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SCIENTIFIC TALK: Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University B.S. Sherigara speaking after inaugurating the State-level conference on nanotechnology in Chitradurga on Thursday.
SCIENTIFIC TALK: Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University B.S. Sherigara speaking after inaugurating the State-level conference on nanotechnology in Chitradurga on Thursday.

Staff Correspondent

Need for more research at undergraduate level stressed at State-level conference

CHITRADURGA: Following the advent of nanotechnology, radical scientific advancements have been made and miniaturisation of technology has become the order of the day, Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University B.S. Sherigara has said.

Inaugurating a State-level conference on nanotechnology and its applications, organised by SJM Vidya Peetha here on Thursday, Mr. Sherigara said that the use of nanotechnology had made the treatment of several diseases, including cancer, possible.

He said the field was rapidly growing and was making remarkable and rapid advancements.

Need for research

Emphasising the need for research work at the undergraduate level, he lamented that at present it was being given short shrift. "Unfortunately, several higher educational institutions have neglected this vital issue. At least 30 per cent of curricula should be dedicated to research and development at the undergraduate level," he said.

Mr. Sherigara underscored the need to make syllabi more oriented towards practical work, as it would not only help students understand subjects better but would also motivate them to learn more. At present, there was a dearth of good scientists in the country due to the "stale" syllabi being used at colleges, which was resulting in their graduates failing to meet the demands of research centres, he said. He urged colleges to make use of grants from the University Grants Commission for research. Laboratories at colleges should also be equipped with modern apparatuses, he said.

H. Sudhindra, a scientist from Defence Research and Development Organisation, Bangalore, and K.C. Patil of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, spoke.

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