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Graduation Not an End to Learning Process
Graduation is one of the stages of life and is not an end of learning, Justice S.K. Krishnan, Judge of Madras High Court, told students of Nehru Arts and Science College on Saturday.
Addressing the first convocation, Mr. Krishnan said securing marks and obtaining a degree was not education. Talent, ability and capacity-building make the education process complete.
He exhorted the students to lead a purposeful life with sympathy and compassion for fellow human beings, especially the poor.
He also presented degrees to 205 students.
Sacrifice, dedication and sincerity without expectation was expected of the young students in whose hands the future lies.
He exhorted them to be beware of extremism, terrorism and also regional feelings. Students should have a national outlook.
Chairman of the Nehru Group of Institutions P.K. Das said that the institutions were located in rural areas with the objective of providing higher education to the poor and rural students and the college was operating free bus service as well.
He said the college was gearing up for an accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
Principal A. Arunachalam said that Nehru Group of Institutions that began with an institute in 1968 has nine institutions now in Kerala and Tamil Nadu serving the higher education needs of those from both the States besides those from Maharashtra, Gujarat and even Sri Lanka.
The Indian Knowledge Commission, assessing the higher education needs, had stated that the country required 500 universities and 50,000 colleges whereas there were only 350 universities 18,000 colleges.
The Government alone will not be able to take on this challenge.
Hence, private sector investment and participation in creating infrastructure for higher education was paramount.
He pointed out that the college was getting ranks in the university examinations and the management was not only returning the tuition fee to the students but was also giving Rs 5,000 as incentive for those scoring over 75 per cent marks.
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