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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1

Are scientific conferences imparting science?


Department of Oral Pathology, SIBAR Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication20-Jun-2013

Correspondence Address:
P Chandra Shekar
Department of Oral Pathology, SIBAR Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-8844.113676

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Shekar P C. Are scientific conferences imparting science?. J Orofac Sci 2013;5:1

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Shekar P C. Are scientific conferences imparting science?. J Orofac Sci [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 Feb 26];5:1. Available from: http://www.jofs.in/text.asp?2013/5/1/1/113676

A conference is an important domain of an association or its members to share and renew current trends in science. Its purpose is to focus on updated knowledge and sharing the futuristic research thoughts with a vision. In the interim, it should provoke young and growing scholars toward novel research work. It needs immense dedication, resources, investment of time, sound, and meticulous planning.

One inspiring aspect is that there is tremendous growth in the number of conferences and workshops being held in the country. On the contrary, the actual purpose of these academic platforms is not achieved, which needs an awakening and realization. The priority of attending a conference is immeasurably changed, turning out to be a stage for socialization, thus overshadowing the real purpose.

The number of conferences has increased with utmost delegate attendance, but the quality of scientific presentations made by most of the fellow members is well below the international standards. Majority of the scientific hours in our country are spent on inaugural ceremonies and bragging, whereas in the international stratum each scientific hour is pertinent and adequate knowledge is imparted by scholars who have worked immensely on that particular field.

Conferences are supposed to be investment of time to share knowledge about the past, present, and future advances. Currently, many of the scientific presentations are repetitive and include pre-existing research work, which is actually not adding much to the existing literature or knowledge.

I feel it is high time to bring a remarkable note and revolution about the present scenario in India with respect to conferences. These platforms should become the basis to help the younger generation, in visualizing the prosperity and progress toward research, which consecutively shall benefit the mankind.




 

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