There is a drop in the number of students opting for pure sciences, says Dharam Vira Gandhi

Dharam Vira Gandhi, Lok Sabha MP from AAP, speaks to The Indian Express on declining student enrolment in pure sciences.

Written by Ritika Chopra | Published:August 4, 2016 1:23 am

You were trying to raise the issue of fewer students opting for pure sciences

Yes, it’s worrying that more and more youngsters are interested in studying technical and professional courses such as software engineering, business management and law. There is a drop in the number of students opting for pure sciences such as physics, mathematics, chemistry and earth sciences.

Why is this happening?

In the new economic world order, jobs in the technical sector are better paid. So youngsters don’t see pure sciences as a good career option.

How should the government address this problem?

The Centre should incentivise the study of pure sciences by paying our scientists and researchers better.

But shouldn’t the state governments also take responsibility to incentivise these subjects?

Of course, it’s the responsibility of the states too. They should also pitch in. This is a problem that concerns the entire country. How long are we going to keep borrowing technology from other countries?

Are you happy with the government’s response to the issue you raised?

Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harshvardhan appreciated my suggestion and said that the government would take steps to contain the declining enrolment. I am happy with his response.

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