“The world has become a global village, and to secure gainful employment one has to better his or her English language and communication skills,” said the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University Beela Satyanarayana, addressing the students and faculty members at the launch of The Hindu Education Plus Club (E-Plus Club) at Dr. V.S. Krishna Government Degree College here on Monday.

Appreciating the initiative of The Hindu, the Vice-Chancellor pointed out that one can improve his or her listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in English by seriously following the E-Plus Club schedule.

The E-Plus club was initiated by The Hindu in 2008, to help rural students develop their communication skills and better their English language.

A club comprises 30-like-minded students who are good in academics but lack proper communication skills. The weekly activity of the club that spreads over an academic year, is designed by Hyderabad- based firm Skillspark and is intended to better the soft skills of the students in an informal setup within the campus. The Principal of the college J.V.V.S.N. Murthy in his address pointed out that grip over English language is essential and mere obtaining a degree would not suffice in the job market.

Extolling the efforts of The Hindu, he said, “The newspaper is not only educating the readers by disseminating volumes of authentic and useful information but also bringing students on to one platform by initiating various programmes like the E-Plus Club.”

The Head of the Department of English P. Neelamani Prasad, Coordinator of the club Vijay Babu and the Chief of Bureau of The Hindu B. Prabhakkar Sarma addressed the students.

A few members of the newly formed E-Plus Club came forward to express their views.

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