Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Nearly 100 postgraduates from various colleges across the State will share their ideas, learn new concepts and interact with experts at a month-long summer training programme in science that got under way here on Monday.

Organised by Science City in association with the University of Madras, Guindy campus, the free training programme in physics, chemistry and life sciences is aimed at developing scientific temper among the participants and guiding them to pursue a research career in science.

Addressing the programme, Science City chairman M.Anandakrishnan said there had been a decline in the number of students taking up science courses over the past two decades.

Many preferred professional courses or information technology courses.

Such programmes were aimed at introducing students to exciting careers in fields related to science. They would also help develop self-confidence among the students as they not only understood the fundamentals but also learnt the broader dimensions of science.

Former director-general of the National Council for Science Museum, Kolkata, I.K.Mukherjee, highlighted the significance of non-formal mode of science education that would help in quick comprehension of the subject and also promote self-learning among youngsters.

Science City vice-chairman P. Iyamperumal said that similar training programmes were being conducted since 2003 to expose students, mostly from rural areas, to concepts of science beyond their curriculum.