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Promote science: Suu Kyi

Published: 18th November 2012 10:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th November 2012 10:10 AM   |  A+A-

“I regret the fact that I did not choose science but the liberal arts or rather the humanities. Science helps us to think about everything and creates a oneness among all,” Myanmar’s pro-democracy and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said here on Saturday.

During an interaction with the students and faculty of the Indian Institute of Science(IISc), she said that the teaching of science and education as a whole had deteriorated in the last few decades in their country. Mesmerised by the sprawling green campus , Suu Kyi said, “The sign of the old trees indicate the sign of respect for things around here.”

When questioned about democracy, she said, “Democracy will not give you everything, but it will give you opportunities to try everything. One has to use these opportunities according to the situation and circumstance to solve issues.”

Speaking about her journey from an activist to an active politician, Suu Kyi said, “As an activist, one is very straight forward about the goals and ambition, but a politician has to compromise in every aspect”. The Nobel Laureate signed off saying commitment is the essential quality to fight for a cause.

Following the interaction with Suu Kyi at IISc, Essa Mahapatro, a postgraduate student said, “Commitment is the only quality to fight for a cause is a beautiful message for all the students”. Prof Balaram, Director of IISc said that the education in Myanmar had to develop at all levels and that higher education needed to be built in a progressive manner as it is in the early stages.

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