194 students benefit from the UGC scheme
VELLORE: The Joint Director of Collegiate Education, Vellore Region, K. Subramanian, distributed English books to 194 students of Voorhees College, Vellore belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes at a function held at the college here on Friday. Each set of the books, distributed under the University Grants Commission (UGC) XI Plan Books Grant Scheme (SC/ST), comprised four books, — a dictionary, a book on general knowledge, a book entitled `Word Power Made Easy’ and a book on ‘essays for exams’.
Dr. Subramaniam called upon the SC/ST students to have self-confidence to succeed in their life. He said learning the English language was very easy.
“All that you need is a good vocabulary, which you can acquire by memorising the meanings of 13 words per day, using the dictionary.” Though most students speak Tamil and have a good vocabulary, they lacked knowledge about Tamil grammar. The college students knew many English words, but they did not know how to use them, he said, and hoped that the books distributed to them under the UGC grant would motivate to them to learn to speak and write good English.
D. Daniel Ezhilarasu, Principal and Secretary of Voorhees College said that while city students have the benefit of good libraries and Internet facilities, hard work is the only trait that would stand the rural students in good stead.
He said that out of the Rs.55.36 lakh sanctioned for Voorhees College under the UGC XI Plan, the college has received a grant of Rs.4.26 lakh so far.
Of this amount, the college has purchased books worth Rs.65,000 for distribution to the 194 SC/ST students studying in the final year in the various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the college. The committee constituted by the college has decided to provide English books to the students to enable them to improve their knowledge of English, and perform well in competitive examinations.
Baktha Lawrence Godwin, Head of the Department of Defence, Voorhees College, A. Arulappan, Dean of Student Affairs, spoke.