IISc BLR and IITK Professors Please DO Learn How To Judge Academic Progress of Professors: This Country Respect Your Views

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This petition is about the dignity of “academic progress” evaluated in Indian academics by honored professors from honored institutions like IISc Bangalore and IIT Kanpur; both are India’s top ranked institutes for their meritorious faculties and best quality research. Hence, India expects enough talent with them to judge what “academic progress” stands for in deed. And this becomes extremely valuable when crucial decisions are based on such evaluations.
Dr. Susanta Paikaray, Dept. Earth and Environmental Sciences, IISER Bhopal whose academic progress and performance was evaluated by an expert committee of Prof. S. K. Satheesh, Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences IISc Bangalore, Prof. S. K. Tondon, Earth Sciences, IIT Kanpur, Prof. Rajiv Sinha, Earth Sciences, IIT Kanpur and Prof. V. K. Singh, Director, IISER Bhopal (Chemistry, IIT Kanpur) on 28th Oct 2013 which was ~ 1 year after joining. For this, research discussion via presentation and overall contributions made till then was produced before the committee. Those were 30 research publications, 3 submitted projects, 2 enrolled PhD students, 3 undergoing UG/PG/PhD courses, 2 book chapters (resume)

Dr. Paikaray’s probation was not confirmed to a permanent faculty category by IISER Bhopal because ‘an expert committee of EES met on October 28, 2013 and reviewed your performance and found that the progress made by you has been highly unsatisfactory’ as the major reason (18/2/2014). As there was no such criticism during the review and comments of the expert committee were not disclosed, the evaluation report was requested under RTI Act 2005. Too shocking and shameful while going through the comments of respected superiors-
He is also an aqueous geochemist and has been involved in some projects related to arsenic pollution. However, he seemed quite disarrayed and disoriented and could hardly communicate. He did not even come prepared with a presentation despite being told and his attitude throughout the meeting and rest of the day was quite disappointing. He seemed quite unwilling to talk about his activities and his communication was very poor" (28/10/2013)

Too ashamed how superiors treat their youngsters that to fresher who just put their first step in Indian academics. None of the comments actually question work of Dr. Paikaray, but shamefully it is the report of unsatisfactory progress by superiors. The committee reported he did not present his work, but stated Dr. Paikaray works on arsenic projects possibly it came in dream; even after a friendly interaction, the committee reported at back of Dr. Paikaray that attitude was disappointing. Only god knows which progress the experts are talking about!!! Later on evidences/proofs/records was requested under RTI Act 2005 for all these allegations for which the answer from all 4 experts was ‘no information/records available’.
The report says “the committee reviewed the current teaching and research activities of the department, but nowhere it reported so. The teaching and research progress of Dr. Paikaray by 28/10/2013, in fact, was-
• h index 10
• 30 research publication
• 2 book chapters
• Honors/awards
• Aqueous Geochemistry 2.5/4
• Atmospheric Sciences 1.44/4
• Two PhD students enrolled (1 INSPIRE Fellow)
• DST project on Fluoride pollution 25 lakh (granted)
• Germany-India collaborative project on Se pollution (1st stage grant)
• Dept. Coal project on Mine drainage for 50 lakh (under review)

These are our novel evaluation of teaching and research by eminent professors from eminent institutes!!! This embarrassing report itself clearly shows why Indian scholars hesitate to return back to India. But our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble President surprisingly invites Indian scholars through open speeches in USA, UK, Europe to return and serve the nation. Unfortunately the inside scenario is dark enough even in academics also. This type of remarks of senior earth scientists of the country on youngsters may be one of the reason why Indian Earth Science stands much behind compared to other science fields. Such cheap evaluation strategies adopted in our academics may shame country’s academic quality internationally-

• Do superiors discourage youngsters in India to conduct research and teaching?
• Teaching and research have any value in Indian academics?
• Professors’ academic progress in Indian academics judged by talking willingness?
• Do professors in India need to change personality the way superiors like to be judged as meritorious?
• Is academic progress judged by records or words in Indian academics?
• Is contribution to science and research is an offense in Indian academics?

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