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Scientist C.N.R. Rao takes a dig at IT professionals

"IT (Information Technology) has nothing to do with science. IT is only to make some money. They (techies) are a whole bunch of unhappy guys working there."


C.N.R. Rao is an Indian chemist who has worked mainly in solid-state and structural chemistry. (file pic)

"I read every day in newspapers, some techie committed suicide, some software engineer killed or divorced," Rao told reporters here a day after he was named for the country's highest civil award, Bharat Ratna, for his outstanding contribution to science.

Regretting that the majority of software engineers were unhappy, Rao said as a result, life must be terrible for them.

"Obviously, they (techies) suffer because they are like that. I don't think they enjoy their work. Look at me, I am so happy even at 80 (years)! I have no complaint, Happiness is something different. You must enjoy what you are doing," Rao quipped.

Lamenting on the decline of values and lack of priorities, Rao said more importance was being given to sports, police, army or any body, while scientists came at the end.

"Very rarely science gets importance. For instance, I got the $1-million Dan David prize, which is equivalent to Nobel Prize in 2005, but nobody talks about it.

"It (the award) is given once in a few years in each subject. If anyone got such a prize in any other country, they say 'Dan David Laureate'. In India, we don't have values. We don't understand what is important and what is not," Rao added.

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