A two-day University Grants Commission-sponsored national seminar on `Emerging trends in chemistry' organised by the Department of Chemistry of AVC College of Mayiladuturai in Nagapattinam district last week benefited teachers and postgraduate students from various colleges. G. Chandramohan of Sri Pushpam College, Poondi, who inaugurated the seminar, explained the emerging trends in chemistry in the global scenario and the tremendous scope they provided for various kinds of research. Prof. G.Vasudevan, Head, Department of Chemistry, said that about 50 research papers were presented at the seminar. S. Sugumar, college treasurer, distributed certificates to the participants. M. Varadarajan, Principal, and Prof. D. Jayakumar also spoke.

Students should develop skills in communication, computer literacy and body language to face the challenges in this competitive world for getting a decent employment, according to L.Kannan, Vice-Chancellor, Tiruvalluvar University.

He was delivering the convocation address of AVC College on Sunday. Dr. Kannan urged to the graduates to be entrepreneurs and become job providers than seekers. He distributed degrees to 769 graduates at the convocation. Four students who secured university ranks were also honoured. S. Karthikeyan, Chairman and Secretary of AVC Institutions, presided over the convocation. The Peter Drucker Club of Commerce of ARC Visvanathan College in Mayiladuturai conducted a five-day seminar for undergraduate and postgraduate students of commerce last week. V. Vijayanand, lecturer of AVC College, spoke on `Human resource management,' and Prof. P. Ashok Kumar, lecturer of AVC College of Engineering, spoke on `Business Communication' on the first two days.

M. Karthikeyan, a Chartered Accountant, highlighted the recent amendment in laws, especially regarding of value-added tax (VAT), on the third day and I. Rajesh, another Chartered Accountant, spoke on `Direct Taxes.'

On the final day, K. Ilangovan, Principal, spoke on `Budget Expectation.' Prof. S. Palanivel, Head, Department of Commerce, also spoke.

Under the auspices of J.J. College of Education in Pudukottai, a lecture on `Action research' was held at the college recently. A lecturer from the District Institute of Education and Training, M. Rajkumar, defined `action research' and appealed to the students to approach a problem in a scientific way.

He said the technique should solve the problem immediately and be situation-specific. He gave practical examples to arrive at a most suitable solution under a specific crisis. All the solutions were based on scientific approach. An interaction session was held in which students got their doubts cleared.

The Women Empowerment Wing of J.J. College of Arts and Science, Pudukkottai, organised a seminar at the college recently. The Principal, J. Parasuraman, spoke on developments in the area of women education in the present-day context.

The Joint Convenor, South Zone, LIC Working Women Co-ordination Committee, N. Kannammal, spoke on problems of working women. Laws such as dowry prohibition protected the rights of women, she said. The Co-ordinator of the wing, T. Malarvizhi, spoke.

Under the auspices of H.H. The Rajah's College in Pudukottai, a function to mark the observance of `World Consumer Day' was held recently. The Principal (in-charge), L. Kuppusamy, urged the need for creating awareness among the masses of surrogate advertisements. He said advertisements on cigarettes and liquor would have an adverse impact on the youth. He also gave away prizes and certificates to winners in elocution and essay-writing competitions held as part of the observance.

The president, District Consumer Association, M. Srikumar, spoke on adulterated food and urged the students to be quality-conscious and take maximum advantage of the Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum in the district. The Controller of Examinations, S. Palaniappan, said that consumer awareness was a must especially in the wake of globalisation and liberalisation of trade and commerce.

The Co-ordinator, Consumer Forum of the college, C.Thiruchelvam, spoke on consumer movement.

K. Subramanian in Nagapattinam and

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