'Inculcate love for basic science'

Karnataka Open University Vice-Chancellor Prof K S  Rangappa inaugurating scientist-students interaction at Kushalnagar.

Speaking at the the district-level Vidyarthi-Vijnana Samvada, a science interaction with the students organised by the Science and Technology department, DSERT, and Karnataka Rajya Vijanan Parishat at Kushalnagar, he said country has meritorious students. Parents too had a responsibility to instil love for basic science among their wards. Without development in basic science, the country can not achieve progress.

There is a need to  create awareness on basic science among farmers, labourers in rural areas as well.

Scientific progress would help nation-building activities by eradicating poverty, hunger. He said the year 2011 had been declared as the International Year of Chemistry and in view of this more programmes on science and related aspects were needed to commemorate the year.

Karnataka State Vijnana Parishat Honorary secretary  Vasundhara Bhoopathi said basic science was the base for all types of scientific achievements in the country.

The Karnataka Vijnana Parishat has been organising programmes across the State to create awareness on science and its importance by organising seminars and interactions. The parishat is also working towards eradicating superstitions in society by inculcating scientific temper.

Deputy Director of the Department of PU Education Sathish Kumar said said there was no dearth of talent in the country, but they needed to be identified and encouraged. More research works should be taken up to explore basic science further.

Later, ISRO Geosat Deputy Project Director Hiriyanna spoke on ‘funny mathematics’ and DNA Centre Scientist Dr Vinod Lakkappan spoke on DNA-Finger printing.

Indian Institute of Science Environment Scientist Dr Harish Bhat spoke on wonders in nature on Tuesday.  He said the nature has maintained its balance for the last several years. Kandla, shola forest, Andaman islands have played a vital role in maintaining balance in nature. There is close association between Brahmagiri of Kodagu and wild animals and grass inside the Nagarahole forest. There is a need to protect forest and wild animals to save water in Cauvery river.

CFTRI retired scientist T P Krishnakanth spoke on nutritious food.

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