Hyderabad: The country’s education system and the central government came under criticism from Bharat Ratna, Prof. C.N.R. Rao, on Friday. He was speaking here at an event organised by the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology to celebrate its 73 years.
Prof. Rao said that a marks-based approach was destroying education in India. He also criticised competitive exams conducted for the IITs which he said had given rise to coaching institutions.
While answering queries from students present at the event, he also criticised teachers for making science a “boring subject”, adding that there was a need to mark a “Decade of Teachers” for focus on better teaching. He said the idea of Decade of Teachers had been mooted by the Manmohan Singh government but was discarded by the current government.
The Bharat Ratna also advised professors not to dismiss ideas from young researchers. About the evolution of chemical bonds and its impact on science, Prof. Rao explained of how it had taken decades for India to include Quantum Mechanics and Thermodynamics in chemistry syllabus. He urged students to take up chemistry as it played an important role in all aspects of life....