Stalin to hand over awards to 41 toppers

In first graduation ceremony of Anna University – Tirunelveli

: Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin will hand over awards to 41 toppers in the first graduation ceremony of Anna University – Tirunelveli to be held on August 7 while Pro-Chancellor and Minister for Higher Education K. Ponmudy will distribute degrees in person to 152 candidates including 80 boys and 72girls.

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday evening, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University – Tirunelveli, S. Kaliappan said that though 1,040 candidates would receive their degrees on the occasion, only 152 would get it in person from Dr. Ponmudy, while Mr. Stalin would honour the toppers.

After the convocation ceremony, Mr. Stalin will lay foundation stone for the administrative and classroom block of Anna University – Tirunelveli on the Government College of Engineering premises and the Rs. 7.44 crore edifice with 16,000 square feet will be ready within next six months.

The Deputy Chief Minister will also lay foundation stone for the buildings of Anna University – Tirunelveli Engineering Colleges at Tuticorin and Nagercoil, which will be taken up on a massive outlay of Rs. 40 crore.

Elaborating the Anna University – Tirunelveli's achievements in the academic front, Dr. Kaliappan, a remote sensing expert moulded by the University of Illinois, US, said the university had introduced several new courses like Geo-informatics Engineering and post-graduate programmes with cutting-edge curriculum in ME, M.Tech., MCA and MBA programmes,

The part-time ME programme being offered by the university in the southern districts has so far attracted over 1,000 students.

“We, with the objective of enhancing the employability of our students, are teaching English up to 6th semester through English Language and Skill Development Lab with futuristic software and the students themselves have started understanding the impact of this highly sophisticated lab,” Dr. Kaliappan said, adding that the faculty members were also being given hands-on training on effective English teaching methods with advanced course materials.

He made it clear that the students of engineering would be taught only in bilingual mode (in English and Tamil) and hence there was no need for any fear or anxiety.

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