dominant paradigm of research and development (R&D),
as it is practised in India's premier engineering institutes,
has not only been abstract and lacking in diversity,
but has also been too 'international' to incentivise
work on our own development problems. Such an inverted
incentive structure in the socio-economically important
engineering job market has been macro-economically observable
as the service-sector growth outstrips that in manufacturing.
*This article was originally published
in Current Science, VOL. 102, No. 11, 10 JUNE 2012.