Episode S1.11: Career journey from M.Sc. in Bio-nanotech to Communication Specialist at the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India

Welcome to the eleventh episode of STEM Professionals Chat where we bring to you the journey of Mr. Mohanish Borana, who has a dual master’s degree in Basic Sciences from UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, as well as in Bionanotechnology from the University of Edinburgh. Mohanish is also trained in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex and he currently works as a Communication Specialist at the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. Mr. Borana is also actively associated with the National Indian Students and Alumni Union, UK, where he is involved in building strong relationships with the stakeholders and presenting research-based evidence to government, industry as well as other platforms for effective policymaking. This episode is hosted by: Dr. Pawan Upadhyay and Dr. Smrita Chaudhury

Key learnings

  1. How did you undertake the transition from a master’s in sciences to science policy research? What motivated you to pursue the latter?
  2. What were the key attributes that you gained from your education qualifications that helped you in your transition?
  3. What is a normal day like for a Communication Specialist at the office of Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India?
  4. How did you get selected to interact with nobel laureates while pursuing the integrated degree in basic sciences?
  5. Why is volunteer work useful? How do you manage your time while volunteering with other organizations?
  6. What advice would you give to science students who would like to pursue science communication?
  7. What was your experience in career navigation without having a Ph.D. degree in the SciComm area?

About Mr. Mohanish Borana

Mr. Borana is a basic science graduate, who shifted his focus to science policy and is now working as a Communication specialist. Mohanish was passionate about policy research during his education and worked as a Governance Ambassador for Vision India Foundation and served as the Executive director for Youth for change, Chittorgarh after completing his Integrated M.Sc. in Basic Sciences. After pursuing a degree in Science Policy Research, he worked with SciDogma Research as an Innovation and global strategy consultant for 3 years. Apart from these accomplishments, Mohanish has undertaken several voluntary training for his career growth and is trained in film making for scientists by Vigyan Parisar. Mohanish is an active member of youth organizations in India and in the UK, with over 4 years of experience working with Indian and British governments, political parties, research institutions, businesses, educational organizations, NGOs, and civic bodies.

Video Interview on YouTube

Mohanish’s tips for a successful career!

Learn to make most of the resources (even if they are limited) around you by thinking out of the box

Addressing the scientific problem is not enough, learn to articulate your research well

Try to get to the best places for education, but you cannot then don’t be disheartened, there are other institutions that train you well

Uncertain situations give you opportunities to interact with more people and helps you in making informed decisions

Volunteer work not only adds to your experience but is a way to give back to the society

Network well and be creative while communicating

Your degree does not define you, but your passion towards your job does

Thank you, Mohanish!

If you enjoyed this interview with, Mr. Mohanish let them know by clicking the link below and leaving him a message on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohanishb/


Graphics & video design: Isha Parlikar & Pawan Upadhyay, Ph.D.

Video editing: Sumit Bhutada., PhD & Manasi Apte, Ph.D

Publication note: Vanndita Bahl

Podcast hosting: Pawan Upadhyay, Ph.D.

Publication Content editing: Manasi Apte, Ph.D

Review: All iSTEMCare Team members

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