opportunities in science goes up, says study
Delhi, July 15: Amid concerns over lesser number of students
taking up science as a career, a new study has shown that
while the percentage of students taking up pure sciences remained
static at 21, there was a 17 per cent increase in job opportunities
in the field.
all 27,791 science and technology vacancies were advertised
in the year 2005 and 32,362 vacancies in 2006, the study conducted
by the 'Manpower Management Centre' for the Centre's Department
of Science and Technology said.
increase in S&T job opportunities in 2006 over 2005 works
out to nearly 17 per cent, it said.
follows as a direct result of the government's efforts to
improve the science education in schools and to generate S&T
government had taken a number of steps like hiking the educational
budget, setting up of more IITs, NITs, IIITs and IISERs.
study points out that a total of 5,612 and 5,549 PHDs in science
were awarded during 2003-04 and 2004-05 as per annual reports
of the UGC. Percentage wise there was not much increase in
students enrolment in science, engineering and technology
during 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06. It was nearly static
at 21 per cent.
2005, 3751 vacancies were advertised for scientists -- 2747
(73.23 per cent) with experience and 1004 (26.77 per cent)
2006, 4381 vacancies were advertised for scientists, 3198
(73 per cent) with experience and 1183 (27 per cent) without