Report on University Science Education

 

1. Introduction

In recent years the Academy has felt increasingly concerned with the state of university education in science in the country. It has been widely realized that without a proper base in education it will not be possible to promote progress in science to attain the excellence that is a major concern of the Academy.

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2. DIMENSIONS AND COMMON PERCEPTIONS OF THE PROBLEM

Although the main focus of this document is university science education particularly at the undergraduate level, it is realized that undergraduate education is part of a continuum, starting with education at the school level and going on to research in science.

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3. EARLIER SUGGESTIONS AND PROGRAMMES FOR COORDINATED ACTION

In the face of the deteriorating situation described in the previous Section, there have been several carefully thought-out suggestions for positive action made by responsible and concerned academic groups in the country.

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4. GENERAL VIEWS OF THE ACADEMY PANEL

In its own discussions the Academy Panel paid careful attention to many aspects of the overall problems of science education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This was against the background of the knowledge of the efforts of other groups and agencies, such as those briefly described in Section 3.

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5. RECOMMENDATIONS

The recommendations are presented here in two groups: first those that involve national bodies, agencies, the educational system, research laboratories and industry; second, those that depend mainly on initiatives to be taken by the Academy. Some overlap with the views presented in Section 4 is retained to make the recommendations self-contained.

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6. SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS

General Recommendations

Functioning of Colleges and Universities

Universities and colleges should satisfy the minimum requirement of running on schedule in all respects.

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APPENDIX: LIST OF 1994 PANEL MEMBERS

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