Trivellore Raghunathan

Trivellore RaghunathanThe research enterprise in India has grown significantly in recent years, but doesn’t arise from or involve faculty and students at universities to the extent it should, according to ISR researcher and Director of the Survey Research Center (SRC) Trivellore Raghunathan. In a May 21 Q&A in The Times of India, Raghunathan said India’s research and development activities occur mainly outside of the university system. Unlike in the United States, most faculty don’t conduct leading-edge research, and graduate students don’t get the opportunity to contribute to or do their own research. In India, Raghunathan said, “there is a complex web of government bureaucracies with confusing jurisdictions, overlapping mandates leading to turf wars and internal competitions. India needs a system that directly connects the university students to research along with their learning in the classrooms.” Last year, the University of Michigan and SRC signed a five-year memorandum of understanding with India’s National Council of Applied Economic Research to encourage collaboration in survey research.