Please tell us about your feelings on being awarded by Thomson Reuters?
I really feel humbled and honoured to receive Research Excellence Citation Award by Thomson Reuters. I would like to dedicate this award to my PhD students, Postdocs, colleagues and collaborators from ICRISAT as well as all other organizations with whom I got an opportunity to work with on different exciting projects. I am also grateful to my teachers, mentors, friends and well-wishers. I express my sincere gratitude to my family especially my children and wife for their unconditional support throughout.
According to you what is more important: publication or product development oriented research?
In my opinion, both publications and product oriented research are important and I don't think that these two things are exclusive to each other. Product oriented research is a direct solution to a challenge, for example bringing superior, high yielding, resistant varieties to markets and fields will help farming and consumer community directly. At the same time, publications are the best knowledge sharing tools to advance science and technology and to train the next generation of scientists to take up new and ambitious challenges. In order to bring an easy access to all readers we believe and promote open access repositories of the research.
What is your advice to the young researchers of India who sometimes feel left out due to glamour and comfort of the jobs?