As a result of India’s education system hardly fostering Spirit of Inquiry, the country suffers from a dearth of innovators or scientists. This is despite the fact that India has a huge population of 1.2 billion.
An article by Ravindra P Nettimi from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, Madhur Mangalam from University of Georgia, and Mewa Singh from the University of Mysore, recently published in the journal Current Science talks of the lack of a culture of research in the country’s under-graduate courses.
“This is what prevents us from discovering great things,” said Professor Uma Shaanker, scientist and teacher at the Department of Crop Physiology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru. They say a culture of asking questions and undertaking research would help in the making of innovators. In the article, Mewa Singh said, “Teachers play an important role in stimulating students to raise questions. ”
Uma Shaanker said, “Most students in BSc and post-graduate courses have never participated in a journey of discovery. While our students have a lot of knowledge through books, their minds are not trained to ask questions. They then become second-rate scientists.”
“If undergraduates are given research projects, it would help them take up a journey of discovery,” he added.