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‘Research not respected while talk show hosts get prominence’

By Joel Julien joel.julien@trinidadexpress.com

PROF Ramesh Deosaran yesterday expressed concern that in this country the views of talk show hosts are given prominence while research from academics is not respected.
Deosaran made the statement as he yesterday donated 43 research reports to The University of the West Indies’ Library located at the St Augustine campus.
The research reports will be stored at the West Indian and Special Collections Division of the Alma Jordan Main Library.
Deosaran said the 4,400 plus pages of research reports is a “symbol of what should happen at a university”.
“I think a university, in my mind is a very critical institution in a country, to me it is responsible for independent thinking, for keeping the balance among the different competing interests in the country especially through research that will bring more light than heat in public discourse,” Deosaran said.
Deosaran said in this country, research is not “respected” while talk show hosts, who allowed to say what they want, are given prominence.
“Too often in this country I don’t think the intellect, as well as research, has received the kind of respect, not recognition, respect that the intellect and research ought to receive in the community. Maybe it is because we are a developing country but when I travel different parts of the world, different countries and I see how the professors, the lecturers, the universities are held in such high regard their views genuinely given are so much respected in the national community that they are the flag bearers in the growth of knowledge in the different communities I have witnessed across the world,” Deosaran said.
“When you listen to the talk shows today anybody can say anything about anybody. I find that amazing. And they are given such prominence...well I guess that is democracy but sometimes we can put democracy upside down, the tail must not wag the dog so often as I see happening in this country and that is one of my concerns,” he said.
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