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Motivating youngsters: District Collector V. Palanikumar addressing students at
Motivating youngsters: District Collector V. Palanikumar addressing students at "Vettri Nichayam", organised by the Daily Thanthi and Hindusthan Group of Institutions, in the city on Monday.

Amutha Kannan

‘Accumulating degrees to get a job and getting education for life are two different things’

COIMBATORE: With last year’s experience of having exhausted 2,000-odd folders in just under 30 minutes, the organisers of the “Vettri Nichayam” were well prepared with more than 3,000 this year

The annual career direction programme of the Daily Thanthi and the Hindusthan Group of Institutions held at the Coimbatore Institute of Technology on Monday saw prospective college goers and parents attend in huge numbers.

They had all come with an open mind, after the completion of their Plus Two examinations, to listen to experts give them an overview of the different options available in the various disciplines.

Most of them already knew which colleges offered which courses.

The talks, which were both informative and motivating, enabled them to know what some of the popular and the not-so popular courses had to offer in terms of career options. Inaugurating the programme, Collector V. Palanikumar did a little motivating himself.

He told the students to make success a destination. “Without this destination in mind, you cannot chart your course. Coming first alone is not being successful. Life is a race. In a race everybody cannot come first. It should be seen as an opportunity to compete and reveal your best. No defeat is final. Death is the only finality.”

Mr. Palanikumar underlined the importance of “education for life”.

He said that accumulating degrees to get a job and getting education for life were two different things. If a person did not stand first in an examination or did not get a coveted job, that did not mean he was useless. “Nobody is useless”.

Education alone gave respect to a person, he asserted.

He exhorted students to refrain from developing bad thoughts and keeping bad company.

They would only distract students from their goals. Hard work coupled with the blessings of parents would fetch good results.

R. Dananjayan, Chief Circulation Manager of the Daily Thanthi, Chennai, spoke on the daily’s thrust on promoting school achievers by giving them cash awards.

He urged students to stay away from television and mobile phones that took up most of the valuable time. The resource persons gave an insight to the students from the practical utility of the subjects. Besides the run of the mill courses, students got to know how to join the Civil Services, the Armed Forces, to become a lawyer and also take up courses in physical education to make a career out of it.

To test whether the students had absorbed what the experts had conveyed to them, a question-answer session was held at the end of the day and the most attentive ones were given prizes. Students also got to take home a handbook on all the colleges and the courses offered.

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