Staff Reporter

MADURAI: If a student enters college and that too if he belongs to the first generation of learners from a family, the individual needs to be encouraged and supported as his growth improves the socio-economic conditions of his family and hence a society, said R.Vairamuthu, poet and famous lyricist.

He was speaking at a function to distribute laptops to students of Raja College of Engineering and Technology here on Saturday. His address was full of analogies and during his talk, he quoted a line from People’s Poet, Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram lyric and said that the education received in colleges become meaningful only when it is applied in real life to quell and shun superstitious practices and especially rural students should be more concerned about this condition.

“Don’t forget your roots and the struggles that your parents had undergone to get you educated”, he exhorted. He expressed concern over the significance of work over other things; he said that people had become so self-centred that they forget about friends’ family and health.

In his usual candour way, he said that friends’ family and health are glass balls that which we carry in our everyday life but it is the work which is a rubber ball for which we give too much importance over the others and thus fail to have a satisfactory life. He urged them to think about the society, which had contributed a lot to their development.

M.G. Rajamanickam, a former student of the College, now an Indian Administrative Service Officer, said that, colleges are not just brick and mortar but as a platform which provides space to shape your ideas and nurture you to become good citizens.

R. Srinivasan in his speech said that excellence in education is a virtue and the college is involved in providing learned capable and sensitive individuals with sound economics to the society.

The college management arranged for distribution of 750 laptops from a portion of the fee that the students pay. There might be expectations from the students, which would be fulfilled, soon said G. Nagarajan, college chairman. S.M. Sekkilar, Principal, and Chandra Nagarajan, Secretary, of the College were present.