One of the issuses adresed by the organising committee for the World year of Physics is the decrease in the number of physics students worldwide. (see www.wyp2005.org/overview.html [Broken]) In my country India, a few people with post graduate degrees in Physics complete their Ph.D 's and pursue research but most of the students only have one option left, of becoming high school teachers. The salary for a high school teacher is very low, about $ 250 a month, while engineers and doctors get paid a lot more. So the general perception here is that doing a pure science course is a last resort option. (there are a very few exceptions of course) First of all, do you agree that there is a decrease in the number of physics students, and what do you think is the reason behind it in your country?