Develop the habit of questioning, says writer

Science writer Prof J R Lakshman Rao chats with former vice-chancellor of Kuvempu Varsity  Venkataramaiah  at the valedictory of Science Learning Interaction Camp organised  in Mysore on Monday. Prof Sheshadri also looks on. Dh photo

Science writer Prof J R Lakshman Rao opined that students should develop the habit of questioning and should never accept until they understand a concept completely.

He was speaking at the valedictory of Science Learning Interaction Camp organised jointly by the University of Mysore and Committee for the development of science in schools, here on Monday. Pointing out that the aim of science is to gain knowledge through objects in our surroundings, he said that if any idea cannot be believed, then it should be rejected.

Delivering the valedictory address, Regional Institute of Education retired principal Prof C Sheshadri said that learning science is an extra-curricular activity.

However, presently in the schools this has become just a subject. A teacher lectures and students just listen to it.

 He said that there are various ways through which science can be learnt and students need to gain knowledge from sources other than classroom education.

Mentioning that learning science within four walls is impossible, he said that students should understand science by learning through nature and laboratories.

Emphasising on the need to create an environment conducive for learning science in schools, he opined that only then students could get a knowledge completely.

Urging the government to encourage science programmes, Prof Sheshadri said that there is a need to promote research in universities.

Department of Studies in Physics Chairman Prof L Paramesh, Prof P Venkataramaiah were present.

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