While interacting with newsmen at his residence here, Chowdary revealed several future plans of the government to develop the existing infrastructure in science institutes and boost the research activities across the country.
According to him, to improve science education in the country, the government is planning to develop science labs in schools which are lying neglected due to lack of funds. There are around 3,000 to 4,000 schools in every district across the country. Under the new project, the government is planning to provide funds to add new equipment and renovate the labs with the aim of strengthening science education at school-level.
The Union government is also planning to include skill development programmes in higher education to develop communication and professional skills among the youth.
Chowdary said skill development is one of the top priorities of the Centre. He felt most of the students were unable to meet the requirement of the industry.
“To avoid separate courses for skill development after the regular courses, they should be taught in the course itself,” the minister suggested.
Chowdary said, to achieve the targets of ‘Make in India’ programme, the industry and academics should be integrated. Focusing more on the innovation in science and technology, the government is planning to establish innovation centres across the country, he added.
According to the minister, the existing incubation centres would be identified and they would also be developed as innovation centres later. To encourage scientific innovations, the government would also support the innovators to obtain patents as well.
The proposed science cities will have state-of-the-art facilities for research in advanced technology. The cities which will be established in four zones in the country will have facilities like convention centres, research labs, education academies and hospitality facilities, Chowdary said.
The government is also planning to invite scientists from foreign countries to do research in the science cities to encourage knowledge sharing between scientists across the globe. The students and scholars from universities will also be provided facilities to visit the science cities during vacations and do internships. It will help us bring our scientists back who are working in foreign countries, the minister said.
Source: The New Indian Express