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Science in Education

Deepak Kumar

in Science and the Raj

Second edition

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195687149
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081684 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195687149.003.0004
Science in Education

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In the early 1870s, the importance of science education in India was gaining recognition. In 1875, the Madras University decided to evaluate its matriculation candidates in geography and elementary physics in place of British history. This chapter looks at science education in India under British rule, focusing on the medium of instruction, and the creation of several fields/subjects such as geology and mining, botany and forestry, agriculture and veterinary medicine, medical education, engineering, and technical education. It also discusses five major problems that plagued science education at the higher levels, namely: the aim and character of the educational policy itself, the shortage of funds, lack of laboratory work, the use of European models in science education, and poor administration and management.

Keywords: India; science education; medium of instruction; educational policy; medical education; geology; agriculture; engineering; forestry; technical education

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