Though Mathematics and Physics are the most enrich and deeply developed fields, they are not getting prime attention from academia for many years. I thought that the situation is prevailing only in India, but it seems it has become a global epidemic. A Babe in the Universe is a blog by beautiful researcher L. Riofrio, working in the field of Cosmology. I initially thought that like many women she will be jelling with "life-is-a-saga-of-poetic-events" kind of attitude, but luckily that is not the case. Her blog is sincere approach towards disseminating knowledge of Cosmology in particular, and Physics in general. In one of her articles, Big Trouble in Little Particles, she has precisely pointed out the sorry state of affair between State and Physics:-
The world of particle physics is getting small indeed. The UK budget is caught between Northern Rock and Southern Iraq. On December 11 the UK announced withdrawal from the International Linear Collider. One week later December 18 the US budget was finally released. It ends funding for ILC and US participation in the ITER fusion project. Fermilab is hit particularly hard, having already spent much of its budget for the year. Possibilities include laying off staff and shutting down the lab for a time. There could be very little raison d'etre for Fermilab after the Tevatron shuts down in 2009.Once I was explaining Binomial Theorem (in a way to prove some theorem), to a 100+ M.Tech class, it became as if I am ploughing mountain. The approach towards subject matter has become too methodical, and the guys coming out of undergraduate/graduate classes can have funny knowledge. I do not think that our courses in schools or colleges are too bad, rather somehow we are lacking the culture to respect education. Riofrio, UK has Fermilab (even if it is getting less budget), India does not have any such name. Though, yes, we are playing one IT-IT game. I do write programs, but I do not know what is the core competence level (in intellectual terms) people of this game has.