Technical educational institutions should give more thrust for research and development activities that will help sustain the growth of the nation, Anna University-Chennai Vice-Chancellor P. Mannar Jawahar has said.

The institutions should create adequate opportunities for the students to enhance their creative skills and encourage them to bring in new solutions for various issues in the society, he said while delivering the graduation day address at Velalar College of Engineering and Technology here on Saturday evening.

Teaching and research are two important complementary activities in the education system. “Without research, the existing stock of knowledge will never grow. Without teaching, the new generations will not be able to acquire knowledge and skills created by their ancestors,” he pointed out. The balance between teaching as a form of instruction and research as a form of advancement of knowledge considerably varied from institution to institution, he observed.

Advising the students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in their chosen field of study, the Vice-Chancellor said that students should exhibit their inherent talents and capabilities along with their technical knowledge.

Ethics

An engineer, Prof. Mannar Jawahar said, should possess not merely technical knowledge but also professional ethics. He later presented degree certificates to over 500 candidates who had completed their post graduate and undergraduate programmes in the college.

Vellalar Educational Trust Chairman S.S. Kandasamy, College Secretary and Correspondent S.D. Chandrasekar, Principal V. Ramamoorthi spoke.

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