Need to improve scientific and technological education: experts

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Mumbai, Sep 13 (UNI) Eminent personalities from scientific and technological fields today stressed the need for improving the quality of scientific and technological education with the linkage of the industries.

Speaking at a seminar, 'University Science and Technology' organised by the National Centre for Science Conference, ex-faculty of IIT Mr S P Sukhatme said the quality of the engineers can be improved with linkage to industries.

He said in 2007 the country is going to have 2.5 lakh engineers out of which only 15,000 would go for a masters degree and a meager 800 to 900 would reach to national level PhD.

Mr Sukhatme said though the country's level of engineers has been nearly on par with that of the developed countries, the percentage of engineers having a 'masters degree' is comparatively low while those reaching the PhD level is even lesser.

Mr Sukhatme also said private institutions have poor infrastructure and there are no attractive salaries for the faculties.

Speaking on the issue of reservation for OBCs, he said there is no problem in reservation but the question is how long it should continue and stressed that after the implementation it could be phased out after a particular period.

Institute of Chemical Technology Director Dr J B Joshi said, ''We must generate our own knowledge to become internationally competent.'' In his address he also stressed for developing Bio-technology for converting sugar into alcohol.

Aplab Chairman Prabhakar Deodhar said India is lagging behind China in the creation of jobs in the manufacturing sector and cited the figure, that in last 14 years China could create about 7.6 crore such jobs. China's cost of products can not be matched because of their man power.

Mr Deodhar, however, said Information Technology is not an industry but a business of selling man hours without any product output. He said IT has snatched talented man power which could have come to other departments.

UNI

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