Staff Reporter

Experts stress enhanced understanding rather than scoring high marks

CHENNAI: "The present day school curriculum is not very challenging," said T.S. Natrajan of the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He was speaking at the meeting organised by The Physics Society here on Sunday. "Only a challenging question paper will bring out the best in students," he said.

He had formed the society in 1971 as he was "very dissatisfied with the way talented students were then trained in schools and colleges."

Education had been made a means of livelihood while its actual purpose was learning and understanding, he noted. The Physics Society, founded by R. Ananthan, has been involved in several academic pursuits, including conducting the Physics talent test for school students every year. At Sunday's meeting academicians and experts emphasised the need for laying emphasis on enhanced understanding rather than on scoring high. The society's Secretary, C.S. Ravi Shankar, urged more schools and colleges to encourage students to take up such tests and be involved in the society's activities.

S. Mohan, director, Technical Marketing, Net Devices Inc., and Venkatesan of Prime Source Technologies were among others who were present. Twenty-three students from among those who took the written test in December were chosen for an interview round. Here they had to solve concept-based questions. Prizes were awarded to rank-holders. Vishal Chandrasekar and Rahul Srinivasan of Padma Seshadri (Nungambakkam) got the top two ranks while N.G. Srinivas of D.A.V. Boys (Gopalapuram) got the third rank.