_VANIYAMBADI – On Monday, Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi, Adviser A.Mukhopadhyay said that education and research in the area of science in particular has been passing across a bad stage owing to unavailability of proper facilities.

A national seminar on ‘Emerging Trends in Analytical Techniques’ as well as DST, Post Graduate sponsored lab and Research Department of Chemistry, Islamiah College, Vaniyambadi, A.Mukhopadhyay said availability of good students who could practise science as a career was also a matter of concern.

Furthermore, he said that if India hoped to stay at the forefront of science in the academic sector, it is important to strengthen its science and technology infrastructure.

Aside from non-availability of students to engage science, quality and uniformity of education was a matter of concern, though there were a total of 14,000 colleges and 300 universities in the country.

Through the DST, the central government adopted the task to strengthen the facilities for science education and research. About Rs.750 crore were spent by the DST in this endeavour to enhance postgraduate teaching and research. To encourage million young minds for research particularly in science education and research, DST is planning to launch another innovative programme.

According to the Regional Joint Director of Collegiate Education, Vellore Region, C.Velusamy, it is hard for the rural college staff to participate actively in research work because many facilities available in the city colleges were not accessible in the rural colleges.

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