An email I sent: Students do need to be told, even Post-grads

OK Class, we had the class on Data types today. Usually these data types are taken into account but things always have advantages and disadvantages both.
 
Scientific facts are not absolute facts, they are open to discussion, debate and re-interpretation in context of your experiments.
 
What you take in all of the different classes Biostatistics, Enzymology, Immunology, Molecular Biology and all, you learn some facts for your solid foundation. Upon these foundations, you build higher up and when you are more capable then do some rational thinking and perform experiments and then re-establish facts. And prove your mentors respectfully wrong. :-).
 
In fact, this is what learning, discussion and debate is all about. Nothing is perfect in an imperfect world, except the Sun rising and setting and nurturing Life.
 
So, when you see or observe contradictory lessons, take these in your stride with the attitude that it is for you to grasp the basics and then later build upon it.
 
So, here is a wikipedia article on Data types with more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Level_of_measurement
 
Enjoy the learning.
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A moment of Glory! And Pride!!

Most read Status of one of my articles on Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics website:

Accessed: 21 December 2015.

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Cheers to myself! And to Universe too!! Thanks to everything and everyone.

 

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After Vacations

Kick-start myself.

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Mind? Check! Motivation? Check! Energy? Check! Surroundings? Check! Everything? Check!

Awaiting the new batch of students with renewed vigour. Hope they have the same energy levels,  motivation levels, EQ, IQ and attention and awareness of values like the 2013-2015 batch. Of this batch, on their projectile towards pursuing Doctor of Philosophy, one student will be joining IIT-Bombay, one will be joining Forschungszentrum Jülich – Institute of Complex Systems, Germany, and some others have also been selected to pursue Ph.D. Some of these are still in pursuit, and they appear determined, motivated and inspired to take forward their zeal of pursuing science and Life as well. Cheers and blessings to every single student of 2013-2015 batch.

May the Divine Light shine upon them!

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Ph.D!

Ph.D interviews over.

A Ph.D is the highest scholarly achievement in any person’s life. Naturally, a student entering the hallowed portals of a Ph.D life, feels afraid at the first baby steps. Who will I be assigned to? How will my supervisor be? Will I be able to stand on my own and relate and interact empathically with the assigned supervisor? Will life be difficult or easy for me in that place?

Being slightly afraid is all natural. But when you let your fears take precedence over your natural ability to adapt, adjust and living life joyfully, you have not really lived.

Most will take the tried and tested route. Join their own post-graduate supervisors. Easy does it!

Or, if not a post-graduate supervisor, the one whose student went to Germany or US for  a year of work. Even if the poor supervisor is not able to handle all lab Ph.D students going abroad, who cares?

Or the one whose lab is full. Never mind that golden opportunity to learn starting a lab……

Good students, with the ability to think above and beyond the mundane life, are hard to find. This is astonishing,  given the flexibility and intrinsic adaptability of young minds. They are largely resistant to change.

 

240px-Stephen_Hawking.StarChildStephen Hawking-flashing his million-dollar smile.

Stephen Hawking, among the greatest physicists, despite suffering from a motor neuron disease, has mentored many good doctoral students, notable among them are Raymond Laflamme and Don Page.  As for his own doctoral life, Wikipedia article on him provides some peek and views:

“Hawking’s first year as a doctoral student[2] was difficult. He was initially disappointed to find that he had been assigned Dennis William Sciama, one of the founders of modern cosmology, as a supervisor rather than noted astronomer Fred Hoyle,[139][140] and he found his training in mathematics inadequate for work in general relativity and cosmology.[141] After being diagnosed with motor-neuron disease, Hawking fell into a depression; though his doctors advised that he continue with his studies, he felt there was little point.[142] However, his disease progressed more slowly than doctors had predicted. Although Hawking had difficulty walking unsupported and his speech was almost unintelligible, an initial diagnosis that he had only two years to live proved unfounded. With the encouragement of Sciama, he returned to his work.[143][144] Hawking started developing a reputation for brilliance and brashness when he publicly challenged the work of Fred Hoyle and his student Jayant Narlikar at a lecture in June 1964.[145][146]

When Hawking began his graduate studies, there was much debate in the physics community about the prevailing theories of the creation of the Universe: the Big Bang and the Steady State theories.[147] Inspired by Roger Penrose‘s theorem of a spacetime singularity in the centre of black holes, Hawking applied the same thinking to the entire universe, and during 1965 wrote his thesis on this topic.[148] There were other positive developments: Hawking received a research fellowship at Gonville and Caius College.[78] He obtained his PhD degree in cosmology in March 1966,[149] and his essay entitled “Singularities and the Geometry of Space-Time” shared top honours with one by Penrose to win that year’s prestigious Adams Prize.”

Need I say more?

 

 

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Cheers! again!

After a gap of five years, our University has again figured in the ranks in QS best University listings. In the year 2010, it was ranked as the 81st best Asian University. This year, it has again found a place among top universities in the English Language and Literature and Chemistry subject categories!

In a circular issued by our University, “In the English language and literature ranking, University of Hyderabad is the only university from India which could find a place among the best universities of the World. National University of Singapore (NUS) has been listed as the best Asian University to pursue higher studies in English language and literature.”

Further, “School of Chemistry also found a prominent place in the World rankings.Banaras Hindu University and University of Delhi are the only two Universities along with UoH that finds a place in the World rankings. National University of Singapore (NUS) has been ranked as the best Asian University in this category as well.

Cheerio!!

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UoH! First! Again!

Projects for M.Sc and IM.Sc course finished! I am now in a somewhat freer mode. Visiting my blog again.

UoH! The best University in India! Having conferred the award instituted this year by the Hon’ble President of India. Received by our Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Prof. E. Haribabu.

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UoH! the first in India to devlop 250 acres of land into a bio-reserve and thereby protect and preserve the four beautiful lakes inside the campus, Peacock, Gundlakunta, Chilkalkunta and Nallagandla lakes (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/In-a-first-University-of-Hyderabad-to-have-bio-reserve/articleshow/46964785.cms).

A truly magnificent initiative by Prof. E. Haribabu. In his own words, “We decided to develop the area into a bio-reserve as all the four lakes are interconnected with water channels. Any construction will only disturb the water course,” “The bio-reserve will be a safe haven for wildlife on campus”. Motivating and inspiring!

Another good vision to be followed as a role model!

Here is the picture of one such lake, the photo taken at the time I joined UoH:

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Cheers! University of Hyderabad, India

Just today, I read in ToI that UGC has mandated the introduction of grading and semester system from 2015-16 in 400 Universities across the country.

UGC has directed universities to introduce the choice-based credit system (CBCS) and credit framework for skill development (CFSD).

Under CBCS, students will have three course types to pursue: foundation, elective and core.

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University of Hyderabad (UoH) is one of the select Indian Universities that has been working under the same system for many years, and so can be considered a front-runner and a role model for others to follow. It follows a semester system, and CBCS as well as dishing out foundation, core and elective courses on a platter for students. Reading this news today, I feel prouder to be a part of the University fraternity. The environment is cooperative, full of respect and freedom, and student-centric.

As it is, UoH may even be better as a role model in implementing  contemporary  education at a still higher level. The key-word here is ‘contemporary’.  We have amidst us a very special programme,   College of Integrated Studies (erstwhile Center of Integrated Studies, CIS).  Started under the visionary and understanding leadership of the then Vice-Chancellor, Padma Shri Prof. Seyed E. Hasnain in 2006, this programme is of tremendous importance in furthering the research-based education in view of changing global requirements. Three days before, in a meeting held by CIS Director, Prof. B.P. Sanjay,  our erudite Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, had mentioned that we are in a unique and envious position implementing the integrated program across streams. While taking my UGC Orientation course in which faculty from all streams had attended, I too had noticed that while Science stream is rigorous, the Social science stream had threads running parallel to the Science stream and that somewhere along the way, these two streams merged together. Consider introducing courses connecting these two. A new generation of human beings with an integrated peaceful consciousness will emerge, that is a given fact among humans at a higher level of vibration.

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The students selected at CIS have  tremendous benefits to be able to learn sitting and living amongst expert research community and vibrant research environment that they really need. Further even as UGC has provided new directions as mentioned above, the students are already being exposed to foundation, elective and core courses. The programme is open to undergraduates after passing class 12th and selected from KVPY, Science Olympiad, IIT-JEE main list qualified candidates and first rank holders of different state/central boards as well as entrance examination for Science and Social Sciences schools.

For now, I am teaching a core course: Structure and Function of Macromolecules to Integrated M.Sc students, and have been writing how during the first two days at the start of the course, I  let the students interact and teach each other the connectivity of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Earth Sciences in a seamless manner, so they really understand the integrated nature of sciences. They were good in their basics and all of us clapped and cheered them along as they fumbled, got their facts straight, and also let their imaginations run astray.

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