The Vice-Chancellor of University of Kerala, K. Ramachandran Nair, distributed diplomas to students and delivered the convocation address on the Graduation Day of PET Engineering College, Valliyoor, recently.

"The 21st century belongs to those students who have acquired additional qualifications and developed extra-curricular capabilities," he said.

The Chairman of the College Governing Council, P.O.J. Lebba, presided over the function.

The Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of Government College of Engineering, Tirunelveli, conducted a two-day workshop on `Motor rewinding' under the `Service to community and economy' programme of Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme to the members of unorganised sector. Participants were trained by lecturer C. Ponmani and electrician T. Esakki, in rewinding burnt coils of motors. Coordinator T. Chellappa distributed certificates.

Technical education system was facing a serious threat from the aggressive marketing of degrees of foreign institutes in India, G. Gnana Pandithan, Regional Joint Director, Collegiate of Education, Tirunelveli Region, has said.

He was delivering the convocation address at annual graduation ceremony of St. Xavier's College, Palayamkottai recently.

"While globalisation is certainly the order of the day, it should not result in young students aspiring for higher education being lured by universities from abroad. Many of them are not recognised in their own countries," he said.

The Principal, SXC, Rev. Fr. A. Antonysamy SJ, presided over the function.

The second Graduation Day of J.S. Engineering College, Tirunelveli was held at the college recently. A. Joy Raja, Vice-Chairman, The Indian Engineering College, Vadakkankulam, presented degrees to the students. He spoke on the "ample opportunities available to the software engineers" in the present IT scenario. Subramanian, Dean, The Indian Engineering College, and Principal, JSEC, H. Ramamorthy, were also present.

The Vice Chancellor of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Cynthia Pandian, was conferred the honorary rank of Colonel Commandant of NCC by the Government of India at a function recently. She spoke on the role of NCC in shaping the youth force. She also promised to take steps to increase the enrolment of students in NCC in the university-affiliated colleges. P. Chellathurai, Registrar, Col. U.T. Babu, NCC Group Commander, Lt. Col. V.K. Nair, were present.

A debate on `Globalisation - boon or bane for India,' organised by the A.P.C. Mahalaxmi College, Tuticorin, was held recently. Nineteen students from 10 colleges participated.

R. Antonysamy of St Xavier's College of Education, Palayamkottai, and P. Gomathy of Rani Anna Arts College, Tirunelveli, bagged the first and second prizes respectively.

An inter-collegiate seminar on `Advertisement - changing scenario' organised by S.S. Duraisamy Nadar-Mariammal College was held on its premises at Kovilpatti recently. M. Ezhilarasan, Reader, Business Administration, Ayya Nadar Janakiammal College, Sivakasi, delivered the keynote address. Research papers were presented and cultural competitions held.

A two-day seminar on `Medicinal plant' organised by St Mary's College, Tuticorin, was held recently. The programme was sponsored by the University Grants Commission. Resourcepersons from different walks of life explained the medicinal properties of plants.

The National Engineering College conducted a two-day seminar on `Pervasive Computing - Technology and its Applications,' on its premises at Kovilpatti recently.

About 300 students from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry attended the seminar.

More than 200 students from various colleges attended a workshop on virtual instrumentation organised at ST. Xavier's College of Engineering, Chunkankadai, on Wednesday. Trident Techlabs Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, had organised the workshop based on Lab view software. Visweswaran and Prasanna, Product Engineers of Trident Techlabs, were the chief presenters.

Teachers should set good examples for students to follow by adhering to values, Aswathi Thirunal Lakshmi Bai, Princess of erstwhile Travancore State, has said. She was speaking at the 114th Foundation Day at Scott Christian College (Autonomous), Nagercoil. Students would always look up to their teachers for guidance and so it was their duty to be role models, she said.

Contributions from P. Sudhakar in TirunelvELi, R. Vimal Kumar in Tuticorin and P.S.Suresh Kumar in Nagercoil