‘Vast scope for Basic Science’

Expert Educational Institutions president Prof Narendra L Nayak said that there is vast scope for students who pursue their Basic Science education.

Speaking during a phone-in programme, he said, “Students need not pursue engineering and medicines alone. They can go for BSc in fisheries, agriculture science, horticulture and sericulture as well. The students can also opt for BSc, MSc and take up research and come to a teaching profession.”

India needs good teaching faculty, he felt. The students can also enter Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research for BS and BS-MS (Dual-Degree) programmes. To promote high-quality science education, research and training, the Ministry of Human Resource Development had set up seven IISERs at Berhampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, and Tirupati.

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) scholars admitted to IISERs would draw fellowship as per KVPY norms. In addition, a limited number of INSPIRE scholarships will be available for candidates admitted through JEE Advanced and State and Central Boards Channel (SCB) channel as applicable as per the norms prescribed by DST INSPIRE scheme.

Nayak said the students can also opt for admission to Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology at Thiruvananthapuram.

Strong foundation

To a query, Nayak said that a strong basic foundation for science and mathematics at the high school level helps the students in pursuing their studies in the science stream. Unless a student understands the basic concept, he cannot study further.

To a query from a caller whether a student of science stream can go for a law degree after PU, Nayak said that law graduates with a science background have a better future with a methodical way of learning.

To a query by Mahesh Wodeyar, Zilla Panchayat member of Chikkamagaluru, on poor exposure for students from rural areas when compared to urban areas, Nayak said there is a need to create awareness on higher education among students in rural areas.

“I am ready to create awareness in rural areas if invited,” he said.

'Cultivate habit of reading'

Nayak appealed to the parents and teachers to develop reading habits in children from a young age.

“Let the children read comic books or even storybooks, which in turn help in improving the knowledge and develop language skills.”

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