How to Win Scholarships? Work on your Networking

Working on your networks features a lot of aspects and the first thing that will pop up in your mind will be – How do we get started? To accomplish something by networking, you need to spend a good number of hours in the right direction.  Learning how to make effective networks in your college experience is the first crucial step to open the new doors of learning and professional progress.

In 2011, In the first year of my undergraduate school, I was interested in scientific research and creating an independent project in addition to the coursework. I had zero interest in the course-work, but I cannot escape it either.  So, I thought that getting a hand on laboratory experience will be the most effective way to open the new path of learning

I always had the motivation of working in a lab back in high school where you can see different life process happening live. This gave me the idea that learning and practicing science are two different things.

But you can at least invest:- 10 Hours/Month for Networking via Email, facebook groups, LinkedIn, Researchgate, conferences and so on.

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Fixing hours and permanent schedule works for some and does not work for some. Keep your time management flexible according to your goals and objectives. But it is important to define your short- term goals precisely. Investing extra hours of networking will indeed require some time management and schedule planning in advance. Most students underestimate or misunderstand the meaning and importance of networking.

With the formula of networking and driven energy in my mind, I started my search of the laboratory in my University by interacting with senior students and researchers. There were hardly any other students either master or undergraduate who was participating as a volunteer researcher. But my experience in high school research projects had put enough enthusiasm to take immediate actions to enhance my communication and learning abilities. The networking has to begin with certain common direction and which could also fit within the framework of your college lifestyle.

I adopted a very simple strategy.

I approached many researchers with a rough project idea of using “Essential oils as Herbicides”. But I didn`t get any positive response for the next six months from anyone. I was not aware of the mistakes I was making at that time. I then went to known seniors for suggestions or if they have worked in any laboratory. And I also for opportunities in other departments as well. Spending time to find useful connections around the department accidentally introduced me to the Director of Parasitology department who happily attended me who was quite an exciting person. He was about to retire now, but in over an hour he gave me a lot of useful information. He also shared the story of her granddaughter who was pursuing her graduate school somewhere in the United States of America. He said and focused on a point that the relationship between supervisor and student is the drive change for all the ideas. It was a critical conversation for me as it made me realized the importance of your relationship with colleagues and supervisor in every step. Communicating with different researchers enrich your experiences and add more strength to your undergraduate school other than exams and assignments.

Moving on

I kept reaching different researchers in my department which has a maximum number of funded projects at that time.  Few gave me the contact details of other seniors who have worked in a laboratory as a volunteer, and another suggested me to contact the director of the department.

With all the hopes, I went straight to the director office and explained my situation in the reception and fortunately, I got the meeting with the director at the same time. I presented him as precise and clear I could tell as per my understanding, and he was completely attentive to what I was saying. I requested him that I want to work in a laboratory. And without wasting a minute,  he connected me with one of the scientists who had recently received funding from the Department of science and technology to work in the project of algae biorefinery to produce biofuels.

Do you want to know what happens next? Stay tuned 😉

Digital- Freelance Researchers?

Researchers and PhD students should take the benefit of new emerging digital market which is also inclined with commercial perks at independent level. You have something more to take and play individually without being in the system.

Its not even about discussion anymore “if the digital education is future” because it has already become a established industry which is going to become giant or it will be  EVERYTHING in  future. Even the traditional education industry is moving slowly to provide there education services on digital platforms like COURSERA and it will be wise enough for all the professors and young aspiring researchers to shift to digital platforms to become a freelance researcher and consultant to private institutes and laboratories. It will open the doors for every single stakeholder to collaborate and do something more with people all around the world as it does not require any real presence which saves a lot of resources and need of infrastructure for everyone.

Digital PhD students can also raise funding for there ideas and projects through donors, investors and even  citizens you are genuinely interested in that project. Not just investment, digital presence can also help you to collaborate with other PhD students conveniently- Digital Researchers and there presence in internet is going to be a one big Digital Research Institute.

Did you notice that there is constant rise in various start ups in different domains and aspects of biotechnology such as bioenergy, compounds and diseases. All these start up provide different services and they would appreciate the digital researcher input in collaborating and creating useful research based content for these start ups.

Digital world has changed the concept of work and management literally in all sectors. The change in various technologies in the area of biology that produces a large amount of data to be treated using coding platforms (R or Python) opens the new field for biologist to collaborate with coding people.

 

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What are the perks of being a Digital Researcher?

  1. You can work from anywhere around the world and conduct your own research, initially you will have to start with the limited resources you have i.e, Internet and millions of gigabyte of data available in google but gradually you can generate  grants.  PhD students need to understand there importance and need of joining the digital world and start managing the content in the internet that is available for free.
  2. You can design your class as you want- You have complete freedom to present and edit your content the way you want. There is no time restriction or timeline. Once you have created (which can be edited anytime), it is created for forever. You don`t have to spend energy to create and present the same data repeatedly.
  3. You can have million students- Yes, its true that you can teach more than million and even billion students at a time through digital platforms.  You will never be able to achieve this milestone, by being a professor in a University or Institute.

 

Traditional Education will not die just like RADIO and TELEVISION but DIGTAL EDUCATION will rise and outshine the traditional education system.

Its the Future 

 

Find your PhD- Best websites and quotes

PhD is the garden of the questions. If you keep your mind and heart open, you will able to find all the answers to all the mysteries. Although a PhD student search for the universe, just to find his own. His soul always search for wisdom rather than the publications. Please bring in the magic back in PhD. Here is my contribution to help my fellow colleagues to search there PhD and lab partners.

https://www.findaphd.com/

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https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/

 

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https://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/jobs

 

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https://jobs.sciencecareers.org/

 

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https://www.wemakescholars.com/

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https://www.eurosciencejobs.com/

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https://www.daad.de/deutschland/promotion/en/

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https://www.seek.co.nz/PHD-jobs

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https://scholarshipdb.net/

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https://www.phdportal.com/

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https://www.universityvacancies.com/

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https://www.glassdoor.com/

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https://academicpositions.com/

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How PhD Students can make a Huge difference using INTERNET?

Are you confused? How can you make the difference using INTERNET? PhD students only use internet to extract the technical or scientific information. Isn`t? But most of the PhD projects always struggle to explain the success rate of replicability or scalability of the results at worldwide level. So, there is big need for PhD students to understand the power of Internet and Digital media which can be used to bring the change. I can understand if we were conducting research in 1970s or 1980s, we cannot obtain successful replicable results due to unavailability of advanced communication devices and digital platform. But in 2018, there should be no reason because we have 4g and 5g Internet.

Considering the case of not obtaining the replicable results in scientific results globally , there are many reasons ranging from technical issues, experimental set up or human handling. The reason is that there is no record or a platform which observes these changes at regular time intervals and every time a new PhD student has to make certain changes in the standard lab protocols. To acquire uniform results globally, PhD students will have to make some changes in there traditional way of recording the information by using Internet. We can make this happen. Does this make sense? It will

And you don`t to have make big efforts or spend hours to do this but you will need to understand the digital platforms as they all work quite differently. All you have to do is to transform your everyday mistakes and efforts into a blog,vblog or podcast (if you want to do it weekly), pictures or animations. Lets just say, your project is related with DNA of plants or microbes.   There are so many commercial kits available to extract DNA whose experimental set up or protocol does not vary a lot but it gives the non uniform results depending of various factors such as quality of commercial kits, buffer, timing, handling and many other factors.  I am a bio-technologist,  so I am talking in terms of DNA. But if you are in ecology or bioinformatic, the variation is the results triples down or even more which is important to understand. But there is no recorded data which shows the information of situations that are faced by PhD students. With increase in the number of graduate students, collaboration between industries and educational institutes, there is need to have a platform or digital information which can help the fellow PhD students in the similar field. It could be the product review just like we review iPhone or any other electronic device. We always appreciate the reviews by other users and it also helps us a lot to know about different products and make the right call.

I believe that with so many platforms in today`s digital world, we can increase the replicability and scalability of our research at global scale but will require constant efforts from PhD students. PhD students can easily communicate and link with each other all around the world. It is a long shot but it has become a necessity which can be achieved.  If PhD students starts creating content which can increase the efficiency of overall research impact, it will change the world for better.  Your PhD will be more than just publishing papers in high impact factor journals or attending international conferences.

Surprisingly, today`s research and development sector only produces positive results which shows that there are no problems in the progress of the project which makes me think that then it could have solve all the world problems. There are still millions of problems to be solved. All the problems are there in your lab only. The only way to solve these problems is to increase the networking between PhD students working in similar area and create content specifically focusing on the protocols, products and experimental set up we use.

And, What if I say, there are additional perks in addition to make science better and fast. With changing digital economy, we have the potential to unlock the billion dollar market but the key to unlock this market is creating content in form of written words, videos or podcast or even pictures.

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Life is Chess but We are playing Ludo

I was bit confused about how to start this piece but I decided to go on and blast a bomb on you by saying that most of you are sitting on a wrong TRAIN for Life. Just imagine the time, when you missed a train or are have boarded the wrong train. How does that feel? Will you accept it for life? What if I told you that you are in that train but you are not aware of it.

Our brain and our reactions in response to our life decisions has become constant or quite similar and most of us respond in a very similar way to the so called responsible society. The big change that I noticed while growing up is that each year more and more engineers are graduated from India. If we talk about numbers, there were almost 1.5 million graduates in 2018 and if we constantly produced the same number of engineers there will be almost 35 million or more engineers by 2035.

Well, Ask yourself a question, when was the last time you got really happy or satisfied. Most of the answers will be- when i got the apple laptop, iPhone, new shoes, luxury or a job that is going to pay 20% more from your current salary. You will notice the similar pattern in our youth and we do not even need artificial intelligence to understand this pattern. This is a serious pattern to notice as India has 60% of youth population. The society,system or industries have recognized your pattern and understood your response towards the material happiness. Make sense?  Its going to make sense to all of you. Think about the time when you were choosing your future when you were just just 14 or 15. What were you told? What did you hear? Who were the people? How was the feeling? Was it good or bad? You were told that engineering and private companies are the future. You were told that these companies will pay you more and you will have a luxurious life to live. Everyone including your parents, friends and school told you this and filled your mind with hopes and desires for the next 4-5 years. Isn`t?

Let me take you quickly to those 4-5 years. I am not saying that all of you must be feeling like this but its only for those who feel this way. But if you are happy with your decision or working in a corporate company and completely satisfied at present, then its great.  But if you were thinking every single moment of your University life when you wanted to be something else instead of becoming a corporate professional. But the problem was the stimulus of all the hopes and desires that were created by society and parents was so strong that you could not take that wild step towards your passion.

But no told you or even give you a hint that you would have got better in your skill if you had worked your ass of for 1500 days. Isnt? So instead you spent those years in studying the subject you didn`t liked while arguing, complaining, crying about society and life.

IMPORTANT NOTE – You still have time as you have just lived 25% of your life.  Bs thodi si himat karni padegi. 

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I am pretty sure that most of the generation of India of my age will be on fire or would want to kill me because of my blunt writing. But its true we all are playing ludo instead of Chess. We all are tying to get 6 moves ahead so that we could afford a luxurious flat, car or a fucking euro trip.  We are not taking two steps backwards to understand the pattern and overall game we are deeply stuck in from throat to anus. Nothing is going in and nothing is going out of your mind and heart.

Most of us are trying to win big but instead of winning big we are getting stuck in a bigger bubble. It`s high time for us to understand the bubble formation as when one bubble mixes with the another one, it makes the bigger bubble with bigger unwanted problems to deal.

 

 

 

 

 

F**K Media and Understand the power of INTERNET

Do you complain about the society, media and government? I am warning you that if you still want the media or big industries to change there work ethic and your life, then its not for you but if you want to understand the power of internet, change we can bring then read my blog. And I decided to write this blog after observing that we are only complaining  and sharing the negative content in the internet instead of sharing positivity and solutions. Internet has become a complaint box with infinite number of complaints which will never get answered. Specifically, I was bit surprised that in the world where you can access the Internet in railways, bus stations and even in airplanes, we are still discussing about Hindu-Muslim debate which is depressing for the whole country. Please try to understand the power of Internet. Internet is the real democracy and we finally have the power in our hands if we use it effectively.

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The rules and functioning of society is changing faster than ever before, the life  has become so comfortable that we are able to book and place everything online with just one click. Then why can`t we spread love and peace with just one click.

It`s been long time that we are fearing over the big corporate companies controlling  everything and creating the unnecessary fear and negativity among the people around the world. But with internet, we need to open our hands, free our heart, start typing and fill the internet with positivity, love, fear and optimism so that these media companies who are creating the disturbances in terms of religions and society get the hell back down. But it would take effort from each individual and would require to initiate. We all are just trying to find tricks or easy ways out of it by expecting that media and society will change.

Number of internet users in India is expected to reach 500 million by June,2018 and we are still complaining about the media, society and government. India has the second largest number of Internet users globally who all are connected through a common medium which is completely free for everyone to use and share there views and ideas. But we take this opportunity to share what media, society and government has to tell us and dwelling on the points which has been there for long time and dividing the society every now and then. Do you still want to do that for next 50 years or until you die?

So, What`s the solution?

I would like to believe that there are more number of good people than bad people in this world, then how come the Internet is full of negativity and complaints instead of positive content and solutions that brings peace and positive change every single day.  Before, all the platforms were just supporting a certain set of people who had the everything controlled but Internet gives us the complete freedom to every single individual in the society to make the change. It is the magical network where you can send peace, love and and positive solution through a single send button. Words in both book and internet platforms means the same so it`s time for us to stop finding the easy way out and complaining about the problems in the society.  Imagine, how much time it will take to reach to 1000 people in your parents time when they were watching television or reading newspaper to learn about the world. The internet has completely reverse the trend from millions/billions to 1 (case of television or radio) to  1 to millions/billions which is the case of Internet It completely depends on how you use it.

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We have unlimited alternatives if we understand this technology. Our parents did not had this opportunity to connect with billions of people with all around the world so why do our thoughts are still stuck in there time zone and why are we still complaining about the same issues that existed 30 years before?  We have limitless alternatives to develop and deliver the change we want. Ofcourse, it`s not easy, because complaining and sharing the post without reading it completely is easy.

The problem is that we don`t share our real viewpoints or the solution you think that it is best for the humankind. We do not make an effort to create a positive content instead we debate on what politicians and industries are doing to the environment. Because we think that everyone knows but the media and government is still controlling things.  So we decide not share positivity and peace but instead we prefer to share the viewpoint of negative people who are trying to divide and create a difference in the society and expect them to change. We need to come out of our artificial comfort zone and start working on the change we want to see. The only difference is that they have understood the use of internet and are exploiting it to the maximum.