'Kids should be allowed to study what they want'

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Prof C N R Rao
Bangalore, Aug 1: Speaking at the inauguration of 'Students-Scientists Direct Interaction Program', an initiative taken up by the Vision Group on Science and Technology Prof C N R Rao taught school children about eminent scientists like J C Bose, Marconi, Charles Darwin, Galileo, Linus Pauling, C V Raman, Ramanujam and their findings.

Prof Rao who spoke to the students on the topic 'Let us learn Science' in pure Kannada, never once found the need to use an English word.

"School children, particularly the rural children should get proper encouragement and facilities for science education . Students out side Bangalore are evincing interest in science. Nowadays students are interested in application of science than the invention The person who indulges in invention gets more happiness than the person who spend his entire life in earning money." he said.

He went on to speak about the importance of the inventions that has led to the comforts we enjoy today. He also pointed out the importance of giving the children the freedom to choose what they want to study.

"Children should not go by the dictates of their parents. They should select the subject of their choice. Whether it be Science, Arts, Commerce or even Spirituality. Instead of becoming run-of-the-mill stuff strive hard to achieve greatness," he said.

Apart from Prof Rao's address, the message from Shri Anand Asnotikar, Minister for Science and Technology was read at the event that took place in J N Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

In his message the minister said, "Science education at the higher secondary level is the need of the day and the Government of Karnataka has envisaged many programmes to evince the interest of the students in the field of science."

Many big personalities and the big names of science graced the occasion including, Prof Roddam Narasimha of Jawaharalal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Dr H S Niranjanaradhya, Chairman, Karnataka State Science Council.

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