Shimla, Oct 28 (UNI) Three day National symposium on 'New Directions of Physics Education in the New Millennium' got underway in Himachal Pradesh University Auditorium here.
The symposium started yesterday under the aegis of All India Physics Teachers Convention with assistance of allied institutions.
Inaugurating the symposium Prof ML Parmar, Dean, Faculty of Physcial Sciences highlighted the role of physical sciences in changing scenario of globalisation and liberalisation.
''The need of the hour is to innovate and improvise the existing experiments using technological advances of the time but at the same time the research and development need to free of bureaucratic bottlenecks, out of time accounts manual and stereotyped functioning of the funding institutions,'' he said.
Dr Prahlada, Chief Controller, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), New Delhi, in his key note address said ''Physics is the mother of science and technology''. He also presented a vivid picture of the Physics as a basic science and the neglected state of affairs now-a-days.
Dr Prahalada emphasised the need of giving the Physics education more preference and spreading it at the undergraduate level so that a positive taste is developed in the younger generations to know more about physics.
The Chief Controller stressed the need of more industry academia interactions and collaborations for ushering India into a global giant player to bring more technological changes in research and development activities which would strengthen the military preparation of India in the new millennium.