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KOCHI: Societies that fail to recognise excellence will not be able to survive, M.S. Valiathan, former Vice-Chancellor of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, has said.
In his keynote address on the occasion of the presentation of the Prof. M.V. Pylee Award instituted by the Cochin University of Science and Technology to K. L. Sebastian, professor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, here on Tuesday, Dr. Valiathan said such societies will be forced to import knowledge.
Stating that Malayalees were hesitant to accept excellence, Dr. Valiathan said this tendency was responsible for Malayalees not being able to win national-level science awards. Ramachandran Thekkedath, Vice-Chancellor of the Cochin University of Science and Technology, who presented the Prof. M. V. Pylee Award to Dr. Sebastian, said such recognitions have a major role in shaping the quality of education being offered in the country.
The award consisted of a purse of Rs. 2 lakh, citation and a memento. Winner of the prestigious Bhatnagar award, Dr. Sebastian is a former professor of applied chemistry at the Cochin University of Science and Technology.
In his acceptance speech, Dr. Sebastian recommended an immediate revamp of the school-level science education in the State. Explaining that the State lacked quality faculty for encouraging science education, he said excellent teachers will be able to inculcate scientific inquisitiveness among children.
The State was lagging behind the national average in physics and mathematics education.
M.V. Pylee, former Vice-Chancellor of Cusat, presided. Joy Job Kulavelil, Syndicate member; K.G. Nair, Director of Centre for Science in Society; Godfrey Louiz, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Cusat; and N. Chandramohanakumar, Registrar, spoke.
The earlier recipients of the prestigious award include Prof. M. N. Srinivas; Prof. Jayant V. Narlikar; Dr. M. S. Valiathan; Dr. K. Venkatasubramanian; and Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai.
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