Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: Students will have to go beyond their academic syllabus and read widely to keep themselves abreast of the latest developments, P.R. Vasudeva Rao, Director-Chemistry, Materials and Metallurgy Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, said on Monday.

It is essential for students to assess their own strength before choosing a career, he said at the College Day celebrations held at Bishop Heber College in the city.

Teachers have an important role in shaping the overall personality of students by making them analyse things and evaluate themselves without just sticking to academics. All major inventions were made by students who were inspired by their teachers, Dr. Vasudeva Rao said.

Stating that there was no end to learning, he said the students, especially those pursuing research, would have to look around and try to learn as much as they can. The current era had opened up avenues and created huge opportunities for today’s students not only in the field of science but also in other areas such as economics, commerce, health care, energy and security in which they could make a career.

However, prior to selecting a career it was imperative on the part of the students to make an appraisal of themselves as to which they field they were good at. They should not get attracted by what others did when it came to opting a career, he said.

Though the country was in the path of tremendous growth on the one side, it was beset with challenges, especially to provide a balanced growth in all facets of life. The nation had vast human resource which, if channelised properly, could ensure further growth in all aspects.

Science was an exciting field and it was different from what it was years ago, Dr. Vasudeva Rao added

Rev. G. Paul Vasantha Kumar, Bishop and Chairman, College Governing Body, said colleges and universities had a vital role to play in building a society of peace and justice.

Principal Marcus Diepen Boominathan read the annual report.

Teaching and non-teaching staff, who had put in 25 years of service in the college, were honoured on the occasion.