India has a long tradition of higher education dating back thousands of years. Since the 1970s, however, funding to universities and colleges has been much less than optimal and consequently, the quality of science education has deteriorated. Recently, the government has intiated steps to rectify this and it is now funding universities and colleges to strengthen their life sciences departments providing hope for future biology education in India.
Dr. Lakhotia is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Zoology at Banaras Hindu University. His lab uses Drosophila as a model organism to study non-coding RNA, stress genes, neurodegenerative diseases and the cellular mechanism of action of Ayurvedics. Dr. Lakhotia is also well known as a mentor of students and young faculty in India. Continue Reading