Read a good newspaper like ‘The Hindu' daily, says Asra Garg

It was a feast of education ideas at ‘The Hindu Education Plus Career Counselling Fair 2012' held in Madurai on Saturday.

Starting from the first session which was inaugurated by Superintendent of Police Asra Garg to the last session of psychometric test conducted by Chennai-based Bodhi, it was a jam packed auditorium thronged by anxious students and parents, particularly those who are waiting for the Plus Two results on May 22.

“The Hindu's intention to help and guide students about career options is laudable. This reputed newspaper has provided a very good opportunity to all of you to know about courses, colleges and careers,” Mr.Garg said in his inaugural address which focused on confidence building.

His appeal to the parents was not to force their children to study a particular course because becoming an engineer or a doctor or an IAS officer depends on person to person. “Students should not pursue a course out of parents' compulsion and force,” he stressed.

“A boy or girl will be successful in a particular course only if he has a bent of mind for that. So, we should not compel the child to study this or that. Especially, the middle class parents should bear in mind that child's aptitude is more important,” the Superintendent of Police advised.

With regard to the Civil Services Examination, Mr.Garg said that it requires about seven or eight years of conscious and unconscious preparation. “Read a good newspaper like ‘The Hindu' and watch a good news channel. If you prepare meticulously, you will succeed,” he advised.

Later, taking questions from students, Mr.Garg who had done engineering, underlined that success story comes only if something was done with passion and sincerity.

His optional subjects for the Civil Services were sociology and public administration.

“Don't choose optional subjects based on what people say. You have to take subjects which you feel confident about. Many doctors and engineers succeeded in Civil Services by taking arts and science subjects,” the SP informed.

Before leaving the venue, Mr.Garg said that ‘The Hindu Education Plus Career Counselling Fair' was one of the best programmes he had participated.

K. Muthuchezhian, Vice-Chancellor, Periyar University, in his talk to motivate the students to choose the right career, highlighted how the government was keen to encourage higher education.

Placement officers

In the post-lunch session, four placement officers from four colleges made a presentation on the latest placement trends in campuses and what companies are looking for.

G. K. Rajesh, Placement Officer, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, D.Sudarsan, Placement Officer, Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology at Virudhunagar, G.Gokul Kumar, Dean (student affairs and placement), Latha Mathavan Engineering College, and R. M. Victor of S.Vellaichamy Nadar College, addressed the students and parents.


The career counselling fair was presented by VIT University, Vellore while the associate sponsors were PSN College of Engineering and Technology at Melathediyoor in Tirunelveli district, PSR Engineering College, Renganayagi Varatharaj College of Engineering and Vickram College of Engineering.

Co-sponsors of the event were Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Cape Institute of Technology, Einstein College of Engineering, Holy Cross Engineering College, Infant Jesus College of Engineering, Pandian Saraswathi Yadav Engineering College, Syed Ammal Engineering College and RVS Engineering College.

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