National Knowledge Commission
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  More Talented Students in Maths and Science
  We are witnessing a growing tendency among talented students to pursue studies in areas other than mathematics and basic sciences. To realize our vision of India as a knowledge society, it is essential to build a strong foundation in basic sciences by attracting a larger number of talented students to this stream. This foundation in science is needed to create the next generation of leaders and competent scientific talent and teachers. In this context, the National Knowledge Commission (NKC) considered it imperative to undertake a study to identify the causes behind the growing alienation of students from a career in pure sciences and what could be done to redress the situation.

The Eleventh Five Year Plan aptly envisages the establishment of five new Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), a large scale scholarship programme to encourage young talent and up-gradation of science infrastructure in higher educational institutes to promote science education in the country. However, apart from massive financial investment, a systematic and innovative approach is needed to significantly impact the choices made by talented youngsters to draw them towards basic sciences.

The NKC submitted a set of recommendations on Attracting More Students to Maths and Science to the Prime Minister on 2 May 2008. The recommendations have been drafted after holding widespread consultations with experts through interviews and workshops. A working group of eminent persons representing university, research institutes, NGOs, science colleges and industry was also constituted to deliberate on the issues in detail. Our proposals cover infrastructure, pedagogy, curricular and structural reforms, access enablers, branding of science careers, industry participation and outreach.
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