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It will make education interesting, says varsity Vice-Chancellor

“Would relieve B.A., B.Sc. students of boredom of monotonous lectures”

“Educational reform should make one happy and contented”

VELLORE: Colleges should introduce a student-friendly cafeteria system under which elective subjects such as singing, Carnatic and Western music, painting, gardening, fashion design and tailoring are offered as part of the relevant regular B.A. and B.Sc. courses in order to make education meaningful and interesting to the students, said V. Shivkumar, Vice-Chancellor, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya (SCSVMV) University, Kancheepuram.

Delivering the Special Address at the 111th College Day of Voorhees College here on Monday, Dr. Shivkumar said that students of B.A. and B.Sc. courses might be bored by the lectures in the college, dealing with the major subjects such as History or Botany. Classes in some of the above-mentioned elective subjects could be offered to them as part of the regular courses, so that they could attend the classes in the elective subjects, which they have chosen. Besides relieving them of the boredom of attending monotonous lectures, these subjects could enable them to develop their talents in their fields of interest. The SCSVMV University has started about 25 elective subjects, he said.

The Vice-Chancellor of SCSVMV University said that the much talked about educational reform should make one happy and contented, so that one radiates peace and happiness to others and contributes to ‘Gross National Happiness,' a concept promoted by the Government of Bhutan. The question that should be asked is, “Does our education provide this happiness? Do you all want to come to college because the subject is interesting or because your parents want you to study the subject so that you get a job, get married and raise your family?” Knowledge is a tool, and education is a means to attain that knowledge. “Once you possess knowledge, you must be able to place a premium for your talent. So, you don't go after a job, but the job seeks you. If you are an expert in finance and accounting and you have an abiding interest in the subject, people would seek you for your knowledge just as ants seek honey and sugar,” he said.

D. Daniel Ezhilarasu, Principal and Secretary of Voorhees College, who presided, said the college would be introducing M.Phil. programmes in physics, mathematics and chemistry from the academic year 2010-11. The centenary block being constructed at a cost of Rs.1.25 crore with funds provided by the Voorhees College Alumni Association would be dedicated in October 2010. The Sports Stadium is being constructed at a cost of Rs.23 lakh in the DeBoer Hostel premises.

Ten students secure


Dr. Ezhilarasu said the students of Voorhees College had secured 10 ranks in the Thiruvalluvar University Examinations held in 2009. The college has 2,760 students, including 725 women. It offered 14 undergraduate, and eight postgraduate and M.Phil programmes. The aided college has 71 teachers comprising 58 men and 13 women. Of the 71 teachers, 28 are Ph.D. holders and 41 M.Phil degree holders, he said.

Dr. Shivkumar honoured on behalf of the college D. Manoj Chelladurai, Vice-Principal and Head of the Department of Botany and Alpheus Benjamin, Head of the Department of Physics, who are shortly retiring from the college. He also distributed proficiency prizes and endowment prizes to meritorious students. C. Rufus Inbakumar, Dean of Humanities, introduced the chief guest.