No Respite for Research Scholars Amidst Lockdown, Forced to Publish Research Work

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    No Respite for Research Scholars; Forced to publish articles
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    It is always beneficial to make your time constructive or productive instead of whiling it away. But that shouldn’t become a norm per se. Many esteemed educational institutions had advised their scholars to use the period of lockdown judiciously. Similarly, many students were also encouraged to try out something they’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t get time. Strictly speaking, both these cases have a stark difference. Especially with the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar forced its research scholars to publish as many quality-centered articles as possible during times of crisis.

    The Joint Research Council of India reported this unjust behaviour to our MHRD Minister, Dr. Ramesh Pokhroyal Nishank. The council has appealed to the ministry of education to scrap off this official notice issued by NIT Srinagar.

    Why Such Apathetic Behaviour?

    The Joint Research Council has speculated that such inhuman behaviour is the result of NIRF Ranking. The National Institutional Ranking Framework is a Government of India initiative where all the government, private, self-funded educational institutes are ranked according to the quality education they provide. The NIRF Ranking for the current academic year did not feature NIT Srinagar under the top 200 institutions. Hence, to enhance their ranking, NIT Srinagar is forcing its research scholars to publish as many research papers as possible.

    Further, NIT Srinagar also notified that the corresponding fellowship for August 2020 would only be released solely on the submissions’ premise, as mentioned above. This sort of action is described as “extremely unscientific” and inhumane by some research scholars. They added that the institution has refused to take into account the probable condition in which the scholars might be in during this crisis. When people are battling for their lives, this sort of behaviour stands deplorable.

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