EDUCATION PLUS

‘Basic sciences wil be in demand’

All ears: Students at a seminar on ’Information Systems Security’ held in Vijayawada. –

All ears: Students at a seminar on ’Information Systems Security’ held in Vijayawada. –   | Photo Credit: Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar



The economic slowdown has impacted almost every sector including education though in a small measure. But there is a ray of hope for regular degree colleges offering undergraduate and post-graduate courses in basic sciences. Andhra Loyola College principal S. Emmaneul says that the overall scenario developing over the last few months and their likely future impact indicate a positive trend for life sciences. “We cannot say for sure now. It is too early to say there will be a change in students’ preferences. But certainly indications are available for a little improvement on this front,” he adds.

The colleges are awaiting keenly the students’ reactions to the downtrend in information technology jobs and courses. Already, there is a debate going on whether professional courses will retain same old charm and chances for students. Going by the dismal admissions this year, they compare this and expect a certain improvement next year.

At Andhra Loyola College, they got just 50 per cent admissions into PG botany course being offered there for several years. The trend was the same for two years. The situation was no different with regard to several other basic sciences. Even physics and mathematics have no demand among students.

Fr. Emmaneul says that only chemistry attracts students in PG admission considering the fact that it ensures job opportunities in industry. However, MCA and MBA courses continue to stand next to professional courses in enjoying students’ patronage.

Another recent trend is that the students are interested to go for PG courses in basic sciences in distance education mode. They find it far cheaper than regular courses offered on the campus. PG courses in distance cost Rs. 3,000, while regular campus courses require nearly Rs. 30,000.

Though students doing these distant mode courses will not find immediate good opportunities, those having some experience are accepted even by established institutions.

“Yes we are not taking straightaway students of distance education as our teaching faculty. We don’t consider them unless they put in some experience and show real talent in teaching,” Fr. Emmaneul says. Moreover, the need for teachers in basic sciences is expected to increase in future.

G. RAVIKIRAN

in Vijayawada

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