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PRIZE WINNER: P. Mannar Jawahar, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, Chennai, presenting a certificate to a student at the Graduation Day function at C. Abdul Hakeem College of Engineering and Technology in Melvisharam on Sunday.

PRIZE WINNER: P. Mannar Jawahar, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, Chennai, presenting a certificate to a student at the Graduation Day function at C. Abdul Hakeem College of Engineering and Technology in Melvisharam on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan

Special Correspondent

College Graduation Day used as an opportunity to allay fears and perk up the spirit of students

VELLORE: The Vice-Chancellor of Anna University-Chennai, P. Mannar Jawahar, has said that the current economic recession in the U.S., resulting in absence of job offers was only a passing phase. All students of engineering colleges would get jobs soon, once the economic conditions improved.

He was delivering the Graduation Day address at the 7th Graduation Day of C. Abdul Hakeem College of Engineering and Technology (CAHCET) at Melvisharam near here on Sunday.

Mr. Jawahar said that students of engineering colleges need not be worried about the economic recession.

There was a similar slowdown, especially in the Information Technology (IT) sector in 2001, and an economic crisis about a couple of years ago on account of the depreciation in the U.S. dollar, but conditions improved later.

Similarly, the current recession too would soon give way to improvement in economy and the situation would get normal by April/May.

Mr. Jawahar assured the graduates, who had not got jobs so far, that they would get placements soon.

Because of the boom in the automobile sector and rapid expansion of infrastructure industry, necessitating the construction of new buildings, there was good demand for mechanical and civil engineers. Mr. Jawahar called upon the students to use the four-year study period in the college not only to gain knowledge of the subjects but also develop employability skills such as communication skills, leadership skills and the skills of innovation.

He noted that in CAHCET, the students were provided opportunities to improve their skills, as evidenced by the fact that most graduates have already got jobs.

Education was no mere acquisition of knowledge, he said. It went beyond that and meant use of acquired information for the good of society.

Mr. Jawahar, therefore, called upon the college management to teach work ethics to the students through special forums and discussions. The college should introduce a programme of mentoring the students through the faculty and senior students, and ethics should be taught through such a mentorship programme.

V.M. Abdul Latheef, Correspondent of CAHCET, said that four new blocks were under construction in the college.

They include the electro-mechanical block, the library block (constructed with energy-saving features) and a computer tower.

The first batch of 59 M.B.A. graduates of the college got their degrees on Sunday. According to sources, 55 of them had already been placed.

The very first batch had produced three rank-holders - D. Preethi (83%) who got the Anna University-Chennai fifth rank, and P. Suganthi (81%) and B. Preethi (81%) who shared the university’s 18th rank.

Besides, P. Mahalakshmi (87%) of B.E. Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) got the 35th rank of the university. Out of 242 graduates who got their degrees on Sunday, 84 had been placed through campus interviews, while 120 had secured jobs on their own.

The Vice-Chancellor presented the rank certificates, degree certificates and shields to the rank-holders. S. Ziauddin Ahmed, chairman of CAHCET, presided.

Sk. Masud Hossain, principal, declared open the graduation ceremony. S. Nissar Ahmed, president, Melvisharam Muslim Education Society, which manages the college, honoured Mr. Ziauddin Ahmed.

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