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RECOGNITION: Aruna Sivakami Ananthakrishnan, Vice-Chancellor, Mother Teresa Women’s University, giving away a prize to a rank holder in Dindigul on Saturday.
RECOGNITION: Aruna Sivakami Ananthakrishnan, Vice-Chancellor, Mother Teresa Women’s University, giving away a prize to a rank holder in Dindigul on Saturday.

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It will be more relevant to needs of industry and society

DINDIGUL: Continuous interaction between industry and institutions is a must to make the graduates produced by the institutions up to the mark and meet the needs of the industry, according to Aruna Sivakami Ananthakrishnan, Vice-Chancellor, Mother Teresa Women’s University.

It would also make the college education uniform and more relevant to the needs of the industry and society, she said.

She was delivering a convocation address at M.V.M. Government Arts College for Women here on Saturday.

These steps would balance a situation where there were numerous lucrative jobs and millions of graduates without proper job and also eliminate the mismatch among population planning, professional, occupational and social requirements and industrial and technological capabilities of the nation.

At present, graduates turned out from renowned universities were not accepted in the job market. They could not compete with others with the same degree qualifications in the job market. The education given was not able to deliver any goods to students or to the society because there was no interaction among institutions, industry and society.

Change needed

To achieve it, change in school and college curriculum matching requirements of society and industries was necessary.

The education imparted in educational institutions should transform students self reliant and ensure earning for their livelihood, she added. “Other wise, formal education is useless.”

Of late, our educationists too had realised this great challenge before higher educational institutions, Ms. Sivakami said.

Briefing about ethics, character and leadership qualities, the Vice-Chancellor stated that students should take part in collective activities on development of community.

Political leadership, most powerful and influential one, was special among all other leaderships as it occupied central position in societies.

Describing triviality and dilettantism as dangerous ones, she said determination was the activated form or character.

Later, Ms. Aruna Sivakami distributed degree certificates to 409 graduates, 39 postgraduates and five diploma holders and honoured 15 university first rank holders and 15 second rank holders with mementoes and prizes.

Principal A. Mohammad Irbahim Beevi presided. The college also established an Alumni Association.

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