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AP Governor for ban on capitation fee in engineering colleges

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Andhra Pradesh Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan presenting a medal to a student at Thiagarajar College of Engineering in Madurai on Thursday. Karumuttu T. Kannan, second from left, Chairman and Correspondent of the college, is also seen.Photo: R. Ashok
Andhra Pradesh Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan presenting a medal to a student at Thiagarajar College of Engineering in Madurai on Thursday. Karumuttu T. Kannan, second from left, Chairman and Correspondent of the college, is also seen.Photo: R. Ashok

: Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L.Narasimhan has called for a ban on collecting capitation fee by engineering colleges for admitting students under management quota.

He appealed to the professional colleges not to see education as a commercial activity and said that the issue should be taken up at national level.

“I voice my anger on the practice of collecting capitation fee. It is a sin and the matter has to be debated in New Delhi during the meetings of Vice-Chancellors and top authorities,” he said.

Mr.Narasimhan was in Madurai on Thursday to participate in the 55{+t}{+h}College Day function of Thiagarajar College of Engineering (TCE) here.

He commended the TCE management and the family behind it for following the noble norm of zero capitation fee from students.

“When there are examples to say that a college can be run without capitation fee but could still offer top class education, why can’t we have the same in all colleges,” he asked.

The AP Governor told the students to have core values that are non-negotiable at any point in life under difficult circumstances.

“Come what may, don’t compromise and if you do that people will respect you at a later stage. Follow right path and never deviate from that,” he advised the youngsters.

Mr. Narasimhan also expressed concern over the mismatch between what was taught in colleges and what is expected by the industry. He said that run-of-the-mill education will not serve any purpose.

“Don’t follow treaded path, do things differently and do it with conviction,” he added.

Citing the importance of education, he said that his belief was that Goddess Lakshmi comes only where there is Goddess Saraswathi is and that it not vice versa.

Karumuttu T.Kannan, Chairman and Correspondent, TCE, in his welcome address advised the students to always remember that learning is a continuous process and it should not stop.

He informed that the academic year 2012-13 was an extremely important year for the college since it got very high score from the National Board of Accreditation.

V.Abhai Kumar, Principal, who presented the annual report has said that many laboratories were opened during the year and software/hardware was upgraded.

Students of all branches were provided access to other disciplines and one credit courses supported by experts from industry/institutes were launched to make students relevant for jobs.

Awards

The Governor and his wife Vimala Narasimhan presented medals to best outgoing students, cadets, sportspersons and for those who topped in various branches of engineering.

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