Engineering Education Must be of Highest Quality
While appealing to the technocrats to have the qualities of hard work, self-confidence and perseverance in all conditions of life, Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has appealed to the institutions of engineering and technology to offer technical education with highest degree of quality so as to enable engineering students of Tamil Nadu to match the skills of students of any developed country.
Delivering the first convocation address at Anna University-Tirunelveli, Mr. Stalin said that the State which had only three engineering colleges during the pre-independence era, had 508 engineering colleges now, producing over 1.50 lakh engineering graduates every year.
Hence 200 persons for every 1 lakh population of Tamil Nadu could join engineering courses.
Even as the entrance exam for professional courses were scrapped with the objective of ensuring the entry of large number of poor students from the “oppressed communities” in rural areas into these colleges, the State Government had also waived the entire tuition fee for the first generation graduate families.
“Against this backdrop, the engineering colleges and institutions for engineering and technology should offer technical education with highest quality so that they can compete with the engineering students of any developed nation. Moreover, they can also fulfill the domestic industrial needs,” said Mr. Stalin.
The Deputy Chief Minister also urged the students to become successful entrepreneurs through their sustained hard work and determination or become a civil servant instead of being ordinary job-seekers.
Minister for Higher Education K. Ponmudy informed that the Anna University-Madurai would start functioning from this academic year.
Vice-Chancellor of Anna University-Tirunelveli S. Kaliappan listed out the achievements of the three-year-old institution, which entered into a memorandum of understanding with Combat Vehicle Research and Development Establishment at Avadi in Chennai.
While 886 candidates were conferred degrees in absentia, 154 others, including 81 boys and 73 girls, received the certificates from Mr. Stalin.
Ministers Poongothai Aladi Aruna, T.P.M. Maideen Khan, K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran, N. Suresh Rajan and Geetha Jeevan, Collector M. Jayaraman, Tirunelveli MP S.S. Ramasubbu, Mayor A.L. Subramanian, MLAs M. Appavu, V. Karuppasamy Pandian and Rajan, and Deputy Mayor K. Muthuramalingam participated.