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PEP TALK: Aruna Sivakami, Vice-Chancellor, Mother Teresa Women’s University, addressing students at Kilakarai on Monday.
PEP TALK: Aruna Sivakami, Vice-Chancellor, Mother Teresa Women’s University, addressing students at Kilakarai on Monday.

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RAMANATHAPURAM: The need for improving qualitative education of the newly started institutions and universities was stressed by Aruna Sivakami, Vice-Chancellor, Mother Teresa Women’s University, Kodaikanal.

Delivering the 6th Graduation Day address at the Syed Hameedha Arts and Science College at Kilakarai on Monday, she said it was heartening to know that a lot of new government-run varsities were being established.

But it was disheartening that many of them were not properly supported by financially. They were, in general, forced to stand on their own. Staff members working in the newly created institutions were always looking for lucrative options, as most of their jobs were not secured.

“It is very difficult to extract good work from them, when their positions are not permanent,” she added. Hence, the pattern of appointment on the basis of contract or low salary had to be shelved.

Ms. Sivakami said each and every State in the country had been establishing new varsities at a rapid phase based on the report of Knowledge Commission of India that there were just 450 universities as against the normal requirement of 1500 universities. But most of the new universities were being created by splitting, bifurcating or trifurcating the existing universities. It would not serve the purpose. Tapping the potential of uncovered areas and ensuring the drastic improvement of those aspiring higher education should be kept in mind while starting new universities.

She said that while allowing the private people to start new educational institutions, equal attention should also be given for starting government-run institutions so that poor and underprivileged students could go for higher education. Abul Hasan Sathali, Principal, said the college was among the top intuitions selected in the State for promoting science awareness among the people.

S.M. Hamid Abdul Quadir, Chairman, MS. Trust, Faizal. B. Abdul Cader, Director, Syed Abu Thahir, Principal, Mohamed Sathak Engineering College, A. Alaudeen, Principal, Mohamed Sathak Polytechnic, Bashir Ahamed, Chairman, Kilakarai Municipality, and S. Riyaz Ahamed, Principal, SITECH, took part.

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