The Fire Within

( A collection of articles)

                         Dr. Hari Narain

The road from developing to developed stage is laid by proper cementing of the societal needs with research and education is shown by Dr. Hari Narain, a Doyen among earth scientists of post-independent India - who has pioneered for more than five decades country's efforts in the exploration of oil/gas, minerals and groundwater and has also two build two major R & D organisations, Research and Training Institute of ONGC now known as KDMIPE and NGRI. As a member of the first NCST, he designed a detailed plans for the management (exploration, exploitation & conservation) of natural resources.

The Fire Within contains a few selected articles and correspondence over the years on subjects such as Education, Cultural Values and heritage, Science and Society, Exploitation, and Management of Natural Resouces and integrated development through a multidisciplinary Task Force. Effective inter-linkages among these and societal problems need to be perceived. The book focuses on overall development through education and application of science and technology, especially in the rural sector. This book conveys not only the vision, efforts and challenges but also the problems faced by the scientists - in our developing set up. It is sincerely hoped that the book received attention of knowledgeable people and government agencies to encourage them to take actions essential for integrated development of the country. It is a valuable book for students, researchers and those interested in integrated development of the country.

AEG Publication No. 40
Year of Publication : 2004
Number of Pages : 419
Price : Rs. 400/- (US$ 40)

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Part One: Education

1. To my young Friends 2. A dream came true but... 3. Indian Universities System - Societal obligations of Universities 4. Correspondence with Prof. Joshi

Part Two: The Australian Experience

1. Academic and Cultural Activities in Australia 2. Indian attitude to White Australian Policy 3. The street I live in

Part Three : Traditional Indian Culture and Science

1. The Hindu religion 2. What is Hinduism ? 3. Modern relevance of traditional culture and science

Part Four: Building Institutions

1. Pleasure and Pains in establishing a new Research Institute 2. My Reminiscences of ONGC 3. The foundation stone of NGRI

Part Five: Science and Indian Society

1.Impact of science and technology 2. Husbanding India's Resources 3. Development and Environment 4. Education, Science and Technology for development 5. Science for peace and progress 6. Science for technology and development 7. CSIR and its societal obligations

Part Six: Scientific development of Natural Resources

1. Our natural resources and their exploitation 2. Integrated approach to natural resouces development and petroleum exploration 3. Correspondence with Shri C. Subramaniam 4. Natural resouces commission 5. Managing resources and growth

Part Seven : Rural Development through science and technology

1. Karimnagar - CSIR's experiment in Integrated rural development 2. Earth resources and an approach to rural development 3. Integrated approach through science and technology - correspondence with Rajiv Gandhi 4. An approach to Integrated rural development through science and technology 5. Government apathy to sciences and technology for rural development

Part Eight : Earth Sciences in India

1. Earth sciences - Evolution and Challenges 2. Geophysics in India - a Profile 3. Education pattern for Geophysics beyond 2000 4. Whither geosciences 5. Science in India - The lost opportunities

"The Fire Within is sure to be read avidly not only by a large number of well-wishers of Dr. Hari Narain, but by the general public as well, interested in the advancement of the country at the educational, scientific and cultural levels"

B.P. Radhakrishna
President, Geological Society of India, Bangalore