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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chemistry Nobel laureate Prof Alan J. Heeger has asked children to motivate themselves to take up basic research in science, an area that has come to be increasingly neglected in the recent times.

The thrust on professional education world over is largely responsible for this state of affairs, Prof Heeger said, addressing the students of the St Thomas Schools in the city suburbs on Thursday.

He stressed the need for children to set off on their research work right from their formative years. It is never too early to undertake research projects, he said and recalled his own experience of interacting and associating with scientists while being a student.

Research is all about right aptitude, undivided interest and making the right choice. If not in school, one can embark on research at least during the first year in the university, he said. It would be ideal to seek a professor's guidance while doing research.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 26, 2005)
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