Digital Profile Will Help All Students

As I realize after working in the different laboratories with outstanding master and Ph.D. students who have incredible ideas and profound knowledge of the subject but lack the communication skills and networking skill either real or digital.  I am getting the impression that students coming from different generations are getting confused with the sudden change in the communication pattern. Some are struggling to adopt this change and some have accepted easily within the flow.  I can be wrong but if in 2018 you are not communicating digitally even if you have equal attention of 4 billion people, through digital platforms is a big mistake.  I want to bring the attention of all the aspiring students from different backgrounds to lay your foundation in today`s digital platforms to create the fundamental blueprint of your vision which will take years to develop. In some lucky cases, you will be able to see results in just a few months.  As I continue to understand and communicate with students using social media and personal interviews, I have started to notice the amount of stress, anxiety, and misunderstanding in them is at an extreme high.

As most of the aspiring and passionate students are stressing in the early stages by navigating their life by other people and there personal experiences which is not right.

Especially in 2019, it should not be the strategy where graduate students are trying to get hold on to the title to secure a job in industry or academics.

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What is the need for Digital foundations?

In today`s low digital drive, it is a requisite to create a robust digital foundation. For some or most students, digital networking and content creation could be a boring field, but if you want to stay in the information and digital world game, then content creation and digital networking is the most important subject.

Aspiring young researchers, students, and innovators should take this digital chance to create their style and stand out from the crowd. It could have been accepted if you are not able to improve your communication or networking in the 1980s, but in 2019 the things and opportunities we have do not leave us with one excuse. The chances are unlimited right there on your phone. It is also something that gives you the attention of 4 billion people if you are upright and unique in your work. Does not mean that you will be on the top in just four months as you are competing with many people with the same baseline and passion for sharing their ideas. It is worth noting that, if the travel and fitness content creators can create such a buzz in the market, then why not the students from other backgrounds? I am pretty sure; this digital profile will help you to build your confidence, creativity, leadership and networking skills. There is no harm in understanding the digital platforms and putting them to good use for the betterment of society.

Taking initiatives for the community in addition to academics is indeed useful to build up your communication skills and networking that can be done through; scientific podcast, setting up a talk show in your society or among different colleges, a scientific journal among the undergraduate or graduate students. It’s one of many ways to network with researchers and interact with fellow student researchers.

Back in 2013, when I was in 2nd year, I became an associate editor with an undergraduate research journal of Colorado State University, undergraduate students ran that for undergraduate students. This gave a whole new idea about the power of digital tools for coming undergraduate and aspiring students.

Have you wondered how your CV would look in the next 10-15 years? Have you ever wondered how people used to communicate or collaborate back in the 1970s or 1980s? The things and method of communication are never the same and so as the student life and its trend have wholly changed globally. Companies and the academic institutions will see their potential candidate digital profile as a standard requirement- I believe that it worth doing it now to develop your digital profile in every sort of platform available because all the platforms are completely different and need in-depth research to get your whole command on it.

All the elements that are revolved around scientific and technological research are not the same anymore. Therefore, I would advise you to develop or use tools that enhance your communication with people from a different background such as media, IT, digital marketing, video creators or editors which will add significant value in your planned projects.

Even academicians and researchers look for the people to work for them who can perform well in more than one domain. The future and even present entirely belong to the digital world. Getting out of your comfort box and connecting with people from all the background especially who understand the domains like digital, machine learning and artificial intelligence more than you. These interactions and networking skills will be life-changing moments and will help you to grow and reinvent yourself in so many ways.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Indian Boy got 2.3 million EUR Funding

An Indian boy got 2.3 million Euros funding from the Government of Italy to create some innovative Enzymes. He is one of the most calm and talented Human being I have never met and his passion is to create innovation projects in Science.

Me- Hey,I know you personally but can you tell my readers little bit about yourself. Like you background and what are you doing now?

Roh- Well basically I’m from Himachal Pradesh, my father is a retired army officer, mother is a house wife and have a younger sister. In 2016 I completed my Bachelor from Amity university, India in Biotechnology. After that I got admission in Masters in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling in University of Groningen, Netherlands which was funded by Erasmus Mundus. But after completing my 1st semester, I realized that I am not enjoying this course as this course was totally different from my bachelor studies. So, I discussed this issue with my director and she helped me to get another Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Italy for 1st Chemical Nano Engineering Program. This program is launched first time in Europe in collaboration with university of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy , Aix Marseille University, France and Wroclaw University, Poland.

Wow this amazing that your director helped you out with everything. And you got selected for both the scholarships.

Me. Where are you located these days?

Roh. In my hometown, Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh

Great

Me- I read about your grant from the Government of Italy? How did you started this project?

Roh- I started working on this project a year ago before I start my education consultancy company for European education.I am trying to collaborate with universities in Europe for my education consultancy in India and other countries around the globe who wish to pursue there studies in Europe. I got information regarding this funding program by Italy government to launch startup visa for innovation project. I confirmed this with my director Maria of university of Rome tor Vergata, Italy. And I thought that it is a golden opportunity for me to develop something innovative. Then I talked with my mentor in India with whom I have worked in one of my summer internship. He accepted my offer to mentor this project.

So we decided to produce enzyme technology and production unit in India. It took us ` year to develop the basic protocol of the project. We got the approval of our grant on 21st March,2018. And we were ready to launch this startup in Italy.

Me. What kind of enzymes are you going to develop in your industry? Where will your industry be located?

Roh- In the first phase of our project we will develop enzymes by traditional methods by using fermentation menthol. We will manufacture enzymes like Alfa amylase, protease, cellulase, xylanase. All these enzymes are used in different industries of textile, food, detergent, paper, pharmaceutical industries. Our head office is located in Milan and production unit in India. We have already developed the market for 1st phase production and In the second phase, we will be testing our new technology to enhance the overall process of enzyme manufacturing which I cannot disclose right now. As it is still in the process.

Me- What Kind of raw material will you be using to create these enzymes?

Roh- Agriculture waste. We will be using rice husk, wheat brawn and sugarcane waste which are complete waste to the farmers and they usually burn them. So, we are creating values out of the waste. So instead of burning the waste, we will be buying this from farmers which will also give the additional income to the farmers for there waste.

Me- Why are you so interested in this project?

Roh- It will benefit all kind of stakeholders as we are creating something out of the waste. It is estimated that this US enzyme industry will be worth 6.3 billion dollars by 2020. So I thought, it will be a big industry in India too. Although, many companies are already working on it but we still need innovative techniques to build better quality products for many industries.

Me- What are your expectation from your start up in terms of money or Jobs creation?

Roh- I am expecting that this industry will generate 150-200 million euros by 2020. It will create atleast 150-200 jobs.

Me-Have you started employing people?

Roh- Yes we started to hire People for our work

Me- How many people will you be employing?

Roh- We already have team in Italy to manage operation in Europe and We need 20 people in India to start the intial phase of the project.

Me- Can you give some advice to future students?

Roh- I just want to tell student never run for marks and try to do something different. Scores are not everything. Always try to build a network and meet new people. It will give you a chance in your life to make your life better.

Me- Do you think I can upload your public information in my blog so that people can contact you for suggestions.

Roh- Yes ofcourse. And if any one has any innovative idea which they want to turn into reality, I can help them out with the complete process