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Parents asked to identify right talent in child in shaping career

With honours: Managing Director of KG Information Systems Ltd. Ashok Bakthavathsalam, along with the winners of the Online IQ contest organised by The Hindu NIE and Everonn, at the prize distribution function held at Bharathi Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Coimbatore on Saturday. —

With honours: Managing Director of KG Information Systems Ltd. Ashok Bakthavathsalam, along with the winners of the Online IQ contest organised by The Hindu NIE and Everonn, at the prize distribution function held at Bharathi Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Coimbatore on Saturday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: M. Periasamy.

Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: “Parents should identify intrinsic unique talent and harness it with the required leverage understanding the aptitude of the child for shaping up the right career in the right direction”, said Ashok Bhaktavatchalam, Managing Director of KG Information Systems Limited, on Saturday.

He was speaking at a function organised by The Hindu to distributing prizes to the winners and certificates to the participants in the online IQ quiz contest as part of the Newspaper in Education (NIE) initiative in association with the Everonn systems at the Bharathi Matriculation School on Thadagam Road in the city.

Recalling the changed preferences when it came to career, Mr. Ashok Bhaktavatchalam said that after medicine and engineering, it used to be computer science and now Information Technology (IT) had overtaken all the priorities. Lucrative pay packets drew everyone towards IT.

Information Technology and Communications revolutionised society. With a note of optimism, Mr. Ashok Bhaktavatchalam said that IT would tide over the present recessionary trend and would stay on. He said that a lot of unexplored ideas are there and new opportunities are emerging. IT still holds a lot of promise.

Congratulating the students for having taken to online quiz, he said that they day was not too far off where employers would interview the candidates online. He exhorted the parents to identify the right talent and based on aptitude harness the same. “Parents should never push a child into a career of their choice it should be left to the interest, inclination and attitude of the children.”

Ms. Sasikala, Head Web Products of Everonn, said that participation in any contest itself is a first step to victory. Initially, there was an apprehension to conduct an online quiz because of the doubts over the penetration of computers in schools and at the households of the students but the response has been tremendous. The online quiz contest was designed in such a way that the contests analysed the numerical skills, verbal listening skills and logical skills of the participants. Everonn was involved in taking education to the next dimension with a blend of technology ensuring quality.

The first prize carried a cash of Rs. 5,000, second prize Rs. 2,000 and third prize Rs 1,000 besides a trophy and one year free subscription to >www.classontheweb.com of Everonn systems.

D. Rajkumar, Regional General Manager, The Hindu, in his welcome address said that schools, teachers, parents and students had shown an overwhelming interest to the contest. The registrations that began in November had to be extended till January since there were requests for the same. Coimbatore had more than 3,000 registrations which were almost near equal to Chennai. He also announced that The Hindu would join hands with KGISL to conduct a computer programming contest besides making the online quiz an annual event.

The contest was held in three categories of students i.e., those in Standards VI to VIII, those in IX and X and for those in Plus One and Plus Two. In the first category, the first three prizes went respectively to V. Sathiyashree of GRG Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Civil Aerodrome Post, T. Arun Suthar of Carmel Matriculation Higher Secondary School and M. Meena of SIV Educational Institutions, Sirumugai. There were consolation prizes besides participation certificates to every participant. In the second category of students in Standards VIII and IX the first three prizes went to N. Nivaashini of SIV Educational Institutions, Sirumugai, Kavya of Bharathi Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Thadagam Road and P. Gowtham of Velavan Matriculation Higher Secondary School – Tirupur.

In the category of students in Plus One and Plus Two, the first three prizes went respectively to D. Chandru of Lisieux Matriculation School, R.G. Aishwarya of SBIOA Matriculation Higher Secondary School and A.T. Pradeepa of SIV Educational Institutions of Sirumugai.

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