Sagar G wrote:The reasons for why a top DRDO scientist said that has been given in the article and they are valid. It would be plainly foolish to put up a junior in the top post of a lab and expect his/her seniors to not feel wronged by it. Also a lab being run by a youngster doesn't == successful lab, that depends on the capability of the individual to push through projects by taking the role of a leader. Doing a Kejriwal will backfire pretty badly here as well.
I believe the youngsters (people from mid 30s to mid 50s) won't be put in top positions just because they are youngsters. What kind of lahori logic are you using to put a spin in this story?
I think the main reason why many govt. depts are run with a 1950s era thinking is because most of them are "led" by 80 year old half-dead officers and scientists. Their thinking is so ancient and so irrelevant to modern times that even their best efforts don't create any major difference to the department they are running.
Youngsters know better than these senior (read ancient) eminent scientists. The biggest favor these people can do is retire gracefully and guide the youngsters, pass on the vast amount of experience that they have gained through their efforts, the things they have seen and the things that they know. This is the biggest gift that these scientists can give to their respective departments.
As head of departments they are practically useless because they don't think nearly on the same wavelength as private sector does in terms of R&D, in terms of marketing or in terms of production of new techniques and technology.
Youngsters are much more aware of the outside world, are more up-to-date with current situation in other sectors and hence are better suited for running the departments.
No scientist, no matter how genius they are, should work beyond 75 as a head or director. They just slow the process of development and change that the defense industry needs so desperately at the moment.