The students of Aditya Institute of Technology and Management, Tekkali, seem to grab the opportunity spread by The Hindu Education Plus Club with both hands. Over 30 students enthusiastically participated in the inaugural session that centred round the debate ‘Music is the key to the popularity of a song, lyrics are not so important’.

The Chairman of the college K. Someswara Rao in his inaugural address urged the students to develop the English language skills for better employability. “English has become a global language and we have to better it to become a global citizen,” he said.

He pointed out that knowing just English would not suffice; one has to learn its proper usage. “Right words at the right time, is they key to good communication. In the arena of technology and management, good communication skill is the mantra to success,” he said.

He stressed on reading habit and advised the members of the club to take up the activity seriously. Appreciating the initiative taken by The Hindu, he urged the students and the club members to read The Hindu newspaper on a daily basis, not only for the betterment of language but also to develop their general awareness.

The Secretary of the college L.L. Naidu said that English language has become an essential part of the academic curriculum.

The Director of the college V.V. Nageswara Rao pointed out that the four components of communication skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are covered in The Eplus Club activity. The Eplus Club activity was first launched by the paper’s Editor-in-Chief N. Ram at S.R.R. Government Degree and PG College in Karimnagar on November 20, 2008. It was initially started to help rural students develop their communication skills, but after its success, it is now being extended to other colleges in the cities and professional institutions.

A club comprises 30 like-minded students who are good in academics but lack proper communication skills. The club activity is designed by Hyderabad-based firm Skillspark and is intended to better the soft skills in an informal setup in the campus. The activity is mentor centric and the weekly modules that spread over a year are thematic. The Regional General Manager of The Hindu T.V. Suresh and mentor of the club G.V.R. Murthy addressed the students.

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