There is a need to motivate school students to opt for studying basic science in higher education level, according to S. A. Shivashankar, professor, Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Addressing a gathering after inaugurating a seminar on ‘advances in materials science’ at Mangalore University on Friday he said that basic science was the mother of all applied sciences.

There is an increasing tendency among students to ignore basic science and opt for the study of Information Technology at the higher education level. If students were to be attracted to basic science they should be prompted at primary and high school levels, he said.

T. C. Shivashankara Murthy, Vice-Chancellor, Mangalore University said that emergence of nanotechnology has opened up research avenues in nanoscience. Manjunatha Pattabi, chairman, Department of Materials Science said it has completed 25 years.

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