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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 371  

Has our postgraduate research hit a wall?


Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Chief Consultant, Dr. Grover's Dental Clinic, J-9/48 (Second Floor), Rajouri Garden, New Delhi - 110 027, India

Date of Web Publication01-Sep-2021

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Harpreet Singh Grover
Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Chief Consultant, Dr. Grover's Dental Clinic, J-9/48 (Second Floor), Rajouri Garden, New Delhi - 110 027
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_461_21

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Grover HS. Has our postgraduate research hit a wall?. J Indian Soc Periodontol 2021;25:371

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Grover HS. Has our postgraduate research hit a wall?. J Indian Soc Periodontol [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Oct 24];25:371. Available from: https://www.jisponline.com/text.asp?2021/25/5/371/325001





In spite of quantum increase in the number of postgraduate pass outs in the country which on the surface looks very encouraging, are we getting Pro rata increase in our scientific understanding? An extraordinary growth in number of scientific papers has not interestingly led to a proportionate scientific progress.

Although, it is tough to measure scientific progress through any subjective barometer yet, it is not difficult to accurately analyse and critically evaluate how important a given scientific discovery is in objective terms.

One pertinent reason appears to be an obsession researchers seemingly have rightly or wrongly with outcome based clinical studies with limited number of endpoints in sight. Periodontal regeneration with/without sundry biomaterials, herbal adjuvants in their various avatars like gels, powders, liquids and granules or platelet concentrates of various generations. Implant studies mostly looking at stability, peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis are all much flogged near dead horses in our research stable and expecting them to run and win a jackpot increasingly appears to be wishful thinking.

One way to reduce this stagnation is delving more into basic research arena where curiosity rules the roost. Do we remember the times when scientists doing such experiments were completely oblivious of the fact that what they were looking at as mere personal inquisitiveness would lead to something much deeper which after the benefit of decades of hindsight might appear as epochal, landmark research. Plenty of Nobel prizes came through that route.

Most of our postgraduate research belongs to the 'non-funded ' category so it is easier to hook on to pure fundamental research unshackling the chains, at times put by the 'funded' research to reach certain conclusions. Another reason to dive full length into the pool of fundamental research is that our postgraduates are not hard core researchers who sometime worry about diminishing monetary returns from research. So they are free to be limitless in their research thinking. Such minds can prove to be the biggest 'think tanks' provided their mentors are in-sync with the ideas and not much in love with citations which in all likelihood would come at a much slower pace in basic research.

For science's sake let us conclude that science is infinite and ever dynamic and ignoring science's boundaries can be perilously unscientific.

ISPlendidly Yours






 

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