外文标题：'India and China to be next hub of Nobel laureates in medicine'
STOCKHOLM: India's rising economic might will soon help produce a Nobel laureate in medicine, predicted the man who chairs the committee that picks Nobel laureates.
The secretary general of the Nobel Committee Goran K Hannson told the TOI in an exclusive interview that his recent visit to India and China and having seen the backing for scientific research by the respective governments made him optimistic that a future Nobel laureate would come from these two countries.
"India has had a strong tradition of science. But it takes time to build up infrastructure for biomedical research. Funding to back these projects also need to be based on merit, novelty and importance of the research. I was impressed with the backing scientific research was receiving in India and I predict it is not long before India produces a Nobel laureate in medicine," Hannson told TOI.
He however had a simple message for Indian youngsters. "In the end, individuals win Nobel prizes, not governments. Governments definitely play a major role in making things possible for an individual but it is ultimately upto a person to work towards a Nobel. It is time Indian youngsters started to dream of one," Hannson said,
Jan-Inge Henter, a highly influential member of the Nobel Committee who was among the three top officials who announced the 2013 Nobel Prize for Medicine told TOI that an increase in India's economic might will naturally lead to the strengthening of scientific and cultural might, ultimately producing Nobel laureates.
Henter told TOI "Some countries like US and Germany have had a long tradition and strong history of research in medical science. This also makes top scientists move to these countries and win a Nobel. They have over the years built up tradition to do research. They have lot of science campuses which India should learn from. But I strongly believe that as India and China improves as an economic power, it will become strong as a place for scientific research".
According to Henter, India should identify scientific fields it is strong in and invest behind them.
At a time when India is being looked at as the next big knowledge superpower, recent data on India's position on backing scientific research has been shameful.
Just 3.5% of global research output in 2010 was from India. In most disciplines, India's share in global research output was much below this overall average count.
For example, India's share of world research output in clinical medicine was a paltry 1.9% in 2010, psychiatry (0.5%), neurosciences (1.4%), immunology (1.8%), molecular biology (2.1%) and environmental research (3.5%).
In mathematics, India's share of world output stood at around 2% in 2010, while it was 17% for China.
In case of materials sciences, India's share of world research was at 6.4% in 2010, while China's stood at 26% — a rise from 5% in 1996.
Mohit Marakna (Vadodara)
Definitely we are going to see Nobel laureates from India soon....
That's a courtesy talking only when Indian Journalists often ask others stupid questions. I bet the Indian journalist asked the guy when a Indian would become a Nobel laureates in medicine. What the guy could answer? He would be though rude if he had told the truth that there was a long way to go for Indians. His data definitely draw a real poor pic of India's R&D.
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NS (New York)
India has been a sleeping giant for far too long. It needs to wake up now.
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BC Menon MENON (Alappuzha)
Let his predictions may come true !
Descendant of Arabs (The Powerful Pakistan)
Brilliant news for Asia ! We must still strive well to march forward in all aspects and areas of our life ! Well done India, well done China !
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It is a long way to achieve this feat. Now only a criminal traders rule the business in India.
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Jaleel Mujtaba (Unknown)
Give one reason why Indians should (Not must) strive to get a Nobel? ."India has had a strong tradition of science. But it takes time to build up infrastructure for biomedical research .Nobel prizes are given as he the whims and fancies of the west. Malala yousafzai is one example ,she made westerners happy by her protest.BUT ,I have a few suggestions ,Give Bashar al assad for successfully testing chemical weapons, And Narendra modi for successfully acquitted even after manslaughter.
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