The Hindu  dated 26.10.2010

First convocation ceremony of Vels University conducted

Honoris Causa degrees awarded to Baldev Raj, N. Ram and K. Srikkanth

IN RECOGNITION: K. Srikkanth, chairman, BCCI selection committee, receiving the Honoris Causa degree from
Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin at Vels University in Chennai on Monday. Also in the picture (from right)
are Baldev Raj, IGCAR Director and recipient of the honorary degree, Vels University Vice- Chancellor
S. Ramachandran and founder-president Ishari K. Ganesh.

CHENNAI: Technical education and engineering syllabi should be reworked to equip students with skill sets that match expectations of industry, Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said on Monday.

Addressing the first convocation ceremony of Vels University, Mr. Stalin said professional education syllabus had to be reoriented at the State and national level in order to make students more employable.

Pointing out that students at present undertake industry-based projects in their final year of college, Mr. Stalin suggested that the candidates be given exposure to industry from the second year to impart skill sets that matched expectations of industry.

The Deputy Chief Minister said the gross enrolment ratio in higher education in India fared poorly in relation with the rates in developed countries.

While the ratio was 60-70 per cent in developed countries it was hardly 12.5 per cent in India. Tamil Nadu fared marginally better with a ratio of 17 per cent.

The State Government was engaged in efforts to increase the gross enrolment ratio in higher education, especially focused on encouraging poor students and first generation learners, Mr. Stalin said.

Some of the measures were tuition waiver for first generation learners, 69 per cent reservation for backward communities in higher education institutions and disbursement of education loans, he said. The tuition fee waiver alone had helped 76,000 first generation learners enrol at engineering colleges, he said.

Mr. Stalin's word of advice to the batch of 416 students who were presented certificates was to become job-givers than job-seekers.

The Deputy Chief Minister also presented the Honoris Causa degrees awarded by the Vels University to Baldev Raj, Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu and K. Srikkanth, former cricketer and chairman, BCCI selection committee.

The D.Sc. for Dr. Baldev Raj was in recognition of his outstanding research achievements and continuous efforts and intuitive knowledge in sustaining the lead of this Nation in the field of nuclear energy, the D. Litt. for Mr. Ram for his courageous convictions and commitments in the field of journalism and creative contributions and service to the political and cultural life of the nation and the D. Litt. for Mr. Srikkanth for his achievements and contributions to the game of cricket in the country and inspirational vision and selfless determination in improving the quality of sports.

Ishari K. Ganesh, founder-president, Vels University presided over the ceremony. Vels University Vice-Chancellor S. Ramachandran presented the academic report for 2009-10.

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