Students Sensitised to Plastic Hazards
The Students Exnora unit of the Bishop Heber College organised a day long camp on ‘war against plastics’ at Thogamalai on September 21, 2011. Rajagopal, junior engineer, Environmental Division, Public Works Department, explained how plastic waste spoilt the environment and posed health hazards.
He called upon the younger generation, to play a key role in creating awareness among the masses on the need for avoiding plastic bags. T. Senthilkumar, president, Tiruchi district Students Exnora, presided over the programme.
Later the student volunteers cleaned plastic waste strewn in the play ground of the local primary school. The Exnora unit also organised a seminar on environmental protection. C. J. Vijayan Kanagaraj, Vice Principal of the college, presided and S. Kalavathy, Associate Professor, Department of Botany, delivered a special address on ‘health and environment’.
UGC Program offers flexibility in choice of Subjects for BHC Students
Flexibility in choice of combination of subjects that the UGC’s Career Oriented Program (COP) provides for at first – degree level has enabled B.A. Economics students of Bishop Heber College to pursue a certificate program in Food Production, Bakery and Confectionary.
Thirty – five out of 47 B.A. final year students have enrolled for the certificate program introduced this year by the college. Classes are conducted every day after the regular duration by experts drawn from the Jenneys Academy and VJP Catering Institute. The facilities of these institutes are also utilised by the students for practical training.
The UGC has granted seed money of 10 lakh for a five – year period to the department to conduct the annual program under non – semester pattern carrying 20 credits.
The COP serves the purpose of making the students readily employable soon after they complete their under graduation, said S. Shanthi, Head, Department of Economics and Programme Coordinator.
At the end of the academic year, students will take up examination in three papers : Food Production, Larder, and Hygiene and Safety.
The college has introduced Business English as another paper to enhance the communicative ability of the students, Prof. Shanthi said.
The students are being sent for practical exposure to some of the leading hotels and restaurants. Ten students had practical training in the college’s hostel for international students.
One – month internship is an essential part of the certificate course and students go through the rigour of working for 12 hours a day.
Not all undergraduate students take up higher studies. With just an undergraduate degree, the scope for employment is very limited. The skill – training that the students undergo through the COP would stand them in good stead to start their own ventures, said Prof. Shanthi.