Vinod Kumar1, Shobha Fernandez2, Divya Sharma3, Arun H S. Kumar4
1 Department of Pedodontics, Navodaya Dental College, Raichur, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Pedodontics, Narsinhbhai Patel Dental College, SPU, Visnagar, Gujrat, India
3 Department of Pedodontics, Modern Dental College and Research Centre, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
4 Stemcology, University College, Dublin, Ireland
Research, teaching, and outreach activities are the fundamental pillars of an educational establishment, which contribute to optimal development in any society. These three pillars are tightly interlinked and influence each other. For instance, the quality of teaching improves when an academic staff is involved in research activities, the outputs of which helps to engage in effective outreach activities for a wider benefit to the society. Hence, incentivizing the academics equally based on these three fundamental pillars is essential. Selectively emphasizing on any of the specific pillar may be counterproductive, as observed when research outputs in the form of scholarly publications are outweighed against the other pillars, can lead to academicians exclusively focused on producing too may publications (often with negligible value) at the expense of significantly ignoring their teaching quality. The publication pressure and its impact on teaching and personal life of an academician are well reported in the literature.Read more. . .