Importance of Science Education

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CHAPTER IV SCIENCE EDUCATION HISTORICAL BACKGROUND W ith a long and chequered history of education and training in pure and applied sciences dating back to over 2,600 years, India has had flourishing tradition of scientific research and technological development. Taxila (6th century BC) one of the earliest universities in the world, attracted students from across the continents. Major fields of study at Taxila included mathematics, astronomy, medicine, surgery and metallurgy. Unfortunately, most of the knowledge was lost during the medieval period. The glorious tradition of original thinking, adventure of ideas and creative innovations was completely snapped. SCIENCE AND SCIENCE EDUCATION DURING THE BRITISH RULE T he development of…show more content…
The problem of developing countries is therefore the problem of establishing modern science and transforming their stagnant and traditional economy to the one based on modern science and technology. Bhabha went on to add, An important question we must consider is whether it is possible to transform the traditional economy to the one based on modern technology developed elsewhere without at the same time establishing modern science in the country as a live and vital force? If the answer to this question is in the negative and I believe our experience shows it to be so, then the problem of establishing science as a live and vital force is an inseparable part of transforming an industrially underdeveloped country to a developed country. In the context of establishing modern science and technology as a live and vital force, the importance of science education cannot be W hile delivering the convocation address of Allahabad University in 1946, Nehru said, It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty, of insanitation and malnutrition, of illiteracy and obscurantism of superstition and deadening customs, of rigid traditions and blind beliefs, of vast resources
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