America not good for education: Top scientist

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 23:41

Chennai: A top Indian scientist on Wednesday said
"America is not at all good for education", even as more
Indian students are taking wings to the US for higher studies.

"Everything in (the) US is no good. They are (Indian
students) going to some second rate institutions. Just because
you go abroad, doesn`t mean that you get good education. Now,
there are excellent institutions in India doing research," C N
R Rao, Chairman of Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime
Minister, said here after delivering a oration.

"Most of the parents are sending their children even for
schools to America, wasting a lot of money. I think we should
give them good enough schools so that we don`t send them for
that (good schools). They should go there for specialisation
in University or College."

Terming the focus on teaching and teachers, a "national
emergency," Rao called for a mission spearheaded by the Union
government.

Asked about his efforts to make education a national
mission, he said a meeting with the Prime Minister was over
and he will next meet HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.

He was worried that the country was not spending even
six per cent of GDP towards education.

"Though there are 67 engineering colleges in Bangalore
city alone, not many of them have enough teachers. Many
colleges in the country have biotechnology department where
there are no biotechnologists, computer science departments
with people not having a degree in computer science," he said.

Exhorting the importance of quality teachers for the
country, Rao said the government needs to focus on teachers as
they create the future India.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 21:22

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