Quality of teachers must improve, says Bharat Ratna CNR Rao

The problem with many of our teachers is that they are not good enough, says Rao.

Bengaluru: India Nano 2016 will be held from March 3 to 5 here, with the theme ‘Nano Horizons’.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event to announce '8th Bangalore India Nano' here, eminent scientist and Bharat Ratna recipient, C.N.R. Rao on Monday said that the ability of teachers in the country and the quality of their teaching should improve.

“The problem with many of our teachers is that they are not good enough to teach our children. Most of them themselves don’t know enough at,” he said.

Rao said, “Quality of teaching and the ability of our teachers has to improve.”
Nothing that the previous government had declared that the next ten years would be called as decade of teachers and teaching, Rao said, “I don't know what the present government is going to do. We have to see whether the government will agree to do that or not.”

Stating that the country continued to make reasonable efforts in the area of Nano Sciences, Rao said, “It is only in the area of science where India has a ranking. India stands at third position in the world in number of publications with US, and China taking the leading spots.”

The Nano event will be addressing the latest trends in Nanotechnology focusing on health care, clean water, energy and manufacturing.

Rao, who is chairman of Vision Group on Nanotechnology, said that one place where Nano has achieved beyond expectations is in providing pure drinking water.

Speaking about providing clean drinking water in arsenic infested areas of West Bengal and Bangaladesh, he said there was uranium content in water in parts of Punjab.

Noting that scope of startups in Nanotechnology was “tremendous”, Rao said, “All one needs to do is select an area like nano medicine, nanotechnology- electronic devices or sensor technology. In India not much is happening, whereas lots of industries are coming up abroad.”

On Bangalore Nano Institute (Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences), Rao said it had now taken shape and a director had been appointed. He said recruiting of staff members is also on.

( Source : PTI )
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