Minister urges them to plan careers while in college
TAMBARAM: Look to the Indian Railways as a career option. It provides wonderful opportunities for the youth join in at various levels.
This was the advice that the Union Minister of State for Railways, R. Velu, held out to students of Madras Christian College, Tambaram, on Monday.
Inaugurating the College Union Society of the Madras Christian College at Tambaram on Monday, Mr. Velu told the students that Indian Railways was the world's largest employer with a staff strength of 14 lakh.
At present, there 1.69 lakh posts vacant in the Railways, Mr. Velu pointed out, reminding the students that Railways offered wonderful career opportunities.
The country's Gross Domestic Product was increasing at 7 to 8 per cent, and there were plenty of avenues available for the youth to gain employment. But, students should be serious about their careers and plan what they want to do while still in college.
In his 45-minute address, the Minister spoke mostly on the years he spent at the MCC as an M.A Economics student between 1961 and 1963. He was a resident of Bishop Heber Hall.
"I was advised by teachers at Voorhees (during under graduation) and others to pursue post graduation. I came to Tambaram in an electric train and I never imagined then that I would be Railway Minister," he remarked.
"Joining MCC was the turning point in my life. This is probably the only college where teachers and the taught are put on equal terms, where they go hand in hand," he said, evoking spontaneous applause from students.
He said MCC was modelled on the lines of Cambridge and Oxford and was comparable to the prestigious institutions there, adding it moulded students' character. Mr. Velu also recalled his days as a resident of Bishop Heber Hall when there a ban on going to night shows. "Some students used to go to Pallavaram to watch `Paalum Pazhamum', come back to Tambaram on foot, scale the compound wall and enter their rooms. But they were only "soft' violations," he remarked.
"The pond in the Hall was the venue for initiating and baptising junior students, whether they were graduate or post-graduate," he said to laughter. V.J. Philip, principal, Y. Prasad, chairman of the college union society, T. Mowli Mahendran, secretary, also spoke.