Status of science education is depressing, universities crumbling: C N R Rao

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“As the higher level, most of the universities do not have adequate facilities and the infrastructure.  The quality of teachers is not satisfactory.  How can they do competitive research?”


Eminent Indian chemist C N R Rao is deeply dissatisfied with the status of science education in the country.

“The status of science education is depressing. There are problems at all levels. The universities are crumbling,” says India’s celebrated scientist, in an interview with The Education Post.

Rao, who has worked mainly in solid-state and structural chemistry, was conferred the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, in 2013.

He was the third scientist to receive the prestigious award after C V Raman and A P J Abdul Kalam.

“The status of science education is depressing. There are problems at all levels. The universities are crumbling.  Our schools are not geared to take care of the big flow of children,” Rao says.

“Our teachers need to be trained. One thing that our government can do is to clean up the education system, particularly at school level for which the entire nation will be grateful.  This would be the greatest service the human kind in India. The future of India depends on the millions of young children today,” the eminent scientist adds.

“As the higher level, most of the universities do not have adequate facilities and the infrastructure.  The quality of teachers is not satisfactory.  How can they do competitive research?”

He also said that the industry has to contribute to scientific funding which at present industry’s contribution is nearly zero.

Education Post