Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2018 11:46:44










EVEN though technological innovations have helped in making the lives of the people much easier and opened new opportunities to peep into the unknown world, scientific temperament among the Indian youth is not very encouraging. Compared to other fields, the number of youths wanting to undertake scientific research is miniscule. Though there are many reasons for the lack of interest among youths in science, the main barrier is of language. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has rightly said that language should not be a barrier but a facilitator in promoting science among youths. Love for science among youths can be developed only when the subject is taught in vernacular languages. Many countries teach science subjects in their national languages. Israel has promoted science in a big way using Hebrew. So, why can’t we do the same? If we also start using vernacular language to promote science, we will be able to make an amazing progress by tapping talent hidden across the country. The PM’s advice should be taken seriously in the larger interest of the country.


THE exercise to identify Indian citizens in Assam, undertaken by the Registrar General of India (RGI) under the direction of Supreme Court, is massive, intricate and delicate. That is why soon after publishing the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the RGI told the people not to panic if they do not find their names in the first draft. Since it is a massive and intricate exercise, undertaken anywhere in the world on such scale and full of complexities, it is going to take much time to complete. The Government has obviously taken precautionary steps to maintain law and order as t he identification process is likely to ruffle some feathers. But the long pending exercise, albeit at the initiative of the apex court, had to be undertaken as Assam was reeling under the menace of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, becoming a demographic nuisance, leading to a prolonged agitation by Assam Gana Sangram Parishad against illegal migrants. But Governments lacked political will to take the bull by the horn and steam the rot.