Engineering Students told to pursue PG, Doctoral Programs
Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam has appealed to the engineering students to come forward to pursue post-graduation and doctoral programs, which will lead to more research and development works in advanced areas of technology in the country.
A majority of the engineering students in the country prefer to go for a job after completing their under graduation. But students in many developed nations, including USA, go for post-graduation and doctoral studies.
In India, less than one per cent of the engineering students prefer to pursue doctorate programs.
Expressing serious concern over this, the Minister said that the technological progress of the country was largely dependent on the research and development works carried out at the post-graduate and doctorate levels.
More number of students should opt for post-graduation and research works after completing their under-graduation, he stressed.
Stating that the country had made tremendous progress in a number of sectors, including agriculture and education, Mr. Arumugam said that India had become self-reliant in food production.
Over 1.10 crore students were studying in 18,000 colleges across the nation. Tamil Nadu had 30 per cent of the total engineering colleges in the country, he added.
Later, he gave away prizes to the winners of various contests held as part of Futura 2010.
In the national level Project Design contest, the first prize went to S. Rajiv Kumar and K.R. Ananthakrishnan of RVS College of Engineering and Technology for their project on ‘Water Running IC Engine’.
A team of five students of the host institute – A. Vijay, M.K. Bala, Subramaniam, L. Sathishkumar and C.R. Arun Prakash won the second prize for their project on Automatic Pest Detection and Autonomous Pesticide Spraying System.
D. Pavithra and Jeena Jacob of the host institute bagged the third prize for their project titled ‘Powered by Walk’.
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor P. Murugesa Boopathi also spoke. College Chairman S.V. Balasubramaniam presided. Director S.K. Sundararaman, Chief Executive A.M. Natarajan and Principal S. Shanmugam were present.