SENIOR PROFESSORS at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-K) are worried over the decrease in the number of research scholar in the science subjects. Despite several facilities made available to the research scholars, they could not be attracted towards research in desired number.
Professors feel it was not the IIT-K alone, which faced the crisis of research scholars, it was a general scenario that students did not relish taking up research after completing M Tech or M Sc courses. At all the institutions imparting higher science education, the management faced the falling number of research scholars.
An eminent professor of physics at the IIT-K Dr HC Varma told Hindustan Times that there were two main reasons that students did not turn up to research programmes at the post graduate level. Firstly, it was the teaching of science subject at the school level, which caused aversion among students towards science. The teaching of science subjects at the high school level seemed to be very boring to the students and their interest in the science could not be developed at the initial level. They learnt science through textbooks instead of getting it associated with the simple and cheaper experiments.
In a bid to pass the examination, they failed to understand the basics of the subject and developed indifferent attitude towards the science. It was at this stage that teachers should inculcate love for science among them and try to impress upon the fact that they should learn the subject so well that they could go for research work in it.
Dr Varma, who is globally known for teaching the principles of physics with simple experiments conducted using the waste materials and arousing the interest of school children in physics, which is supposed to be the driest subject said that the basic principles of science could not be made clear to students without experiments.
The second reason that forced the students to give up the idea of research was immediate monetary gain. Every student who completed M Tech or M Sc course preferred to get good placement instead of wasting five to seven years time in research activity. They feel uncertainty of job even after doing PhD and hence they took up the job, which they got just after completing graduate course.
Dr Varma, however, said that the time has come when only the innovators would get good placement. Since innovation is the by-product of research those, who wanted to excel in their respective career in engineering, should not ignore it.