Published On: Tue, Jan 24th, 2012

N Prabhu Dev: Pure science programs should be encouraged

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N Prabhu Dev
N Prabhu Dev

The Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University (BU), N Prabhu Dev has said that there is an urgent need to encourage pure science programmes among students as colleges today are no longer interested in offering them since there is little demand for it.

“We have to create an atmosphere where students want to take up research and want to pursue subjects such as biotechnology, cytogenetic rather than just opt for professional courses. The problem we have is that IT courses guarantee jobs, Bachelors in Business Management guarantees jobs, but that is simply not the case with pure science,” he said while addressing the 11th All Indian Conference on Cytology and Genetics organised by the department of molecular biology at BU and the Society of Cytologists and Geneticists.

“There needs to be a policy put in place by bodies such as National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) wherein colleges just can’t decide to close a department because they don’t think there is any demand. At the other end of the spectrum, there is always demand to increase the size of a course that sees an upsurge. A government policy should be passed to address both these issues,” he said.

Speaking of creating conducive research environment in higher education institutions, Prabhu Dev said “BU has recently passed a bill that will endow students in undergraduate courses Rs10, 000 for presenting papers in pure science subjects. The overall budget for this is Rs1 crore. The point is to inculcate the importance of research from early on.”

Universities ought to be equipped with dealing with advanced research and there are very few institutions in the country which can set up advance research departments he added.

[Source: DNA]