Being working in the top universities or elite institutions is a MATTER OF PROUD or guilt if we are not able to give anything in return to the society?
Being working in the top universities or elite institutions is a matter of proud or guilt if we are not able to give anything in return to the society?
There are a number of privileged intellectuals in the Academia who are working in the reputed universities and the elite institutions across the globe. Privileged because, they are blessed to work for the humanity by suggesting solutions to the numerous social issues through quality research. These intellectuals have excellent resources and opportunity to work in the dynamic research culture. I believe they are placed in the better position than any second or third tire higher learning institution in a small or metro city. Governments and centrally funded research organizations have their funds available for doing quality research by them.
Unfortunately, most of these senior academicians trust the Academic research rather working seriously on the serious issues around them. Doing academic research within four walls is quite easy, particularly when we have research assistants and all important resources available at our table. All the funds utilized by these high profile academicians are giving them recognition and reward through promotion based on the API and other criteria.
This can be a matter of satisfaction and proud for them, but what about the common people who have indirectly funded their research through paying tax on their hard earned money? The senior academic is working for their personal gain and hardly the critical social problems are being addressed out of their research.
A very serious question, if these privileged academic fraternities will not do than from whom we can expect? Particularly in the scenario when most of the private institutions have no research environment and even struggling for their survival.
Should this academia need an introspection rethink about their role as an elite academic in the present time where countless social issues need a sound solution through Quality Research?