Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and renowned space scientist Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan will debate the state of science education in India with hundreds of school teachers over a significant drop in the number of students pursuing science and mathematics in higher studies. The human resource development ministry in collaboration with the SRF Foundation, a non-profit organisation is organizing a national conference on science and mathematics education in secondary schools.
Kalam will in augurate the three-day conference beginning June 30. Kasturirangan, who currently is the director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, will deliver the keynote address.The conference is being organised in response to the government’s growing concern that there is a significant drop in the number of students pursuing science and mathematics in higher studies.The participants will deliberate and suggest ways and means to improve the facilities and quality of teaching in schools that will motivate the students to take up science and mathematics for higher studies.