Programme for higher secondary students on career opportunities in science

The newly started Vellore Science Foundation (VSF) has organised an awareness programme for higher secondary students on the career opportunities in science at the Lakshmi Garden Higher Secondary School here at 10 a.m. on May 22.

According to D. Gajapathy, Principal, K.M.G. College of Arts and Science, Gudiyatham and patron of VSF, the job potential of engineering courses was on the decline. It is fundamentally essential to create a national scientific temper in the country in order to bring about poverty alleviation and enhance job opportunities. This will give a boost to relevant and appropriate research and development in pure sciences, which will cater to the needs of our people and improve the Indian economy.

Dr. Gajapathy said that there is a lot of demand for physicists and chemists in India and abroad. “There is an unbalanced tilt towards the engineering courses making students not opt for the science courses. This has increased the demand for scientists in the country. If the trend continued, we may not have good teachers to teach the basic concepts of sciences”, he said.

The VSF patron said that the Department of Science of Technology of the Government of India has initiated a number of financial assistance programmes such as INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) and KVPY (Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana) to motivate students to pursue science programmes, but the students are not aware of them.

Keeping these factors in mind, the VSF has been floated with scientists, professors and science students of Vellore district. The organisation has arranged this awareness programme in order to enlighten the higher secondary students on the scope of science programmes for a bright career, said Dr. Gajapathy.

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