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Being scientific pays

With a variety of jobs on offer and availability of junior research grants for students, the Bachelor in Science (B. Sc) degree is making a comeback at Delhi University, reports Swaha Sahoo.

education Updated: May 29, 2009 15:21 IST
Swaha Sahoo

If you thought the job market was the monopoly of commerce graduates and engineers, think again.

With a variety of jobs on offer and availability of junior research grants for students, the Bachelor in Science (B. Sc) degree is making a comeback at Delhi University.

According to DU’s Central Placement Cell, 30 per cent of students placed during 2008-09 were from sciences.

“While Physics, Math and Statistics are most in demand, we had good placements in Computer Science, electronics and the Life Sciences,” said Seema M Parihar, Head, Placement Cell.

“Students were picked up by companies such as Wipro and Ranbaxy.”

“There were many options for Science students this time. I am very happy with my profile and package at Eli Lilly," said Neha Khandelwal, BSc (H) Zoology at Hans Raj College.

Research options

Undergraduate students at DU can also avail the opportunity to work with major research labs such as National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) and Laser Science and Technology Center (LASTEC)—the laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

“Last year, we tied up with premier research institutes for summer workshops for undergraduates,” said Deepak Pental, Vice Chancellor, DU. “Chosen after tough selection, students worked alongside scientists in labs during summer vacations.”

At college level

In 2007, Rs 20 crore worth of equipment was given to colleges to refurbish their labs.