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Expert lays stress on science research

VIT University chancellor G. Viswanathan releasing a special CD of Science, Engineering and Technology international meet along with Vidyadhar Y Mudukavi on Monday.

VIT University chancellor G. Viswanathan releasing a special CD of Science, Engineering and Technology international meet along with Vidyadhar Y Mudukavi on Monday.   | Photo Credit: HANDOUT/EMAIL

Research in science, engineering and technology has to grow for more number of inventions, according to Vidyadhar Y. Mudukavi, head and outstanding scientist, CSIR 4PI, Bengaluru.

Inaugurating a two-day international conference at VIT University on Monday, he said the number of scientific inventions made in the world was just enough, and the world needed much more. For this to happen, research in the field had to increase.

He said that science could solve problems being faced in agriculture. Pollution, healthcare, traffic and corruption were the other issues which science could tackle.

Speaking on the occasion, VIT’s chancellor G. Viswanathan said that only 25% of India’s youth had access to higher education, while the world’s average is between 30 to 35%, according to a press release.

To take science, engineering and technology to rural areas, and to help the youth from such places to have access to higher education, the Central and State governments have to increase their investments for higher education.

He stated that India was one of the fastest developing economies. Yet, it lagged behind in science and technology. The reason for this was that only a few research programmes were being carried out in India.

Mr. Viswanathan said in the United States, 4,600 persons were engaged in research, while in India, the figure was a meagre 140, the release said.

930 papers

A total of 930 papers will be presented during the conference.

Among others, Gang Li, associate professor, Deakin University, Australia; Anand A. Samuel, vice chancellor of VIT; S. Narayanan, pro-vice chancellor; Durai Raj, conference organising secretary and Aswani Kumar Cherukuri, dean, School of Information Technology and Engineering, VIT, were present.

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