“In the rat race for admissions to professional colleges, basic science courses are being neglected,” Chandrakanth Kokate, Vice-Chancellor, KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research, said in Gulbarga on Sunday.
“If this trend continues, I am afraid, this country will face a severe shortage of physicists, chemists and biologists in the near future,” Dr. Kokate said.
He was speaking at the INSPIRE internship science camp at the Matoshree Taradevi Rampure Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, sponsored by the Union government’s Department of Science and Technology.
Compared with countries in the west, India’s contribution to the field of research in basic and applied sciences was limited. This could be attributed to the lack of scientific temperament among youth, he said.
Science was the backbone of higher education and the lifeline of the development of any country. Most problems could be solved by the application of scientific principles. “We need to create awareness among the youth about science, and how choosing a course in science will help them explore solutions to the problems faced by the common man. It’s with this objective that the Department of Science and Technology started this programme of innovation in science pursuit for inspired research (INSPIRE)”.
“Under this programme, we have three common objectives. One, to attract youth towards science, build a strong pool of human resource and expand the research and development base of the country. Eminent scientists will interact with young students to share with them the excitement of the creative pursuit of science. A young mind ignited by scientific temperament is an asset to the country and the whole world. Such a cadre of students charged with commitment towards basic and applied sciences will definitely contribute to the industrial and economic development,” Dr. Kokate said.
Shashil G. Namoshi, president of the Hyderabad Karnataka Education Society; S.A Raju, principal; K. Purushottam Rao, programme coordinator; HKE society members, and students were present.
‘India’s contribution to research in basic and applied sciences is limited’ ‘Lack of scientific temperament among youth to be blamed’
‘India’s contribution to research in basic and applied sciences is limited’
‘Lack of scientific temperament among youth to be blamed’