Chief Minister N. Rangasamy on Wednesday said that there was an urgent need to boost conventional courses offered in arts and science colleges.
Speaking at the convocation function held at Bharathidasan Government College for Women here, he said not many students were willing to join in arts and science colleges these days.
They showed interest in joining engineering and other professional courses. The trend was that most of the meritorious and high-scoring students opted for engineering and other courses. It was not good for an overall growth of the country, which required knowledge and qualitative candidates for all job openings.
However, it could be overcome by bringing changes in the curriculum of arts and science courses. Academicians should work for attracting students to arts colleges.
Stressing the need for women education, Mr. Rangasamy said they should not be satisfied with a basic degree. There were a number of avenues available for women to take up civil services examinations. Chances of clearing civil service examinations were bright for students including women, who completed conventional arts and science courses. Women of Puducherry, who received quality education, should come forward to prove their mettle in civil service examinations.
In his convocation address, S. Sudalaimuthu, Vice-Chancellor, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, said that thanks to proactive steps on education including basic and higher education, it had become a movement in the country. It had led to the mushrooming of institutions across the country, leading to the country as a treasure of professionals.
It had polarised the image of the country in other parts of the world. Students, particularly women, should utilise the win-win situation to transform society.
G. Ragesh Chandra, Secretary, Education, Puducherry, G. Panneerselvam, Director of Higher and Technical Education, S. Varalakshmi, Principal, U. Pitchaimani, Controller of Examinations, V.K. Somasundaram, Head, PG & Research of Bharathidasan Government College for Women, took part.
Earlier, the Chief Minister gave away degrees to 725 candidates. Nineteen of them received gold medals.