Staff Reporter

Tiruvannamalai: Innovation will help a person move up the career ladder, according to K. Ganesan, Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department. A person needs to be innovative and adopt himself to the culture of the company where he is working, Mr. Ganesan said.

He was speaking at the 7 {+t} {+h} graduation day of SKP Engineering College, Tiruvannamalai, recently.

Mr. Ganesan said that higher education in the country had undergone transformation after Independence. “In 1947, there were only 20 universities, 500 colleges and 1 lakh students. Now, there are 478 universities, 26,000 colleges and two crore students. In the 1970s, there were only five or six engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu. Today, there are 456 engineering colleges in the State and 1.34 lakh graduates are coming out every year. Yet, the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GRE) in higher education is only 12 per cent in the country against the world average of 23.5 per cent. China has an average GRE of 27 per cent, the U.S. and Western European countries, 58 per cent. So we need to start more universities and institutions. This cannot be accomplished by the government alone. The private sector should also pitch in,” Mr. Ganesan said.

G.V. Selvam, vice-president, Chennai Campus, VIT University, gave away prizes to rank holders.

He said that there are three stages in a person's growth. “The third stage, which is after the age of 20, is about establishing a network with people and giving and taking. But many don't move to this inter-dependent stage even after the age of 20,” Mr. Selvam said.

He urged the graduates to develop positive attitude and plan their days well to become achievers.

K. Karunanidhi, Chairman, SKP Engineering College, presided over the function. Principal C. Kumar delivered the welcome address.