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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1

Research and innovation


Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Dental and Allied Sciences, Sinhgad Dental College and Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication6-May-2015

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Jayant N Palaskar
Professor & Head, Department of Prosthodontics, Sinhgad Dental College and Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2277-4696.156515

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Palaskar JN. Research and innovation. J Dent Allied Sci 2014;3:1

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Palaskar JN. Research and innovation. J Dent Allied Sci [serial online] 2014 [cited 2019 Aug 24];3:1. Available from: http://www.jdas.in/text.asp?2014/3/1/1/156515

Dental research in India has remarkably improved over the last decade, which is evident from increased number of scientific papers published in national as well as international journals. India has a strong legacy of research and innovations in science and technology right from ancient times when Aryabhatta invented zero to recent remarkable achievement by ISRO in space technology by successfully launching Mars Orbiter Mission that made India, the sole country in the world to send satellites to Mars orbit in its maiden attempt that too on a shoestring budget. Indian research in dentistry must follow in the footsteps of such achievements in other fields and take India to greater heights. The need of the hour is now to focus our dental research efforts on breakthrough ideas and moon-shots that would change the face of dentistry not just in India but world over; but make no mistake this path of research and innovation is not easy and is riddled with many obstacles. These obstacles should not prevent us from undertaking our quest for better tomorrow and with efforts we certainly can embark on this journey of innovation.

Let us leap forward with open minds and out of the box thinking to make Indian dentistry and ultimately this world a better place. To succeed on such a path of research and innovation what we need is an optimistic approach, confident attitude, insatiable desire to bring about positive change and entrepreneurial passion. If we change the way we observe our surroundings and constantly think about how we can make established procedures and practices better, we will be able to innovate on various fronts that yet remain unexplored. As Einstein has said "knowledge is limited, but imagination is not;" we must open our eyes and minds to make that imaginary world a reality. Small things happening in our day today life can give us many inspirational scientific ideas leading to innovations but for that it is mandatory for us to train our mind in that direction.

In dental research and innovation, the onus is not only on the teaching faculty but also on our young dentists who must leave behind self-doubt and must stop undermining our vast potential. To further this cause of research and innovation, it is suggested to the governing bodies such as Dental Council of India, universities and other dental educational institutions across India; to encourage research and innovations in the field of dentistry by creating separate posts of scientists and researchers. These newly created posts will help faculty members to focus wholeheartedly on full-fledged research and innovations instead of their current engagement as a teacher and other peripheral administrative responsibilities. Our teaching faculty thus will be able to play an important and pivotal role in this endeavor to orient students to think differently. After all as we all know great people do not do "different things" but they do "things differently."

 
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