Statesman News Service
RANCHI, Feb. 5. — The number of scientists and engineers in research and development, per thousand population, is only 0.10 in India as compared to 3 to 5, per thousand, in developed countries said Jharkhand Governor Mr Sayed Sibtey Razi while delivering the presidential address at the 16th convocation of Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, today.
“While many new developments have taken place in basic research in our country, the problem remains, and is further complicated because in our educational system, quantity often overtakes quality. So, we should realise the importance of basic research, which should be supported not only by the government but also by the industry. We should also focus on quality aspects and aim at using our scientific and technological development for the empowerment of our people,” said Mr Razi.
The chief guest of the convocation, Prof. Damodar Acharya, chairman, All India Council for Technical Education said: “The admission of students in technical institutions in India is close to 1 million per year. Yet, in terms of percentage of students in the appropriate age group, it accounts for only less than one percent. The similar figure in the developed world is between 15 and 20 percent. “Shortage of competent faculty and adoption of quick-fixes have seriously eroded the quality of technical education. The country is facing the dichotomy of acute shortage of skilled and competent manpower on the one hand and large scale unemployment of graduate engineers and diploma holders on the other,” he added.
“Our curriculum, syllabus and teaching and learning processes are not helping to produce graduates who could meet today’s requirements. Most institutions in the country do not provide conducive environment for technical education to flourish. We should immediately revamp the curricula and syllabi of various degree and diploma programmes,” said Prof. Acharya.
Seven students were awarded doctorates and thirteen others were awarded with gold medals. Vice chancellor Prof. SK Mukherjee also spoke on the occasion.