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Declining interest in pure sciences worries govt

12 June 2011

PANAJI: Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Ashwani Kumar says the sharp fall in enrollments to pure sciences courses is alarming and the government is making a serious attempt to reverse the trend and reignite the interests of young minds in the field of scientific research. “More and more young people are going into other disciplines. The declining interest in science and math is alarming, because these are critically important to India’s global power aspirations,” Kumar said at the National Institute of Oceanography where he was on an official visit on Sunday.

The government wants more centres of scientific education to come up, particularly in avant garde areas like nano and biotechnology, but the allocation for research and development (R&D) is a mere 0.98 per cent of the GDP, said Kumar.

More research fund

His ministry has recommended that research funding be hiked to 1.5 per cent of GDP in the 12th Plan, he said. The minister who is currently touring major public sector scientific institutions in South India said he hoped to identify systemic failures that can be addressed through planning allocation……

Read more: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/168370/declining-interest-pure-sciences-worries.html

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Written by csirindia

June 16, 2011 at 6:32 am

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