No recognition at home: born here, Nobel abroad

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Indian origin American scientist Venkataraman Ramakrishnan won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the year 2009 for his contributions to ribosome research. He shares the $1.4-million prize with two other scientists. He was educated in Tamil Nadu and Baroda but he still had to go to the United States to do the research that brought him the Nobel Prize just like India’s other Nobel laureates, S Chandrashekhar, Hargobind Khorana and Amartya Sen.

In an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN Dr Ramakrishnan said India still couldn’t afford cutting-edge scientific research.

With many academicians saying that India cannot support or afford the kind of research and facilities required to produce a Nobel laureate, CNN-IBN’sFace The Nation debated: Can Indian universities throw up a Nobel laureate?

On the panel of experts to try and answer the question were IIT alumnus and best-selling author Chetan Bhagat; sociologist Ashis Nandy and Director of Centre for Philosophy and Foundations of Science Ranjit Nair.

At the beginning of the debate, 51 per cent agreed that Indian universities could throw up a Nobel laureate, while 49 per cent disagreed.

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