Special Correspondent

TAMBARAM: Educated youth must embrace science and embark on research to find out solutions to problems facing the nation, according to P.Balram, Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

He said while delivering the convocation address at Madras Christian College here recently. Health, energy, food and water were the four most pressing problems facing the country. “Solutions to these challenges cannot come from consulting or Information Technology companies, but from university laboratories and research institutions.”

“Solutions cannot be found by people from outside the country, but from within it,” Mr. Balram remarked. He said no other field of academics had an impact on humankind in the past two centuries, as much as Science. He urged students to take up to Science and research to find solutions facing not only people of India, but all of humankind.

Pointing out that advanced developments in Science in the past two decades were restricted to physics and micro electronics, he said recent trends had shifted to nano electronics, Mr. Balram added.

He handed over prizes and medals to meritorious students on the occasion. Alexander Jesudassan, Principal, presented the college report. More than 1,200 graduates received their degrees on the occasion. K.M. Mammen, president of the college alumni association, was also present.