First Graduation Day of University Colleges of Engineering conducted
In the first Graduation Day of the University Colleges of Engineering at Villupuram and Tindivanam, constituent colleges of Anna University, a total number of 434 graduands received their degrees on Monday.
The split-up is as follows: University College of Engineering at Villupuram — 219 candidates and University College of Engineering at Tindivanam — 215 candidates.
The degree certificates were given away by P. Kaliraj, Vice-Chancellor (Officiating), Anna University, in the presence of Registrar S. Sivanesan, Controller of Examinations M. Venkatesan, Director of University Colleges M. Velan and Deans R. Senthil (Villupuram) and K. Anbukumaran (Tindivanam).
Registrar Mr. Sivanesan in his speech said that these constituent colleges started in 2008 were equipped with good laboratories and libraries, besides providing e-learning facility. He said that the key to success was not only to acquire knowledge but to apply knowledge in a suitable and appropriate manner.
The fresh graduates should imbibe three traits: passionate in their pursuits, courage to execute their plans and act in an intelligent manner.
M. Chidambaram, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in his address said that earlier the rural landscape was dotted only with places of worship. But now the rural areas were replete with temples of learning so there was no need to go abroad or to the urban centres to earn degrees. He noted that higher learning must not only enrich the professional knowledge but should also inculcate sense of tolerance. Science and technology played a major role in taking the country on the trajectory of growth, he added.
As for teaching, he said that “to teach is to learn twice and good teaching is a rewarding experience.” Mr. Chidambaram called upon the fresh graduates to aspire to become entrepreneurs so as to become provider of jobs instead of seekers of jobs.