HYDERABAD: Herd mentality among parents is weaning away students from science subjects and technological courses are being thrust on youngsters, felt the IIT-Kharagpur Director S.K. Dube.
"Parents please don't put pressure on children and kill their creativity," he said while speaking at the inauguration of `Ignited Minds', a science fair organised by the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IIICT) - Zaheer Memorial High School here on Friday.
Prof. Dube said science graduates from IITs were getting salaries on par with engineering graduates and this only reflects that good students can make good careers whatever the field might be. He asked the teachers to help children think creatively rather than just teaching from the books. Revealing some interesting statistics, he said an internal study in all IITs showed that nearly 50 per cent students in M.Tech courses were from Andhra Pradesh while students from West Bengal took 56 per cent of seats in science courses.
IICT Director J.S. Yadav said the idea was to expose children to creative atmosphere and provide them with an opportunity to showcase their talents. Students from 20 reputed schools in the city exhibited their projects at the one-day event, said U.S.N. Murthy, Chairman, Science Fair Committee. He said the annual event is by invitation.