Quality of science in India ‘lousy’, improve quality: CNR Rao

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New Delhi | Published: March 25, 2015 7:56:34 PM

Eminent scientist CNR Rao today said the quality of science in India was 'lousy'...

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Eminent scientist CNR Rao today said the quality of science in India was “lousy”, adding if the country wants to have a future it should improve on quality.

Critical of lack of infrastructure in the scientific field, Rao, a recipient of Bharat Ratna, also rued the lack of investment in this sector.

Underlining the need for better scientific infrastructure in the country, Rao said India does not have “a single institution” that can match the best abroad even as he cited the example of China to call for more investment in science.

It was difficult to bring development in the country with the “lousy” quality of science, Rao said while delivering a lecture ‘Celebration of Science’ at Jamia Milia Islamia here.

“If India has to have a future, it has to improve in quality. The main thing in India is that everything from the corporate (sector) and education to science needs to have quality. Our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) says development with quality improvement because with the lousy quality we have, it is difficult to have development,” he said.

Ruing the lack of investment in the scientific sphere, he said it “is so bad that it is less than one per cent of the GDP. Everyone is promising 2 per cent of the GDP (as investment), but that is not happening”.

Highlighting the example of neighbouring China, he said that for every Indian scientist, there are 100 scientists in the neighbouring country.

“This is unbelievable. They (China) invest a huge amount of money. They are producing 30,000 Ph.d students and, next year, will produce 50,000 Ph.d students,” Rao said.

“There is not a single institution in India which has facilities equal to the best institutions abroad. At least one, at least two… We don’t have even that. So, we got to have that. I think we need to have overall better infrastructure to do well in science,” he said.

CNR Rao also emphasised the need for freedom and a better academic environment for students to excel in the country.

“Our young boys and girls go to America. They suddenly start doing good. Not because their brain is tuned in a different way after going there. What do they have? Freedom and the environment. India’s future depends on that,” he said.

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