Are We Really Spoiling India's Science Talents?

Scientific India|November - December 2019

Are We Really Spoiling India's Science Talents?
It is believed that humans are the noblest creation of God. It is obvious that when the infants see the first sunlight on our planet, they come with an empty brain.

Slowly, they gain knowledge from the society, and the knowledge ladder starts from parents, then relatives, schools, friends,and it continues as they climb the educational steps one after another. I preferred to write about this important area, because most of the Indian talents are either lost or their brain go idle after some formal education as we do not allow blooming and grooming of these young brains. I will just cite an example of high school board examination toppers in India.

India is a large country of 28 states. In each state,three boards mainly regulate the high school examination: State board, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE). Roughly, if we will consider the top ten students from each board examination as bright students (actually the numbers are more), then India produces 840 bright students per year. These students can do miracle towards the progress and transformation of our country through innovation and development. But in reality,this is not happening. During a media interview, they share about their dream career and interests with great enthusiasm. But unfortunately, after a few years, we do not hear their names at all. This is a sad part on our end that requires a thorough analysis. So several questions come to our mind for the extinction of these talents: where these brains are actually gone? Are their interests self-propelled? Are their parents misguiding them in career selection? Have they settled abroad after a formal education in India? Eventually, the career of these talents gets stuck in a wrong destination that creates a deep depression in their life and interrupts mental peace. This not only destroys the scientific enthusiasm but also suppresses their germinating interests. The enthusiasm/curiosity-driven interests actually can ignite young minds to take up science as a way to discover or invent and makes them tougher against the challenging situations in life. Rather, the young students stumble at every step of their educational career and eventually spoil the budding scientific ideas hidden within their minds due to several reasons that are listed below.

Remember, science exists everywhere starting from your kitchen to laboratories. But we never encourage our children/students to explore the environment available around us. For example, stainless steel utensils available in your kitchen are marvellous scientific inventions as they are rust-free; but a student is never encouraged to think why it is rust-free or how to build rust-free materials. Lack of encouragement to think practically paralyzes the scientific temperament of the student. Scientific ideas not necessarily need to take birth from a laboratory building; rather, it can strike the young minds even while roaming in the moonlight. The famous evolution theory that revolutionized the biological science struck Darwin's mind when he visited different parts of the world in scientific voyages and observed the biological beauty of organisms.

(2) We do not look at the personal interests of students and persuade them to follow the profession of others

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