Anna University, Chennai
Session 1D: Symposium on “The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development”
Talent supply chain management for basic sciences and SDG goals
Abstract: That the year 2022 is observed as the International year of basic sciences for sustainable development centre stages the importance of investments into talent supply chain for basic research. While the nation states are focusing on intensification of research and development, the critical roles played by inspiration among talented youth for advancement of pure sciences cannot be under estimated. Physical infrastructure and facilities are supporting elements of a vibrant research ecosystem. Research is done by the people. Their motivational and inspirational aspects are key to their scientific research contributions. Investing into talent supply chain for research in general and basic sciences in particular forms an important aspect of planning a sustainable development path. It could even be seen as a crosscutting input for delivery of all the 217 sustainable development goals. Some key measures and steps initiated by India in addressing the supply chain management of basic sciences in the new millennium will be outlined and some initial evidence for directional changes shared. A case for a good beginning with a hope for the best to come in talent supply chain management will be made.