Staff Reporter

MADURAI: Students must go beyond regular academic activity and possess the skills of creativity, communication and facing challenges, according to Bharath K.S., chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Madurai Zone.

Addressing ‘Yacom 2010,' an intercollegiate industry academia interaction organised by the Commerce Department of Yadava College here on Friday, he said that creativity should come from curiosity. Students must go beyond mere numbers and try to understand the concepts.

Students much also gear up to face changes as the environment at work place would be different from college. They would be constantly under scrutiny at the workplace and last-minute preparations would simply not pass muster. They need to learn to be flexible. Mr. Bharath also emphasised the importance of communication skills.

The present system of higher education encouraged only a standard set of solutions, which does not happen in real life scenarios. Students must learn from other people's success and try to adapt it to their life, he said.

Addressing the gathering that comprised a large proportion of first generation college-goers hailing from a rural background, he said that they were treading a new path. These programmes would help in developing their personality, he added.

Speaking earlier, K. Alagusundaram, Head of the Commerce Department, said that this was the fifth edition of the industry-academia interaction being organised annually. There was also an idea to sign a Memoranda of Understanding with trade bodies such as CII, Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Madurai District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (MADITSSIA) to provide industry exposure and practical skills to college students, he added.