The Hindu Editor-in-Chief inaugurates ‘Eplus Club’ at SRR college in Karimnagar
KARIMNAGAR: Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, N. Ram, has called for creation of an environment where every student gets fair and equal opportunities to compete in order to excel.
“The gap between rural and urban areas is huge. Not only are opportunities denied to the deprived sections, but they also have to compete in an unequal and unfair environment,” he pointed out while inaugurating the ‘Eplus Club’, an initiative of The Hindu Education Plus, at the S.R.R. Government Degree and P.G. College here on Thursday.
Explaining that the Eplus Clubs were an effort to plug that gap and empower the bright students from small towns in soft skills and English skills, Mr. Ram said it was also an opportunity for the newspaper to connect with them and engage them for mutual benefit. He found fault with the education system and policies that failed to invest in bridging this gap.
Mr. Ram said The Hindu sees education as an important component of connecting with students and the success of Education Plus supplement reflects the confidence the paper has in students. The supplements have been a great success in the major centres and demand from readers ensured that they were started in the untouched centres. He reminded that the role of a newspaper was not just to inform but also analyse, criticise, guide and give critical and constructive opinion.
Stating that soft skills have become supremely important today along with English language, Mr. Ram said these were key factors for the dominance of Indian students in some sectors in the West. Mentioning about the recession worldwide, he asked students not to get disheartened since India was still doing better at an expected growth rate of 7.5 per cent per annum. “Perhaps, it is an opportunity for you to work harder and benefit,” he said.
Reminding students of their social obligation, Mr. Ram called upon them to contribute their mite. “Don’t forget your social obligation. All of you are indebted to your parents and those around you who contributed for your growth. Give back to the society, particularly the deprived sections like women,” he told the audience. He received overwhelming response from students when he asked if they were willing to do so.
The Eplus Clubs seek to address lack of soft skills by encouraging students to speak in English and make an effort to acquire the skills they would need while still in college. The club activities will focus on getting students to think, to research, and to form and express opinions clearly.
Each club will have 25 to 30 students in their second year of graduation and they would be encouraged to speak English and practise the language learning modules to be supplied to them every week in partnership with SkillSpark, an employability assessment company.
Shatavahana University Vice-Chancellor, Mohd. Iqbal Ali, Karimnagar Superintendent of Police Y. Gangadhar, SRR Government College principal C. Vijaya Kumar, CEO of SkillSpark Nilesh Jahagirdar, Senior Associate Editor of The Hindu V. Jayanth and Chief of Bureau (Andhra Pradesh) S. Nagesh Kumar also spoke. Earlier, Mr. Ram was felicitated by the college management.