The premier science academies of the country — Indian National Science Academy, the Indian Academy of Sciences and The National Academy of Science, India — had a brainstorming meeting earlier this month. Following extensive deliberations, the trio has prepared a position paper on the post-school science education in the country. The need for reforms in learning sciences at the post-school level has been duly emphasised in the paper.
The academies have mooted an integrative and broad-based training — the four-year B. S. degree — at select centres. The programme would enable graduates to directly enter the professional job market, or to pursue a doctoral degree (Ph. D.) research programme.
If everything goes well, the +2 qualified student could chose from the following options in science and technology next year on:
1. A 4-year B. S. followed by Ph. D. in basic sciences, with a provision for early exit with M.Sc degree or dual degrees after completion.
2. 4-year B. Tech. followed by Ph. D in basic sciences.
3. 4-year B. S. followed by M. tech/Ph.D. in professional (technology) field.
4. 3-year B. Sc. followed by 2-year M. Sc. and then Ph. D or 3-year B. Sc followed by integrated M.Sc.-Ph. D.
5. 3-year B. Sc. followed by 2-year B. Tech.
6. 5-year integrated M. Sc. followed by Ph. D.
7. Vocational courses.
Looks like science education in this country will finally get the long due overhauling it deserves.