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Dinesh C Sharma

Dinesh C Sharma

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Journalist, columnist and author based in New Delhi.

By Dinesh C Sharma

Why the NEP must spell out ‘ancient knowledge'

If the definition of ancient knowledge is kept open-ended and undefined in NEP, we are headed towards a dangerous whirl.

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What happens if the Covid vaccine is not from India?

A new global mechanism has been unveiled for countries to access a future Covid-19 vaccine, with WHO as one of the sponsors.

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Why we need to be ethical in the race for Covid vaccine

The deadline to begin the trial so that the vaccine could be launched on August 15 may be unrealistic and even illegal.

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The pitfalls of seeking a quick coronavirus cure

Scientific groups are rushing to announce results of their trials in journals, sometimes with questionable data.

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Why it is important for government to be transparent during a pandemic

Transparency should go beyond sharing basic data on infections and mortality and should cover all aspects, such as testing, diagnostics, prevention, treatment and research.

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How to revive the health system in India on a war footing

India needs to channelise the new-found interest in health to reform and revive its public health system.

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The race to the moon: Once taking baby steps in the space arena, India has now become a force to be reckoned with

With Chandrayaan-2 being launched, and Gangayaan in the works, India has established itself as a space superpower.

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Why India's Science Congress 2019 must mean business

The Science Congress brings on one platform policymakers, top science bureaucrats and leading scientists.

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Why India must invest more in developing Artificial Intelligence

China, in particular, is pumping massive investments to achieve global leadership in AI, and hopes to invest up to 150 billion dollars by 2030.

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How money is driving the medical technology business in the country

Documents clearly show that the medical technology industry driven solely by profits does not care about patient welfare or national regulations wherever they exist.

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How grand challenges are driving innovation

The world needs highly energy-efficient ACs, which will also be cheap. The room AC technology has remained virtually unchanged for the past 100 years.

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We are not serious about environment. Ministers skipping environment meetings must admit that

Stubble burning, smog, blame game, talk of tough measures and then a hiatus of a year. We need to break this cycle.

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Zika outbreak after Nipah: Why our healthcare system wakes up at the eleventh hour

The government should expand the laboratory network with adequate biosafety for rapid diagnosis.

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How India is making great strides in space science

It's time we celebrate the successes of the Mars Orbiter Mission and AstroSat – India's first space-based observatory.

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How we can take science to more people

Can shopping malls be also used to promote science by researchers who work with societal problems?

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Why Modi government is finally waking up to the need for reform in science and technology

It is better late than never that we have a panel of experts to advise the PM on issues relating to science, technology and innovation.

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Kerala floods: High time we had a robust forecasting and prediction system

The Central Water Commission (CWC) — which is in-charge of flood forecasting — has no ground stations in Kerala.

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Why ISRO faces new challenges

If the government and ISRO are in favour of greater private role in India’s space programme, they should come out with a plan and a roadmap.

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From news to science: Why rise of faking is real and perilous

It is time to revisit this system.

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Why India needs to help bridge the international 'space divide'

It is time for ISRO to pay back by helping developing countries harness the fruits of space technology.

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Yes, we need more fitness challenges. But where are the cycling tracks and parks to exercise?

There are several barriers, even if one is willing to be physically active.

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How India is using fellowships to tackle brain drain

They let scientists test waters in India and build a research career early on in their career.

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Why Nipah virus has baffled scientists and experts

It still not clear whether the outbreak is a result of circulating virus within the country or is of imported origin.

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Why Indian healthcare desperately needs ethics

A loosely-formed network called Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare recently held a meeting at AIIMS.

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How conflict of interest is murdering science in India

E Arunan, a professor at the Indian Institute of Science, believes that it is more problematic for us than nepotism and favouritism.

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Protests against one of India’s most ambitious science projects in Tamil Nadu is saddening

The Rs 1,600 crore project, Theni Neutrino Observatory, is being held up because of propaganda unleashed by political parties and other vested interests.

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Indian judiciary needs to keep a tight check on big pharmas

The Supreme Court recognised the right of patients to access affordable medicines over profits of big pharma companies through 'evergreening' of patents.

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Why India is far from being tuberculosis free by 2025

It’s shocking that a disease which is fully curable in most cases kills 1,400 Indians every day.

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This National Science Day, what India can do to stop being an embarrassment

Quality of education and research needs a big boost in institutions outside the so-called elite centres like IITs.

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Why Modicare may be poor for India's health

At a time when the world is shifting to Universal Health Coverage, we are moving towards an insurance-led health system.

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