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Science and the RajA Study of British India$
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Deepak Kumar

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195687149

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195687149.001.0001

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Science in Education

Science in Education

(p.113) Chapter 4 Science in Education
Science and the Raj

Deepak Kumar

Oxford University Press

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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