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Students told to keep abreast of latest developments

DESERVED: A student receiving degree from Pongalur N.Palanisamy (third from right), Rural Industries Minister, at the convocation of Hindusthan College of Arts and Science in the city on Friday. -PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

DESERVED: A student receiving degree from Pongalur N.Palanisamy (third from right), Rural Industries Minister, at the convocation of Hindusthan College of Arts and Science in the city on Friday. -PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN  

Staff Reporter

They need to be equipped with skills of unlearning too: VC

COIMBATORE: Graduates should brace up for facing the formidable challenges of the real world, said G. Thiruvasagam, Vice-Chancellor, Bharathiar University, here on Friday.

New technologies were making way for newer ones and students would be able to convert challenges into opportunities only by keeping abreast of the latest developments taking place in technology. He advised students not to be overwhelmed by the rapid pace of technological developments.

Delivering the convocation address at Hindusthan College of Arts and Science, he said holistic education should enable students see other dimensions of education. Spiritual elevation was also important, which institutions needed to pay attention to. The purpose of education was learning to know, learn, do and live together, he said.

With the expansion of information technology, education most often was confined to learning to learn. It should also concentrate on the intellectual, emotional, physical and cultural development of the individual.

"Sometimes, students need to be equipped with the skills of unlearning too," Mr. Thiruvasgam said.

Some of the technologies included in the curriculum might have become obsolete. Education could even create certain prejudices. So, students should be prepared to unlearn what they had learnt in their schools or colleges once they entered the real professional world. "Real education is what makes the student open minded and receptive to new ideas and challenges," he said.

Sanctuaries

Educational institutions were sanctuaries of the intellectual life of the country and their quality was often determined by the teachers, he said.

Pongalur N. Palanisamy, Minister for Rural Industries, said students of today had greater opportunities compared with those a few decades ago.

There were more than 50 colleges in Coimbatore today and 30 of them were engineering colleges. Mr. Palanisamy added that youngsters should not equate English language to success.

Even those who were students of Tamil were in high positions in the country, he said.

D.R. Karthikeyan, former Director of Central Bureau of Investigation, said though India was making its presence felt in the global market, it still had to face a lot of challenges such as child labour, female foeticide, farmer suicides, corruption and bribery.

Nearly 50 per cent of the country's population was illiterate and only six per cent went for higher education. More private enterprises should set up educational institutions to provide opportunities for higher education for the youth.

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