Science blogging from the top…

Some time back I wrote on how science bloggers in India tend to be non-anonymous. Importantly, the senior guys do it too, even in a semi-official capacity.

Example 1: Ram Ramaswamy, has what he calls an “Unofficial Blog of the VC, University of Hyderabad”. It may be unofficial but he puts his name and designation on what he says, and that’s important.

Example 2: K VijayRaghavan, till recently director of NCBS Bangalore and now Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, has initiated an official DBT blog. The posts don’t carry authorship but Vijay regularly replies to comments with his real name (as he does on other blogs, including this one).

These are not just promotional fluff either (like the “official blogs” of various Very Big Corporations of America), but discuss real issues like gender issues, streamlining of administration, and other ways to improve these institutions. And they also remind others that they too have a stake in these organisations and can speak up. Ideally, it should be like a coffee table where everyone is invited.

Update: From comments below, here are other examples — Dheeraj Sanghi, former director of LNMIIT, Jaipur, and currently Dean — Academic Affairs at IIT Kanpur (I read his blog regularly but didn’t know the positions he holds/has held); Pankaj Jalote, director of IIT Delhi; and others network via Facebook or other social media (Sudhir Jain of IIT Gandhinagar is mentioned). As a medium to discuss, I personally prefer Google+ to Facebook, and blogs to G+, but as a way to reach out to the maximum number of young people, Facebook is by far the best these days.

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  1. Thanks for the plug Rahul. You are right: “Ideally, it should be like a coffee table where everyone is invited.” And, I hope we can manage to have such an environment. Right now, a couple of colleagues (acknowledged in the posts) give a short summary of the topic, which I have been changing and editing. We soon hope to have signed posts from my colleagues and from those in our community as well.

    • Rahul Siddharthan

       /  March 26, 2013

      Vijay – good to know that! I figured you did at least some of the writing in those posts. Look forward to seeing how DBT develops.

  2. Thanks for the link to the DBT blog — it’s great to see this initiative.

    Here are a couple more for your list of institutional leaders who blog:

    Prof. Pankaj Jalote (Director, IIIT-Delhi).

    Prof. Dheeraj Sanghi, former director of LNMIIT, Jaipur, and currently Dean — Academic Affairs at IIT-K.

    • srinivasa ranganathan

       /  March 27, 2013

      prof Sudhir Jain, director, iitgn has a facebook page as does iit madras Ranganathan


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