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AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING: The former AICTE Chairman S. Rame Gowda inaugurating an orientation programme for first year BE students at PESITM in Shimoga on Thursday.
AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING: The former AICTE Chairman S. Rame Gowda inaugurating an orientation programme for first year BE students at PESITM in Shimoga on Thursday.

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Orientation programme for freshers begins at PES Institute of Technology and Management

SHIMOGA: The former Chairman of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) S. Rame Gowda said here on Thursday that students were required to prepare themselves to face the global challenges boldly and confidently.

He was inaugurating an orientation programme for the 1st Semester BE students at the PES Institute of Technology and Management (PESITM).

He said it was not enough if students scored high marks and possessed degrees. They should also be adept in soft skills. He said they should acquire them to improve their qualifications to face the challenges in the job market.

Mr. Rame Gowda said it was wrong to think that institutes with big names or labels alone could impart quality education. “There are several small and faceless institutes which are engaged in imparting quality education,” he said and added that it was important to note that the founder of Infosys Narayana Murthy was a product of such a non-descript institute.

He said what was required for students in addition to the degrees were determination and tenacity to excel. He said there was a time when students used to depend heavily upon teachers for the development of their personality. “But now time has changed as it is possible for students to have an access to necessary information required for the development of their personality through the Internet,” he said.

Mr. Rame Gowda asked students to avail themselves of the abundant knowledge and information through the Internet.

Chairman of PESTIM and MLC M.R. Doreswamy Naidu presided over the function.

Managing trustee B.Y. Raghavendra and college principal Vishwanath Baligar were present.

Earlier, addressing a press conference, Mr. Doreswamy Naidu said that it was proposed to offer demand-oriented and need-based short term paramedical courses in Diploma in Medical Technology, Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology, B.Sc Medical Laboratory Technology, B.Sc in Radiographic Technology, B.Sc in Neuro Science Technology and B.Sc in Operation Theatre Technology from the next academic year.

He said that these courses would be offered to students who had completed pre-university course.

He said that the management had decided to start an international public residential school for students in 5th to 12th standards from the next academic year. He said that preference would be given initially to children hailing from the Malnad region. Mr. Doreswamy Naidu said that the management had started MBA and BBM courses from this academic year. He said that the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) and the Kuvempu University had granted approval for these courses, respectively.

He said that the performance of the students of PES Institute of Technology and Management in the first year BE examination had been impressive. He said that four students, three girls and a boy, had scored more than 85 per cent marks in the first year itself.

Mr. Doreswamy Naidu said that while C.M. Kavana had scored 88.90 per cent marks in Computer Science Engineering, B. Medha, L.R. Rakheshree and K.B. Nithin had scored more than 85 per cent of marks in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

He said it was decided to waive fees of students for the next year who had scored more than 85 per cent of marks in the first year. He said that all the 114 students passing with distinction would be issued distinction certificates and book coupons worth Rs. 500 each.

Mr. Doreswamy Naidu said that the college scored 84.54 pass per cent in the first semester and 84.39 pass per cent in the second semester.

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