Take up Science, Students urged
Janardhan Edya, retired scientist from the Indian Space Research Organisation, said on Monday that the country could progress only if it gave importance to basic sciences.
He was inaugurating the Student – Scientist Interaction Programme organised by the Karnataka Vijnana Parishath at the Manipal Pre – University College, Manipal.
The program was aimed at enlightening the students about the importance of basic sciences and the scope in it. Mr. Edya said that soon after Independence, the country gave importance to developing science and technology.
The Green Revolution and the manufacture of the Light Combat Aircraft were a few examples of what progress in science could achieve. But in the last decade of the last century, Information Technology became the buzzword and it created employment for several people.
But if the country had to be on par with developed countries in the next 20 years, it had to give importance to basic sciences. There were a large number of vacancies in leading science institutions.
There was scope for studying and doing research in pure sciences. The Government had decided to tell students about the importance of basic sciences. “We require science for progress and for environmental protection,” he said.
U.R. Madhyastha welcomed the gathering. Parishath’s district unit convenor Dinesh Shettigar delivered the introductory remarks.
Scientists Sriraghavan and T.P. Krishnakanth, principal of Madhav Pai Memorial College Dayananda Shetty, and Principal of Manipal Pre – University College R.K. Manipal were present.