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Winners: The VIT team with Festember ’09 overall shield at the National Institute of Technology in Tiruchi on Sunday.
Winners: The VIT team with Festember ’09 overall shield at the National Institute of Technology in Tiruchi on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

P. Namperumalsamy tells youth during valediction of Festember ’09

TIRUCHI: Youth power if harnessed in the right direction will expedite India’s progress, P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Group of Hospitals, Madurai, said on Sunday.

The country accounts for 540 million youth; but many were not fortunate to get into the higher education system.

The fortunate lot that receives the support from the society must make it a point to repay their gratitude and improve the situation, Dr. Namperumalsamy said, addressing the valediction of Festember ’09, the four-day cultural extravaganza at the National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi.

The country’s march to becoming an economic superpower by 2020 depends on utilisation of the potential of youths, he said, suggesting that the educated youth take up entrepreneurship rather than waiting for employment.

Ignite the youth power, evolve ideas and take action to achieve them, he told the student audience, explaining the productivity inherent in team work.

Dr. Namperumalsamy attributed team work to the growth of the Aravind Group of Hospitals to 4,000 bedded entity with five hospitals accounting for 45 per cent of eye care in Tamil Nadu and five per cent in the country, from being a 11-bedded facility three decades ago. When working as a team, the productivity of the individual is also bound to go up, he said.

Dr. Namperumalsamy presented the Festember ’09 shied for overall performance to the contingent of Vellore Institute of Technology.

The team also received the RECAL Trophy.

The team prevailed over four other teams in contention for the honours.

The teams represented Loyola College, Chennai; Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai; Government College of Technology, Coimbatore; and Christ University, Bangalore.

Bar being raised every year

Presiding over, the Institute Director M. Chidambaram said the bar was being raised every year for the cultural festival.

Appreciating the organising team for its work, he said that the Institute has by itself sponsored the entire event at an expenditure of Rs.20 lakh for the first time.

S. Kumanan, Dean – Students, and N. Sivakumaran and S. Suresh, Staff Advisors of Festember ’09 offered felicitations.

T-shirts provided to all students

For the first time, the Institute has provided all the students, including research scholars and QIP scholars with T-shirts for the cultural festival, Dr. Kumanan said.

Earlier, Public Relations Chairman, Festember ’09 welcomed the gathering.

Rahul Jagannathan, Cultural Secretary, presented the report on the cultural festival and Khanjan Patel, Marketing Chairman the marketing report.

Nachiketa Janardan, Publicity Chairman introduced the chief guest. S.K. Vijay Adhitya, Chairman, Festember ’09 proposed a vote of thanks. Benny Dayal & Bandish Evening show that lasted for nearly five pulsating hours into the wee hours of Monday marked the valediction.

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