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"Students must be motivated to start small-scale units"

TIRUCHI: There is a need to make extensive improvements to raise polytechnics to a level of providing advanced technical skilled manpower to industry, M. Chidambaram, Director, National Institute of Technology - Tiruchi (NIT-T) said on Friday.

Addressing the valedictory of the silver jubilee celebrations of Padmabhushan Sri. N. Ramaswami Ayyar Memorial Polytechnic College for Girls, Dr. Chidambaram said that students should also be motivated to generate employment by starting small-scale units.

It is worth spending money on research and development in polytechnics in order to catch up with hi-tech processes. Research and Development centres will help in monitoring the prevailing conditions in an era of fast technical developments.

The faculty could become missionaries in their profession provided they get honourable status, handsome pay, and respect in industry/public and opportunities for professional advancement. Calling for creation of a nodal agency for polytechnics in the State, he said there must be frequent seminars and workshops to ensure interchange of ideas among the faculty for polytechnic education to improve.

Technical education, he said, must be updated lest foreign products swamp the country. The challenge is to produce quality products for export. There must be a multi-disciplinary approach to produce multi-speciality experts. Industry requires creative candidates. Education and training will be central to how nations will fare in future.

Education, a tool

On education for women, he said it was an effective tool for economic empowerment, enhancing self-esteem, self-confidence, decision-making powers, and access to legal literacy and ensuring equal participation in development process. Internet plays a vital role in empowering women, Dr. Chidambaram observed.

R. Panchapakesan, Managing Trustee, Padmabhushan Sri N. Ramaswami Ayyar Educational Complex, honoured the Principal, M. Muthusamy, and other teaching and non-teaching staff of the polytechnic with medals. Senior lecturers G. Padmini and M. Kamurunissa offered felicitations.

SCITECH `06

The first prize in the Model Making Contest, `SCITECH 06,' held in connection with the Silver Jubilee Celebrations was awarded to students of UDV Girls' High School for their project `Universal automatic railway tracking system.' Students of Savithri Vidya Sala bagged the second prize for coming up with a model of Automatic Water Level Indicator while students of Srirangam Girls' Higher Secondary School secured the third prize by presenting their model of `Eco friendly bio-diesel.'

S. Raghavan, Senior Faculty, NIT-T, and Pandian, Programme Coordinator, TREC-STEP, evaluated the models on display.

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