The two-day fair with 11 sessions in all will include sessions on medicine, engineering, software, arts, scienc and other areas

The ninth edition of The Hindu Education Plus Career Fair attracted more than 2,000 students on the inaugural day at the Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam here on Friday.

The two-day fair will have 11 sessions in all. On the first day, sessions on medicine, engineering, software and core engineering were held and the second day will be dedicated for arts and science, media, law, environment studies, defence and civil services.

One of the key attractions is the free ‘Psychometric Test’. Over 800 students have registered for it, which is also open on Saturday, said G. Satishkumar, Associate Vice President, Advertisement (South), The Hindu.

Students will have to fill up a questionnaire. It is a group test. Depending on the grades they score in the test, students will be given an analysis.

“It will tell their strengths and weaknesses and depending on their strength they can choose their career,” Mr Satishkumar added.

Inaugurating the fair, Prof. D. Shantaram, Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, said the role of education was to enhance knowledge and empowerment. In the past, not many opportunities were available for the students. Now, in the era of technical development, several opportunities await the students. Parents should not limit their children to learn, he said.

G. Viswanathan, Founder Vice-Chancellor, Vellore Institute of Technology, said not all students get the opportunity to take up higher education.

Of the total student population in the country, only 18 per cent go for higher education, he said.

He said the country needed a total of six lakh seats in medicine alone. At present, only 45,000 were available. The situation had forced several students to opt for foreign universities, he pointed out.