International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Education Management | India | Volume 12 Issue 10, October 2023 | Rating: 6.2 / 10


A Candle in the Dark: Implementation of Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) in India

Vian Dhanda


Abstract: The decline of science in India is attributable to the absence of experimentation as a fundamental component of science education. India's educational framework has, for many decades, remained largely unchanged, lacking any transformative endeavours aimed at enhancing the quality of the curriculum or its delivery. The realm of research, in particular, has not only failed to progress but has endured significant setbacks. Hence, it is imperative to instill a research-oriented mindset in students as early as pedagogically feasible, which includes the undergraduate level. Around the world, the most common approaches to integrating undergraduate research experiences into educational institutions are Undergraduate Research Experiences (URE) and Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE). CUREs are distinctive as learning environments because they afford students opportunities to make discoveries that are of interest to the broader scientific community or other stakeholders outside the classroom. CUREs also engage students in iterative work, during which they repeat and build on aspects of their own and others' work in order to ensure the trustworthiness of their findings and generate meaningful scientific knowledge. But in India, there is no policy or curriculum for this type of research-based scientific study for the future generations to come. This paper aims to summarise the state of knowledge about CURE instruction and bring out achievements and shortcomings in the Indian education system specifically on research and recommendations for future research and practice.


Keywords: Researchers, Gross expenditure, Broader Scientific Enterprise, Fundamental Competencies, Rejuvenation of Higher Education, Institutional Commitment, Multidisciplinary Integration


Edition: Volume 12 Issue 10, October 2023,


Pages: 1511 - 1518


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