06th February, 2016 (MAINS)


Q1. What are the areas of prohibitive labour that can be sustainably managed by robots? Discuss the initiatives that can propel research in premier research institutes for substantive and gainful innovation.

[12.5marks/2015/GS-3] 200 words.

Please write answer in the comments section.

  • Nikhil Singh

    1. The human body if used incorrectly is susceptible to short term fatigue or long term injury or disability. Here robots can be used to reduce fatigue and to minimise the risk of injury.
    2. Many jobs within the manufacturing industry take place in an environment that is hostile to the human body.
    3. Many organic solvents from paint spraying are known to be carcinogenic, press shops are noisy and can cause hearing damage and foundries and welding shops are generally hot and dusty with danger of injury from sparks and hot components.
    4. Robots can easily handle these environments with no danger to themselves.
    5. A major weakness of Indian education and research is the relatively very small part played by the universities in the sum total of Indian research.
    6. The government can take several steps to encourage research and innovations in the universities. Promotion of research in liberal arts and social sciences, including inter-disciplinary research is significant too.
    7. The government needs to increase its allocations for R&D activities.
    8. At the institutional level, there is a need to link teaching with research. The government needs to invest in faculty development and provide incentives for research, promote collaborative efforts between institutions in research.

    • http://shashidthakur.com/ Shashi Thakur

      great job..