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MOTIVATION: Guru Jeganathan, Member, TANSCHE, addressing students of Government Arts College in Tiruchi on Thursday. —
MOTIVATION: Guru Jeganathan, Member, TANSCHE, addressing students of Government Arts College in Tiruchi on Thursday. —

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“Understand significance of structures”

TIRUCHI: The responsibility of safeguarding the country’s heritage symbols vests with History students, Guru Jeganathan, Member, Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education, said on Thursday.

Speaking on ‘Heritage of India’ at a function organised by the Department of History, Government Arts College, to mark the inaugural of the History Association, Dr. Jeganathan said students ought to understand in right earnest the significance attached to heritage structures of Srirangam Rajagopuram, Gangakandacholapuram and Thanjavur Big Temple by UNESCO.

Such structures and materials of heritage importance such as old stamps and coins not only reflect the history of the past, but are also rated high for their antiquity value over a period of decades and centuries, said Dr. Jeganathan, who earlier served as the Head of the Department of History in the College.

Referring to the destruction caused to the environment due to global warming, he said it was not without reason that ancient rulers accorded utmost importance to growing trees and constructing tanks.

He advised students to make the most of the libraries and familiarise themselves with the world map for acquiring a better perspective of world history. With a historic perspective, students must strive to drive home the importance of organic farming, he emphasised.

Dr. Jeganathan observed that the recent recruitment of 975 teachers in Government colleges and forthcoming appointment of 1,145 teachers would go a long way in infusing quality into higher education.

Anticipating a large-scale requirement of school teachers in 2011, he advised students oriented towards teaching profession to pursue their B.Ed soon after graduation or post graduation. Principal T. Nallathambi felt that the State Government’s decision to have two ministries for school education and higher education was of historic significance. Unlike in the past when there was a scramble for jobs, there was now no dearth of employment provided students adapted to skill requirements, he said.

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