Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Students should pay as much attention to core sciences as they do to IT and other subjects as they offer immense scope for employment, Baldev Raj, Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, said on Saturday.

Disciplines such as chemical engineering had a lot of potential due to rapid technological advancements, he said, during the valedictory of Chemfluence '07, a national students technical festival organised by the Department of Chemical Engineering of Anna University's A.C. College of Technology.

Students should focus on developing skill sets in core science subjects before opting for subjects such as software development. Globally relevant topics such as environmental degradation and energy security needed inputs from chemical engineers.

Apart from its contemporary relevance, chemical sciences also had heritage value, as was seen in the use of dyes in the cave paintings of Ajanta, he added.

Around 150 papers were presented during the four-day seminar, M. Velan, head of the chemical engineering department, said.

K. Jayaraman, Registrar of Anna University, and P. Kaliraj, Dean of A.C. Tech Campus, spoke.