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Research and Development in India

 
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I am interested in a career in Research. I know that there are many research labs in India opened by companies like IBM, HP, GE and Intel.
But are the Indian companies like TCS, Wipro, Satyam and Infosys doing cutting edge research. TCS has a research lab in pune but I havent seen many publication/product/patents comming out of that lab (I might be wrong but in my area of E-Commerce and Artificial Intelligence I havent seen). How about Infosys, Wipro and Satyam. Do these companies hire people who have PhD in computer science. I read few articles about Infosys SETlabs and that Satyam has started a small research group called as applied research group.
There is a lot of information on the web on IBM, HP, GE research labs but can anyone provide more information on the research work going on in Indian comapanies and what are the job prospects for a person having a PhD in computer science. There are many government research institutions like ISRO, DRDO, CDAC etc but my post is mainly on corporate research labs of Indian companies. Any feedback is appreciated.
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I read an article the other day by an executive in Bangalore complaining that Bangalore was full of "Silicon Coolies". That is, that the Wipros and Satyams weren't making original contributions, but simply offloading US/European work.
It was, I think, a call to arms. There's good reason to believe that in fact there is original work being done, but so far not much public evidence. Whether the R&D side is exclusive to divisions of Western-based companies is impossible for me to tell.
Of course, Mark would suggest that you simply start your own research facility. I'd agree.
 
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Most of the R&D work is currently limited to government organization like CDAC, ISRO etc. CDAC developed its own super computer because of the US embargo against exporting super computers to India during the cold war. But admission into these institutions is extremely difficult.
 
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There's also DRDO. Also, if you are not keen on big name, you can always join small or mid size company which might be doing some product development based on its R&D.
If you are purely interested in research based career, academic institutes like IITs do have some post-doctoral fellowship programs I believe.
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CDAC/(NCST) does some work in Artificial Intelligence.Indian Institute of Information Technologies are coming up as new R&D centers doing research for rural areas also.As McKenna said admission to these institutes is tedius boring and difficult.Its not that you show your research and started working there in 1 week.Moneywise these institutes suck.You might get 1/3 of salary than working in some private IT company as C++ developer than working Research Associate in these institutes.
 
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Indian American designs world's 3rd fastest computer costs $5.2 million built by off-the-shelf components
Confessions of the World's Largest Switcher
India's supercomputer costs $7 million. I guess India will be conducting more research in this area.
Previously American supercomputers cost $40 million upwards.
Japan's Earth Simulator, the number one supercomputer, is said to have cost at least $350 million.
Theoretically, Big Mac could handle a potential 17 teraflops, or 17 trillion operations per second.
The 5,000-plus processors of the Earth Simulator keep it on top with 35.8 teraflops, with the potential of another five teraflops. This is followed by two other supercomputers -- at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, both dedicated to weapons design.
The Indian supercomputer has a processing power of 1 Teraflop and Russia is (was ?) interested in buying some for research into oil exploration and weather forecasting.
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I think fad of building supercomputer is coming back .Are they really useful?Whenever they are built ,people say they will be useful in 'high' end sciences like aerodynamics/'High energy' physics or computational "name of your favourate subject".What difference would it make if Virginia tech would built supercomputer of speed 16 trillion 99 millions operations/second instead of 17 trillions?[I am new to this subject]
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The cost is significantly less for one.
As to what it could be used for - who was it who said knowledge is finite - imagination is infinite. Or words to that effect. Albert Einstein. Check the original poster's home page.
India doesn't currently supply electricity over the entire country as I understand. One JavaRancher said he had to walk to the nearest city to get on-line. Every home in India doesn't have a computer - in the West most children have access either at school or home. It has been made a priority.
Guess who wants a byte of India's supercomputer?
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Government research labs (computer science and IT) like C-DAC, DRDO, ISRO are doing very good work and their work is recognized worldwide. Educational institutes like the IIT's, IISc and IIIT's are also doing very good R&D. IIT's, IISc and IIIT's are among the very few engineering schools in India which are engaged in research apart from teaching. Majority of the engineering schools in India are focussed only on teaching and have no research output.
These are all government establishments (excluding IIIT's) but what about the private companies especially the big ones like Infosys, TCS, Wipro, Satyam, HCL. Based on what I know, these companies mostly provide services and have a very small percentage of work on product development. How about applied R&D, market driven research and product based research in these comapnies.
I could find plenty of information on research work in government organizations like C-DAC, engineering schools like IIT's, MNC's like IBM, HP, GE etc but not enough information on private software companies.
Thanks for everyone's feedback.
Ashish
 
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e-Science projects
Has anyone come across this term and know what areas it covers ?
 
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