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guiding spirit:Commissioner of Police K. Vanniaperumal, centre, handing over the first copy of the Education Plus booklet to Vice-Chancellor of Indian Maritime University P. Vijayan at The Hindu Education Plus Pre-Councelling session in Tiruchi on Saturday. Journalist and motivational speakerLena Tamilvanan is seen.
guiding spirit:Commissioner of Police K. Vanniaperumal, centre, handing over the first copy of the Education Plus booklet to Vice-Chancellor of Indian Maritime University P. Vijayan at The Hindu Education Plus Pre-Councelling session in Tiruchi on Saturday. Journalist and motivational speakerLena Tamilvanan is seen.

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Chance to know about options available for higher studies

TIRUCHI: An exposure to the dynamics of the current job market and the emerging employment scenario prepared hundreds of parents and students at The Hindu Education Plus Pre-Counselling session on Saturday to make confident career decisions.

The participants learnt from the session that an institution ranked higher in academic performance need not necessarily fare well in placements, and that quality of infrastructure and faculty strength must be analysed well before choosing an institution. The message to parents was that the aptitude of students must be foremost in higher studies. The session was an opportunity for both parents and students to learn about the wide options that exist for higher studies.

P. Vijayan, Vice-Chancellor, Indian Maritime University, said that the recession had resulted in European countries and China and Korea ceding their dominance in shipbuilding to India. There were 23 shipbuilding industries in India, offering wide and lucrative job opportunities, he said in his presentation on ‘Opportunities in maritime sector.'

Diploma and degree programmes in Nautical Science could be studied with stipendiary earnings. By 2025, there would be a requirement for four lakh Marine Engineers and Nautical Officers globally, Dr. Vijayan said, and informed that the IMU had a tie-up with World Maritime University. Indian seafarers were sought after the world over. The Vice-Chancellor advised parents to look for the entire details of the Port courses, Marine Courses, Nautical Science, and MBA courses on the university website, www.imu.tn.nic.in. Economic condition was not a deterrent for pursuing these programmes. Banks were prepared to provide loans, he said.

Journalist and Motivational Speaker Lena Tamizhvaanan called upon students not to get depressed if their scores turn out to be below their expectations. In case, they were unable able to secure admission to a course of their linking, it was better that they develop a mindset to like the course that they could get. Time management at an early stage in life would stand them in good stead, he said, observing that punctuality was a mixture of many good qualities.

Mr. Tamizhvaanan appealed to the parents to give utmost importance to education of their wards.

K. Vanniaperumal, Commissioner of Police, urged students to plan their career well in advance, pursue the area of aptitude with dedication, develop general language skill, and undertake team effort in the company of like-minded peers towards achieving the objective. In an advantageous situation, he saw immense scope for students from Tamil Nadu to excel in UPSC examinations in large numbers.

Setting the tone for the session at the outset, V. Jayanth, Senior Associate Editor, ‘The Hindu,' observed that in the backdrop of the proliferation of colleges, the session was intended to facilitate anxious parents on the lookout for the right course in the right institution to sift the grain from the chaff.

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