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Hoffmann tells students to love and live for science

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‘Be open-minded and study inter-related fields in science’

Sharing a laugh:(From left) Secretary of the National Education Society of Karnataka P. Sadananda Maiya, Director of the Indian Institute ofScience P. Balaram, French Nobel laureate Jules A. Hoffmann andpresident of the National Education Society of Karnataka A.H. Rama Raoat the inauguration of science laboratories at National College, Jayanagar, in Bangalore on Saturday.— Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.
Sharing a laugh:(From left) Secretary of the National Education Society of Karnataka P. Sadananda Maiya, Director of the Indian Institute ofScience P. Balaram, French Nobel laureate Jules A. Hoffmann andpresident of the National Education Society of Karnataka A.H. Rama Raoat the inauguration of science laboratories at National College, Jayanagar, in Bangalore on Saturday.— Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

Love and live for your science, French Nobel laureate Jules A. Hoffmann told students of National College, Jayanagar here on Saturday.

Prof. Hoffmann was speaking after inaugurating eight new science laboratories at the Dr. P. Sadananda Maiya Block of the college.

The Nobel Laureate said he was impressed by the enthusiasm students had shown for science in seven educational institutions he had visited during his weeklong stay in Bangalore that ended on Saturday.

Prof. Hoffmann said that the interactive sessions he had with students showed how interested youngsters in Bangalore were to pursue science education. He went on to say that it was quite encouraging to find that the State government was also promoting the study of science.

Prof. Hoffmann, who won the Nobel Prize in 2011 in Physiology or Medicine, pointed out that asking good questions can bring about ‘good science’ and added that good training in science was essential for asking the right questions.

While speaking at length on his work on his discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity and the research done by his team abroad, he advised students to be open-minded and be ready to take up study of related fields in science.

Director of the Indian Institute of Science P. Balaram underlined the need for providing the right environment for students to embark on their scientific journey and added that it was high time that education and research in India benefitted from individuals and private industries. Individuals and the corporates should actively participate in research work by investing in it, Prof. Balaram added.

President of the National Education Society of Karnataka A.H. Rama Rao, Jayanagar MLA B.N Vijaya Kumar, donors of the block P. Sadananda Maiya and Sunanda Maiya, and principal of pre-university and degree colleges A.V. Somashekar and K. Nareppa respectively were among those present on the occasion.


  • Hoffmann visits seven institutions in Bangalore

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