Royal Society of Chemistry Awards for Madras University Professor
15th March 2016
Dr.Prof. S. Balasubramanian received Royal Society of Chemistry Awards for Service at Manchester
On this occasion, the professor talked to MadrazBuzz.com, explaining about his work and the uniqueness of this award.
Full Interview of Dr.Prof. S. Balasubramanian
Dr. S. Balasubramanian is working as a Professor of Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Madras has received the Royal Society of Chemistry Award awarded by Royal Society of Chemistry -UK. The Award Presentation Ceremony held at Manchester, U.K. during the Royal Society of Chemistry General Assembly. Dr. S. Balasubramanian, Secretary of the Royal Society of Chemistry South India Section was accompanied by Dr. P. Selvam, Treasurer of the RSC(South India)and Professor of Chemistry, IIT – Madras.
ABOUT RSC AND THE AWARD
The activities of the Royal society of chemistry (South India) was explained to the students by Dr. S. Balasubramanian, Secretary of the society. He indicated that the members of the society will be visiting many schools and explain the importance of Chemistry. After he returned from Manchester he showed the award to students in University of Madras Auditorium and the felicitation function was organised by Nehru Children’s Cultural Association. Dr.S.Balasubramanian advised the students to come forward to carry out research work and also encouraged the students to choose science as their career and become scientists. The major activities of RSC(South India) is to organise seminars, workshops and lectures besides educating the students in safe method of handling apparatus and chemicals, to emphasize the importance of practical training in schools and colleges and the significance of doing research work in chemistry for making new inventions and create awareness among students about the job opportunities in chemistry .
There are 744 universities presently in India and keeping in mind the admission of students in the recent years, the Government has decided to start 1500 universities by the year 2016 . When compared to the number of universities in United States, Japan and U.K the number of universities in India are far less and according to the growth statistics it is believed that India will house 18% of world’s population by 2050,which calls for starting around 6500 universities to impart higher education to most of the students.
The standard of higher education in India is not on par with international standards and to raise this standard more and more eligible, knowledgeable and talented faculty have to be appointed and the newly appointed faculty have to be trained by the experienced faculty. Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi ranks number one among the national universities in India and If University of Madras which ranks number five has to be brought to the top position, then besides improving the infrastructure , the retirement age of the faculty has to be raised to 65 years on par with the central universities as recommended by UGC.
India poses a challenge to the developing and developed counties in the field of science and technology .China has made significant advances in chemical research. To stand on par with the advancements made by the Chinese counterparts, more and more researchers and scientists are required in our country. PhD scholars have to be employed in the academic and industrial sector and should also be paid on par with the engineering graduates. Only then the student will come forward to do research and pursue their career in science.