When I decided to plan my R2I, to follow B, one of the things I said I would NOT do is go back to India to do another post-doc. I would have invested 3 years as a post-doc here by then and it just seemed like a huge step down to me, money-wise, and status-wise. I was also super clear that I wanted to get into industry so a post-doc was irrelevant.
I am strongly reconsidering academia now. May be it's a passing phase, may be the conference I went to has messed with my head- and these confusions merit a whole different post in themselves- but I want to do some homework about post-doc-ing in India.
It is apparent to me that I won't make the cut to faculty positions in India with my current CV. So, then, that makes doing another post-doc something I may have to look into. I am wording all these statements with heavy caution because I am really loath to doing another post-doc, and especially so in India. But if there are any post-docs out there - post-docs in India - esp. in Life Sciences-, who read this blog, I'd really appreciate it if you could tell me a few things: either as comments here or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will respect your anonymity. Some of the questions I have:
1) How long do the post-docs last in India?
2) Where does the funding come from?
3) What do you get paid?
4) How much independence do you have in your project?
5) And what percentage of people who do a post-doc there go on and get into faculty positions in India?
6) Do they get absorbed by the same institution or is that not encouraged?
Thanks in advance..