Focus must be on imparting quality education: Member Secretary
TIRUCHI: Providing quality education to students is imperative in the current scenario as it would enable them to compete in the competitive environment, S. Vincent, Member Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Council for Science & Technology, Chennai said on Saturday.
Educational institutions should focus on imparting quality education as this would pave the way for innovations thereby helping in the techno-economic development of the country further, he said while speaking at the 58th College Day celebrations at the Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College in the city.
Observing that education not only empowered an individual but also the nation, Dr. Vincent said the country’s image had a boost owing to its sustained endeavour in providing access to education to vast sections of the people over the years.
More investments were being made in the field of higher education in several nations, he said adding that the country had over 300 universities and more than 17,000 colleges today.
Education not only leads to knowledge society but also helps in the economic development of the country. Science education had been accorded priority with the government offering various scholarships to students for promotion of innovations besides providing funds for enhancing the infrastructure facilities in educational institutions.
All these were being done keeping in mind the overall development of the nation in the longer run, Dr. Vincent said. Skill development is of equal importance to students in the current juncture alongside their academics, he said.
The College Principal, Dr. G. Kalyani, presented the annual report on the occasion. Tributes were paid to Mr. Madhu Ramaswami, the former president of the College. Medals were presented to the best outgoing students of 2008-09 in the post graduate and under graduate levels as part of the function. Prizes were distributed to academic toppers.
The College secretary R. Panchapakesan, Dean of Academics Dr. K. Venidevi, faculty members and students took part.