Subhra Priyadarshini joined Nature India after a decade-long stint with mainstream Indian media. She took to writing science when in journalism school. Though she chased deadlines to cover politics and sports, fashion and films, crime and natural disasters as a journalist, she kept coming back to her first love — science. Subhra has a bachelor’s degree in zoology. She dabbled in law after majoring in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India. A post graduate from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, she also studied print journalism at the University of Westminster, London. She was a correspondent with major Indian dailies The Times of India, The Indian Express, The Asian Age, The Telegraph, news agency Press Trust of India and Down To Earth magazine. Nature India is her first online venture.
It is boom time for Indian science. The country’s scientific stock has grown in leaps and bounds over the last decade — perhaps one of the few positive spin-offs of its burgeoning population. Riding high on an enviable scientific demography (India produces over 0.1 million science post doctorates annually), she is making a mark worldwide as a knowledge superpower. Today, India is one of the best outsourcing hubs for the information and technology industry. The country has emerged a major global production centre with hundreds of multinational companies in the manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors setting up research and development centres here.
Reverse brain drain is a happy reality for India. Its best scientists are returning home as institutes and laboratories get equipped with state-of-the-art R&D facilities and the country’s science policy becomes innovation-friendly. While India basks in this global attention, the Nature Research has launched Nature India in an attempt to capture the region’s rapidly changing scientific and economic scenario as also India’s urgent efforts to embrace globalization.
Nature India is a one-stop site for information on Indian science. The website, serving the scientific community of the world’s largest democracy, provides information on jobs, events, the best research and science news from India. Through in-depth features and commentaries, leading members of the scientific community, scientists and journalists reflect on contemporary issues affecting Indian science. It also provides free access to some handpicked premium content from various Nature Research journals.
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