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Want to pursue Science subjects for higher education? Here's what these IIT profs have to say

 We spoke to two faculty members of IIT Madras. Here's what they have to say to students who want to study science subjects.

India Today Education team spoke to two women faculty member of IIT Madras.

The world is in the middle of a pandemic, a pandemic that has turned the rules of a ‘normal' life upside down. The lives of students have been affected the most. From the medium of education to the pattern of study, everything has gone through a massive shift.

Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the students are now in a place where they face immense confusion and tension about their future and career.

Students often find it diffiult to figure out the right ways to channel their abilities and direct their talents to an appropriate career path.

Keeping this in mind, we spoke with two professors of IIT Madras to help all the students who are considering moving ahead in life with science subjects.

The inspiration behind studying science

When asked about their inspiration behind exploring Science subjects, Dr Neelima Gupte said, “I loved science since my school days, plus in my own family, everyone had a science degree. For some years my mother was a science teacher, and she taught me maths at home.”

She went on to add, “The most fascinating thing about being in this field is to know that there are no miracles and that every phenomenon that occurs is a consequence of physical principles and natural laws.”

Another professor of IIT Madras, Dr Deepa Venkatesh said, “Science, especially Physics, made a lot of sense to me, all credit to the excellent teachers I had in middle school and high schools.”

“I really enjoyed all the toy experiments that explained the basic principles of Physics. A lot of phenomena happening around us -- be it a rainbow of colours in a soap bubble or a mirage -- can be explained with Physics. This basically increased my faith in the subject,” Dr Venkatesh added.

She also said, “This also gave me the confidence that one can now use the principles of Physics to build useful technology.”

How to deal with pressure

When asked about the pressure that is put on students to opt for science as a subject, Dr Venkitesh said, “It is a basic human tendency to indulge in an effort based on the potential results. In that sense, competitive exams may be a motivator for many- but that is not the end by itself.”

She also added, “Competitive exams create an environment where success depends on how one can think most smartly in the shortest time.”

Message to students

Professor Neelima Gupte said, “Do you want to know why rainbows appear, how birds sing, and fireflies flash together? Do you like to make things work? Do you like the world to have logic and reason? Then science may well fascinate you. Of course, William Blake said it a lot better.”

'To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.'

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