Right questions, not answers spur science, says Padma Shri PGI dean

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 12, 2014 12:28 IST

Getting the right answers was important, but what really spurred science on was asking t he re l evant questions, even unanswerable queries, said Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) dean Padma Shri Dr Amod Gupta at a lecture at the Indian Council of Social Sciences Research Complex on the PU campus on Sunday.

He was felicitated at the event for winning the Padma Shri.

“Science began when its existing paradigms were questioned,” he told a packed hall, while doing full justice to the topic of the day, ‘Before you lear n the Answers, lear n to ask questions’.

“Students asking the maximum unanswered questions should get top score in the module specified for this purpose,” he said. “We are not teaching the students on how to ask questions. ” he stated.

He claimed that coaching was a menace and that these institutes prepared students on only how to crack an entrance exam, and nothing else.

He added that almost 20% of patents filed at the world intellectual property organisation in 2010 were from China, with just 1.9% from India.

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