“Engineering universities must set up in-house science centres”
CHENNAI: Only two per cent of the country's workforce is skilled at the recruitment stage, said A. Ayyakkannu, Director, Board of Apprenticeship Training (Southern Region).
“In countries such as South Korea, this number is as high as 91 per cent.” If school education provides requisite skills, there will be no need for separate training modules, he added.
He was speaking at a function to mark the National Science Day hosted at Periyar Science and Technology Centre here on Sunday. Pointing out that the tutored, theory-based education system suppresses creativity and youngsters are not given enough opportunities to showcase their talents, Mr. Ayyakkannu said, “Once the students realise that what they have learnt in school is not useful in real life, they get dejected. Schools must promote and nurture creative instincts.”
V. Rajendran, Director of the National Institute of Ocean Technology, said shifting the blame to parents for not allowing their children to pursue a career in science does not help anyone. He stressed the importance of increasing opportunities in scientific fields.
“Engineering universities must set up in-house science centres. There has to be more horizontal communication between science and engineering. Such interactions will aid research and also increase opportunities,” he added. Prizes were distributed to winners of competitions, which were meant to awaken the scientific temper among school students, ranging from math talent tests to painting workshops by S.Sundaresh, Director, Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment. The competitions were organised by Periyar Science and Technology Centre.