a platform for around 600 young scientists to share their knowledge, establish new contacts and discuss relevant topics such as global health, the latest findings in cancer or AIDS research, the challenges in immunology or future research approaches to medicine.
Anindita Deka of Guwahati, who is currently pursuing research work on �Chemoprevention of Cancer� at the Cotton College under Gauhati University, crossed a tough multi-stage selection process to become one among the 20 participants from India.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Anindita described her experience as a once in a lifetime opportunity to broaden her horizon of research activities in the field of physiology and medicine.
�We could have only dreamt about such a platform where, there were no barriers between the best of the minds and the young scientists. Formal sessions and informal gatherings provided us the opportunity to interact with Nobel Laureates, who surprised us with their warm and approachable demeanour,� said Anindita, daughter of noted playwright Karuna Deka.
With a brilliant academic background, Anindita has several fellowships and academic awards to her credit.
As lack of research becomes a growing concern throughout the country, she said that there was much to change in the mindsets of the society along with the government policies for creating infrastructure as well as platforms for research activities to boom.
�In one of my interactions with Oliver Smithies, he clearly said that to harness the pool of scientific talent, the Indian government must give some more emphasis on science and technology as technology has become an integral part of scientific research,� she said.
�The way research scholars were encouraged and respected in all the six cities of Germany, in the itinerary of the meeting, left me craving for similar treatment and facilities for the researchers of India and Assam,� she added.
Encouraging more young researchers to apply for the Nobel Laureate meets in the coming years through the Department of Science and Technology website, Government of India, Anindita said that plight of research scholars in the State should be addressed on a priority basis, creating necessary infrastructure and giving some recognition and placement opportunity to them.