Study subjects that interest you, U R Rao tells students

Study subjects that interest you, U R Rao tells students

Exhorting students to pursue subjects that interested them, eminent space scientist U R Rao, on Wednesday, called upon educational institutions to provide students with facilities that would help bring out the best in them.

Inaugurating the Bangalore University’s Golden Jubilee Celebration, Prof Rao bemoaned the lack of interest in science.

“TV channels are more concerned with showing politics, cricket, music and dance and astrology than education and science,” he noted. 

Universities, Rao said, need to provide students with well equipped laboratories and qualified teachers, pointing out that according to a Unesco study the country needed over two million teachers. However, not enough was being done in this direction, he added.

Stating that developments and advances in science and space explorations would be greater in future, Prof Rao visualised that next 50 years would see such strides in science and space exploration which is beyond one’s comprehension. Noting that it was developments in space and space explorations that have helped agriculture, disaster management and forestry, Prof Rao said India’s growing young population would be the backbone of such future developments. 

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the government would provide full or part of the Rs 10 crore asked by the university to celebrate its golden jubilee year. The government, he said, would help in ongoing construction of  hostels at Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli, Dharwad and Mangalore to help students pursue education better. The government would also look into pending amount for university staff from University Grants Commission (UGC) since 2006, he added.

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