Scientific Research & Development - Courses and Careers
Design, originate & innovate! Today a career in R& D (science & Engineering) is not only highly rewarding professionally but also one of the most ideal platforms to design technologies that you want around you. Research as a profession is for those who want to transform tomorrow‘s technologies and want to create life-changing technologies.
India is contributing a lot to this field as India is home to approximately two million science post graduate and over one lakh PhD holders.
In India, Today more than 1000 positions are created for scientist every year.
One can become scientist, engineer, biotechnologists, Pharmacist, Physicist Chemists, Biochemist and many other similar roles. Today the average innovation intensity of India is estimated to be about 11.5 percent.
The world bank‘s report on ‘unleashing India’s Innovation potential estimates that there are around 3 lakh scientists and innovators in the country.
Today an increasing number of multinationals are vying for scientists from India. Over 300 MNCs including IBM, Microsoft, HCL, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis are setting up their research and development facilities in metros like Bangalore and Mumbai.
This is because of the fact that an Indian scientists costs around Rs 9.7 lakh a year as compared to 38.7 lakh that an American scientist cost.
Aspirants, wishing to make a mark in this field, should have comprehensive knowledge and training in the related scientific or engineering stream. For that, a master degree in engineering or science is required and in many cases any other graduate qualification covering the relevant area of research and specialization is generally considered an ideal qualification.
Career Scope & Job Prospects
Biotechnology, manufacturing, pharmaceutical industry or software field, the avenues are endless if you thought Research and development in science or engineering as your career-choice.
Today even biotechnology sector has grown to be a $2 billion worth industry and is estimated to be growing at a rate of more than 37 percent every year. While, the Indian pharmaceutical industry stands at Rs 238,665 crore and is expanding at an annual growth rate of over 9 percent.
Pros and Cons of a Scientist
- Satisfaction of discovering new things
- Recognition and fame
- Autonomy in what you are doing
- Depended heavily on grants
- Time consuming activity
- Not much time to oneself and family as in most cases one has to work in isolation
- Chances of frustration setting in
Where can you work
Research is in itself a full-time occupation and a person even after acquiring his or her Phd can continue with the research work and go about inventing new things and theories. You can also work in
- manufacturing companies
- water companies
- cosmetic companies
- pharmaceutical companies
- defence companies (e.g. BAe Systems, GSK)
- Government laboratories
Top Colleges/Institutes for Scientific R&D
|1||DRDO- Defence Research & Development Organization||New Delhi|
|2||ISRO- Indian Space Research organization||Bangalore|
|3||NAL- National Aerospace Laboratories||Bangalore|
|4||BEL- Bharat Electronics Limited||Bangalore|
|5||BARC- Bhabha Atomic Research Centre||Mumbai|
|6||Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI)||Lucknow|
|8||Jawaharlal Nehru University||New Delhi|
|9||University of Delhi||New Delhi|
|10||National Brain Research Centre||Gurgaon|
|11||Tata Institute of Fundamental Research||Mumbai|
|12||Institute of Clinical Research in India||New Delhi|
|13||Indian Council of Medical Research||New Delhi|
|14||Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development||Manipur|