Staff Reporter

Chennai: A lecturer and a student of the Meston College of Education, Royapettah, will present papers on stress and anxiety at an international conference in the Caribbean Islands in July.

K. Sarala Devi, reader in Physical Sciences, and her Ph.D student Girija Navaneethan will present papers on examination stress at the conference in the Dominican Republic.

Research topic

Ms. Devi, who specialises in bio-educational psychology, said her research involved documenting biological changes in students when they were anxious about examinations. She has studied how family and personality factors could affect a student's attitude to examinations.

Ms. Devi also participated in the research society's 2006 conference held in Greece. She was accompanied by colleague Doreen Gnanam, a reader in Special Education, who presented a paper on burnout among nursery school teachers.

Ms. Gnanam said her studies had shown that nursery school teachers needed to be very creative to keep today's children occupied. "Teachers need to read a lot on new ways to make learning fun. Then, they can create a stress-free atmosphere for children and themselves," she said.

Ms. Devi's and Ms. Gnanam's work found a place in the academic report of the Meston College, which held its convocation on Wednesday.

Animal Husbandry Minister Geetha Jeevan presented certificates to 119 B.Ed graduates and 24 M.Ed graduates. The college, which is 70 years old, scored centum results in the year 2005-06.

"Noble profession"

Ms. Jeevan urged the new graduates to keep themselves updated on the latest in their chosen fields. "Students trust teachers who know more than they do," she said. Teaching is a noble profession and a teacher is the sculptor who moulds a child into a useful citizen for the country, Ms. Jeevan said.