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Improve funding for research : Vice-Chancellor

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"Singapore and Japan have earmarked funds for research and development"

CHENNAI: The Central and State Governments are yet to allocate funds for research and development this year for Anna University, Vice-chancellor D Viswanathan said here on Thursday.

At the inauguration of a seminar on crystal growth at Loyola College, he said funding for research and development would help to realise President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's vision for India.

"Singapore has marked four lakh crores for research and development, Japan USD $1,500 million for nano-technology alone," the Vice-Chancellor said.

He also urged students to take up research whenever possible. "Many engineering students want to go in for IT jobs. There are few takers for teaching and research," Mr. Viswanathan said. He regretted that teachers were not well-paid in India as it could be one of the reasons why students stayed away from the academic profession.

The Vice-chancellor also stressed the merits of hard work. Japan had grown into one of the world's super powers only because of the citizens' dedication and commitment, he said. The seminar was organised by the Physics department of Loyola College.

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