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    Neha Batta said:

    Sir,
    I can completely relate to the feeling of wanting to be in touch with science even if not doing wet lab work. I am at a very nascent stage of the same. Although i did love working in a lab (and from the little experience I’ve had i can say i was good at it!), I have now landed up into policy research, thanks to a sudden turn of events! However, even if if feel I want to pursue this further, I find no definite path to follow, especially in a developing country like India, where we are still trying to straighten out certain basics! (with due respect, I mean no offence). Do you have any suggestions as to what could be a good direction to move in in order to pursue the field of science policy further – whether in terms of enhancing qualifications or job wise (although jobs in this field seem to be minuscule). It is an uncharted territory for all those known to me and this gives us all a feeling of shooting arrows randomly in the air with no aim or direction hoping at least one hits the target!!!

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    David Carr said:

    Hi Neha – thanks for your comment – I can’t claim any expertise on the situation in India, but I can imagine as you say that the career path to science policy is even less well-defined than in the UK. I apologise if I gave the impression “shooting arrows randomly”, there are ways I think you can maximise your chances. In particular, I would say that anything you could do to gain experience of policy work and parliamentary/legislative processes – no matter what the policy area – would be an advantage when a job in a relevant organisation comes up. For example, some of my colleagues have some into science policy after completing internships or short-term posts working in the offices of MPs or in various Government departments. If similiar opportunities exist in India, these could be worth exploring as one option. I hope that’s some help: I wish you all the best.