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Member of the State Planning Commission E. Balagurusamy (centre) handing over degree certificate to a student at the graduation day of Paavai Group of Institutions, Pachal, in Namakkal district on Wednesday. —Photo: Special Arrangement
Member of the State Planning Commission E. Balagurusamy (centre) handing over degree certificate to a student at the graduation day of Paavai Group of Institutions, Pachal, in Namakkal district on Wednesday. —Photo: Special Arrangement

“Colleges, institutes of technical education and varsities should evince interest in imparting quality education in the minds of students than focusing more on campus placement,” Member of the State Planning Commission E. Balagurusamy said.

He was delivering the 8{+t}{+h}graduation day of Paavai Group of Institutions, Pachal, on Wednesday.

The former Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, Chennai, said that colleges that fail to impart 100 per cent education try to make up with guaranteeing 100 per cent placement for their students. “Students who get quality education will be confident to find a job for themselves and colleges and varsities should not become placement centres and give a wrong projection of education”, he added.

He said that institutions should mould the young minds to become persons of value and positive thinking.“Lack of values has resulted in alarming increase in the suicidal death of engineering graduates. Thirty per cent of the suicides are committed by engineering graduates – mostly in the metros. Sadly, engineering graduates are also involved in anti-social activities such as bank robberies,” he said.

Earlier, Chairman of Paavai Group of Institutions N.V. Natarajan declared the graduation day open. Directors and principals of the institution were also present during the ceremony.

Mr. Balagurusamy also distributed degree certificates to 1,041 graduates of the Paavai Group of Institutions – of whom 48 were university rank holders.

A one sovereign gold coin was given to each university rank holder. Graduates, who received the degree certificates included 532 from Paavai Engineering College, 321 from College of Engineering, 80 from College of Education, 66 from the Arts and Science College and 42 from other colleges in the group of institutions.

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