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    E=mc2 not adding up?Is there future in science career

    It was not long ago ,the first choice of highest percentile students was Science.When i went to high school,they put me into science just b/c i was in the top 3 in the class,& the teacher didn't think that humanities &commerce was challenging enough for my talent in science .Although i never regretted it but over the years i have seen talk of careers & colleges while not even going near physics chemistry,math &biology.
    I have seen those 2nd & 3rd tier students make themselves up to into accounts &become CPA or chartered Accountants,in lesser time than an verage M.D. course.Similarly Management has been the rage up untill mid 90s that engineering to medical graduates turned to it besides commerce & humanities graduates.Now ,for last 10 years its computer science or programmers or techy as they are called,drawing big crowd of students who would otherwise have gone to mechanical,civil,chemical ,electrical engineering.The career in science spl. in theoretical or pure science is too demanding with hours of lab work &phd level f education is just too long.But i still think for the real bright ,challenge lies in the basic sciences for without reasearch in the pure science new development be it in medicine ,engineering or computers cant take place &without developments innovation &inventions there is no growth,which is secret of prosperity in every industries.
    Pune students turn their back on Science
    By Geetanjali Patole

    India has great a tradition of science. Shunya (zero) was known to the
    ancient Indians and this century, Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman and
    later, his nephew, Subramanyan Chandrasekhar, won Nobel prizes for their
    work in the pure sciences.

    But the future of Science as a subject in India, looks bleak, as more
    and more students are opting away from the subject.

    Post-liberalisation trends are beginning to reflect in our Education,
    with fast moolah and IT threatening to make test tubes and microscopes

    Neha Singh is a typical example. She took Science in her junior college,
    but switched over to commerce for her graduation. "Science was just too
    much to cope with. The pressure is a lot and besides the future in India
    is bleak. So I switched to commerce," says Neha.

    Dr Subhash Harishchandra Desai, principal, Fergusson College says, "Yes,
    there has been a downswing in the number of students opting for Science
    lately. The cut-off percentage for admissions have gone down by
    two-three per cent, which gives you an idea of how the popularity of
    Science is diminishing. Thirty-forty percent of the third year BSc
    students have dropped out of the Chemistry course this year."

    Dr A S Kalgaonkar of Nowrosjee Wadia adds, "While Science still remains
    an integral part of the Indian education scene, there is the trend where
    students from Pune are opting out of this subject. Nowadays, more than
    half the students who opt for BSc are from other states."

    According to A W Joshi, head of department (HOD), Physics, University of
    Pune, "There has been a drop of 20-25 per cent in admissions to BSc
    courses. The MSc programme too, has shown a steady decline from about
    200 students two years back, to 150 this year. Although there has been
    little effect on enrolments at the department of Physics, there too a
    curious trend is reflected. Just as students from our own state are
    heading out for more professionally-oriented courses, there has been a
    surplus of students from other states seeking admission to our

    But Prof. ****ole, HOD, Botany, has no complaints. "I've haven't seen
    this phenomenon occurring in my course as yet, but I'm aware of the fact
    that only 30-35 per cent of students opt for Science after their high
    school examinations. Pure sciences leave little place for material
    comforts. It's a poor paying profession and yet, very demanding. Botany
    is still flourishing because it's a subject preferred mostly by women,
    who do not have the pressure to perform financially."

    "The trend is most disturbing," says winner of the Shantiswarup
    Bhatnagar Award for Best Promising Scientist, Dr Varun Sahni of the
    Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA).

    "Science is not getting the prominence it used to enjoy. Pure sciences
    are subjects that need a lot of dedication. It's probably because
    youngsters are getting swayed by trends and the financial viability of
    courses they take up. I feel the media has a very big role to play in
    helping Science gain back its ground. Everywhere you look, you see
    advertising and reports on the latest IT developments. I would like to
    see some of this reporting done on the various discoveries made in the
    field of Science. There is a major breakthrough made in fields related
    to science everyday. If youngsters read about it more, their interest
    could be rekindled," he says.

    So while the IT and computer professional seem to wield the sceptre,
    Management comes a close second, with Literature and Humanities too
    staging a major comeback. But E=mc2? Well, it's just not adding up at
    the moment.